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The Changing Seasons – Sydney: March

Queen Mary 2 at Circular Quay

March’s cruise ship is Queen Mary 2, so big that it moors “backwards” (stern first) at the Overseas Passenger Terminal rather than bow first as most ships do.

“Australia’s seemingly endless summer”

That’s how weatherzone.com.au described the first couple of weeks of autumn in Sydney. 1 March marks the change of seasons, but you wouldn’t have known it from the temperatures! On 10 March, weatherzone reported that “Sydney has recorded 33 consecutive days above 26C [79F] and the forecast shows the warm weather is set to continue for at least another week” and the next day it said, “The 11-day streak of March nights failing to dip below 20 degrees that Sydney is currently in the midst of is unprecedented in over 150 years of records.” This followed on from the sunniest February in 40 years, so we Sydneysiders can be forgiven for leaving our blankets and long pants in our closets. 🙂

This couple has the right idea! A bottle of wine in the late afternoon sun, on the shore of Botany Bay.

This couple has the right idea! A bottle of wine in the late afternoon sun, on the shore of Botany Bay.

I took advantage of the lingering lovely weather to explore Cape Solander in Sydney’s south.

However, there’s no avoiding autumn

Try as I might to ignore them, signs of autumn are everywhere. “The leaves they were crispèd and sere— | The leaves they were withering and sere” (from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘Ulalume’).

At this time of the year, the sun is at just the right angle at 8:00am to cast interesting shadows of people waiting for the train at my station. Which one do you think is me?

Only in March

World's Greatest Shave 10-13 March

World’s Greatest Shave 10-13 March

The Leukemia Foundation runs its World’s Greatest Shave from 10 to 13 March. People were having their hair coloured or shaved for charity.

Season Markers

The seasons don’t seem to be changing much yet in my two regular locations. In Martin Place, the leaves are beginning to look pretty tatty. In Sandringham Garden, the flowers in the tiered beds have been changed.

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10 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons – Sydney: March

  1. Cape Solander looks lovely ~ and the endless summer is just about what we’re craving here in the north! I’ll remember I said that next September when we’re all tired of the heat, though 😉
    How does the shave for charity work?

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    • The cape offers stunning views in addition to walks — wild surf crashing into the cliffs on one side, and views back to the Sydney office towers looking tiny on the horizon. For the charity, you pay $20 to have your hair shaved off, or $5 for a rinse-out colour (like blue, green, violet). Personally, I think I would just hand over the money and skip the treatment!

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  2. I think you did a fine job of finding the changes in what is seemingly unchanged. Plants cue into very subtle changes in sun angle and there’s no escaping that, and how cool that you were able to take advantage of that new sun angle too! I think you’re the one hold that camera bag (first on one side, then the other). Am I right?

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