Caption this photo

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WUWT reader David Summers sends this photo along taken a few days ago in 2007 in Australia from a colleague that “returned there for the summer”. I thought it might make a fun photo caption exercise.

Note: This photo as represented to me in email, was supposedly recent.

Thanks to alert WUWT reader “snow captain of queanbeyanobviously now that is not the case.  So much for trusting friendly emails from people. The photo was originally taken in 2007 and you can see the details here.

Still, as originally intended, feel free to make a fun photo caption.

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220 thoughts on “Caption this photo

  1. “I heard Al Gore is in town… now I know what they mean by the Al Gore effect!”

  2. T-T-T-t-t-TEA! T-T-T-t-t-TEA! HOT T-T-T-t-t-TEA! Yah gave the damn Koala water! What about me?

  3. Wasn’t there an Aussie Christmas song by Rolf Harris; Six White Boomers? Gotta be a good caption in there somewhere.

  4. Bruce T. Walliby contemplates Gore’s latest GW speech given in Sydney yesterday.
    Unfortunately, his off-the-cuff response was unprintable due to decency codes.

  5. “If I wait long enough, maybe this white stuff will provide passage over that fence.”

  6. Breaking news from Al Gore Cie Inc.: Polar bear already adapt to global warming: not white anymore, long ears to radiate excess heat, possible to stand up on two legs to see over the newly grown vegetation in arctic.

  7. “I knew I should’a made a left at Albuquerque.”
    “Any more of this global warming, and I’m gonna need snowshoes.”
    “Frosty the Roo-Man…”
    “Forget Waltzing, Matilda…Let’s Run!”

  8. Ralf the ‘Roo is confused, having come unseasonably early for the annual “Six White Boomers” casting call

  9. What the…? I was all set to jump in front of a train, when all of a sudden… Clarence was right. I really am the richest wallaby in town.

  10. Stunned by his shocking loss in the district boxing finals Elvis vowed to consult Tao mystics and announced a self-imposed exile to the most remote point in the compound. “Plus,” Elvis said with a wink: “a mate gave me 40 bucks to take a dive.”

  11. Gidday Anthony, just taking this opportunity to let you know that the ACT (Canberra) Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, has spoken to our BoM over the galloping urbanization around the Canberra Airport weather instruments.
    Somebody doing your work for you downunder.
    http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/?p=218
    REPLY: Thanks mate, I’m on it! – Anthony

  12. If I had skates I could join me mates down at the billabong. Hansen’s providing the hockey stick and we could use Al as the hockey puck!

  13. “Mannnn, can’t hop with my paws in my pouch, and freeze my paws when I take them out…”
    or
    “OK, I know it’s gonna get hotter real soon, BOM said so…”
    or
    “It only looks real cold and feels real cold, it’s actually sweltering. If you don’t believe me ask ___________(place any of several commenter’s names here)”

  14. JohnB (15:47:18) :
    I must have made a wrong turn somewhere!
    Yeah, should haved turned left at Albuquerque!

  15. Once a jolly swagman sat beside the billabong,
    Under the shade of a coulibah tree,
    And he sang as he watched and he waited till his billy boiled:
    Chorus:
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    These dud carbon credits, these dud carbon credits
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    And he sang as he watched and he waited till his billy boiled,
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    2. Down came a jumbuck to drink beside the billabong
    Up jumped the swagman and seized him with glee
    And he sang as he tucked the jumbuck in his tuckerbag
    Chorus:
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    These dud carbon credits, these dud carbon credits
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    And he sang as he tucked the jumbuck in his tuckerbag
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    3. Down came the stockman, riding on his thoroughbred,
    Down came the troopers, one, two, three.
    “Where’s that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tuckerbag?
    Chorus:
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    These dud carbon credits, these dud carbon credits
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    “Where’s that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tuckerbag?
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    4. Up jumped the swagman and plunged into the billabong,
    “You’ll never catch me alive,” cried he
    And his ghost may be heard as you ride beside the billabong,
    Chorus:
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    These dud carbon credits, these dud carbon credits
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?
    And his ghost may be heard as you ride beside the billabong,
    Who’ll buy these dud carbon credits from me?

  16. ” Hey Al – your global warming theory a snow job or what?”
    (Clean definition intended!)

