Posts Tagged ‘summer’

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453. Flowers Growing In The Lawn

July 15, 2011

Photos, Nikon D40, February 2011.

My Decaying Garden Series.

I noticed that despite the somewhat unattractive patch of land that I call my garden was full of death and decay (assisted by the application of a significant amount of herbicide). I took numerous photos on 25 February 2011 (late summer).

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452. Spiderwebs

July 14, 2011

Photos, Nikon D40, February 2011.

My Decaying Garden Series.

I noticed that despite the somewhat unattractive patch of land that I call my garden was full of death and decay (assisted by the application of a significant amount of herbicide). I took numerous photos on 25 February 2011 (late summer).

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442. Decay

March 25, 2011

Weird spiky plant

Photos, Nikon D40, February 2011.

My Decaying Garden Series.

I noticed that despite the somewhat unattractive patch of land that I call my garden was full of death and decay (assisted by the application of a significant amount of herbicide). I took numerous photos on 25 February 2011 (late summer).

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432. Dying Leaves

February 28, 2011

Dying Oleander Tree

Photos, Nikon D40, February 2011.

My Decaying Garden Series.

I noticed that despite the somewhat unattractive patch of land that I call my garden was full of death and decay (assisted by the application of a significant amount of herbicide). I took numerous photos on 25 February 2011 (late summer).

Here, it looks like autumn is coming early.

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396. Christmas Cat

January 13, 2010

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Watercolour pencil and colour pencil on paper, 2009.

I wanted to create a Christmas card friendly design. It was good fun drawing this cat by a fireplace. Even though it’s summer during our Christmas, those of us in the southern end of the continent do get a decent amount of freezing cold days.

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This drawing can also be found at my redbubble.com Bubblesite.

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325. Multi-Coloured Rose #2

March 30, 2009

200903-flokot-art2Photograph, February 2009.

Another photo of my rose!

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324. Multi-Coloured Rose

March 27, 2009

200903-flokot-art1Photograph, February 2009.

Some of my readers may have heard of the terrible heatwave, bushfires and severe storms that have hit the state of Victoria, Australia, in the previous month. February is normally marked by uncomfortable heat, but this year was a record breaker in terms of temperature, and in the number of people killed by the bushfires. When, in early March, Victorians received text messages from the police warning of coming storms, it was time for more tension and fear. Thankfully those storms weren’t as devastating as initially expected, and the rains they brought were a definite blessing!

So it was nice that, in admist the chaos, my poor little pot plants actually survived. We had pretty much abandoned them in search of air conditioning, but here they were, still waiting. This rose bush produces these amazing multi-coloured red-and-yellow roses. I had intended to do a daily series of photographs of this bud flowering, but was distracted by the storm preparations…

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More information…

about bushfires and heatwaves in Victoria:

Country Fire Authority

Google Image Search for Victorian bushfires

The March 2009 Text Message… – at news.com.au

Victoria’s Record Breaking Heatwave, 2009 – Bureau of Meteorology

All links accessed 5 March 2009.

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309. Christmas Drive

December 20, 2008

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Watercolour pencil on paper, 2008 re-edit of painting from either December 2006 or 2007 (I can’t remember).

It was inspired by driving to our rural family’s Christmas.

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305. Farm Scene

November 27, 2008

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Watercolour pencil on paper, 2006. Re-edit November 2008.

This is an imaginary scene inspired by the sunset drive home from my grandparents’ farm. I love that place so much. I used to get to visit there every weekend, as it was just outside my hometown, but these days it’s a 2 hour drive away. We try to get there at least every Christmas, which is the time I drew this illustration.

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Summer….

November 12, 2008

Well, summer’s around the corner. I can feel it.

Some significant clues:

It’s 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 Fahrenheit) right now…

The cicadas are noisy.

The shops are full of Christmas decorations.

The neighbours have turned on their air conditioning. We don’t have air conditioning in our house. The frustrating thing is that, last summer, the air coniditioners running through the state cause power blackouts in which every second and third house in our street lost power. We lost power – and we are the ones without air con and who use green energy! Our non-green energy neighbours didn’t even notice as their air con kept working fine. Anyway I’m rambling and whingeing. It’s ok, really. I’d rather be hanging by the coast than sweating here in the suburbs…

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Power Black Out And No Waffles

June 28, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

17 March 2008 – time- ? after 8.00 pm

It was at least 39 degrees Celsius today. It’s Autumn – what’s happening to the weather?!

The power has gone out in part of our street. The neighbours still have theirs – the air conditioner is pumping away. Not us. We don’t have air con, just a little fan. We can’t even run that! So, a house full of candles. Too hot.  >:-(

– me, drawing in the dark, lamenting that the waffles won’t get cooked now.

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Global Warming

June 27, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

13 March 2008 – around 3pm

So, tell me, is global warming the reason we’re having 38 degrees Celsius days in Autumn, or is it just a hot summer? My husband tells me it’s because we’re in Australia – but I’ve lived in this state all my life and it always seemed a lot colder and greener than in recent years.

Figure 1.1: scorching hot sun beaming down on parched ground and heat rising from road.

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Swimming Pool

June 16, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Sunday 9 March 2008, 4 pm-ish

Sunny, hot and invading the in-laws’ swimming pool…

– Me (sleepy)

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Walking To School

May 19, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Tuesday 19 February 2008 – 7.58 pm

Walking to school –

– oversized school bag on tiny pram

– me, sweaty and gross after walking

– 5 year old already tired upon arriving at school due to frantic walk in summer heat

– cranky 3 year old whingeing that the pram is bumpy

– short skirt that cause me to inadvertently flash today… oops. Say hello to my pink undies

PROS:

– it’s actually faster to walk than drive at this time of day

– it saves on petrol, pollution and stress

– it’s great exercise

– we get some sunshine

CONS:

– it’s too hot this summer

– it takes effort to walk

– it means being ready to leave much earlier

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236. Self Portrait In Reflective Christmas Decoration

May 14, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2007

Photograph, December 2008.

Mmm… plastic Christmas tree…

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Tartan Pants And Hot Weather

January 8, 2008

 Tartan Pants

Thursday 3 January, 2008  – 6.55 pm

It’s clearly too hot to wear my beloved tartan pants.

 (Note: it’s summer here at this time of year.) 

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