Mt Stromlo Observatory - sunset surprise

June 16, 2013  •  4 Comments

For those of you not familiar with the top of Mt Stromlo in Canberra, it's an interesting place to visit.

For starters, you have wonderful views in most directions - east and north across Canberra, and west into the Brindabella mountain range. A great spot for summer evening picnics, watching the sun go down over the mountains. Perfect for star gazing too, although the famous 2003 bushfires changed that... While there are still some operating observatories on the mountain top, a lot of the structures were caught in the blaze that engulfed most of the mountain. The remnants of several observatories remain as a monument to what was lost. It's also a great spot for mountain biking!

I went up yesterday afternoon with the intention of catching some different sunset shots. Lately we've been having these amazing crisp evenings where, once the sun has set, you get a beautiful orange glow silhouetting the mountains, which gradually transitions up into a deep blue night sky - with some twinkling stars if you're lucky.

Unfortunately I didn't get what I was after, but instead was treated to an entirely different spectacle...

Rain shower over the Brindabella mountains from Mt StromloRain shower over Brindabellas from Mt Stromlo There was more cloud than I was hoping for, and some rain showers further over the mountains... quite a dramatic scene!

View from inside one of the observatories on Mt StromloRainbow from inside old Mt Stromlo observatory I caught the sun peeping out from the clouds from within one of the burnt out observatory windows - nicely framed :) I love the way the sunlight was reflecting back off the outside wall, lighting up the foreground - kind of like a giant flash!

Lucky it just started sprinkling rain, because as I turned away from the window, this is what I saw!

Rainbow over the inside of the observatory, Mt StromloRainbow from inside old Mt Stromlo observatory I picked my jaw up of the ground long enough to get some shots...

Rainbow from inside the observatory, Mt StromloRainbow from inside old Mt Stromlo observatory ...and then ran outside to get this one of the rainbow over the old observatory. You can faintly see it was a double!

Rainbow over the old observatory, Mt StromloRainbow over old Mt Stromlo observatory I then strolled a little further up the hill to catch the rainbow in all it's glory, straddling Canberra.

Rainbow over Canberra, from Mt StromloRainbow over Canberra from Mt Stromlo So it just goes to show it's worth heading out, even it it looks a little cloudy or that it might rain, because sometimes you'll be in the right place at the right time.

 


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Jon Harris Photography
Thanks Vanessa! I'm a fan of that one too :)
Vanessa(non-registered)
Beautiful work Jon, Love the last one :)
Jon Harris Photography
Thanks Maureen!

Take the time to get up there if you can - well worth it.
Maureen(non-registered)
What fantastic photos, great work. Heading to Canberra soon, and hope to get to top of the mountain .
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