rain coming



drought breaking

storm clouds bringing rain

and lightning


Over the last 5 days across Victoria we have experienced rain, storms and then more rain. Winds over 100 K have been common with 7 metre swells in Bass Strait.  Many towns and farming communities have been living with drought conditions , dams were empty and water and feed was being trucked in. There has been a reprieve but more is needed. These images were taken on May 7th from the Black Rock cliffs not long before sunset. Then the storm arrived.

This is my contribution to  RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 96 Lightning&Rain  A weekly haiku challenge inspiring haiku poets around the world to be creative. Visit the site here https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-96-lightningrain/ 

a warning



silver sea

afternoon storm cloud


A summer storm is sweeping across Port Phillip Bay and some small fishing boats are taking their time returning to shore safely in time. Melbourne has an incredible reputation for sudden weather pattern changes totally at odds with the forecast. Four seasons in one day is a common reference in tourist literature.

Boating tragedies are  unfortunately frequent on “the bay” usually involving amateurs not considering boat safety or watching the weather.