  17. But there’s so many…
    W-W-Weather is n-not c-c-climate… W-W-Weather is n-not c-c-climate…
    Caught with empirical climate data on his fur, Skippy finds himself behind the wire in a denier containment camp.
    Damn, I’m freezing my tail off! I need to find a surface station!
    What’s that Skippy? The Hockey Team bandits have hidden the data in the old mine? I’ll go tell Steve!
    An interested local watches filming of the Catlin arctic docu-drama on location in Australia.
    Hold still Skippy, the Bureau of Meteorology wants to re-site their thermometer…

  18. Comment on my fellow captionists:
    Waaaaaaaa . . .
    Wish I’d thought of the Catlin/polar bear adaptation theme.
    You people are a hoot!

  19. OH MY GOSH.
    Konrad wins my best caption nomination for this:
    “Caught with empirical climate data on his fur, Skippy finds himself behind the wire in a denier containment camp.”

  20. A few years ago I had some Australian friends visiting, we went to a zoo where the Joey’s were jumping around in the snow.
    They were amazed and stated that they did not know Joey’s could handle the cold conditions of Europe.
    “This is something we will never experience in Australia” they said.
    Well, never say never.

  21. “So this is what Wikipedia means by Global Warming!”
    Snippy, I know… but I just got done dealing with the fact that the Jevons Paradox page that ought to deal with a HISTORICAL definition has been turned into another Green Langoliers re-write of the past to match The Agenda…
    This pains me a great deal (as I’ve been a supporter of the Intellectual Barn Raising aspect of Wiki… My Amish roots and all…) It pains me greatly to have to say that:
    To whomever it was that disparaged Wiki, and I came to their defense, I’m sorry, I was wrong and you were right.
    BTW, I’ve “ranted” about the Jevons Paradox page rewrite in my edited copy of the wiki page here:
    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/jevons-paradox-coal-oil-conservation/
    So for any PRIOR posting of mine that referenced the wiki page, that page no longer exists. The closest I can come is my link just above.
    For the future, it would seem that if ANYONE wants to include a wikipedia link to reference something, they first must save the page somewhere so that in the future their pointer does not end up pointing to a re-write that subverts and disparages their position…
    Sigh.
    How about:
    “Maybe if I put a koala in me pouch I’ll be warmer?”
    or
    “What the HECK is this stuff? They said it was supposed to be WARMER!!!”

  22. “That’s it — I’m moving to Papua New Guinea; maybe it’s still warm there.”

  23. ‘ey mate, this sodding weather’s makin’ me hopping mad! (I know, I know, shaddap and leave…)

  24. I thought up a pretty good caption, but, on further investigation, found that male roos don’t have pouches. Heck, it probably would have gotten trimmed, anyway.

  25. “As the Snow gets Deeper, another Global Warming Skeptic
    Considers the Irony of his Exile, by the Consensus at the Kangaroo Court.”

  26. Skippy the country kangaroo contemplates visiting his Uncle Hoppy in town, living toasty warm under a Stevenson screen.

  27. I don’t have a caption……..I’m just looking at the photo and shaking my head roo-fully………..

  28. or
    “As the snow gets deeper, another Skeptic considers
    the irony of his exile, by the Consensus at the Kangaroo Court.”

  29. Hoppy revels in excitement over his plans to sell his snowflake stash on the carbon offset market.

  30. WUWT reader David Summers sends this photo along taken a few days ago in Australia from a colleague that “returned there for the summer”.

    Funny. How come, that you find the exact same photo illustrating an article of July 2007?
    http://www.skiurlaub-infos.com/154/2007-0135/Snow-in-Australia.html
    http://www.skiurlaub-infos.com/resources/userdata/images/news/9.jpg
    The image seems to have been taken in June 2007, that’s Australian winter two years ago. Snow may or may not still be rare for Australia, but this photo does not seem to be of this year’s Australian summer.
    Found via google search for “Australia snow”, right at the top of the page
    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=australia+snow
    You may want to change the description of this entry.

  31. What’s that, Skip? There’s a plane carrying drugs, and it crashed in the park? No Skip, it’s not cocaine, it’s >snow!
    — From Skippy, the Unseen Episode

  32. “Has anyone seen my ice drill? Prince Charles and the WWF have partnered with me, Skippy, to launch a pioneering scientific expedition – the Kangaroo Australian Survey – to help determine the lifespan of Australia’s ice cover, but actually I’m doing it for the children. Please send money.”

  33. Dave – glad you got this posted. I’d note that in mid-May we are still getting occasional frosts here in Aberdeen – nothing unusual about that – in my great great grandfather’s days.

  34. American and Australian readers will know where this one came from:
    My warmening wont come back!
    Another one is:
    I want my warmening!

