July casts a long shadow – Winter in the national capital (Canberra, Australia).

Contrary to photographic evidence, I spend much of the month hiding in my home or in my head. The disaster that is Covid-19 grips the nation. Covid-free Australian states shut their borders against those states battling virus spot fires or a full-on raging inferno. I’m all for border closures. Virus afflicted states are going to need all the help they can get from other states to subdue this contagion. Hate, bigotry and ignorance also corrode the social fabric. This too we can overcome provided we have the will to work together.

Winter sun sets on Tidbinbilla, site of summer’s last stand.
Long shadows illuminate life’s uncertainties.

The loop road marks the division.

Tensions flare and we ready ourselves to defend our territory against interlopers,
real and imaginary. Perhaps it will be war?

Over resources and prime territory? Or maybe over egos?

Huginn and Muninn do Odin’s work. Or so we are told.

We are on high alert.

The debate rages.
Abandon the old?

Turn over a new leaf?

Colours emerge from the shadows.

But stormy days ahead.

This is my response to The Changing Seasons – July 2020 photo challenge hosted by the lovely Su at Zimmerbitch.  Obviously, I would never kill two birds with one stone, nevertheless I am also joining in with the Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge – Winter.

Kind Regards.
Tracy.

55 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons – July 2020

  1. I’m with Margaret Tracy, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times. The gap between the two grows ever wider. Tempers flare, fuses grow shorter. Those who can afford to avoid the chaos do so. Nature remains beautiful, as you’ve shown, while the world gets uglier. What will we look like when this finally ends?

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  2. The restrictions this pandemic is putting on us is making many of us cantankerous but nature’s lap always soothes ruffled feathers. Thank you for sharing your beautiful part of the world, Tracy (and I always love your captions). Stay well, dear friend.

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  3. The best and the worst…yes, there we are. Here we are. Images and captions, words, hold me in their grip. Tight. These are strange and difficult times. Stay well, stay safe and keep calm. Be kind.
    Your birds are mezmerizing.

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    1. Thank you, Sid. Some of the smaller birds come down from the mountains. There are perhaps less of those this year due to the fires. It is hard to tell. We get the occasional Latham’s Snipe in spring/summer, but it is not really an area for large scale bird migrations.

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  4. I’m sorry that you’re facing stormy days ahead, Tracy. I seem to be in this weird kind of fugue state, even though I still in the same place.

    I enjoyed the bird photos in particular. They’re always cheering.

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  5. This situation really is bringing out both the best and the worst in people, and the longer it drags on, the more we are seeing the worst. Lovely photos, Tracy! Thanks for sharing them. We need to spread as much light as we can!

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  6. Who knows what’s going to happen!!! I’ve written off 2020, not to be pessimistic but egats, it’s crazy cakes what’s going on!

    Love that yellow robin picture, actually, enjoy seeing all these wonderful photos of Australia, xo

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  7. A truly beautiful series of photos, Tracy, but the very first one and that of the yellow robin have caught my heart especially.
    I think it will be a war of egos first, then resources and territories. 🙁

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  8. Tracy, another thought provoking post and images. After reading the Old Testament some 40 years ago, I gave up on humankind. The only thing that has changed are our weapons. Now mother nature is also showing her power. Take care.

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