Thursday, June 14, 2007

the fish thinks of flying




I can tell when it is snowing in the Snowy Mountains, although I am a good 6 hours drive away.

It is the colour of the sea: dark steel blue,fading to pale malachite near the shore, the raft of cloud sitting on the southern horizon large and flat; that arctic breeze whispering through, and the sun: pale yellow like dead grass.

Even with the air temp 10deg, the sea is 20deg. I dont like the getting out: I peer at the world, nose deep in the water.
I was reminded of this:

"At night every river has a secret twin a ghost of air washing above the living water down toward the sea" *

There is a ghost, above the sea, betraying the secret of its warmth.


I checked my hunch on the snow-cam: hah! yes indeedy.
This is what I like to see.
Or not see.

A snowy blanket being woven for the fish to fly in.


Perisher Valley Snow cam

* peter carey "The True History of the Kelly Gang"

8 comments:

meli said...

Wow, you can even see the sea's ghost.

LisaB said...

What an amazing photo. It gave me goosebumps. You have a gift.

meggie said...

Another wonderful, evocative post!
Thankyou so much!

Princess Banter said...

That much snow?!?! I'm headed over to Oz in a week... please tell me it's not snowing that much :(

fifi said...

princess,
it is only snowing in the mountains...that's perisher valley, about 6 hours from here.
Here in Sydney, it rains. It rains and rains in such an unexpectedly consistent way , and I am loving every single drop.
No snow.
Wher're you going?

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Oh, wow, what a talent - painter, photographer, and a writer! I am so glad to have stumbled across your site.

Many moons ago, I drove through the Snowy Mountain, it's an experience I shall always treasure. I hope your trip to the UK will prove to be as equally memorable..

Big Pissy said...

I think your blog is too smart for me.

But I love the photos. :)

Arcturus said...

Snowy Mountains ... how lyrical ... and SNOW in the snowy mountains! How appropriate.

Has it ever snowed in Sydney? The Wikipedia article I found said it last snowed in Sydney in the 1830s.