  35. Winter Olympic fence hopping trials were recently held in Australia with a sure gold metal winner showing his/her superior outback talents.

  36. “After ther great Sucess of the Capitol Hill Power Plant Protest, Hansen moves down under to organize what will be most likely the the greatest carbon protest to date. Here you see early throngs arriving to mark this momentous occasion”

  37. Where was the photo taken? Not in the Northern Territory, I would wager?
    Victoria? Southern NSW? Somewhere near the great dividing range?

  38. Mother to Child in Pouch:
    Get out of there and help me shovel this snow that Al Gore says is not here.

  39. “Where’s Wong and Garrett when I need to feel warm and fuzzy about the climate?”
    BTW we are heading into winter. The Ranges have experienced record cold temperatures for April if I remember.

  40. Due to this massive disruption in the climate caused by climate change …
    … we will have to move the Polar Bears to Australia and move the Kangaroos to the Arctic.
    [The World Wildlife Fund will accept donations for this noble endeavor at 1-888-345-8664. Have your credit card and secret password ready].

  41. “I’ve just turned up for the AGW demonstration. Where is every one else? At least I’m dressed for it”
    Australia is a continent as is roughly the same size as the lower 48. There are many Hills that are covered in snow during the winter season. There are a huge amount of cross country skiable areas in the snowfields. There is a derivation of the wallaby that lives in the mountains that is even labeled “snow wallabies”.
    Australia has seen white Christmas’s. (Summer Season).
    The Australian mainland recently saw a April low temperature of -13 degrees Celsius.
    Tasmania (A State of Australia in case you didn’t know) has an overlooking mountain that regularly sees summer snow.

  42. To cap it all, I’ve just been banned from Real Climate for denialist cherry-picking and deliberately confusing Weather with Climate!

  43. Sorry that last post should state that Hobart, the capital city of tasmania has an overlooking mountain that regular sees summer snow.

  44. When all else had failed on global warming, the Australian Government finally turned to the hero of Australian Television, Skippy the bush kangaroo.
    A spokesman for Skippy was quoted “that after spending a lifetime of catching crooks, rescuing people lost in the bush, finding food and feeding the hungry, and saving the worthy, Skippy saw this as a natural progression of his super hero status.
    “I mean why do you need politicians full of hot air, when if you truly believe in skippy, he will solve all.”
    This picture was taken with skippy on his first full day on the job as the UN’s ambassador for global cooling.

  45. Breaking News – Arctic Killer Roo eats Caitlin Expedition.
    For weeks Pen Hadow and his team had been trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Polar Bears from the Arctic. Initially measurements indicated something strange was happening to the Polar Bear population and that global conglomerate Coca Cola had been implicated in the poisoning of the poor animals’ environment by adding CO2 to their beverages. Recently the US administration added the Polar Bear to endangered species list and banned diet coke (a Polar Beer favorite). This latest report, however, suggests that the Polar Bears’ demise is possibly down to a mysterious predator which has been stalking the Arctic. In an amazing twist of fate, man made global warming has allowed a new form of species to evolve and go on walkabout – the Killer Wallaby. Worse than “Out of Africa” this “Out of Australia” menace is proving more dastardly than John Howard (who once put his arm around the Queen). We go live to Prince Charles (a personal friend of Pen Hadow), “It is with great sadness that I report that the entire North Pole Expotition, led by my dear friend Pen Hadow, have all been eaten by a mysterious Killer Roo some 600 miles from reaching their goal. All we have is this photo that was recovered from a camera found at the team’s abandoned camp.”

  46. The photo above is from a public service advertisement in the near future… As Skippy the Roo shivers he says,
    “Only YOU can prevent cooling. Remove all your curly lightbulbs and buy the biggest gas-guzzler you can afford. Drill more now. Do it for the wallabies.”

  47. NEWS FLASH: A new species of marsupial has been discovered in Australia. It has been dubbed the “Polar Roo”

  48. Jeremy, that grizzly picture has one more surprise… when you zoom in, it appears that the roo is holding a human head in it’s front paws… just try it… Oh the humanity.

  49. After his sudden accidental death, the British judge who used Jim Hansen’s data to exonerate eco-terrorists is surprised to discover God’s sense of humour when he finds himself reincarnated.

  50. To the left and to the right of Skippy the Roo you can just make out the ears of the two other roos who have been frozen to the tundra. Skippy’s only hope is that the twin otter sent by Prince Charles will arrive in time to extract him alive. Oh yeah and to extract the other two also.

