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Eel Wrestling at Nambucca Heads

  “Don’t go into the water today, it’ll be like wrestling eels”, warned my mother inlaw after inspecting the beach on her morning walk. High tide and rough seas had brought in huge quantities of seaweed which was still writhing in the … Continue reading

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Climate Change in your Backyard?

A glance at the news and weather from around the world over the holidays shows many examples of extreme conditions – early snow in the Northern hemisphere, the coldest December since records began in the UK, heavy rains causing summer … Continue reading

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The Sailor’s Return, by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881)

‘Red sky at night, sailor’s delight’.  According to this old saying, the richly coloured sky in Palmer’s painting promises fair weather for these sailors and their families. Does anyone know the origin of the ‘red sky’ saying?

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Setting Sun, by Alexander Cozens (1717-1786)

Cozens considered the mood of a painting to be conveyed largely by the treatment of the sky. In many of his works the sky is the main subject, as it is in this painting.

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Study of Clouds, by John Constable (1776-1837)

Better known for his magnificent landscapes, Constable was so inspired to truthfully capture the sky that for a time in the early 1820s he stopped painting the ground to concentrate on studies of clouds like this one.

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Lancaster Sands, by David Cox (1783-1859)

Travellers crossing the trecherous sands between Ulverston and Morecombe Bay are threatened with a summer squall. Cox captures the weather conditions so well you feel like sheltering from the wind.

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Study of Clouds, by Cornelius Varley (1781-1873)

Varley was influenced by Luke Howard’s emerging science of meteorology. The artist was very interested in sketching skies and clouds from nature to record changing weather conditions.

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