Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Red Dawn

Hyde Park, Sydney - about 5:50am

Well, I woke up this morning and thought I'd astro-travelled to Mars overnight. Gusty winds blanketed Sydney with red dust from some faraway desert locale. Even the inside of my train was coated in dust. I got to work a little late after taking a few photos of the phenomenon. You can see more piccies on my photo gallery.

The Sydney Morning Herald said: "It may look like Doomsday, but the causes of today's storm are relatively prosaic.

"Tiny particles lifted from the desert in South Australia are wafted high into the air and carried east. The ruddy haze is caused by sunlight refracting through iron-rich dust.

"If it were possible to scrape the film of dust coating outdoor surfaces across Sydney together into a heap, it would probably weigh something like 1,000 tonnes."
The war memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Put On Your Red Shoes!

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood (aka the 2009 Golden Heart finalists) blog has landed! Come and celebrate our launch, which was cleverly timed to coincide with the day entries for the 2010 Golden Heart opened. We've got goodies to give away and a grand prize of critiques.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Website Relaunch

I’ve just returned from a magical visit to Holland and France. I needed a change of scenery at home, too, so I revamped my website. I’ll be adding things regularly. I may even make-over the place every week!