Around the back of the rear of a Brisbane Street shopping centre in Launceston CBD there is a concrete block building that was perhaps built in the 70’s. Buildings of this era were notoriously bland but this one has this panel that looks like concrete blocks stripped of their centre and turned on end. First thoughts cunjered up the possibility that the architect was creating a visual joke because of a personal disike of concrete blocks or perhaps he liked the idea of an Art Deco bracelet design to break up the monotony of a concrete block. Whatever it was its different to anything else in the vicinity.
Cygnus atratus, the Australian Black Swan nesting at the Tamar Wetlands. This iconic Australian bird can weigh up to nine kilograms live up to forty years and lays up to nine eggs in one season which take between 35 and 40 days to hatch. This nest is over a metre in diameter and is sited about a metre above the high tide level. With the rain over the last few days I am concerned that one metre might not be enough!
Roof tops in South Launceston Lots of clouds but no rain. This certainly seems like a regular pattern and one for no small concern. There was quite a good article outlining the dilema that faces Tasmania in relation to water and energy in the Mercury last week.
Having only lived in Tasmania for little over a year I wonder if I am qualified to comment further but the problems facing us at the present time are so fundamenal that anyone and everyone concerned needs to make their voice heard because the state government seems bereft of long term solutions. The fact is we are an island and as such we have to be as self sufficient in all our basic needs as it is possible to be and right now we are not, we are in what only can be describe as a mess and our government can only be described as moribund.
When ones partner takes an interest in a subject invariably I become involved at some level such is the case with astronomy. My nearest and dearest has had a bubbling under the surface interest for several years a few apps and the odd book only served to propagate this interest to a higher intensity until a few weeks ago when a decision was made to purchase a telescope.
A few days later the object of a long desire arrived and a few days later the Tamar Valley Astronomy Group was contacted. The date was set to go to a meeting under the stars at Clarendon Homestead. Clarendon is a country home in the grand neo classical style. Once the home of a well to do farmer, built in the nineteenth century its now owned by the national trust and presents a stunning forground to an equally stunning view of the milky way. I have to say its a very long time since I have seen the sky at night so clearly and this is one of the very first group of astro photographs I have captured. Its a peculiarity that in all of the years that I have been using a camera this sector of the craft is new to me. So much still to learn…