Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Sheep weather alert on the southern tablelands

This time of year in Sydney, the weather can be immensely quixotic. One morning last week, a heavy fog blanketed the city: the next day the mercury soared to 32C. We have had day after day of glorious 28C with clear blue skies: yet tomorrow a low swinging in over the Bite is bringing thunderstorms and hail.

As many of you will know by now, the change brought with it a smidge of dust.

16 comments:

Sean said...

He who has the most water will win in 2050... bring it on :) I like the photograph... feels nice!

Julie said...

Indeed! I watched a farmer from our Riverina area last night on tele bemoan the lack of rain for his rice-crop which he (or his father) had planted every year since 1949. Bloody stupid planting water intensive crops like rice and cotton in Australia. Stupid and greedy: as a consequence of their absolute dependency people downstream miss out.

brattcat said...

I love fog. Anything can happen. Sound heightens in the most extraordinary way. Everything is transformed. When the fog lifts, it's always such a surprise how ordinary things can become again. Yes, dear Julie, please. I would like clues for the monthly as well as the daily themes. I feel like I'm parallel playing most of the time, like a toddler in nursery school.

Ken Mac said...

what a great shot. The walker, the fog beyond the bridge, the shiny uniform cars....a great composite.

Chelsea Hotel is infamous as the death place of Sid Vicious, and perhaps better known as the hotel which housed such giants as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Dylan Thomas, and multiple people associated with Andy Warhol's Factory, all long term residents at one time or another.

Eamon said...

It looks great Julie - very atmospheric. I wish he could take just two more steps forward though so that he's framed by the arch. And what's that ladder doing on the roof?! An interesting little extra there - did you notice it before taking the shot?

Jacob said...

I like this shot a lot, Julie. The fog is mystical but not eerie and that house that is a bridge (I think) is intriguing, but what makes it is the man strolling along as if on a casual photo-hunting trip...

Julie said...

This photograph was taken on my campus, looking up Science Road toward the Memorial Arch which stretches from the Main Quad (on the right) to the School of Biological Sciences (on the left). We are looking toward the East.

Yes, I liked the look of the ladder. There are often ladders on roofs (rooves?) around the university: they are left there on a permanent basis and have something to do with OH&S I think.

The person walking is a student probably on his way to the library ...

J Bar said...

Thanks for explaining where the photo was taken, Julie. Somehow it looked vaguely familiar and at the same time somewhat foreign.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Virginia said...

A lovely shot. We've had rain for what seems forever. I'm chasing mushroom/toadstool shots. Stay tuned!
V

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful photo !! So lovely !! Thank for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Vogon Poet said...

You found the right composition for this, with the fog more visible after the arch, with the man slowly walking toward it.
I lived for an year in northern Italy, where fog was quite common and so thick to almost cover the street lights at night. But it was not that bad...

Joan Elizabeth said...

The clipped trees are interesting. We had a neighbour with well clipped hedges ... all it took was a change of ownership for the hedge to go feral and get pulled and replaced with a fence a year later.

Joan Elizabeth said...

And yes the weather is quixotic at the moment ... this morning as I headed off to Sydney it was blowing a huge hot gale. On the way home tonight there was some pretty spectacular lightening. Right now I can hear the light patter of rain on the room.

Julie said...

Yes, exactly. Today was above 30C, yet tomorrow it will be 22C with strong winds.

Which made me check the weather in Hobart ... brrr ... highs of 14 ... lows of 2

Mount Wellington today went from -2 to 2 ...

USYD gets a lot of income from film-makers and weddings etc. We have a large contingent of gardeners and groundsmen. Our gardens and lawns always look wonderful.

JM said...

Wethear was unstable last weekend but, gladly, summer is back, although autumn has officially started yesterday! :-)

Ross Idzhar said...

can't beat a bit of morning fog. reminds me of my time in st.kilda - foggy sunny mornings seemed synonymous with it when I was there