Locals no fair weather friends
There is an easy way to spot locals this time of year in Albany.
They’re the ones in shorts wandering down York Street, in the driving rain, while visitors wear layer upon layer of the latest hi-tech duck-down material. Winter is upon us in Albany. For those early birds, darkness awaits in the mornings.
Fog, rain, mist and sleet replace the brief summer sunshine.
The sun seems barely able to rise above the northern horizon and provides little warmth.
Look south and the dark, grey clouds roll across Torndirrup, bringing horizontal rain.
York Street becomes a wind tunnel, funnelling a cutting gail, which seems to have been born in Antarctica.
Credit to the winter sports players, seniors and juniors, who not only battle an opponent each weekend but Mother Nature too. Photographers seem to thrive, as the already rugged coastline bears its teeth, creating striking vistas.
What winter does is makes many appreciate the splendour of sunshine when, on occasion, it manages to erode away the grey clouds.
While weather along the south coast can be brutal, it is beautiful.
Despite the elements, for the crusted on locals, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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