  51. I went to a presentation in Oz recently and was told how Australia will be first to be hit by severe warming and disaster and some of the worse effected!

  52. There goes the neighbourhood, it wont be long now before the penguins move in next door…

  53. Les Francis (17:57:37) :
    Sorry that last post should state that Hobart, the capital city of tasmania has an overlooking mountain that regular sees summer snow.
    That’s Mt Wellington, I know Aussie mountains are vertically challenged by world standards but the view from Mt Wellington is breathtaking. When you can see down that is. 🙂
    http://www.alexwisephotography.net/blog/tag/mt-wellington/

  54. Hey Cobber aren’t we on the wrong blog?.
    No worries Blue I’ll have us on R*** C****** in just a mo!
    Kindest Regards

  55. If this is Global Warming, chain me to the wall (next to the heater, mate).
    Alright, ya no good for nuthin lopeared Gorevarmint, I’m a comin in, and I’m a gonna blast ya.
    Dave, I should’ve listend to Dave.
    I’b better report this to headquarters. Looks like Gore trouble aplenty.
    Who let the Gore’s out? Hoo, hoo, hoo-hoo?
    Joey 14 to Wallaby 6. Yep, it’s the Gore gang, allright. Looks like they froze the whole town. I’m movin’ in for a closer look.
    Why, them Warmist fellers are so mean, Marshall, they’d snow early corn!

  56. This one is not fair. It is indeed the beginning of the Australian winter. …ya know they are in the SOUTHERN hemisphere. So saying the guy was going there to return there for the summer is silly. It is their very late fall. I scanned the comments and no one seems to says this. Their official winter starts at the end of June…so it is more than normal for snow there this time of the year.
    But please DO NOTE that the NSIDC ice build-up “down-under” is getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I am sure those ice shelves that were supposed to break-off and make the sea level rise are now mending quite nicely as ice is now very much above “normal”….just like last year.

  57. CAT scan of those Global Warming Alarmists that have “a ‘roo loose in their top Paddock’s”.

  58. The Antarctic Kangaroo, nature’s barometer of climate change extremism, is on the very brink of extinction.

  59. “Beachfront property my arse! If I ever get my paws on Al Gore he’ll roo the day.”

  60. OK, it was in Queenbeyan, a hop, skip, and Jump from Canberra, and the Canberra airport.

  61. OK, so it is pretty clear that the photo was not taken this year in May.
    Of course, such a photo could still be taken …
    I lived in Canberra for 10 years and never saw snow in Canberra or Queenbeyan.
    Damn. Wonder how much water is in Lake George.

  62. Richard Sharpe I am a Canberra resident and have seen a fall of snow here, but not much. I read something about Canberra being closed down due to snow for two to three days. I have not been able to confirm it though. Lake George has a little water in the distance (toward Bungedore) which you can see when you get up on the hills towards Gundaroo. I remember it lapping the road and a yacht club about 50 years ago. My Aunt remembers it as dry as it is now in 1931. The farmers who own the lake bed are well pleased and there are flocks of sheep on it now.

  63. Um, you people do know that Australia gets winter and that we have mountains don’t you. Here’s a hint – the highest region of the Great Dividing range is called the ‘Snowy Mountains’. I’ve gone cross country skiing there in Spring since the the mid eighties. Even in summer you have to be prepared for extreme weather including occasional snow and sub-zero temperatures.
    The post in the foreground of that photo has a reflector on top, indicating that it is above the snow line. You don’t see that design deployed anywhere else.
    However, there has been a significant decrease in snowfall in recent decades – approximately a 40% decrease over the last 40 years according to this Bureau of Meteorology page.
    Even though we Victorians saw temperatures climb to the ridiculous record of 48°C this past summer, a winter without snow is an event beyond imagining for decades to come.

  64. I don’t know man, that’s a pretty heavy frost. Next thing you know, we’ll have penguins trying to move in.

  65. Timebandit (18:59:13), I swear I didn’t read your entry, or any. One came to mind and I skipped down to log it in and went back and found yours.

  66. “Don’t panic, DON’T PANIC. This can all be explained by a man-made ozone hole, soon to be appearing in a peer-reviewed journal near you”.

  67. Jeremy,
    I think you will find it was Paul Keating who famously placed his hand on the Royal personage in a presumptuous manner; for this he is forever known as The Lizard of Oz.

