Solstice reds

Happy holidays to everyone!

My Christmas tradition is to go for a ride on Christmas morning. With everyone inside celebrating Santa, the roads are empty and I can ride narrow, shoulderless ones I’d normally avoid.

However, it was waaaay too smoky this morning to continue that tradition. So I am heading out in a little bit after the smoke lifts a bit. The high will be 36 today so that will necessitate wetting down my shirt before I go. My body still has lots of trouble regulating temp and I overheat easily.

So while we’re waiting for the smoke to lift a bit, here are some photos taken over the past couple weeks. It’s all just been short rides as it has been very, very hot and smoky on many days. It’s not the sort of day you want to do much outside. The feature pic is from the day of the solstice – back in Sept on the equinox, the sun set north of the windmill.

It’s a very drab landscape at this time of year. The smoke haze makes it even worse! These people are lucky to get a hay crop though – many others haven’t managed even that this year. This pic was taken at about 6.30 in the evening.
A red shot for December. That pump house beneath the water tank doesn’t look nearly as red in this photo as it was in real life!
The free range chicken farm. Lots of red on the heads of the chickens. I guess you will have to take my word for it. With all the PETA stuff, farmers get really nervous when you start taking pics of their animal operations – so no close-ups, sorry.
Hey, you can see the hills today thanks to the SW wind. The hills have been lost to the smoke on many days the past two weeks. You can still see the haze sitting above the hills across the field of new-mown hay.
Mt Buffalo is peeking through the smoke today.
Red brick, red roof, red watertanks on a late 1800s homestead.
Old flour mill just outside of Oxley – right on the rail trail to Milawa.

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

10 response to "Solstice reds"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 24, 2019

    36 here today too. I’m thinking of going for a night ride around the city, nice on a balmy summer night with all the lights. Looks like the drought isn’t too bad your way.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 25, 2019

      I loved night rides while at uni – I went out every night. I’ve thought about riding with the full moon here, but it just hasn’t happened yet. No, the drought is not as bad here. We only had 1 day of rain in October and 1 day in December and are well below half our average rainfall for two years running – so it’s not good. But it gets much worse as you go west or north. Where I used to work (just 60kms from here) is drought-declared and just got a heap of grant money from the Commonwealth gov for drought relief. So it’s close by – but thankfully not too bad here. There have been three grassfires locally in the past 10 days, but luckily they were all brought under control within a few hours. The smoke has been keeping the temps down by a couple degrees, but we are set for 4 days over 40 Fri-Mon this weekend. Ugh.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 24, 2019

    Great set of photos, the Featured Image for sure!

    All the Best in 2020!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 25, 2019

      Thanks, Rich. Sorry there wasn’t a sunset or sunrise photo for the solstice – it just didn’t work out that way this time around. Hope your good weather continues to hold.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: December 25, 2019

    Love seeing all the photos of your area Em. Happy Holidays with a great new roaring 20s coming up for you!

  4. By: gregblood Posted: December 25, 2019

    Some extraordinary photos here, Emily. Correction, they’re ALL extraordinary in some personal ways. Obviously, there is the beautiful equinox/windmill picture, but, for some reason, the “Old Flour Mill Outside of Oxley” pic resonates with me the most.

    And then there’s the smoky haze pictures. This summer I did a three week tour in the state of Washington. I was camped during a lightning storm that ignited a fairly significant forest fire about 20-miles away. That fire affected me for the next three days. Your pictures reminded me quite a lot of the pictures I took from those three days.

    https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/dottedlines/lake-roosevelt-national-recreation-area-fort-spokane-turkey-day-and-i-dont-mean-thanksgiving-b47/

    More pics on the next three pages.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 26, 2019

      Thanks, Greg. I have had your journal on my list to read when I get time for about three months now! I’ve had so little energy for so long, I have soooo many things to catch up on. Smoky skies are not uncommon here – from summer fires or autumn planned burns – but that doesn’t make it any more pleasant! Fires close by can be scary on tour since you can’t leave anywhere ‘quickly’. I will have to get to your tour soon – I don’t have to go back to work until 7 Jan. Have a great new year!

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