The Passing Storm, Barrington Tops, New South Wales

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Comments (19)

♫ Russ Hamer on February 9, 2009

Very evocative and though provoking especially at the moment. They could use some storms in Victoria.

Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2009

Thanks for making contact, Russ. I have just had a quick glimpse at your gallery and like what I see. And I will also reciprocate by adding you to my list of favourite galleries, which will mean I will regularly visit, as I cycle through my favourites.

As we arrived at the parking area a few 100ms away, this storm began to empty small hailstones upon us for 20 minutes. The ground was covered in a thick layer of ice. As soon as it stopped, I hurried to this lookout to glimpse this display.

Victoria does need some gentler weather, especially some rain and higher humidity. I am not sure that storms are what is needed for they would move vast quantities of ash and exposed soil down hillsides, across roads, and fill water storages with ash and sediment. I say this for I have seen this sequence unleashed previously, and it is brutal. Whatever follows this recent event in Victoria needs to be gentle.

Greetings form Sydney,


♫ Russ Hamer on February 9, 2009

Thanks for that, Ian, much appreciated. (You might be particularly interested in this... ) Was listening on line to Radio from Melbourne as I have friends there and heard much the same about the need for gentle precipitation. Thanks again, Russ

gezginruh on February 9, 2009

Very nice! But i am very sad for the fire in Australia. GGR.

Sigurtor Holm on February 9, 2009

Very good shot Ian My heartfelt sorrow for all in Australia affected by those fires we now see and hear about in the news. This is very sad and must be a truly terrifying experience. Hope you and your family are all well.

Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2009

Thank you, Sig, especially for your sympathy and concern for those who have through terror and survived with great loss.

We are all well, but excitedly preparing for a major life change for I retire soon from my Sydney position and will relocate to Brisbane by May.

And I am pleased you appreciate this photo of the rain storm moving over the ranges.


Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2009

Dear GGR,

Following on from my comment above to Sig, may I add that your sympathy is also appreciated for last Saturday in Victoria has been tragic, and the scars on people's lives will last a lifetime.

And I am pleased that you appreciate this scene of a storm passing across the forested mountain ranges.


Your friend Ian.

赝能隙-寻城记 on February 10, 2009

impressive photo

Warm regards from Nanjing,China,kuka

My ♥ January Contest: path to paradise

EVA_L on February 10, 2009

It seems, weather increasingly presents us surprises, Yan!

Best wishes. Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 10, 2009

Hi Kuka,

Thanks for your praise and your visit. Thanks to for the invitation to see your Path to Paradise photo.

I have visited Nanjing, so I send my friendly greetings from Sydney.


Ian Stehbens on February 10, 2009

Dear Eva,

It is clear to our scientists as well as our general population that the frequency of severe weather events is increasing, and the range of temperatures has been increasing faster than the average predictions for climate change made only 10 years ago.

The Victorian temperatures last Saturday were higher than had ever been recorded in the 140 year history of recording weather in Melbourne!

As for this storm in my photograph it was quite a typical weather event for the Barrington Tops in summer. The thunder and lightning and the small hail were enjoyed by us. Glad it wasn't large hail for we exploring in our car at the time, and there was no shelter for the car.

I loved looking down the valley, watching the storm moving on and the mists rising from the forest canopy.

Best wishes dear Eva.


Richard Ryer on February 11, 2009

Greetings Ian, Very nice storm shot. I love the storms in the mountains. The clap of thunders echoes so magnificently through the canyons and gorges. Beautiful.



Ian Stehbens on February 11, 2009

Hi Rich,

Our mountains are not as grand as your majestic ones, more like the Appalachians, but just as lovable.

The week I was in Denver, we had a storm every day, for it was early summer, and I felt right at home. To see your city lit by the after-storm golden light with arcs of rainbow reminded me of the golden days of the gold rushes.

It really is sad to hear of the extent of beetle damage in the Granby-Fraser area, for the landscape is being transformed detrimentally!

As for the storm that is photographed here it was dumping large amounts of small hail, though one cannot see it here for it is on the forest floor, though the wisps of mists indicate that the rain has been cold and the forest warm before.

I experienced the same phenomena over in the Rollins Valley, though as you will see, the white blanket could be photographed.

My regards,


mkurtel on February 12, 2009

Nice shot.

My January Contest , Greetings Murat

Ian Stehbens on February 13, 2009

Thanks for the encouragement, Murat. Best wishes with the contest.


Marilyn Whiteley on February 16, 2009

I've suffered a major hard drive failure, and I can't take time to look at everything, Ian, but this caught my eye, and it is so lovely! It soothes my anxious spirit. Well done.


Ian Stehbens on February 16, 2009

You certainly have my sympathy, Marilyn. This is a national park that I have wanted to visit for a long time, especially for the reason that it is an environment that can settle the busy mind and soothe the anxious spirit. We had an 'escape' into the area for a couple of days. It was precious. Hope your computer troubles are resolved quickly. Thanks for the feedback, affirming as always.


Olga I. Yakovenko on February 18, 2009

It has well covered the hills!

Ian Stehbens on February 18, 2009

Dear Olga,

This location is quite high, and the storm was dumping much small hail, so beneath the forest canopy the ground is white with a thick layer of small hailstones.

Thanks for your thorough visit and special comments.

Best regards,


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