I’m not a summer person. It’s rare that you’ll catch me outside in the height of summer. Last week the temperature in Sydney was over 30 degrees celcius almost every day. Normally in summer I’m only out of the air-conditioning just long enough to get from place to place and I rarely wander.
But this week there is a momentary lull in the inescapable summer heat and humidity, it’s 24 degrees and overcast at uni. So I felt the urge to wander and ponder the details. As a biologist I naturally gravitate towards things of the natural kind, so here’s a selection of shots of life on campus.
Normally I walk past these plants without a second thought, they are just a green background wherever I’m walking. But today I walked this same path, but with intention. I opened my eyes to see what is always right there.
It amazes me how many interesting colours and textures I notice if I really stop and look. There are so many greens and so many patterns. Yes, the flowers are pretty and give a nice highlight, but it’s really the broad range of shapes and shades of green that capture my imagination.
I even saw some things I wasn’t expecting to see, just because I stopped and took a moment to look. The blackberry (?) plant with the vicious looking spines poking out of the plain, sensible hedge made me think it was trying to escape the insane asylum. The spider web formed into a tunnel left me wondering if that part of the web is designed for the prey to go in, or for the spider to be able to get out? And I did a double take at the bit of bark that had popped off the smooth tree, making it look that like a butterfly or an open pipi shell.