Photographs of snow storm in Buffalo New York

Snow storm in Buffalo New York#5

When I first heard about the reports of the heaviest snow falls in the Eastern USA for over 30 years I was sceptical. Maybe my natural cynicism  at the Texan exaggeration – I know that the snow was in New York state and not in Austen Texas – aspect of American culture made me blase about the severity of the snow storm. A quick glance at some of the astonishing photographs emerging fr0m the USA rapidly disabused me of that notion.

The worst affected area appears to be the town of Buffalo in New York State where 6 feet [2 metres] of snow has been reported. The rate of the snow fall could rapidly trap people at work, on the highway and more embarassingly at their lovers apartment. Of course they could always claim without fear of contradiction that they were trapped in their vehicle somewhere. Meanwhile they were enjoyed an uninterrupted 48 hours in a romantic tryst!

Main picture: Don’t let the snow in!

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The Ethereal Dream World of an Underwater Park

Green Lake#1

Imagine swimming underwater anywhere. What will one normally see? Sand and rocks. That is not so in the case of the Gruner See – the Green Lake – in Styria, Austria. During the winter, the lake is only 1–2 m deep and the surrounding area is used as a county park. However, during the spring, when the temperature rises and the snow melts, the basin of land below the mountains fills with water. The lake reaches its maximum depth of around 12m from mid-May to June. Beneath the water one can view grass and not sand and mud. Looking up, one can spot the tops of the trees under the water.

A truly surreal experience

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Beaches in China

Beaches in China#1

Isn’t the whole idea of going to the beach is to have a relaxing time. Instead one has to contend with thousands of people? If you do go for a swim, would you even be missed if you did not surface again but more importantly, would you be able to find your umbrella again. It probably is no different from being at the crowded shopping mall – being jostled, no privacy and raucous – the very antithesis of a relaxing peaceful visit.

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Wild Australian Weather

Wild Australian Weather#1

I have never associated Australia with wild weather but some of these photographs confound that belief. They are certainly stunning. From the dark foreboding and menacing cloud banks many tens of kilometres in height to the piquant reds of a sunset it has them all. I am ever in awe of nature like this when it is at its pristine best. I revel in its colours, in its innate magisterial vastness as my emotions resonate with its splendour and beauty.

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The Tapestry of Life

Bamboo forest in China

Have you ever considered why life is not a bland monotone? Imagine for a minute if it were. How boring would life be! Rather it comprises the strident highs of a tweeter and the thumping lows of a bass. It is the opposites and their interaction that makes life sweeter.

Switch on one’s favourite melody and close your eyes. Let the sound flow over and through you. One is enraptured by the interplay of the various components – the lead with its highs, the bass with its lows, the keyboards with its melody and the drums with its beat.

Main photograph: A bamboo forest in China

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Satellite Pictures for a different Perspective of Earth

Satellite photos#1 - Kansas

Astronauts regularly proclaim that the view of the earth from space endeared them with a different almost sublimely mystical perspective of earth. From a great height, both the fragility and interconnectedness of the world is exposed. Cynically or even prosaically this may be termed a kumbaya experience, but I concur with those space travellers in being overwhelmed by man’s insignificance in a cosmic scale.

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