Subdued Sunset in MtLawleyshire

You’d think, with the heat, there’d be a fierce sunset of virulent colours, but no.

It was almost subdued.  Almost.  There was something about the understated nature that was menacing, threatening.  It’s beauty is likewise understated.

first – light slanting across the road & picking out emerald verdant green from the street trees

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The sky was smeared with cloud, blurring and swallowing the light:

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It didn’t intensify, but darkened – the clouds were only in a small area.

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One moment of intense glory


The clouds radiated out without taking colour with them

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Wind driven calligraphy

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the clouds themselves were beautiful, but it was all so static, understated.


the long view is less static and implies the sense of distance between me, across miles of urbanity, to an unseen, unreachable horizon where the sun slips behind the clouds into the darkened sea.


There was no further colour.  THe ramparts of clouds swallowed all, waiting for the heat tomorrow.


A walk in the heat in MtLawleyShire

It’s the 2nd day of a heatwave where not once day will dip below the old century, & today it will go well over.  I didn’t set off as early as I wanted to due to various hold-ups, so only walked around where I lived a few decades ago, and though the heat is too much for any flowers, I found a rose or 2 unspoiled by the fierce sun:

red rose

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and trees 🙂

I was taken by the patterns in box tree bark (& thought of Wanderlust Gene as I did)

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& here, the papery bark of a paperbark tree:

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this particular paperbark tree is in a very unphotogenic spot – no matter the angle, the tree is diminished by cars or badly designed modern housing (in what used to be a heritage area).  So, this is all I could take.  I will keep trying.


I came across a lovely Grevillea with a few flowers:

acarket grevillea

& the gnarled, scrappy, scratchy, untidy peppermint trees.  Their girth, their relative lack of height in relation to their girth which increases as they get older somehow add to their attractiveness for me.  And the scent of them 🙂

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Intricacies of age:

untidy  intricacies of age and trunk

This little guy popped down onto grass in front of me.  Hopping all over the place.  I was lucky to get this one, almost unblurred shot!

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A streetside Plane tree – all cropped on one side.  It looks so peculiar! Esp compared to the grace of the unpruned box tree:

areetside plane tree  gracious box tree

A gardenscape:


White tree limbs against a sea of wind-tossed foliage and a tree dark against the day

white limbs within tossing green  sunlight and shadow

Young lemon scented gums:

Against infinity and the blasting brilliance of midmorning sun.  That deep blue sky is not enhanced.  That’s the colour it is at the moment.  It means extreme UV ratings and a fierce light.  And heat.

against infinity against mid morning

slow dancer

A few blocks on is this tree – a survivor of car crashed and urban vandalism.

survivor  compelling

& finally – these two grace the Bowling club grounds:

tree shape   almost straight

I hope to go walking very early tomorrow morning before the heat so – hopefully, there will be more.

Hope you enjoyed 🙂