Posts Tagged ‘sky’

It is Coming

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The last week has seen the sudden arrival of Autumn. While there had been small signs that the seasons are changing – yellowing leaves, cooler evenings – it hasn’t been until the last seven or so days that it has become very obvious. Something like being slapped in the face with a wet fish, with just as much pain and wetness.

Last night I was eating dinner with some friends and heard the whistles of the garden-police ordering people to leave the park behind the Récollets. This happens every evening, the time changing throughout the year depending on when the sun sets. At the moment the park closes at 8.30pm and, up until recently, there would still be sunlight. Not last night. It was DARK. Sure, there was rain approaching and it was overcast, but it was also just DARK.

This morning my alarm went off at the usual time of 7.10am and as I opened my eyes my first thought was, “No… surely not… I must have set my alarm to go off an hour early.” But no. It was indeed time to get up but only for stupid humans who feel the need to go running every morning; the sun certainly wasn’t thinking about getting out of bed.

And so Becky and I went running in the dark (well, by 7.30am it was a bit lighter.) The weather today is fantastic – strong winds are pushing fluffy grey clouds through the sky at rapid speed, bringing showers of heavy rain. This did result in us getting wet on our run, but the winds were strong enough to push the clouds along so it didn’t last long. Plus running in the rain is very refreshing, even if you do look like a drowned rat at the end.

It is warm and humid today, which I love – it reminds me of Perth and the tropical storms that drift through on occasion. Every time there is a strong gust of wind, large chestnut shells are falling from the trees in the park and going CLUNK! and THWACK! as they hit the ground or ricochet off the metal fence. A great day to be inside.

Paris autumn sky

The sky earlier this morning.

This is Australia

Monday, February 6th, 2012

An afternoon at my grandmother’s and my hipstamatic camera produced these highlights of the Australian backyard:

Australian rooftops

Great sky.

Frangipani

Frangipani

Fluffballs

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I am very excited about Autumn arriving because this means clouds. When I was living in Europe I took so many photos of the sky due to the extensive range of cloud shapes, sizes, thickness, fluffinesses. It was quite spectacular. The past few days have brought some interesting cloud coverage. Yesterday on my drive to Caversham, I had stopped at some traffic lights in Guildford and had to whip out my camera to take this photo:

Cloudy sky

Wow.

I am contemplating a Book o’ Clouds. Something along the lines of every day I take a photo of the sky and write when and where this part of the sky is. Would anyone buy it? I would.