The Changing Seasons. December 2017

There may be two TCS December posts this year. Please ignore the other one.
It’s been wonderfully hot and coolish, like it is this morning, this month. The changing seasons has been great but I fear I have not been able to achieve what I was hoping.
i.e. displaying how things change here during the year with photographs. I think it is because I tend to to be attracted to the same type of photography, no matter what time of the year. Thanks to Max for hosting. I have only been involved this year but have a watched it for a few. Please visit Max’s page to see other entries. I believe another blogger is taking up the mantle so follow up if you wish. Some pics

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Ascending in Atrani

In August last year, Jo and I stayed in beautiful little 3 bedroom home stuck to the side of the hill in Atrani, right next to Amalfi, and below Ravello. We stayed there with 2 other couples for a week, and it was a very special part of our stay in Italy. Not unlike the rest of Italy, climbing steps is a daily routine. I fell in love with the labyrinth of steps throughout the Amalfi coast and would love to return one day before I am too old to tackle them with gusto. From the piazza, below the road, where we needed to go for our regular alcohol or coffee fix, and the occasional feed, there were quite a number of steps to our rooms. I loved going up and down them, but they weren’t for everybody. This post aligns with the wordpress weekly photo entry

Ah, the serenity

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything but on the changing seasons. Here’s a bunch of photos specially chosen for the Serene theme. Apologies as some have been previously published.

The Changing Seasons. November 2017

If it wasn’t for the changing seasons I would not be posting in my blog at all. Thanks to Max and Joanne for keeping me in touch and apologies for not checking in on your stuff. Late November has seen us plunge into Summery weather, with a tropical feel. However, early November was still chilling us to the bone.

On the Melbourne cup weekend, Jo and I and two other couples attended the Maldon Folk Music Festival. I elected to not take photos of the artists; I wanted to be totally absorbed by the music. My favourite was a band from Boston called Mile Twelve. But there were many other fantastic local attractions there. In particular, Rich Davies and the Royal High Jinx. I also attended a mandolin workshop, which was fun. We camped nearby in our little caravan. I hope to be returning next year.

This month I have been a little obsessed with clouds. What am I saying; I always have been. I joined a closed FB group dedicated to clouds and have been having fun.

Jo sung at the Malmsbury Fayre last week. I enjoy taking choir pics

Plus some extra Fayre activities.

Of course, it can’t be November without some special flowers.

Plus a gnarly dead but still alive gum tree. They do things like that.gum tree

The Changing Seasons, October 2017

A frantic month of ‘Where did that go?’ I had some leave, did some burning, visited Tasmania.
Took the dogs for a run down the Altona dog beach. They had a ball.
rogie maya burns reserve

Since the nasty grass fire of February 2014, we have had many piles of dead cypress trees awaiting burning. Last weekend was coolish with favourable light SW winds. Perfect pyro weather. This was 3 of the 8 piles we burnt. There are just as many, if not more, dead trees to burn next Winter.

Jo had a bit of fun in the bobcat.
jo in bobcat
Last week I flitted down to Hobart for 24 hours. Too short. I love that place.

And thanks to Ruth at RuthsArc I was able check out some wonderful new sculptures. The weather and light was not the best.convict sculpture 2convict sculpture 3convict sculpture
I’ve added these for Max’s Changing seasons.

The Changing Seasons September 2017

Photography has been miles from my mind this month. It’s been a big month of music and early Spring entertainment. Removing last years dead grass has been high on my agenda. This Summer is going to be hot and dry one with the threat of fires up there with what hit us here in February 2014. This will not happen to us again.

Jo’s choir, the Pollyphonics put on a great show with a cabaret theme.

A little break in marine training on the Yarra River allowed me to grab this shot.

ship 1

The garden is moving into Spring

 

Our dam at the start of the season

Thanks for Max who runs the Changing Seasons. Check his blog out here

The Changing Seasons August 2017

I am so lucky to have been asked to sample down at the Gippsland Lakes this August as I don’t think I would have too much to contribute. I’ve added these photos for Max’s Changing Seasons. Please visit the page and check out some nice views of the world at different times of the year.

August is Acacia flowering time here in Victoria. I grabbed a couple of close ups.

These are both Cootamundra Wattles, Acacia Baileyana. Wattles grow through the bush like weeds and indeed, these wattles, 10s of them, have popped up since the 2014 fire, all from the seeds of one tree. These wattles are not indigenous to the area and must be kept under control. I love their flowers.

Last week I visited the Gippsland Lakes for a sampling trip. The lakes are estuarine and are mostly surrounded by farmland. While they are very beautiful and still wild in parts, they are under threat from the many uses that surround them, such as farming, industry and tourism. We sample the lakes to monitor the chemical and biological quality of the water. From this we can detect gross changes, or gradual trending, in water quality. This in turn enables us to pinpoint the possible source and can initiate discussions to influence changes in industry practices. It becomes a win-win, because most locals do not want their lakes to change while at the same time do not want to be over-regulated.

On the 2nd day, before heading out again, my colleague and I got up well before sunrise to do a spot of fishing and photography near where we were staying. It is indeed a beautiful place.

The Changing Seasons July 2017

Hi there! July in cold old Victoria it is. I have friends and family overseas and up north sunning themselves. I’m down here in the cold semi antarctic conditions. The sun is shining; it’s not snowing; it not -°; the fires roaring. There is really nothing to complain about. I maybe heading to Hobart next month. Now that will be a wintry experience for me. I’ve added these for Max’s changing seasons. Some not the best quality – apologies.

I have been seeing some very clear weather lately. The mountain – hill, in the distance in the first photograph is 120 km distant. One morning I thought saw a 160 km distant mountain but was not able to prove it.

I try to leave work early sometimes as I like to see the sunset and see my dogs in the daylight

The Changing Seasons June 2017

A big part of blogging is not only posting, but reading, and commenting on, all of my favourite blogs. I apologise for not finding time for this. Work has been more hectic than ever and I admit to being a little addicted to Words with friends. I leave for work in the dark and get home the dark. It’s cold, I light the fire, we eat, we socialise, we watch the telly, we obsess with the internet.
Last week I travelled to Lakes Entrance for a course and managed to capture some pre-dawn photographs. It has been cold but very dry in Victoria this Winter. Some parts of Victoria need rain badly. I will add some of these pics for Max’s changing seasons.