A perfect storm.

by Elizabeth on November 9, 2011 · 7 comments

in Melbourne, Photo Posts, Videos



We had the most incredible weather in Melbourne today, and for a while I forgot that I wasn’t in Queensland anymore.  It was the sort of humid, sticky weather that reminded me of my years growing up in Far North QLD.  Summer in Cairns meant angry skies, soupy air and the hope that it would pour with rain at the end of the day so that you could get some sleep.

The only thing missing was the sound of frogs croaking in the drain pipes!

All day today the weather reports said that there would be a huge storm this afternoon, but I almost didn’t believe it.  Right up until I left work the sky was beautifully blue with hardly a wisp of cloud in the sky.  But down on the horizon, just behind the skyline of the buildings, the sky was jet black.

And it moved quickly.

I caught some of it on my phone when I got home, and I’m so glad I bothered to do so.  It’s fun to watch the little birds hopping on and off the power lines, and seeing the clouds get pushed around in several directions at once.



Just before the storm hit I took some photos of the birds on my neighbours TV antenna.  I liked the original shots a lot, but I love the moodiness that these filters gave the photos.

I’m such a weather nerd.  Despite the heat and humidity it’s been fun to watch the sky change all day, and now I’m looking forward to sleeping to the sound of heavy rain on my roof.

Simple pleasures.  I’m all about those.


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  • Josha

    Great pics! Which filters/effects did you use?

  • Kristy Lorenzen

    I just love those bird pics and the different poses and shots of their mouths!

  • http://www.scarletwords.com Elizabeth

    Thank you!

    A couple of these images began with a filter pack called “Cuba Gallery” (for Lightroom).  The others were just a result of trial and error.

  • http://www.scarletwords.com Elizabeth

    Thanks Kristy!

    Those birds were very talkative before the storm hit, I think they were warning each other!

  • http://littlelioness.net Fiona

    I always hear the magpies before the rain!

  • Jayne G

    Fabulous photos. I was a bit obsessed with taking photos of the storm that day too-love storms!!

  • Louise Sullivan

    from one fan of the weather and general nerdy-ness, Here is a link to a cool weather site.  It has people all over Melbourne (and the world) who had their own weather stations.  I totally want one for christmas ok?

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