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 …
I awoke to a bright sunny day and a clear mountain, so took my first photo at 7:12am. You never know how long the mountain will remain clear on a subtropical summer’s day.
By 11:18am the valley was at its magical best. No clouds hampered the clarity of Mount Warning or the ranges, so it was time to take another photo.
While we were eating lunch, my husband noticed a change in the weather, so checked the Bureau of Meterology website. He discovered that there were three storms heading our way, although he thought that perhaps we would only feel the tail-end effects of the combined storms.
Thunder rolled in the distance, light rain began to fall, and within half an hour the ‘storm’ was over. All that remained was the intensity of summer humidity, leaving the air so heavy you felt you could reach out and touch it. The heat this afternoon was the kind that makes me dread summer, every year. I loathe breathing in hot air and feeling as if there are a thousand spiders crawling across my skin!
The striking changes in the valley after the storm had passed soon took my mind off the heat. I took the photo above at 6:00pm. The mono tone is the actual colour of the valley at that time. The next photo shows the changes in the valley and the sky just half an hour later …
The swirl of misty clouds in the valley were replaced by a brilliant sunlit sky.
Beyond the yellow and orange, a patch of blue and cloudy sky continued down to the horizon.
This is how I cope with summer! Summer is the only season when the weather can change the appearance of the mountain and valley so drastically.
What an absolute blessing of contrasts nature provides. ❤
We had a pretty wild electric storm overnight. I’m not sure how long the rain, crashing and flashing continued, but this morning the valley looked stunning! I could have continued taking photos all day as the appearance of the ranges and Mount Warning changed constantly. The whole atmosphere felt different, washed clean by the rain and shining brilliantly, with moody clouds arriving, swirling, creating some magic, then moving along. Even tonight after sunset, the drama in the cloudy sky continued.
We also had our first visit in the front garden from this year’s baby magpie. 🙂
I submitted one assignment yesterday morning and now I’m madly working on my final assignment which is due at midnight, Wednesday. My eyes need a rest, but the end is sooooo close …