Winter 2018

Posted by: Wild Wassa

Winter 2018 - 07/06/2018 08:03

Please post your Winter weather images.

Cold afternoon, soft light. Ruin at Munga Heights, SE of Lake George NSW.


Range upon range, the Great Dividing Range, Victoria.

... and remembering that old Norwegian saying, there is no such thing as cold weather, just inappropriate clothing. Too true.
Posted by: EddyG

Re: Winter 2018 - 07/06/2018 08:36

Nice WW, good to see you back posting your beautiful images!!
Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 12/06/2018 21:42

EddyG, thank you Mate. Several seasons have passed since my last real postings.

Where I'm, Winter can be both not nice and then at the same time, beautiful.

Sunday 10th June'18. Finally, there was rain or more correctly, there was some drizzling. The first fall, in quite some time.
The wet road. Emmaville, South of Yass, NSW.

Cold rain. Tuesday 12th June. Looking towards the Blue Range, above the cloud filled Yass Valley, NSW.

Posted by: ColdFront

Re: Winter 2018 - 12/06/2018 22:18

A couple of sunset shots on the Kolan River on Sunday evening. The fishing was as good as the sunset.

Posted by: Kino

Re: Winter 2018 - 12/06/2018 22:55

Lovely CF
Posted by: ColdFront

Re: Winter 2018 - 18/06/2018 15:16

Thanks mate.
Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 26/06/2018 19:16

A few more shots.

Lake Hume at Bowna Reserve, NSW, looking towards Tabletop Mountain. Friday 22nd June at 4.00pm. It was about 11 or 12.0C ... and not a breath of wind. A beautiful Winter's day.

The Buffalo Ranges, from the Dederang Valley, Victoria, at twilight. 23rd June. The air was very cold.

Still foggy at midday. The Indigo Valley, Victoria. 24th June.

Late afternoon in a smokey Yass Valley. 24th June. It was 2.0C.

Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 02/07/2018 11:43

Driving to the opening of John Dawes' (from Clarke and Dawes) exhibition of photographs showing at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, I took the back road from Collector to Bungendore. I hadn't driven these roads before. I was amazed at the large numbers of tormented, twisted and broken ancient looking Snow Gums beside Collector Road.

I waited until I got to a more sheltered spot on the Tarago-Bungendore road to photograph the prevailing wind. In the open I doubt I could have held the camera steady, the wind was brutal.

Less tormented Snow Gums on the Great Dividing Range in the headwaters of the Mullwaree River, west of Lake George, NSW.

Mid afternoon on the 30th June the wind was 20kts gusting to 30kts. The temp was 9.1C and the App Temp 0.1C. From Braidwood's reading at 3.30pm, which feels right. A return visit to the area to photograph the twisted old trees in the wind, will happen.
Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 05/07/2018 11:48

Sincere apologies to Bryan Dawe for claiming that dude John Dawes is an artist. John is always claiming Bryan's art cred' .... I've been watching too many World Cup games, live.
Posted by: Ronfishes

Re: Winter 2018 - 06/07/2018 08:04

Thought you had taught me something WW laugh , loving your pics mate.
Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 06/07/2018 20:46

Ron, Ha Ha! ... I know very little and not enough to pass-on to anyone.

In my garden today the ground slope, the foliage and structures caused an unusual 'land effect' to the wind ... but then so does everything else, everywhere else.

The 'land effect' today, caused the wind to only blow on the right side of the Acacia. A small weather event.

Posted by: EddyG

Re: Winter 2018 - 06/07/2018 21:51

Nice pics WW

A couple of pics from a day trip to Seals Rocks and Forster
Seal Rocks under some heavy drizzle during the week just gone.
_MG_0088 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr

Forster - The Tanks
_MG_0210 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr
Posted by: Steve777

Re: Winter 2018 - 10/07/2018 19:48

Great pictures WW and Eddy.

Here's a quiet spot by the Lane Cove River around 3:00PM this afternoon:

A postcard Sydney Winter's day one that the wind has eased, clear skies, calm, still feeling a bit chilly out of the sun - probably around 16.
Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 11/07/2018 13:16

Eddy and Steve, thank you. I'm glad that you like the shots and it isn't hard to be envious of your warmer winter weathers and good selection of images.

The harsh reality of a Southern Tablelands' rural environment, on the 10th July.

Minus 9 at minus 6(C). Alternative title, 'A Small Sun'. This small sun didn't warm these nine luckless ferals at Lucky Pass on the Great Dividing Range, NSW. It didn't warm me either.

