It is hard to imagine we would experience

several years of dry, hot weather

after taking this photo only a few weeks

before moving in.

     However we did.


Weekly Weather: Drought

Weekly Weather




On January 9, I posted this photo of

the moon and its halo which has been

known to be an indicator of rain.

On Friday January 12, rain began to fall.

Slow rain.

Steady rain.

The garden heaved a sigh of relief.

Overnight we received

8.5 millimetres/30 points,

of rain.

This morning  the rain has continued

in showers through to mid afternoon.

Not much sun but we have had showers

similar to this one in early October.



Weekly Weather: Sun Shower

Weekly Weather

Weekly Photo Challenge-Experimental



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



Recently we had a short, sharp downpour of ‘big’ rain.

It lasted long enough to find a camera

and take a few shots with different shutter speeds.

This is the ‘Out Of The Camera Shot’.

No editing.

This is the result after straightening, sharpening,

cropping, inverting colours and darkening a tad

Both the above are the same shot…

with a 1/80 shutter speed.

A few frames later at a 1/40 shutter speed,

with Picasa’s preset heat map applied,

sharpened to within an inch of its life

in Irfanview (I think) and this is the result.

The large red colouring in the centre

can only be put down to some large drops

falling  close to the camera.

Although MGW does not like the last image, I do.

Although I may try to it again

with different colours






I think lightning looks good in either

colour or black and white.

A very recent foggy morning.

 Lastly my favourite recent photo.

A short sharp downpour provided me

with enough time to grab a camera and

photograph this rain.

This is a photo that looks better after editing

and also looks good in BW.

At least that’s my opinion.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Weather





Spring sees many plants in bloom…

and although a re-post

this Golden Robinia is one of them.

Glad I did take a couple of shots of it,

because it is not looking as good as this

after today’s strong winds.

Another beauty of spring is the

sudden downpour of rain.

These shots were taken about ten days ago when…


we had one such heavy downpour.

I had time to grad a camera and take

a few shots with slower shutter speeds.

The effects are from  Picasa 3 presets.


Weekly Weather: Spring