Sky Watch Friday


Perth is having its 19th consecutive day of +30C. Thirteenth night of a minimum in excess of 20C. Heading for records in both categories.

On the beach there are thousands of people trying to cool in the ocean.

Also in the ocean is danger to those people.

There are “rips” and undertows which can drag swimmers out to sea. Then there are other dangers. Dangers with teeth and very large jaws.

Volunteer members of Australian Surf Lifesaving Clubs have, for more than a century watched over Australians on the beaches. Towers have been built so that an eye can be kept on sea conditions. Sometimes a shark was spotted.

These days with swimmers moving further out to sea there is more chance of interaction with sharks.

So helicopters are now used to extend the eyes of the watchers. While the pilots are professional, the ground-based volunteers are still the same, selfless, skilled young people who spend some of their time protecting their fellow beach-goers.

So today’s Sky Watch is not so much the sky, but the watchers in the sky. At Scarborough Beach on the Perth coast.


15 responses to “Sky Watch Friday

  1. It looks hot and humid, Archie. I have to admit that I much prefer Arctic air to that.


  2. Wow…+30°C that´s too hot for me…We have here at the moment temperatures like in a fridge.That´s also not pleasant.
    My favourite temperatures are around +20^C.
    Have a nice weekend!


  3. That is a grand image used for your tribute to the life guards.
    Dangerous place, Australia 🙂
    So inviting and so scary.


  4. What a great, colorful capture and wonderful skies for a backdrop! Terrific! Enjoy your weekend!!



  5. Great shot….also I have seem on the news where your country was also haveing torrential rains and flooding.


  6. Great shot, and so thankful we have folks to watch and save those who don’t always put safety first.


  7. almost the same weather here except that no sharks on the beach. i love the colour of the tower though, quite bright 🙂


  8. Oh Archie, it looks hot. Such beautiful sky and sea colour.


  9. Nice photo Archie, it has a fifties feel to it


  10. Beautiful capture.

    Happy sky watching!

    Liz @ A Simple Life


  11. Pretty scene–this could definitely be a Mellow Yellow shot.


  12. awesome shot
    happy SWF


  13. Wow! You are really having hot temperatures. I’ve heard that sharks are making their way closer and closer to the shore in some countries. I hope that is not happening off the Aussie coast. Lovely shot of the “copter against the sky.


  14. Wow! Looks like very warm days ahead. The temperature is quite similar to here as well. Hot weathers these few days at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Lovely picture there you captured. Have a nice day. 🙂


  15. Aqui no Brasil, neste momento está fazendo 30°, com o céu nublado. Normalmente, nesta época do ano, verão, temos 38°C, e à noite 25°C. As pessoas ficam acordadas até tarde, para dormir precisa de ar condicionado. Mas logo acaba o verão, e a temperatura fica mais baixa.


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