Darwin shopping Chinese Dragon style

Competition was fierce for computing bargains in Harvey Norman today perhaps he’s been listening in to Roots Tech 2012.

Then the Dragon made his way to the appliance section accompanied by loud drumming from his friends.

Having intimidated the competition by staring them in the eye.

He became submissive waiting for his reward of lettuce.

No doubt his presence will be auspicious for Harvey Norman’s business throughout 2012. I’m glad we saw him today because he’s eluded us at every turn this year.

The Dragon and Lion dancing troupe from the Chung Wah Society play an important role in Darwin’s events and of course Chinese New Year is a highlight. I suspect I’m wrong calling this handsome fella a Dragon and that’s he’s actually a Lion but old habits die hard.

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A Gaggle of Magpie Geese

Oops, I forgot to upload yesterday’s photo. The magpie geese are out in force at present and there was a big mob of them near the Gardens, snacking on grass and seeds. Further along they were in slush half way up their legs from their foraging efforts. And no, they didn’t really gaggle but they did waddle away from this human, hence their turned backs.

Autumn comes to Darwin

As you walk along the waterfront at Fannie Bay you might think that autumn has indeed come to Darwin mid-summer (ignoring the fact we never have an autumn). Trees are half-green, half-brown, leaves drift from the trees like early snowflakes and scatter to the ground.  Why this strange autumnal phenomenon? Well in our years here we’ve never seen it happen like this before: a combination of strong wind, high tides and heavy salt spray has coated the leaves killing them with their burden of salt and windburn. Local gardens near the waterfront have been decimated by the winds and salt. How long will it all take to recover I wonder?

A parade of autumn-coloured trees.

This poor bottle tree (front left below) has been stripped on the windward side. Hopefully it’s reserves of water, held in the trunk, will make it more resilient to the effects of the salt…or might it make things worse? Will the tree absorb the salt into its water reserves? Time alone will tell.

The poor battered bottle tree front left-ish.

Meanwhile a typical Wet Season storm is building up in the sky and slowly the salt may be flushed from the plants. Thunder has been rolling around the sky for hours.  Take a seat and be astonished by nature’s forces.

It’s a bit blowy today

It’s a bit blowy around Darwin today with a monsoon trough hovering off the coast. Yesterday and last night we had heaps of rain but today it’s throwing all its energy into blowing everything around. Our pool had been inhabited by a strange green-striped monster overnight…it rears up like a primeval creature doing a Mexican wave with every strong wind gust. The wind chimes are going nuts!

When you see these photos you’ll know why I’m glad Mr Cassmob’s charter to Gove was cancelled this morning. The streets are covered in leaf litter and branches but to my surprise there was no flooding that we came across.

My hair looked a lot like these palm trees after being out in the wind. I struggled to stay on an even keel and I’m no featherweight.

East Point coastline

As I’m travelling interstate this week I’m including some photos taken when we went for a photo session on Saturday late afternoon.

The tide was high and the sun was dropping in the sky highlighting the colours of the Wet Season clouds, sea, rocks and trees. This area provides a popular walking path but the cliffs have to be avoided as they’re very “crumbly”.