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After the Storm ~ Eerie Morning Mist

The photo above of Mount Warning was taken this afternoon. The mountain spent a good part of this morning, however, hiding behind mist and low cloud.

During the night, at something-o’clock – it was too dark to see what time it was – I was rudely awoken by a massive thunderclap. The rain teamed down, thunder crashed, lightning flashed … and I fell back to sleep.

By just after 6 am – a far more respectable hour – the rain had stopped. In the distance I could still hear thunder grumbling, and as for the sky, it looked dark and eerie, colourful, patchy, and cloudy, all at the same time.

The photo above shows a patch of colour, as if a rainbow was attempting to appeared, but had collaspsed before it could form an arc.

As I clicked photo after photo, the sky changed before my eyes. Dark clouds rolled in above; more mist appeared in the valley.

Suddenly, thick mist began billowing up from the valley floor, huge amounts of mist, covering the whole area within seconds.

The last two photos above were taken just a couple of minutes apart. The mist increased until the valley was completely hidden, and it remained misty for the next couple of hours.

So that was the early morning of Tuesday, 11th May, 2021. A memorable morning in many ways …

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Mist and Spider’s Webs

During the afternoon, clouds above Mount Warning looked for all the world like billowing smoke erupting from the top of the mountain. Then again, it could have been steam …

This morning we had mist, so thick at times that I couldn’t see the garden at all. ‘Twas a dilemma – who knew if we should expect sun or rain?

When the sun finally appeared, the mist, the angle of the sun, humidity in the air – who knows what contributed to the effect – lit up my front garden with an eeriness that I have never seen before.

Suspended droplets of mists danced across the sunbeams, while the same sunbeams lit up spider’s webs by the dozen!

I had no idea that so many eight-legged creatures lived in my garden. Not that I saw the residents, but their homes glistened wherever the sunbeams landed.

There were webs of all shapes and sizes!

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Three Jazzie Tibouchinas

More rain is predicted for tomorrow, so when the day began to cloud over again this afternoon, I dashed out with my camera to take a few photos before the predicted deluge begins.

Around the garden, the tibouchina plants look very lovely. I realised today that I have three different varieties of tibouchina growing, now if only I knew their specific names I could share that information as well!

The white flowered tibouchina, above, is a low growing shrub. It’s growing in a pot, and this autumn it seems to be growing much faster, and flowering more profusely, than the past two years.

I seem to remember when I bought the tibouchina above, which is another low growing shrub, the label told me it is a native tibouchina. I’m not sure where it’s native to though, as tibouchina plants are not native to Australia! They do thrive in our climate though.

My purple flowering tibouchina is a small tree, situated just outside my front door. The tree is constantly flowering, but there are always more flowers during autumn than the other seasons. When I looked up the name for purple tibouchias there were several varieties which all looked the same to me. One purple tibouchina was called “Jazzy,” and just because I think tibouchina flowers are very jazzy, that’s what I will call my tree, unless I learn that it’s called something else. 😉