End of winter

wet evening at the end of winter

Little did I know it at the time, but a couple of weeks ago I was walking in the last week of winter in Melbourne.

wet evening at the end of winter

It was dark, heavy and wet.

wet evening at the end of winter

20 August 2013

Some days, the cloud seem so heavy. You could see the spots of heavy rain across the horizon.

Altona Beach

Monet's Pond

I realised that the art-filled winter is coming to an end. I jumped in to NGV to have a quick look at their Monet’s Garden exhibition. They are rather good. I’m hoping to check out again this weekend, before it closes on Sunday.

dusk in early spring

And one day, we woke up, to see the soft light shining through.

dusk in early spring

No more harsh cold wind. It’s just soft, hazy air out there.

dusk in early spring

People are starting to dress in shorter clothes.

dusk in early spring

Even the arrival of the night is not as depressing…

And we know…

Melbourne

The winter is gone.

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Osaka

Senriyama

I’m in Osaka for a short visit. It is the time before the summer officially kicks in. Normally it is often a very wet season with monsoon front line staying on top of the islands for weeks, but this time, it seems it has been kept pretty sunny. I walked around the town I grew up in, checking out the changes that are happening.

Senriyama

The under-path at the rail crossing. I hear that they will be diverting the traffic by building a new bridge. With that, this under-path may go away as well.

Senriyama

The former local market. Now it’s blocked off as the 70s public housing nearby have all been flattened to give way to a forest of the newer high-rise public housing.

Senriyama

Senriyama

A new sight in this town – a path under a concrete bridge…

Senriyama

Last night I took a train with my mother after dinner. Her friends extended an invite to go see the fire flies. Apparently there is a place in this residential area where you can see those glowing lights fly on their wings…

firefly watching

firefly watching

firefly watching

The girls on TV weather forecast have been warning of the potential direct hit by an approaching typhoon. They keep showing us the map of the region with the range of potential paths overlaid on it. Fortunately, the storm decided to go a bit far east, when I woke up at 4am, the sky was already getting brighter, with little sense of storm in the air.

As typhoon missed it

Four Seasons in One Day

It was after I moved to Melbourne that I learned Crowded House was a band that came out of Melbourne. They may be singing about the changes of heart, but that is the term that is used to describe the changing nature of weather in Melbourne. It is particularly the case in this time of the year when the winter is ending and warmer air is beginning to come in, activating the weather system.

You could almost call it spring. I swapped my black down-filled jacket for the lighter wind jacket as I drove from home to station for an early train. By 8am I was in the city. The sun was shining down on only one side of the street as the other still in the shadow of tall building. I enjoyed the contrast I could see through my polarised sunglasses. When was the last time I enjoyed looking at the sunshine in the morning? Winter is almost over, for sure.

In the late afternoon, I was down at the bottom of William Street, waiting at the red light on Flinders Street when I saw the strong storm cloud in the sky ahead to the east of the city.

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Within seconds it started to rain, and we shared umbrella and walked on.

Next moment, we were running for a cover as the hail started to come down like white pebbles from the sky. In another few minutes the hail stopped coming down, so we walked on, hearing the pieces of ice break under our feet.

Up in the terrace on the roof top above Federation Square, the rain had stopped and the sun was shining down again. Straight out of window to the south to south east hang a half circle of rainbow.

Coming home before sunset, I saw another strong storm cloud passing. Shafts of rain are visible in the distance. Up above, bright glow in the cloud, hinting there is more light of the day.

The brown leather shoes, socks and bottom third of my chino’s were drenched.

While still deciding on the new street camera, and for once I left my SLR (which is in my Crumpler bag every day) at home, all I had was the 2-year-old iPhone with Instagram app. The effects are a little too strong to be truly useful, but it is a toy and it does make some images with impact and let you quickly share on social network. Here is my Instagram album on Facebook. Yes, I take photos of my lunch and coffee.

Through the winter rains

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I have been following the weather forecasts quite regularly last couple of weeks. Since I started on ‘The Other’ series, I have been waiting for the rainy day when I hit the street to capture the vision of the others in the reflection. Rainy days are great for another of my favourite subjects in my  personal photography – the clouds. It just adds that much dynamism, the energy and movement to the scene.

 
The other

 

And after the rain, the flowers bloom. Real ones, and not so real ones…

colours

The new bloom

Storm Front

I got home in the early evening, watching the storm front approach. The forecast warned a possibility of severe rain storm, the kind that disrupted train and traffic in NSW in recent days. But once I got to the safety of home, how can I resist this amazing creation of nature?

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

The storm front approaches the downtown Melbourne. Day is turned into night, soon followed by the gentle rain and lightening.

But on this side, we have the last of the daylight, and that magnificent cloud above…

storm cloud 2011-11-09

About to rain

stormy sunset - 23 May 2011

I hope you all enjoyed the absolutely beautiful weather on the weekend. I’m glad I captured the beauty of autumn on Saturday (in previous post), because today, on Monday, it’s back to this. It looks like it will be another cooler and partly wet week with minimum just below 10 and top of only about 15 every day this week.

Keep warm everyone. Perhaps it is a good time to stay at home and have some portraits taken with your loved ones. Book me in for the photoshoot now! 🙂