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August 22, 2017 / diannegray

Some tropical fog

It’s been a lovely cool winter here in the Australian tropics. This type of weather is something I savour before that dreaded tropical summer blasts its way into our lives.

I took this photo from my front porch at 6:00 this morning . My trusty thermometer revealed it was 12 deg C (or 53 deg F).

Foggy morning in the tropics

The front stairs of the RUC are almost finished so I’m hoping to get the before and after shots up here within the next week (fingers and toes crossed).

I felt like the paparazzi the other day when I was taking shots of the birds. Is this the angriest bird face you’ve ever seen?


I didn’t realise how cranky that little guy looked until I was going through all the photos I took that day.

Have a great week – and (hopefully) I’ll have pictures of the RUC stairs in my next post.


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  1. Jill Weatherholt / Aug 22 2017 7:34 am

    Oh my! That little nugget does look mad at you, Dianne! What a cutie, though. Can you send some of that cool weather our way? We’re sweltering here with oppressive humidity. Great to see you! xo

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    • diannegray / Aug 22 2017 8:17 am

      I’ll be requesting some of your cool in a few months, Jill. I’m absolutely loving this weather and wish I could send some your way 🙂 It’s great to see you too xxxx

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  2. Fenraven / Aug 22 2017 8:24 am

    Winter is my favorite season too. Very comfortable–much drier, not as blast-furnace hot. It lasts five or six months, and it’s wonderful! Such a difference from winter in Minnesota, which is often so, so cold. Like -20 with frigid wind chills.

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    • diannegray / Aug 22 2017 1:51 pm

      Oh yes I know that cold weather with the wind chills. Both you and I have lived in the ultra cold and now enjoy the ultra warm! I love tropical winters. Sometimes I pull on a sweater, but not often 🙂

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  3. JackieP / Aug 22 2017 9:06 am

    Great pictures, Dianne. Did you get a scolding too with that angry look? LOL

    I love the fog, when I don’t have to drive in it. It’s so mysterious. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 23 2017 4:34 am

      I’ve driven in very heavy fog, so I know what you mean, Jackie – yikes!

      Yes – that angry bird had me in stitches, all it could do was tweet at me (it’d be nice if that’s all people could do when they were angry) 😉


  4. Jacqui Murray / Aug 22 2017 11:17 am

    The bird picture–that’s funny. I swear my dog gets cranky when I am constantly taking his picture! He’s so darn cute, I can’t resist.

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    • diannegray / Aug 23 2017 4:35 am

      I get that way too, Jacqui and I’m sure the animals around here refer to me as “the paparazzi” 😀


  5. agjorgenson / Aug 22 2017 12:11 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your progress on the stairs! Lovely images!!

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    • diannegray / Aug 23 2017 4:36 am

      I’m very excited about the stairs, Allen. I can’t wait to show everyone 🙂


  6. davidprosser / Aug 22 2017 4:28 pm

    A little star who’s private life was caught in your focus Dianne. You should have respected his privacy. You paparazzi just don’t know when to stop.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / Aug 23 2017 4:46 am

      Lovely to see you here, David 🙂 xxx Massive Hugs to you too my friend xxx

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  7. Carrie Rubin / Aug 22 2017 5:57 pm

    That little bird looks like me in the morning before I have my tea. 😁

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  8. nrhatch / Aug 23 2017 3:28 am

    He’s the poster child for the Angry Birds franchise! 😀

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  9. the eternal traveller / Aug 23 2017 7:15 am

    We’ve had a very mild winter here in southern QLD, with some days even reaching the mid 20s. The nights are still quite chilly though. That bird has your number, Dianne. 🙂

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  10. Roy McCarthy / Aug 23 2017 4:45 pm

    Cool? I’ve just been reading, open-mouthed, Bill Bryson’s ‘Down Under’. What an amazing country Australia is, in so many aspects. He doesn’t say anything about ‘cool’ though 🙂 That bird looks like one of Kath Unsworth’s (Oz blogger) grumpy bird sketches.

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    • diannegray / Aug 26 2017 6:05 am

      Oh I know Kath Unsworth, Roy! She’s a fantastic artist 😀
      I’m sure I’ve got that Bill Bryson book somewhere in one of my bookshelves (I’m not very organised with my books like a friend of mine who keeps his like a library) 😉 Australia is a truly remarkable place xxx


  11. Andrea Stephenson / Aug 24 2017 5:17 am

    Fabulous foggy image, I love the fog.

