Before the wet weather set in, we took a late afternoon walk at Umina Beach to enjoy the clear views across Broken Bay to Lion Island.
The water was warm but had a bit too much weed and jelly blubbers for my liking for swimming.
The wind was certainly up that day, so it was a parasailer’s paradise.
Of course, every day is a good day for dog walking. Once again, fur children of all shapes and sizes were in force along the beach, and generally getting on quite well together.
Libraries aren’t just places of complete silence – there are places for constructive chat as well. These women seem to be having a very art-oriented conversation.
There are of course, the quiet study areas. Places where students and business-types can constructively work. Or nap.
The State Library of NSW was a good place to hide out in on a wet day. We weren’t the only ones hanging out here.
The traditional sandstone facade of the Mitchell Library wing made for some interesting photography outside…
And inside, too.
A rainy day in the city still provides photographic opportunities. I like it when a pop of colour brightens up the gloom.
Like when a bright blue bus passed through the vale of skyscrapers.
Or when a rainbow umbrella (it was Mardi Gras day) and the beds of flowers brightened the scene outside Hyde Park Barracks.
Well after the scorching summer we had we’re now into a rather rainy phase. It makes venturing into the city a bit of a task.
But stand still for long enough, and I notice some wondrous things amongst the everyday.
The changeable weather also brings great clouds as well as rain.
And seeing a patch of blue after a grey day, I begin to understand why those in colder, greyer climes are so ecstatic when the sun comes out.
Minerals also feature in my collection. My favourites tend to be colourful specimens, like this polished heart-shaped calcite.
A favourite in terms of colour and pattern is malachite. I like this polished specimen that I bought in Cape Town that’s from the Congo. The swirls of green are very striking.
A visitor to our house will very soon notice that there are geological items everywhere. Many are Hubby’s, but quite a few are also mine. As you might guess, I am quite interested in paleontology and fossils, so here are two specimens from my collection.
Ammonites are fascinating and beautiful marine creatures. Their fossils can be found all over the world in various sizes from thumbnail to a few feet. This fossil is from South Africa, and is quite big at about 15cm in size. It’s from the Late Cretaceous period, so it was living at the time of the dinosaurs, shortly before the great extinction event that wiped them, and also the ammonites, out.
An older but no less fascinating prehistoric animal is the trilobite. They were marine creatures that lived in the oceans long before fish, and certainly long before animals colonised land. Today, they look a lot like the Balmain Bug, though they’re distantly related. Their fossils can be found all over the world, in 2D and 3D. I love the 3D fossils, which have been painstakingly extracted using dental drills. Most 3D trilobites come from Morocco, but this specimen comes from St Petersburgh, Russia, and is about 460 million years old, from the Middle Ordovician period.