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#1467872 - 26/07/2018 20:34 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Ronfishes]
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Plenty of Wattles in flower, taken near Grahamstown dam.
_MG_0568 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr

Originally Posted By: Ronfishes
Bloody fantastic stuff once again Wazza, does that freezing weather shorten the battery life noticeably by much?


Agreed, great stuff WW. As for battery life, cold weather can shorten the life quite considerably, depending on how cold it is, I have heard of batteries lasting just 20 minutes or so but mind you they were shooting in the arctic circle!! crazy
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#1467977 - 29/07/2018 20:13 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Wild Wassa]
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After cloud spoiled the total lunar eclipse, the sunrise somewhat made up for a disappointing eclipse.
_MG_1639 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr

_MG_1654 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr

A reverse sunset
_MG_1725 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr
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#1468022 - 31/07/2018 09:37 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Ronfishes and Eddy, thank you for your rewarding comments. You are both too kind.

Ron, it wasn't the cold weather that caused my camera battery to fail last week. It was me being lazy and not charging the battery fully before I went shooting. I knew I had low battery power. I hadn't intended to take so many shots, just a few shots of the old convict cuttings. When a giant flock of Galahs flew over, which was like a murmuration of starlings, it was too good an opportunity to miss photographing ... the 150+ images of Galahs that I took is what used up the limited battery power.

In my region the Southern Tablelands and and SW Slopes, I rarely see spectacular weather events, if at all. I can't remember the last time that I saw lightening or even a spectacular sunset. I try to keep the weather in context with the (mostly) rural environment.

Overcast or raining all night is a 'Salvation from Frost' ... early morning, and the old church beside the Yass River at Olwem, NSW. A morning without frost is a gift.




Usually there are thousands of sheep and cattle here. Seeing de-stocked herds and dry paddocks is sad. There are a few paddocks appearing still well stocked but the stock are being hand fed, which is extremely expensive.

I walked half way across Lake George to photograph these sheep, yesterday. The wind was terrible and the temp was about 5.0C. When I got within 200 metres of the flock, one sheep saw me and started walking, then all of them started walking further away. Yesterday, I questioned who really had the brains of a sheep, when I was doing the long walk back to my car.

'The Exodus' ... and a heat haze. A dry Lake George and Mount Baby on the Great Dividing Range, NSW.




'A Mirage' ... and the dry bed of Lake George, NSW. I googled a definition of mirage. A mirage is an optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions, often seen as a sheet of water in a desert caused by the refraction of light from the sky, caused by heated air. Ok, so 5.0C is considered to be heated air? It probably is to an Eskimo.




The drought is having an affect on the chains of small ponds and small sedge swamps that drain into the Yass and Murrumbidgee Rivers. These remnant wetlands below the Southern Mundoonan Range are as dry as a nut. Yass Valley, NSW.






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#1468214 - 03/08/2018 10:29 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Wild Wassa]
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At the start of Winter I took this next shot at the CSIRO experimental farm just North of Fraser in the ACT. Normally I don't title my shots when I first process them but I picked up a faint hint of green and titled this image 'Green'. I'm guessing some might be wondering why I called this image green?




Now I'm wondering what colour to call this next landscape taken a few days ago, at Inveralochy, a high plateau of the Great Dividing Range, NSW. How about a colour called 'Rain Shadow'?



Even a little bit of moisture, just a mil or two overnight can improves the palid hues ... that's if you don't read the 28 day weather forecasts. 'Waiting for Spring'... Clilton, Yass Valley, NSW.



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#1468447 - 07/08/2018 11:19 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Wild Wassa]
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The App Temp at 11.00am today is still well below zero. The wind is bitterly cold. The hills near home are white. By the time I was able to do photography this morning, it was snowing too heavily to see the hills and the high ranges. No matter where I looked towards the ranges this morning, there were many snowbows.

A snowbow above the Molonglo River Valley at Rocky Creek Nature Reserve, ACT.

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#1468681 - 12/08/2018 11:08 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Wild Wassa]
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When it snows on the hills and ranges during the night, at sunrise the the trees are a brilliant white, but by mid morning the snow has all but gone. There is plenty of snow in the forest's understory and on the ground then ... thanks to the wind.

The snowy clearing on Pig Hill and a hint of a snowbow. The NW edge of Brindabella National Park, in the Bramina Wilderness, NSW.

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#1468732 - 13/08/2018 16:45 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Wild Wassa]
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These are some great photos Wild Wassa, keep em coming!

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#1469274 - 21/08/2018 10:36 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Mcbobbings, thank you mate. There are still a few days of winter left, for you to post a few shots ... and then there's Spring photography.

A sunny day, beside Woolshed Creek, ACT.



The App Temp at the Canberra Airport in the background, was 3.0C then. The sky is somewhat brownish.





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#1469356 - 23/08/2018 09:34 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Nice Snowbow WW

A smoky sunset. The Salt Ash fire.
_MG_1952 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr

A cold sunset. It has been quite the mild winter here.
_MG_2022 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr
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#1469409 - 24/08/2018 12:47 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Nice Eddie, my brother in law and family live very close to where that fire was.
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#1469479 - 25/08/2018 16:00 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Ronfishes]
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Originally Posted By: Ronfishes
Nice Eddie, my brother in law and family live very close to where that fire was.


Yeah Ronfishes, they were very lucky indeed over there with no property loss or damage that I have heard of anyway!!
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#1469696 - 29/08/2018 15:57 Re: Winter 2018 [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Have you ever had the feeling that Winter will not end? Supposedly in two days time it will be Spring for some lucky Forumites. Alas, we on the Southern Southern Tablelands are about to move into Sprinter, hopefully.

It was very cold last night. On Mount Ginini the Temp fell to -6.5C and the app temp then was -13.0C. The coldest temp at Canberra Airport was less than one degree warmer.

In the last few days the frost has changed from minute needle-like crystals to crystals like rock salt and about the same size as a rock salt crystal. Winter is still beautiful to photograph.

Stainless steel stock silos stand shivering at Saltpetre Creek, NSW ... alternate title, Five Foggy Feeders.




Dobbin and Neddy enjoy a warming day, 16.0C ... it's a shame about their creek, though.




With no rain and warming sunny days, many of the regions creeks are dry or becoming un-linked stagnant pools. With blooming algae just waiting for the chance to be flushed into the rivers and lakes.



Light Cadmium Green although fashionable for some, is not the best selection of colour to move into Spring.


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