Australia · birds · Mount Warning · photography · seasons · sugar cane · sunset · Tweed Valley · winter

Across the Valley

There was mist in the valley again this morning. Now the weather is warming up I will probably see fewer misty mornings, so I can’t resist taking photos of the effects of cooler weather while they last.

We had an arborist here today, cutting back some trees and trimming the high branches off others. The area he worked on is right down the back of our property along the back boundary. So later this afternoon, after he left, my camera and I took a walk down there to see what we could see now.

Besides a magnificent, uninterrupted view across the valley, there was a sugar cane fire way off in the distance, which I hadn’t noticed from the house. Just slightly to the left of the lower centre of the photo above there are previously burned blackened cane fields, which will turn green again in no time at all. To the right of the black fields are plenty of green cane fields still awaiting harvest.

By the time I arrived back at the house the sun was setting. The sky had just a hint of orange and looked very pretty.

So today is officially the last day of winter in Australia. The temperature reached 26 degrees Celsius, so it was definitely not a cool day! We could still have a few cooler days, but from now on the warmer days will become more frequent than cooler days. It’s a beautiful time of year now, but I’m really not looking forward to the humidity of summer at all! I complain about the heat every year though, and each year I try to find things to enjoy during the summer months. This year will be no exception.

Oh, and I had one of my regular visitors drop by around sunset as well. 🙂

Australia · clouds · colours · Mount Warning · sunset · Tweed Valley · winter

Skies Afire

Mount Warning reappeared today from beneath yesterday’s smoky, dusty haze. The mountain and ranges looked beautifully clear all day but I decided to wait until sunset before taking my camera outside as the weather turned cold this afternoon. I’ve noticed that a sudden cold snap is often a prediction for a beautiful sunset, and I had a hunch that today could be one of those memorable sky days.

So out I went with my camera just after 5:30 pm. Nothing. Oh, the sky had a pretty pastel sunset tinge of colour over the mountain, but this wasn’t the magnificence sky-show I had expected.

And then I turned around …

Towards the north-western skies, stripes of clouds were lit up by the sunset glow. The sky looked magnificent!

I’m sure I will never understand how weather patterns work, it’s all too technical a process for my simple brain. I am just happy to enjoy the magic – no questions asked – and to follow my hunches when I feel something brewing in the weather.  🙂