clouds over bay

I’m a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society and am proud to walk around with my head in the clouds.

clouds over tree

Today when I looked up and saw these beautiful feathery shapes floating above the bay I could not resist catching their mood.




Officially, Australia’s winter is from June to August and these months in the south of the continent, are the wettest and coldest times of year.

Today is the 6th of June, and whilst only a few days into winter we see freakish wet and wild weather hit the city and on top of that we will witness the occurrence of a transit of Venus which happens when Venus is observed to move across the face of the Sun.

This transit is a rare and historically important astronomical event which won’t occur again until 2117 so I’m up early to see the astronomical phenomenon, get among the unusual weather and somehow combine all that with a cup of coffee.

I’m sure humans evolved in tropical climates and only came across cold weather by mistake as they travelled the Silk Road or on some other trade journey. So when winter with its cold, windy, and bleak weather comes along we all start to complain.

I’m one of those humans sensitive to cold and do my fair share of complaining.The trees die a little, the grass dies a lot and early in the morning when I’m wrapped up in the silence and darkness, I don’t want to get out of bed, I just want to hibernate.

In the interest of science and knowledge I forced myself out into the cold.

Today in Sydney the weather was described by the Fairfax Media as follows:

A SEVERE storm sweeping up the coast collided with the year’s highest tide and evening peak hour yesterday, causing traffic delays, power outages and damage to homes across Sydney.

Winds as high as 128 km/h battered the coast and some inland areas and the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for the Hunter, metropolitan, south coast, Illawarra, northern rivers, Snowy Mountains, mid-north coast and central tablelands districts.

”I can tell you on the coast it’s blowing a gale,” the bureau’s severe weather meteorologist, Andrew Haigh, said.

The average wave height in Sydney was about 1.5 to two metres before the weather closed in yesterday afternoon, with swells expected to reach up to eight metres.

The highest tide of 2.2m approached the 2.4-metre record set in 1974. ”We’ve got the severe weather and winds coinciding with close to the highest tide of the year, so that is very unusual,” Mr Haigh said.

I sit at the café enjoying a warm coffee with toast and jam and past the time observing the transit of Venus against the backdrop of an eight metre ocean swell.

The days are short and the sun is a small spark in the sky. It sheds intermittent warmth amidst the chilly weather. The clouds discharge their storm water and the smell of smoke from chimneys is a welcome sign that human warmth still exists.



I’m on a Boeing 737 -800 at 35,000 feet cruising at about 450 kts, and I’m heading home. I don’t know it but what’s on my mind is h*2R=d^2. That’s the formula for working out how far away the horizon is. 

Thanks to DC I’ve had a fantastic sliding-door holiday week on the Gold Coast and I am about to come back to earth and live the rest of my life. To enjoy getting older I’m going to forget the saying “I’ll be happy when” and accept that the “when” is now.  

I stare out this blurred window and search the horizon for the future that awaits me. It will be one where I won’t reschedule things, desires or happiness to a “later time.” My later time has arrived. I’ll search for what drives me and live by my own program. 

Fortunately my life is not one full of questions. All I want is the capacity to make meaning of my experiences. One thing I know is that I have the choice in my life to be happy, and that’s the choice I’m going to make.  

By the way, at 35,000 feet the horizon is 221.3 miles away.



Sky earth cloud 2

The little white cloud arrived at the top of the hill and could not decide which of the two ways to take. Is this the place where things both physical and abstract meet.


Cloud at Semnoz mountain in Haute Savoie, France above Annecy – by Stéphanie Agostini


by the bay 8 29 june

It’s Sunday and another superb day by the bay. I decided to put the rod in the back of the car, get a few fresh banana prawns from the local supermarket and head for the bay to do a little fishing.


As usual I didn’t catch any fish which has one advantage in that I haven’t yet had to learn how to gut and scale them. But I guess that will come later.


I pulled out the N95 and took a few sea and sky pictures. The sky is pale blue, partly cloudy and the air is temperature is about 18c. The water temperature is 20c so I’m standing in it up to my knees, it’s just fantastic and it’s mid–winter.


The clouds were all there, long ones, fat ones, wispy ones. Some were standing still, others slowly floating by and still others , racing along up high.


A few big fellers were hanging off the coast  waiting to see if they could cause some trouble later in the afternoon.


I spent a good few hours casting the rod and retrieving my bait which I finally gave to a seagull.


I can tell you it’s a pretty relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon in winter.


by the bay 9 29 june