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In December 2010 we travelled to Indonesia to climb some volcanoes. What someone neglected to tell me was that Mt Bromo, where we were going, had been erupting for days, even weeks, before we arrived.
I was less than impressed but on the positive side, I didn’t have to hike up the side of the volcano because no-one was allowed that close to it.
To demonstrate the effect of both drought and floods on our landscape, here are a couple of before and after shots. The first photo is a shot of the Wimmera River in a town called Jeparit, in north west Victoria, taken on 30 May 2008. Followed by a photo of exactly the same spot, taken on 8 February 2011.
The trees are still dead, but they’ll probably come back in a few months. I plan to go back in Spring and see how they’re doing.
Next is a shot of Four Mile Beach, a popular camping and swimming spot on the shores of Lake Hindmarsh, which is Victoria’s largest fresh water lake. Again, the first photo was taken on 30 May 2008, and shows the lake as completely dry. The second photo was taken on 8 February 2011, and shows the effects of three months of flooding rain in the region.
Last weekend the boy and I decided to visit the Aquarium here in Melbourne. We’ve never been there before and we had a great time! The best exhibit was the Antarctic Penguins.
This is a King Penguin, the second largest breed of penguin in the world.
Sorry about the shadows, I didn’t take my camera so I took this with the iPhone.
The carnival is over. Finally. Now we can get on with the business of summer and hot weather. The predicted temperature for new year’s eve here?
36C. 38C. 40C. I’ve almost forgotten how hot that feels, we’ve had such average weather the last few months. Of course, with the hot weather comes the threat of fire. I am doing my civic duty this year and will be working in the State Control Centre for fire management if we have any fires. I’m on call just about every second week between now and the end of April. Cross your fingers there are no idiots with spare matches out there.
I took this photo a while back; having never tried to photograph a rainbow before I had no idea how hard it was!