Another new bird for me found at Lara Wetlands, an Australian Hobby (a type of Falcon).
Similar to the Peregrine Falcon, but browner and with slightly different markings.
Two of these flew over the wetlands and the birdlife went nuts for a few minutes before they moved on.
Let the biker beware.
It may look innocuous now, but when it produces zillions of seed pods with sharp spikes on them, it'll *earn* the name puncture vine.
I *hate* these things, and they grow all along the nearest bike path. I've lost count of how many times I've patched bicycle tires because of them.
Near where my sister lives there is a large, grand house, constructed by joining neighbouring houses.
This is side view of the house, created from multiple shots from the same focal point and stitched together with #Hugin.
Further after-processing in #GIMP was necessary to carefully remove all traces of multiple power-lines and power poles that disfigured the view of the house. Using #photos from a slightly different height, from the same vantage point, enabled some details to be copied in.
Smoky sun, late afternoon.
We've had some ashfall over the past week, but for the most part, the air quality at ground level has only been awful, not unbearable. Especially since the heat wave subsided.
But the light has just been *wrong*. Normal clouds in the morning breaking up to reveal a layer of smoke behind them, letting through yellow-orange, almost but not quite late afternoon light at midday. I went out for a walk after work, once it had cooled down and saw this.
Another smokey day. The fires are now less the 20 miles from the house and the smoke is getting thicker and you can now see light gray ash falling.
The smoke fills the Willamette Valley from Portland in the North to past Eugene in the South. That is over 100 miles in length
We now have over 35 fires burning across Oregon
It is a eerie to see stuff like this.
Ask me about LOOM
Empty summer nights.
NEW WORK: the Watlowes Dry Valley (plus extra bits). The site of an extinct waterfall; you can really see the history in the rocks.
More photos of this hike right here https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2020/8/29/watlowes-dry-valley-yorkshire-dales-summerautumn 👍
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