Lo­cals no fair weather friends

Albany Advertiser - - OPINION -

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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