Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Light, clouds and cartwheeling cockatoos

Whilst it is grand to travel I must say it is also great to be home especially at the time of autumn-winter light.

First of call because it is the season where rainbows appear in the most unexpected places in the house including reflected through the kettle onto the stone bench.

©2016 Barry Smith - Reflected rainbow light
The valley below has just been spectacular - going from bright morning light and windswept clouds to navy early light and puddles of cloud covering the valley floor and townships below.

©2016 Barry Smith - Windswept clouds
©2016 Barry Smith - Valley cloud blanket
©2016 Barry Smith - Clod puddles highlight by sunrise
©2016 Barry Smith - Navy morning sky
©2016 Barry Smith - Silhouettes and harbour lights about 80klm away
I walked Treehaven Way mainly in semi-darkness this morning - and I met no-one on the walk - it was quiet and soft.  When I came home I was moved to photograph the white crucifix orchid that is in glorious bloom and stood out so clear and strong.

©2016 Barry Smith - White crucifix orchid
When I was doing my 5 rites routine I was distracted by the joyful raucousness of a flock of Black Cockatoos - they were going crazy doing all sorts of bomb dives and loops etc - just seemed like they were having so much fun. I tried to capture a bit of the bird action and colour of the clouds - but the iPhone is not great on zoom.

©2016 Barry Smith - Black cockatoo with cloud and light
©2016 Barry Smith - Freewheeling black cockatoos
©2016 Barry Smith - Landing
©2016 Barry Smith - In full flight against a grey sky


  1. I love our black cocktails too. Also feel very avaricious of that white crucifix orchid.

  2. Hello.

    Brilliant works.
    Thank you for your visiting always.

    I wish You all the best.
    Greeting and hug.

    From Japan, ruma ❃

  3. Because human beings can not control, nature is beautiful.

  4. These photos are gorgeous. Great shots, Barry! Love the white crucifix orchid. Very beautiful!
    Gaby xo

  5. I think black cockatoos are pretty much my favourites. I always rush outside to watch them when I hear them call. Your view is superb in every time and weather - today's photos are stunning. And as for the white crucifix orchid - breathtaking! Thanks Barry!

  6. Such beautiful images.. we have eagles here that soar the phrase Cloud Puddles..

  7. P, Ruma, GB, C & D - thanks for checking out my first post back on the mountain after a few weeks wandering Scotland; and thanks for your comments. P, GB & C - there is something simple yet special about the white crucifix orchid. I have been fortunate that it has thrived I have been able to give shoots back to F's dad who originally gave us this orchid for the book wall. P&C - the black cockatoos are special are they not - such a bad bird design but such joyful birds to have around. D - eagles just sounds wonderful - we have the occasional visit from a wedge-tailed eagle - huge wingspan. All - enjoy life and nature. B


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