Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Townsville (where my family live) is the northern most piece of Brigalow Belt and is often a very very dry part of northeastern Queensland....when I arrived in Australia in 1989 I was told that the city was at the end of a 7yr drought, and coming from Sub Saharan Africa, it certainly looked like a very familar landscape to me.
Now this is not to say that the region has not had rain, and flood rains at times in the intervening years, but the current dry season is particularly pronounced.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Of all the towns I have visited Grafton is definitely amongst the most beautiful.
Many people know Grafton a the place of the annual Jacaranda festival, and it does have some of the most magnificent Jacaranda Avenues around, however there is a great deal more to Grafton than just an explosion of purple shades in late October and early November.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
One year in 40 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Autumn leaves conjure up for me playing hide and seek with a much loved, long departed boxer dog from my childhood.
The smell, the sounds and the texture of the piles of rapidly desiccating multi hued parchment fragments.
Since moving to Australia in 1989 and living for nearly 20yrs in North Queensland the seasonal markers that changes in leaf colour used to signify have become more confused in my mind. In the tropics (dry and wet) leaf colour change can and does occur dramatically after bud break...yes I know this is true in the Northern Hemisphere and cooler parts of Oz, but I mean the development of red hues, transitioning to green. (Autumn in reverse!)
Some of our trees develop single leaves with dramatic red colours, Quandongs come to mind.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Earlier this year I drove down to Newcastle from the Gold Coast and during the trip stopped at the very beautiful town of Armidale in NSW.