Sunset smoke…

Sunset-smog

One never knows what atmospheric change is going to do with the colour of light. The bush fire smoke had been rolling around all day on Sunday but as the wind dropped towards evening and the smoke got thicker the light took on a distinctively orange hue as the sun set.

Smoggy evening in the First Basin…

Smoggy evening in the first basin

The smoggy smokey views around Launceston in the last three days were reminiscent of scenes from the film Soilant Green from the 1970’s. The scenario is simple the earth has become so overheated and polluted that humans have to live in a sealed area where all food is produced bio mechanically by technology from a feedstock that we are never quite certain of. Just occasionally some the populous get glimpses of the outside world but its made out to be a poisiness and inhospitable not to dissimmilar to the above. Circumstances pressure a few of these individuals to escape the organised but terrible dictatorial bubble and go out into the smog and create new life. I couldn’t help but think that these young recent migrants from Africa playing soccer fitted this scenario amid the smog of recent days.
The seventy or so bushfires burning to the west and north of Launceston are an equally terrible reminder that our small island world is fragile and subject to the forces of nature and now the changing environment. Spare a thought for the people who’s lives and homes are threatend by fire and for the volenteer fire fighters who drop everything to go into service for others…

Ducks on a Rock…

two ducks on a rock that they seem to call home...

Two ducks on a rock that they seem to call home. These two have been living in the basin for about three months now and in that time they have moved their over night roosting rocks several times but this one seems like it is their favourite.

Lavender blue and deep purple

Lavender blue dilly dilly lavender green dilly dilly  I shall be king dilly dilly  you shall be queen dilly dilly a childs rhyme

Deep purple so evocotive to those of us of a certain age. Be it the rock band that got to the Royal Albert Hall in London and performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Arnold no less. Or the much less well known the pseudo soul pop combo of Nino Tempo and April Stevens.
Went for a short drive east of Launceston and ended up at this lovely place Bridestowe Lavender Estate where there was so much deep purple of the floral kind…

Solar panels in Kings Medows…

Solar panels in Kings Medows

The owner of Tasmanian Chainsaws and Mowers in Launceston has a lot of common sense and solar panels. With the main power link to the mainland broken solar will be helping out Tas Hydro and all Tasmanians alike in these times of disruption.
Western Australia now has the notoriety of being in the position where more Roof Top Solar power is generated than comes from power generating stations! As a result the WA government is loosing revenue and guess what, Barnett the premier doesn’t like it, so home owners are actually being penalised for having RTS. Further Barnett the silly has allowed Synergy the states power company to re-write the regulations to actively discourage folks from using RTS.
A good friend of mine has 2.4 Kw on his roof and wants increase to 5kw  but he is not allowed because his new panels will be a different COLOUR from the originals. Now how stupid is that!  This is how far petty pea brained politicians will go to make common sense installation of alternate energy difficult in the sad state of W.A. Its not what one would call a liberal attitude. Protection of coal royalties and generators aside Barnetts actions to discourage roof top solar is just not in the interest of Western Australians or any other Australian for that matter…

Together again…

After several days apart the cygnets are together again with mum and dad! For a while we were quite concerned that something horrible had happened to mum dad and two cygnets as three were swimming aimlessly around the First Basin...

After several days apart the cygnets are together again with mum and dad! For a while we were quite concerned that something horrible had happened to mum dad and two cygnets as three vunerable cygnets were swimming aimlessly around the First Basin…
We sighted a cat a short distance from the Trevallyn carpark someones pet no doubt but most young and small native animals are at risk from cats so a small cygnet would stand no chance.

Then there were three…

Then there were three cygnets where there used to be four and the parents were gone

Then there were three, when we first saw this new swan family there were five cygnets. But this evening half the family was missing, they were nowhere to be seen just these three. As they stopped to eat the duck weed two menacing gulls looked on with greedy eyes at three small cygnets… Its unusual for swans to desert their young, having watched cygnets grow up in the past I have observed that like most water fowl they are the most devoted of parents both males and females. We looked all around the first basin with no sign of the missing parents and two cygnets just this little trio.  I will follow this up…

The Great Lake is drying up…

The great lake is drying up and when no more water can be drawn off  it what do we do then?

Tasmania’s Great Lake at Cramps Bay. The normal water level was next to the trees on the  mid upper right hand side. Those cars in the centre should be well under water if the lake was full.