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  12. Sheila Morris / Aug 24 2017 7:13 am

    I am constantly amazed at your photography, Dianne! And what a treat it must be to wake up and have these images outside your home!
    If I ever win the lottery, I am coming to see your RUC and countryside in Australia!!

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  13. restlessjo / Aug 26 2017 7:18 am

    Love the wistfulness of the mist, Dianne. 🙂 🙂 Wishing you a joyful weekend!

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  14. ParentingIsFunny / Aug 29 2017 8:58 am

    Here’s a post from you! It was lost in my bloated in box. So wonderful to see more of your photos, angry birds or no. 🙂


  15. Kate Johnston / Aug 29 2017 8:49 pm

    We’re on the tailend of our summer, but it never got oppressively hot or humid. We usually have to endure a heat wave, but I don’t think that ever happened. Maybe that’s why I don’t feel like I had too much of a summer?!

    Love that bird–must not have gotten his beauty sleep!


    • diannegray / Sep 8 2017 6:07 am

      I hope you’re nowhere near where that awful storm is going to hit, Kate xxx


  16. Cynthia Reyes / Aug 30 2017 2:22 am

    Yes, that guy/girl looks angry alright. But Dianne: what a splendid job you’ve been doing with the RUC! And you know how I love verandahs — and you have a great one too!


    • diannegray / Sep 8 2017 6:08 am

      Oh thank you, Cynthia 🙂 I’ve started painting the new staircase, so I’m going to put some pictures up soon xxxx


  17. roughwighting / Aug 30 2017 8:55 pm

    Your foggy winter sounds like what I experienced (and LOVED) when I lived in the SF bay area. I found (still find) the fog so romantic as I watched it creepy crawl over the Golden Gate Bridge and fill up the bay. The smell and the feel of that fog – delicious. Enjoy your cool winter. We’re at the tail end of a sweet summer season here. The tomatoes are harvested, the pumpkins growing for Halloween. Just had the last of the sweet yellow corn. Ah, seasons.
    Your little bird obviously woke up on the wrong side of the nest that morning!!! :-0


    • diannegray / Sep 8 2017 6:10 am

      I love the fog too, Pam. This morning it’s rolled in again and the full moon is setting over the mountains – what a beautiful morning it is!
      I hope you’re safe from that awful storm that looks like hitting in the next few days xxxx

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      • roughwighting / Sep 8 2017 10:45 pm

        I’m envious of your fog. We share the same love of the full moon – here it is so glorious to watch as I listen to the chirp of the crickets, frantically living life to their end. The horrendous hurricane that is marching into the US will enter Florida, where my several good friends live. I’m biting my nails over this one- sounds like a monster.


      • diannegray / Sep 11 2017 1:15 pm

        I was just looking at a couple of facebook posts from there, Pam. I really hope everyone is okay. That storm really is a monster. I hope you’re safe too xxxxx

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      • roughwighting / Sep 12 2017 3:31 am

        New England is sunny and calm. But my friend who lives in Clearwater FL is in the thick of the storm and hunkered down with her family. SCARY.


  18. EllaDee's / Sep 11 2017 3:41 pm

    I never thought about fog in the tropics. So cool 😎 Love the little birds. It’s so dry here, our yard is alive with them but they are too quick for me to photograph successfully- you are good!


    • diannegray / Sep 12 2017 5:49 am

      It’s incredibly dry here as well. My front lawn is dead so I’ve decided to get the bore pump going to get a little greenery out there 😉


  19. Gallivanta / Sep 11 2017 9:16 pm

    I love the cool of the morning when I am in Cairns. And the sunrise. In Christchurch I prefer to be in a warm bed at sunrise. 😉


    • diannegray / Sep 12 2017 6:18 am

      Oh yes – I know what you mean, After living in Canberra for a while I would much rather be in bed than walking around in that fog. At least I don’t have to scrape the ice off the cars here in the morning 😉

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  20. Minuscule Moments / Sep 12 2017 11:20 am

    Cranky but still adorable Dianne, surely it must be warming up up your way by now, still cold down south.


    • diannegray / Sep 17 2017 9:29 am

      Oh yes – it’s warming up during the day, but thank goodness the nights are still cool 🙂

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  21. KathrinS / Sep 18 2017 3:08 am

    Looks beautiful – fog can be so pretty sometimes.

    Kathrin —

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  22. The Thrifty Campers / Oct 30 2017 2:15 am

    I am in love with your photo. It’s so tranquil, calm, and peaceful looking!

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