Unoffical Weekly photo challenge: Summer

From Alisa at where’smybackpack comes another unofficial weekly photo challenge: Summer.

http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/05/18/summer/

No – there are no trees in this photo.  Summer in south west of Western Australia is  not a great time.  I did not go to where 400 year old trees died in 2 weeks from the heat – approx 20,000 of them.  I did not go down south where bushfires decimated the karri forests of ancient trees – wiping out the homes of the very endangered black cockatoo, wiping out their food.  They come up here, eat the wrong food and die.  I don’t usually take photos of flowers burnt by the sun before they’re fully open.

So, there are not many photos, but some:

smoke over the river, shrouding the city during the south west bushfire:

and the sunset the next day:

The ponds in the park drying out as the ground water levels drop, causing salinity to rise, which slowly kills the great conifers in the park:

Then there are the sunsets: magnificent – burning with red heat:

or malevolent, heavy with threat, trapping the heat and the rain intimated by the clouds never comes:

 

and there is nowhere cool in my house at night – she spreads herself on the kitchen floor:

No – I don’t enjoy Summer in Perth.

There weren’t many entries listed in zemanta so couldn’t find many to link back to 😦

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43 comments on “Unoffical Weekly photo challenge: Summer

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  2. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as clean as when I arrived.

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  3. eof737 says:

    Gorgeous photos… and the unofficial is now the official challenge. 🙂

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  6. ailsapm says:

    Just set a new travel theme challenge http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/05/25/street-markets/ I’d love you to join in, if you have the time! Pass it on, everyone’s welcome 🙂 xxx Ailsa

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  10. Intreresting take b the challenge – and great pictures. Maybe next year you cab get away for part of the Summer!

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  12. niasunset says:

    Oh dear Keira, I am impressed so much about these trees…. How sad… We damage to our nature world because of new buildings in here, and there because of the heat waves… How hits me again… I hate summer days too… Especially when it is being a very hot summer… In here the humidity goes up and we feel more the temperatures… Water and rain so important… I don’t know what will be in the future. You should be in last days of autumn… am I wrong? But it doesn’t seem like autumn… Dear Keira, your photographs are amazing, what a beautiful colours of the skies you captured, fascinated me. Thank you dear, Love, nia

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    • Thank you, Nia – & yes, it doesn’t feel like Autumn. However! The forecast for the next week? Sunny warmish days but the nights? FINALLY! It is getting cold! So, cross your fingers, Nia. Maybe we will have autumn & winter. It means some flowers might not live, though. Some spring flowers are already growing & it is too early. 😦

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      • niasunset says:

        Oh dear, they confused too of course… My fingers crossed… But all these climate news make me worry… I hope and wish everything to turn normal way again. Love, nia

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  13. Poor dears – but you have to admit all that heat and dust/smoke makes for fantastic photographs – which is what you gave us, perfect for a photo challenge! 🙂

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  14. The second time I see you have a vastly different take on life… I’m enjoying your posts! Thanks for the pingback!

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    • southern hemisphere summers are more deadly than those in the north – & at this end of the continent, worse 😦 For those who can afford aircoinditioning in cars & houses, the experience is different, and I’m the wrong colouring for the beach as well. I really don’t suit this part of the world 😀 Though I am the first to admit its beauties as well 🙂 Glad you are enjoying the posts 🙂

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  15. rumpydog says:

    That would be horrible for an arctic dog like me!

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    • It’s horrible for someone whose genes cry out for her northern hemisphere heritage. I am more at home in cold and grey with with snow edgings than eternal blue skies and the dried dead edges of leaves and ponds and lakes and drying rivers….

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  16. cocomino says:

    I’s awesome. Beautiful sunset. 🙂

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  17. bulldogsturf says:

    Lovely sunsets, what of a sunrise? I believe that western Australia has been through a bad drought. We in RSA have had a fairly wet one, so wet my house was damaged in a flood through our town. The river broke its bank and straight on down the streets it went. Oh well thats why we pay insurance.

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    • I rarely see the sunrise 🙂 Though, from where I live, sunrise is a huffen affair because of all the buildings. And parts of SW Australia are still in drought – those parts not affected by mining, that is…
      Hope the flood damage wasn’t too bad. It’s not something that happens in Perth to any great extent – or only if we get severe weather. last one was 2010. South West occasionally gets flooded, but again, it’s rare.

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    • & that was meant to be hidden – I’m not sure what huffen means 😀

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  18. antiquityandadventures says:

    great photo’s love the top one 🙂

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  19. ailsapm says:

    A very different take on summer, I had no idea about the black cockatoo, such a tragedy. You really see such extreme summers there. New York becomes hugely oppressive during the summers with dreadful humidity, but there are at least no bush fires to worry about. Great photos of the skies, and I feel for the poor kitty, no escape from the terrible heat!

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    • yeah, we’ve had a hot and getting hotter run. It’s why I want to leave & as soon as I have the money, I will. It’s terrible to see the envirnment sucumbing to the change in teh climate, though it’s been getting that way for over 30 years here, with the decrease in rainfall.

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      • ailsapm says:

        You guys are probably seeing the damage we’ve done to the environment amplified, because you see such extremes there. I wish you luck finding somewhere a little more temperate. Are you looking at a different part of Australia or a different part of the world?

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      • Yes we are, and I’m thinking Tasmania (much as I’d love to go to the UK, but that’s just not feasible any more). By the time the rains stop reaching southern Australia, I’ll be too old to care. The jut stream no longer rises high enough to influence much of Perth weather. La Nina saved the south east over the last few years and ended 12 years of drought, so you see what’s happening. And no, the south west was not affected by the La Nina to the same extent, though the rains that finally came last year came late. This year, the Autumn has barely touched us – some rain, hardly any cold and it’s almost winter. It’s not OK 😦

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      • ailsapm says:

        It’s been the oddest year in NY also, it seems to have gone straight from autumn to spring, skipping winter altogether (there were 2 weekends where there was a dusting of snow) and barely any rain. Spring lasted a couple of weeks and now it’s high summer so drought looks likely. Strange days indeed 😦 Wishing you good luck moving to Tasmania, hope it happens for you sooner rather than later. I know precious little about Tasmania, but it sounds like it would be nicer than Perth.

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      • Oh – no snow! That will imnpact on water and so many plants and then onto birds. Yes, we are in strange days. And I will keep all posted if I actually do manage to move 🙂

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