Clouds

I haven’t posted for a while. Partly because it’s winter and the days are short — I leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark so I haven’t had much time to get out with my camera. Shame because winter is beautiful here — the air is crisp and clear and when it’s not raining the beach is awesome. Hopefully I’ll see some whales cruising past soon. In the meantime, here’s a selection of photos from my cloud collection. Remember, I have warned you before, I’m a cloud nerd.  (Click on the thumbnails below to view the gallery)

April sunset

 

If you’re a cloud nerd too, you’re not alone, there is help! Check out The Cloud Appreciation Society.

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Full Moon

Why do I like staring at the moon? Every month I look forward to the full moooooooon. It looks truly amazing through a pair of really powerful binoculars. You can see so much detail — the surface with craters, ravines, valleys, plains. And it looks so close that you could touch it. Not so great in this photo of mine… but you get the idea. This was taken one day before the full moon, although it looks pretty full to me. Is this auspicious or what? The full moon occurs this month on November 11th — 11/11/11. A palindrome on a full moon. Spoooooky!

Angry Sky

A visitor from the south: a big storm front rolls in over Manly Beach

My absolute favourite subject matter for photography is clouds — so here’s a warning in advance: you’ll see lots of clouds on this blog. This particular beauty rolled in with a ‘southerly buster’. The southerly usually signals a cool change and is common in Sydney in the summer, particularly after days of stable, sunny weather. A cool front gets pushed up from the south, bringing unstable, gusty weather. Big grey clouds roll in and the temperature drops rapidly. They usually come in the late afternoon and you can almost set your watch by it. All of a sudden our back windows start rattling — ah, that’ll be the southerly buster. Some Sydney weather nerds (myself included) often tweet when the southerly hits – you could map it’s progress from south to north across the city.

Big and beautiful: Is it just me, or do storm clouds make great photos?