September 8, 2006

Spring has sprung

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:11 am by Chris

St Mary's and the Majestic Centre
…the grass has risen, it’s rained again, and I’ve been in
Wellington, where spring is definitely still on its way, next week at
the earliest, guvnor. I took my new toy to Wellington with me,
although I should admit that my new toy is actually older than I
am. It’s a Spotmatic F, last of the screw-mount Pentax SLRs, and a
very nice toy it is too.

I found myself enjoying being back in Wellington. It’s really nice to
be able to waltz into a cafe and get better service (and better
coffee) from a girl with seven facial piercings than you do at many a
pretentious establishment in Sydney. Wellington has a groovy little
vibe that I hadn’t realised I missed. With the benefit of some time
between me and my final cash-strapped days as a Wellington resident, I
found meeting that vibe again very agreeable.

To commemorate the putative arrival of spring and attendant torrential
downpours (did I mention it rained? ‘cos it did) I’ve dusted off
something I wrote smack dab in the middle of winter and never got
around to posting:

Sydney has been turning on some lovely days of late. They’re not what
you might call a typical Sydney day, which involve heat rolling
out of the West like it was an open oven door, a lingering cloud of
pollution over the city and emerald-clear waves breaking onto
overcrowded beaches. These days are crisp and cool and start without a
cloud in the sky.

It’s not like that any more. Spring here arrives all at once, as if
all the plants and animals had a calendar. When I got home on Sunday
night our street was warm and still and smelt like jasmine
flowers. Big dragonflies with iridescent wings were
darting and fighting aournd the courtyard at work on Tuesday. This
morning there was just a little bit of water on the ground. And
pouring down the hill. And overflowing the causeway over the extremely
swollen local watercourse. Oh, and on the floor inside underneath the
ventilators. With a bit left in the sky for good measure.

Macro shot of orchid flower
My new toy came with some extension rings, so I’ll probably be taking
more photos like that one there. Cop you later.

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