Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A gully wind.

It has been windy in my neck of the Blue Mountains overnight.

I describe it as a "gully wind" (my grandfathers words) which I find out is a particularly South Australian term for summertime hot easterlies that blow across the Adelaide Hills. So technically, it isn't a gully wind but it reminds me of the sound of some of those late night Adelaide winds; blowing across the scorched leafy suburbs in Eastern Adelaide. Adelaide band from the 70's The Masters Apprentices even had a song called "Hot Gully Wind".

The sound is difficult to describe as strong winds blow north to south, along the ridge, through thousands of Eucalypt trees. The first sense is of a heavy shower, or perhaps a train on the nearby tracks or out of place crashing waves beside an angry ocean........ in any case it is nature with the volume turned up.

The wind has other effects apart from the maker's aural symphony.This morning, the dawn sun shone though some Jacaranda trees blowing around in the wind. The sunlight shimmered, flickered and danced as it hit a wardobe, gentle ambient music in the background keeping time with the random patterns.

I could watch it all day.


  • good morning, open-mind, or it must be night there, now. i noticed that we both wrote about the music of the ambient world today. i'm surrounded by the urban, and you the rural. it sounds nice. thanks for visiting my site.

    By Blogger Ethnomuse, at 10:22 pm  

  • Sounds awesome, John.

    By Blogger BourbonBird, at 8:36 am  

  • I always like the names of winds. here in S. California we have a Santa Ana wind. But it seems of a larger condition then the specific locality of a gully wind.

    Also peculiar to California's San Joaquin valley, is the Tule Fog. I believe a certain marsh reed is named a Tule. So here, to say something is "out in the sticks" or "boondocks" one says "out in the tulies" instead.

    By Blogger Peter (the other), at 1:58 pm  

  • Ethnomuse, good to see you around. i'll be around your site regularly going on the current scribings!

    Rinna, if you ever need a tour guide around the mountains as per JtH's blog send me a line.

    Pete, there are a couple of others. The "Southerly Buster" is one in Sydney where a change comes up from the Tasman Strait from New Zealand which results in a particularly nasty storm. This is usually a summer thing.

    And over in Western Australia they have the "Freemantle Doctor" which is a wind that picks up around lunchtime from the west. The sea is dead calm and then it suddenly gets choppy, around about the same time every day.

    By Blogger Johnno, at 8:34 pm  

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