AFTER THE HEAT OF SUMMER

The heat of summer has gone and the best time in Sydney may well be autumn. The weather is still fine and a day at the beach can be enjoyable.

This late afternoon shower passed through Sydney on Friday night and provided a natural grey canvass for the bloodshot sun to splatter its pink, yellow and ruby tints over the sky.

IT’S HARD TO FIND A PLACE BETTER THAN THE BAY

My week has been very busy with many a silver lining but none as nice as this morning by the Bay. The white and shining, soft and shimmering sunlight disperses across the water. A hissing autumn wind drives little flakes of spray off the tops of the waves.

Blue grey clouds are everywhere and the silver morning awakes. With every moment the colour fades but I can see that a hint of reds and purples and blues is there and then at the water’s edge I find some yellows and some greens. Don’t give up the search there is still lots of silver left to be found. I think it falls off the lining of the clouds.

 

IF ONLY THE FORMULA TO LIFE WAS THIS EASY

 

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.

A MASS OF SPINNING AIR

jet plane

These masses of spinning air which trail from the engines are apparently the hot exhaust gases which cool into water droplets and can even form tiny ice crystals

I was looking up at this barely visible air plane and began to wonder how many people are in the air above the world at any one time? I think it has to be more than 500,000 maybe 750,000. Does anyone know?

RED SKY OVER SYDNEY:DUST STORM HITS THE BAY

sydney dust storm

usual view from deck

RED DUST MORNING

Usually I can see blue sky, green trees and the water from my balcony but this morning I awoke to a red haze unlike anything I’ve seen before.

A thick blanket of dust covers the city this morning so thick that the sun has not been seen.

It’s red dust as far as I can see. Read full story here. 

dusty bay 

  

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today’s view                                                        usual view