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.