Scott asked for it – so here it is.
Today (or maybe tomorrow depending on offical Astronomical reckoning) is the Winter Solstice. The weather has recently returned to being around 0°C overnight and 10-12°C during the day and sunny once the early morning fog goes. So today the sun is out and there is no wind so cycling conditions are excellent. I thought I would take the Greenspeed around the shortest loop out of Longford – approx 16 kilometers – and get some pictures.
This is a standard winter scene – leafless hawthorn hedges and views across to the Western Tiers which have cloud forming all over them. The Norfolk Plains is a farming area which was developed in the 1800s using the old UK style of things. The driveways to the farmhouses were often planted with exotic trees from Europe and many of these still exist. An example can be seen in the featured image and at the winter Solstice these trees have no leaves. Originally Poplars were used as wind breaks but these seem to be disappearing – getting too old now.
Clouds over the Tiers
When the sun is not shining and a cool breeze is blowing the above view across to the Tiers is not quite so pleasing! There is a railway track in the foreground and as I took the 4 pictures to create the panorama I could hear it’s hooter blaring away as it approached various road crossings.
Today being outside felt like standing under one of those bathroom heat lamps – you know the ones that heat you and not the air around you. This is exactly what the sun feels like in a Tassie winter. If it is not windy then the sun comes straight through and hits you and feels quite warm – but the air around you feels cold. If it’s windy well that’s another story!
That’s it for now.