view from the lookout, Brookton Highway, near Brookton, dust storm approx 10 seconds away, Sat 29.1.11, Nikon D40, limited visibility!

I am from Perth, Western Australia. I observe the life changing around me and photograph opportunistically. My vision is illuminated by history. I am passionate about conservation, heritage and biodiversity. Slow down, share this dream.

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  • Geoffrey Dunn
    Geoffrey Dunnalmost 4 years ago

    Gonna get ya!

  • missed us by that much!

    – Naia

  • Melissa Drummond
    Melissa Drummondalmost 4 years ago

    Hope you stayed safe, Naia – looks like a pretty intense dust storm.
    My inlaws in Quairading said it was pretty bad, and I think they’ll be without power for a while. Some extreme weather around at the moment!

  • we were going to swing my Quairading on the way home to check out my mum’s place but couldn’t get any definitive info from the bom website during the brief periods when the power was actually on. Some of the roads may have become impassable (the one in the above photo is now) Seems a lot of the wheatbelt weather stations don’t have a wind gauge (or maybe they blew away!). We stayed very miraculously safe – more photos coming…

    – Naia

  • LouJay
    LouJayalmost 4 years ago

    Big clean up around Pingelly today – plenty bits of roof down and trees, trees trees and more fallen trees. We’ll see what our trip to Narrogin tomorrow shows…

  • In retrospect we should have had a look at CJs, (if the roads were clear) as it turns out, despite the INCORRECT recorded message MANY towns were without power – an oversight on their part for so many reasons!!
    It is devastating that so many trees came down – they can’t be replaced… (it is possible to “right” a fallen tree if suitable, prompt, wet and equipment is available). The drive back was very sad.
    Save your fallen casuarina bits – they’ll be nice timber. Maybe do some “bodging”.

    – Naia

  • LouJay
    LouJayalmost 4 years ago

    Mmm, we were discussing out casuarina bits yesterday. Definitely use for something, that wood is so beautiful. It is sad to see so many big trees down – and demonstrate just what a strong wind went through, as many of those trees have withstood a lot of wind before now. Looks like many places will have power out for way longer than us. I am not looking forward to the drive to Narrogin. Too many mature trees were taken out in the name of road safety a couple years ago. Now what is left may be severely damaged.

  • maybe time for Ed to get back into woodwork with hand tools? Splitting the green stuff or use in the round? From what we saw on the way home, those trees that weren’t just uprooted (compacted soil, overgrazed, very exposed position etc), dropped limbs from where the attachments were already weak (inclusions, rot, termites, codominant stems etc). A sound preventive measure would be to have trees periodically properly assessed- a visual hazard assessment would have picked up most of those pre existing faults, and a program of planting proper windbreaks would reduce the severity of all storms. (and increase productivity all round)

    – Naia

  • scallyart
    scallyartalmost 4 years ago

    wow – this is fabulous. We got it here as well but not as bad as up that way. Flooded right through my studio/shop, so a bit of a clean up ahead.

  • shame about your studio… we were all prepared for a cyclone to hit Perth and then all we get is a little bit of rain… nature is so unpredictable

    – Naia

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely trees! Nice capture! :)

  • aren’t they, and they are all still intact apart from one salmon gum to the right of the picture

    – Naia

  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentalmost 4 years ago

    Did you hear Muckinbudin got wacked last night in a storm?

  • bummer, no, I didn’t. Qld has been dominating the radar. I think we need to seriously examine the possibility that some weather events would be less severe if not for the damage humanity has already done to the environment.

    – Naia

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful gum trees and capture:)

  • yes they are beautiful trees and nearly all of them are still there :)

    – Naia

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