Brutalised White Sallees aka Snow Gums. Alternative title, 'A Big Sun'. 10 klicks SE of the Cullarin Range, NSW. The Cullarin Range is the windiest place in New South Wales and at this time of year, it's not far off being NSW's Chill Factor Capital.

I imagine train spotting is difficult on foggy days. It is best not to have one's ear to the ground when the temp is well below freezing and the visibility somewhat limited. Level crossing at Komungla, NSW.

Still foggy on the Great Dividing Range near Tirrannaville, NSW. Large Mountain Ashe, Blakely's Red Gum and Inland Scribbly Bark rule here.

Another wind brutalized tree on a high plateau of the Great Dividing Range, North of Goulburn, NSW.

Cloud shadow on the Cockbundoon Range, NSW.

Posted by: Homer

Re: Winter 2018 - 11/07/2018 17:08

Brilliant pics as per usual Wild Wassa.
Posted by: ColdFront

Re: Winter 2018 - 11/07/2018 23:34

Sunset 2 nights ago in Bundaberg

Posted by: EddyG

Re: Winter 2018 - 12/07/2018 16:49

Nice colourful sunset CF.

Calm waters on the Myall Lakes. It was quite a mild winters day!!
_MG_0344 by Eddy Groot, on Flickr
Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 13/07/2018 10:44

Homer, thank you.

The cloud shadow in my above post, is on the Cookbundoon Range and not on the Cockbundoon Range. Sorry Forumites about the cock-up.

Two more tree shots.

A wind swept White Sallee above Woolshed Creek, at Strathaird on a high plateau of the Great Dividing Range, NSW.

Winter sun warming a Mountain Ashe. Komungla, NSW.

... and a few structures, showing the ravages of the weather and time. The relatively clear sunny days have given the images clarity but the light still remains cold.

Late afternoon. Woolshed at Chain'o'ponds Creek in the Yass Valley, NSW.

Ruin at Mount Rae, on the Great Dividing Range, NSW.

A cold afternoon with even colder light. Woolshed on the exotically named Wooronbooronbidgee Creek, at Middle Arm, NSW.

Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 24/07/2018 13:38

Hello Forumites ... it's me again.

I've had enough of this Winter already. Repeatedly waking up to horrid frosts of -8C or worse has given me seasonal affective disorder syndrome, 'Winter Type'. Rarely does the App.Temp. get above zero during the day.

The darling buds of Spring are nowhere to be seen, in my neck-of-the-bush and I'm wondering if they will even happen this year, with so much frost damage. The Wattle is not out, and it is usually blooming-well by now.

Although, some wattle is trying at this homestead on Manton Road, Yass Valley, NSW.

Yesterday, 23rd June, I went looking for the convict cuttings on the original 'Great Southern Road'. The original road, from Sydney to Albury, (now called the Hume Highway), is still a goat track across the Mundoonen Range. The range cuts the Hume Highway between Yass and Goulburn. A remnant of the original 'goat track' as it was described back in the 1820's crosses the Mundoonen Nature Reserve. Most of the original track that I followed yesterday was across farm paddocks, until I reached the ranges. Permission to access properties was given, thankfully. Otherwise it would have needed bush bashing climbing South to Mundoonan Gap from the Hume Highway.

Yesterday the air was very cold. There was not a breath of wind at any time that I noticed ... and the clouds were photogenic all day. The original 'Great Southern Road', is now call the Old Gap Road.

I took 300+ images yesterday mostly of trees, huge flocks of birds and wooden bridges and the 'Road' as it wound through paddocks and sunk into creek crossings. I ran out of camera battery within metres of beautiful old grass trees in the Nature Reserve, this was shocking and affecting, left with no battery power for the convict cuttings. A return visit is a must.
Posted by: Ronfishes

Re: Winter 2018 - 25/07/2018 21:11

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

Re: Winter 2018 - 26/07/2018 20:34

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
Posted by: EddyG

Re: Winter 2018 - 29/07/2018 20:13

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
Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 31/07/2018 09:37

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.

Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 03/08/2018 10:29

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.

Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 07/08/2018 11:19

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.

Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 12/08/2018 11:08

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.

Posted by: Mcbobbings

Re: Winter 2018 - 13/08/2018 16:45

These are some great photos Wild Wassa, keep em coming!
Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 21/08/2018 10:36

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.

Posted by: EddyG

Re: Winter 2018 - 23/08/2018 09:34

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
Posted by: Ronfishes

Re: Winter 2018 - 24/08/2018 12:47

Nice Eddie, my brother in law and family live very close to where that fire was.
Posted by: EddyG

Re: Winter 2018 - 25/08/2018 16:00

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!!
Posted by: Wild Wassa

Re: Winter 2018 - 29/08/2018 15:57

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.