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.

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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

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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.

The Changing Seasons. April 2017

Like every temperate zone region, April is a time of change here in Southern Victoria. Unlike many of my blogging friends, our world is cooling down and the daylight hours are approaching 11 hrs.
April is a time when we are winding up our beach camping. Instead of swimming and spending evenings on the beach, we gather around in coats, play music and sometimes drink too much.
April is popular time for international acts to visit Australia. This is related to the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival at Easter. Many acts add the capital cities to this. We saw Jethro Tull, Patti Smith, and as a duo, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry. All of these concerts had their excellence, with maybe Jethro Tull lagging a little. Having said that, Ian Anderson still is an extraordinary flautist and performer. I’m not sure what you pay in America or Europe for these acts but I am minus 350 bucks after these concerts. I am so lucky I can afford to pay it. I do hanker for the days when a concert ticket was the same cost as an LP. $5. As a kid I went to all the concerts.
Today is Anzac Day, a holiday commemorating the debacle at Gallipoli in 1915. A reposted a photo of my father in uniform on facebook. That is all I could do.
Later on I’ll tune in to the traditional footy match. I have a strong suspicion that my team will lose. That’s OK. It’s just big money making venture these days and I have childhood based allegiance I cannot shake.
Here’s some pics. May will be harder than April. Oh apologies for the sunsets – I like them. Added for Max

Enjoying our friends’ company at the beach.

Yes, more sunsets

After the Jethro Tull concert on Southbank

After Jethro Tull concert
Before the Patti Smith Concert. I was primed!
city before seeing patti smithThe venue just before the Billy Bragg and Joe Henry concert
Before Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

March in Southern Victoria

March is a glorious time in Southern Victoria. Beautiful warm days. Cooler nights. Dry, often too dry…..For some reason I have been struggling taking photographs. I have been loving making music; maybe that’s the reason. This evening sky at home I could not resist.mid march evening sky looking south

A gathering of old friends for a pot luck dinner. A great time had by all.pot luck dinner old friendsOut on the job on the Gippsland Lakes between sites.

Back Down at the Bay with a G&T in handSummer is moving on

Another freakin sunsetanother freakin sunset

All added for Max on his great monthly photo feature at Cardinal Guzman

Changing Seasons. February 2017

As we approach the end of Summer we will be experiencing an unusual blast of Summer weather. It was only six months ago when I was in Rome experiencing a very similar end of Summer weather. February is not my favourite time to photograph. The light is too harsh except early in the morning and before sunset. Jo and I also spend a lot of time down at the beach to enjoy the mild to warm weather. Last weekend it snowed in our alps; a very very unusual event. Here’s some pics of the beach from a couple of weekends. For Max’s blog.