Posts tagged clouds
Posts tagged clouds
Clouds and wind = sky patterns.
There was blue sky
Then there came clouds
It rained hard this afternoon as Melbourne’s recent run of warm autumnal days moved towards more normal autumn weather. In the transition there was thunder, hail, loud heavy rainfall. It’s winter woollies time tonight.
It’s truly a fine autumn, blue sky days, fleecy white clouds from time to time, and that balmy stillness as the heat of summer with it’s particular style of energy begins to ease out letting the plants begin to wind down. Soon the leaves of this tree with change colours, and begin to fall as the tree begins to rest and reserve it’s energies over the coming winter in readiness for a spring.
The last of the tomato crop is slowly ripening and proving good eating. The mandarins are rapidly filling out and I’m looking for the first hint of the gorgeous orange skin to show. There is so much blossom on the lime and the lemon and the bees are busy about their work of ensuring those blooms pollinate and become new fruit.
It’s a good time of year to prepare for a winter project to keep creativity awake. I will miss daylight saving time and those extra hours of daylight, but it’s also nice to be in a warm place, making something beautiful - a crochet rug, or some embroidery, or perhaps a short story that I’m happy about.
Meanwhile I rather like sitting out on the deck and imagining images and shapes in those fleecy clouds overhead.
Up up and away with the cloud people today, blown along by the winds, creating wonderful textures and patterns against the gloriously blue skies. Lot cooler up there than it is at ground level today.
The sky has become a map full of cloud islands.
I enjoy gazing up at the clouds and imagining the shapes within - apparently so do many others and here’s six photographs of what others have seen:
To date summer has been gentle - the hottest days around 34-35C lasting at most a couple of days and then followed by a cool change and rain, rain and more rain. Forecast this week has been towards summer making a hot statement of 40C + and remaining in the mid 30sC for a few days. It’s also been an unusually humid summer at times with humidity being in the high % on occasions and that can be trying. It can make sleep difficult, but thankfully there have not been too many nights like that so far.
Last night’s sky certainly was one of those fulfilling the statement ‘red sky at night shepherd’s delight, red sky in the morning shepher’s warning’. Such a beautiful rosy glow.
I took these photos around 8.00pm last night, just before I settled in to watch the Women’s Finals of the Australian Open being played out in Melbourne. It was quite a match - two very strong opponents. I always think it’s unfortunate that the final numbers shown on the scoring board do not reflect the amount of effort, skill and determination it has taken each to achieve a result. Congratulations to Kim Clijsters and Li Na for such a wonderful match. It is Clijsters first win at an Australian Open - she had to fight very hard to gain it. Li Na has been declared a National Hero in China as the first Chinese tennis contestant to reach finals status. Congratulations to both women on their respective ‘firsts’.
Tonight is the men’s final of the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam and the weather is forecast to remain very hot, the first really really high temperature night of the two weeks that the tournament has been playing. The conditions will add to the overall testing of the two very fine players who will be on centre court. Andy Murray hoping to break Great Britain’s 75 year major tournament winning drought. He plays Serbia’s Novak Djokovic who won here last year. They’re both in top form. It should be quite a match, testing both their physical and mental determination. All the best guys.
As a sideline - during matches over the past two weeks players have not only had to battle one another for points, but also contend with the occasional flight of a bat that has strayed into the arena, locusts that have decided the blue surface might be edible (I thought they were only liked green), moths attracted to the lights. On Australia Day the players on court were disturbed by the cannon salute, the overhead flight of formation jets, and in the evening the fireworks display.