clouds

As you know, I love sunrises. This clearly not at my place. Actually, I don’t have a ‘place’ right now. For the next month I am homeless! The Woman is on the move, national park hopping to re-connect with nature, before I have to live in a house… in a town (!) … but with […]

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One of the benefits of wintry mornings is that the sun rises later according to the clock, so I need not bolt out of bed at 5.30 a.m. to catch the event. In fact I can catch it from my bed now, being the end of autumn. On this particular morning the light flooding my […]

It’s Autumn, so many locals are burning off their grasslands, or setting fire to their stacked bonfires of fallen branches and creek logjam clearings. Being Autumn, it’s also a time of misty mornings and low-angled sunray surprises in this valley. This particular morning I was treated to a combination of them both, as the sun’s […]

The last full moon of 2016 first signalled its rising by an eerie backlighting of the many dark clouds that night. Then its round face appeared over the ridge, a glow through thin cloud. Very soon dark riders and winged demons raced across to begin to quell the growing light. Woven ropes of clouds were […]

As at my old Mountain, the sky here is as important for my visual delectation as the land. And I am as fanciful about what it offers. Like this sunrise, where the billowing white foreground cloud looked so like bushfire smoke, unlikely as that was, that I had to go out and sniff the air […]

Stormy subtropical weather does not suit me. I am pining for drier, higher climes… However, this climate does have its special effects that only happen here. Like this week.  A brief storm and shower, then the mountain lowered its clouds into the valley. But the day wasn’t over and the sun exerted its supremacy. As […]

Now I am living on the mid-north coast hinterland, virtually in the subtropics, I am becoming used to high humidity and rapid changes in cloud behaviour and weather results. Thunder and lightning and stupendous short cloudbursts of rain… The ephemeral always fascinates me and there’s nothing so fleeting as clouds. As in my previous home, […]

The large man-made Lake St Clair can create fabulous effects at times. Sadly, many trees were drowned in its making, but their standing skeletons can be beautiful… and eerie. If I pass it early enough on a winter morning the sun hasn’t lightened the night’s cloud creations enough for them to totally dissipate and head […]

On the way up to my Mountain, I drive around a man-made lake. It’s actually Glennies Creek Dam, but the recreational part is called Lake St Clair. The highest knob towards the left is Mount Royal, sort of where I am heading for home. If you ignore the bits where the dead trees still stand […]

Being up and about early has so often gifted me unexpected and ephemeral sights here that I feel I’ve missed something – or might have – when I sleep in. At about 900 metres elevation, we do catch clouds often. They may be slow to lift, waiting for the new sun to warm them and […]

A couple of years before I was born, Irving Berlin wrote a song (used in the musical Annie Get Your Gun) whose words have stayed with me. Or at least the chorus has: I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night and scraps of verses along the lines of  Got no diamond […]

I’m not a ‘good flyer’, but once the panic at takeoff subsides, I am always agog at the fantastic cloud landscapes we pass, like these escarpments and plains and scudding ‘sheep’. I’m glad to be home but the Tassie tour was well worthwhile. My ‘Rich Land, Wasteland’ talks to audiences in Cygnet, Hobart, Burnie and […]

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