Thursday, June 21, 2012

Winter Solstice.....


Even though winter in Australia officially started on the first of June, many believe that today the 21st of June, day of the 'winter solstice' is the true beginning. All I know for sure is that Perth is awash, it hasn't stopped raining for days, and it's cold, well for Perth it's cold, tops of 17C. Even so if you look there's always some colour to be found. I'm very happy that I planted a row of  Geraldton Wax along my back fence last year, flowering from June through November this hardy native bush is a welcome splash of purple and as everything is soggy and blurry anyway I took the opportunity to have a little fun with a bit of HDR ing and posterising!  I wish a happy summer solstice day to all in the Northern Hemisphere, here's hoping the world doesn't come to an end and the 'dawning of the age of Aquarius' is a good one.....!!



31 comments:

  1. Lovely images, Grace! I can hardly believe that you have winter now, we have 35C here and summer is just beginning...

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  2. Great, well, if one disregards the winter. We have it already far behind us, but the weather here is not much better. It's raining like cats and dogs...

    Have a nice day
    CL

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  3. Some colors during the grey months, very important!
    By the way, we call it summer solstice.

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  4. Summer begins and we have 35˚C and high humidity! It's hard to remember these days when we are in the depths of winter.

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  5. A solstice full of colours and life! Arianna

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  6. Lovely, colourful shots :-)
    It's supposed to be our Summer Solstice here... hasn't been too summery although at least we've had a couple of days of sunshine this week!

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  7. wow these pictures are adorable, I love pink flowers!
    Here it's the first day of Summer!
    hugs
    Léia

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  8. Love that last photo! Very cool...I love the others too, but that one is interesting! Stay dry! Today it is above 90 here...just came in from a day out on the boat - very hot!

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  9. It's summer solstice here and our weather is hot and humid. In addition, Minnesota has had many electrical and windstorms these past few weeks with rain inundating many areas. Bah! I want true summer to begin today, even tho each day will be getting shorter and shorter now.

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  10. I'm sure people are going to have some sort of ceremony at Stonehenge tonight...

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  11. According to Wikipedia we will hit the Summer Solstice in about ten minutes time.

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  12. We seem to be celebrating the onset of the Winter Solstice with lots of rain and chilly winds and an earthquake thrown in for some excitement (last Tuesday night)! It's been an interesting week in my world! Today is a top of 12 degrees, so no warmth to be had. Your geraldton wax is such a delight!

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  13. How i miss autumn and winter ! Above 35C during midday over here. After eight years am still not used to it. Last picture is great !
    Please have a good Thursday.

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  14. Its raining down here to and not likely to be anymore than 14 degrees with rain for the next week or so :-).

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  15. So, today is already tomorrow for you. I am still in today - the 20th - haha! We are welcoming summer and the heat that comes with it! I love summer!

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  16. Winter arrives in your world and summer in ours!! Amazing isn't it!! It has been hard to believe that summer was anywhere near with the chilly, gray weather we've had, but, ah, today!! -- lovely skies, lots sun, warm and delightful! I'm loving it!! Hope your week is going well, Gracie!

    Sylvia

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  17. Happy solstice! (Summer one here). This is a brilliant - literally & figuratively! - way to welcome it. Love all those colours. I've started using my phone camera and, with Instagram, can finally appreciate how fun it is to try something different with photos. These are gorgeous!

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  18. Love the colour and composition in the 2nd pic!

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  19. Oh, of course, winter solstice down under. And 17 is cold? Ah, the good fortune of being Australian. Beautiful use of DOF in the top photo, electric color in the third.

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  20. That is one of my favorite plants. Happy Winter.

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  21. All that purple color makes a winter day seem like spring! Beautiful.

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  22. Winter solstice, es-tu sûre? Si tu voyais le monde à la plage d'Antibes, tu changerais d'avis... ou de continent...
    Chacun son tour, Gracie! :-) Mais je pense à toi!

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  23. WA has such great wildflowers, beautiful

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  24. WA has such great wildflowers, beautiful

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  25. What wonderful colour to brighten up the soggy winter solstice. So cold over here in Melbourne I'm expecting penguins on my doorstep.

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  26. Wet days are great for taking flower pictures, as long as you can keep the camera dry.

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  27. Dear me - it's only 17 deg C here and torrential rain - we had some sunny days last week but we've got your weather again now - the world seems upside down.

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  28. Very cool effects, Grace.

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