Picture of the Day 29: Stormclouds building over Racecourse Drive
The summer was hot, and the summer was long. Mainly it was hot. In the field of 43 degrees C. For most of the day, the sky was clear and blue, smoke from far afield blown around the horizons making it seem as though the sun was searing away the sky. At lunchtime I hopped in the car with Sax with the intention of hitting town for a meal – but it could have been sixty degrees in the car and I couldn’t even touch the wheel. When we finally made it into town, it was to find the place almost deserted, and everything, even the shadows, gently baking.
Skip forward six hours to the evening, where we tired of our heat-imposed house arrest and headed out for a wander. My parents and my brother’s family had joined 4000 other Tumutites in frequenting the Jimmy Barnes concert held at the show ground. The concert started at 1 and was to finish at 7.30 or so. Man, they had a fantastic time, but I don’t envy them at all. As Sax and I walked alongside the river, we could hear the distant concert perfectly. We passed plenty of folks who had thrown in the towel early, leaving the show ground to dwell around the river. While the river was cooler, the humidity by it was stifling, so I had the impression of swimming through hot water rather than walking. But that’s what summer is about, right? 😀
New bridge (top) and old bridge (bottom).
By time we reached the racecourse parking lot, the clouds had banked high enough around the west that the sun fell behind them. Finally we were free of the harsh, biting edge of the sunlight. I can’t say it cooled down significantly – the lowest the temperature fell overnight was 37 degrees, which is frankly insane. However it all became more bearable, and Sax and I took the return trip at our leisure, rather than scuttling from shade to shade.
Poor Sax! I think he would have spent the entire time in the water, if he could have fought the current. The Tumut River is still at full strap, although the level has dropped about a foot. I’ve heard the water temperature only rises a degree by from when it leaves the dam to when it reaches town. As the water is drawn from the bottom of the dam, it’s very cold – cold water pollution is a major concern for local trout and cod populations. Although Sax would usually be content to wallow or swim, today the discrepancy in water temperature and air temperature seemed to great for him, and he didn’t go further in than his knees.
Nice beetle, huh? 😀 I put him in the grass after this, so that he might continue about doing his shiny green beetle things. The horse was very interested in Sax. I don’t know what it is about Sax, the horses just love him. He doesn’t have much time for them. Once, when passing by the stables, he was game enough to put his nose to the nose of a horse, but his nerves got the better of him and he leapt back with a bark. This startled the horse so much that it too hurried backwards, and bumped its poor head on the railing. With a bang! Ouch. So yes, Sax keeps away from the horses now.
And finally, back past the Anglican church and to the caravan park. Oh, one more quick note for today. I found loot! Good sunglasses, a Sailor Mars figurine, and a shirt. I took the figurine, left the rest. But a shirt… does that mean I’m finding armour drops? Whoop!