Sunday, 22 December 2013

... my fond recollections of ...



by Simone McPherson
Yes, I love the colours that a thunderstorm brings about at this time of the year.  

The clouds become heavy and sombre looking, taking on all the tones of Payne’s grey.


Then as the light changes the grasses take on all the hues of viridian green ...

 ... mixed with shades of a, light cadmium yellow.

The darkness then alters again revealing the beautiful shades found in the once hard surfaces of the land ... 


...the once unforgiving ground yields to the earthly tones of yellow ochre, Turner’s yellow, Naples yellow and the stunning tones of parchment and Davy’s grey, I bet you never thought these to be colours, though to me they are in this interpretation, just beautiful.


The wind gathers swirling and whirling in all directions as a few rain drops try to fall from those dark heavy clouds, 


then at that point in an almost strange stillness, the silence is broken as the surroundings reverberate with a loud “crack” as a flash of lightning hits the earth followed moments later by the sound of thunder rumbling, as it echoes through the landscape … yes I do love Thunderstorms!



We, on occasions try to outrun the Thunderstorm … usually to no avail …

Being the Thunderstorm season we get the “build up” of the storm, over a number of days.  These days can be days and days of, very dry hot heat where everything just withers … that includes us! … especially me. 

The Horses just stay stock-still under the shade of the gum trees with the occasional swishing of a tail.


The dogs find the nearest shade and stay there motionless excepting for their panting or ...

 ... if they are lucky enough to be near water? Well, where else would you want to be?


The cattle …


… we don’t see at all as they have decided to stay close to a creek somewhere down, below in one of the gullies where it is nice and cool. 

 And as for us, 


well we are up early before the heat and have most of our jobs done before 11am and then …


… go back out between 2 & 3pm into the afternoon until dark which is around 7.30pm in the summer time.

At this time of the year too; the Callistemons start to flower down in the dry creek beds, with their vibrant red hues against their lovely green foliage. 


The Green and Red flush are; a reminder too, that it is that time of year again when Australians, start to celebrate Christmas. 



These are the lazy, hazy summer Christmas days spent by the sea, by a river, a creek … 



… a dam, a swimming pool or just spent running through the sprinkler in a lovely shady garden somewhere.  These are my fond recollections of Christmas in Australia, a Summer Christmas with family and friends … wishing you all a Joyful Christmas with those that you Love, all around the World …