  68. DHMO says:

    I remember it lapping the road and a yacht club about 50 years ago. My Aunt remembers it as dry as it is now in 1931. The farmers who own the lake bed are well pleased and there are flocks of sheep on it now.

    Yeah, I remember in the ’70s and ’80s that the water was up to maybe 100 to 200 feet from the roadway, but when I drove that way in 2005 all you could see when you came to Lake George from the Hume Highway was a small amount of water far in the distance.
    However, I have heard that it goes in cycles. I also heard that snow had fallen in Canberra in the early ’70s or maybe in the late ’60s (I got off a plane from Darwin in early February ’75) …
    Craig Allen says:

    Um, you people do know that Australia gets winter and that we have mountains don’t you.

    Sure, but in Queenbeyan? I’ve seen it a Picadilly Circus …

  69. Richard Sharpe (19:41:51) :
    OK, so it is pretty clear that the photo was not taken this year in May.
    Of course, such a photo could still be taken …
    Yes, yesterday in the hills behind Waimate, in the South Island of New Zealand, where there are plenty of introduced wallabies and much snow to low levels.

  70. Caption: 1) Oh-ooh!… The Iceman Cometh!
    2) Something Wicked This Way Falls!
    3) And some folks say… He’s out there still!

  71. Yummy dinner morsel escapes from a Ranch which raises Kangaroos which are well known for their succulent and juicy taste. This one escaped by hopping over a fence that had high snow drifts. It wasn’t prepared for the snow but then with the New Global Ice Age brought on my man tampering with the Earth’s biosphere using way too effective terraforming technologies mistakenly deployed to scrub C02 in fact removed way too much just when the Sun entered a prolonged quiescent epoch. Now kangaroos freeze standing still. Well at least they can be put on the barbi without having to slaughtering them. Eat up, burn more fuels, create C02 however you can. Warm up the planet before we all freeze to extinction.

  72. ♪ When it snows ♫
    ain’t it thrilling
    Those your nose ♪ gets a chilling
    We’ll frolic and play
    ♪ The Eskimo way
    Walking in a Winter Wonderland ♫
    ♫ Walking in a Winter Wonderland ♪

  73. Was that photo “peer reviewed”? Does his author have credentials? That photo-caption cannot be real because there aren’t models which gives it overwhelming support!

  74. “OK, there’s the fence! Excellent! Now according to the Surface Stations records, 43 hops to the north-northeast should bring me to an asphalt parking lot, and….THERE’S THE MMTS!”

  75. Some more info about the photo.
    It was taken 4th November 2007 (late spring in the Stn Hemisphere)
    Location 35deg 45 mins 48 sec South, 149 deg 17 mins 13 sec West.
    This is in the Tinderry Mtns southeast of Canberra at a altitude of 1350 metres.
    We can have snow any time of the year but the last two winters have been generous in terms of snow.
    It was a great surprise to see a photo I had taken appear in WUWT.
    I can now claim that I have been published in a influential publication!
    The fence is a bare bones affair mainly to mark the boundary.
    It is amazing the number of people who will come up and think that it is just vacant crown land and do as they feel fit eg shooting, wood carting, bike riding etc.
    But it still beats living in the city!
    cheers
    Allan Lehepuu

  76. Much embarresment and red face.
    Checked the properties again and the date the photo was taken is 14th june 2007.
    cheers
    Allan

  77. Hold your kangaroo down, mate!
    Yeti uncovered?
    Do you know that country in the South, the one where the lemons grow?

  78. All I said was, I feel like a change of climate, but struth…………………….!

  79. that photo was taken near Captainsflat (20km east from Queanbeyan) in 2007. 5-15cm on all hills east of Canberra and QBN with light snow falling in town but not hanging around.
    REPLY: The college professor provided this to me from a colleague in Australia, so I can only take it on his word. But if you can point me to a reference I’ll certainly make a correction to the date, thanks. – Anthony
    REPLY2: I did a search myself, and indeed, the photo is from when you say. Here is the reference to the original in 2007.
    http://www.downunder-naidion.com/2007/06/26/snow-in-canberra-australia/
    Looks like I’ve been mislead. Thanks for the tip. – Anthony

  80. THIS?
    Wye this is just a little weather, mate.
    Now if it were climate change, it would be a drought and a wildfire.

  81. Ferdinand
    We call them bushfires,and they are a natural part of Australian history.debate still goes on whether burn offs practised by forestry help or hinder.Unless you can control lightning,you will not stop bushfires.
    http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/news/local/news/general/war-of-words-over-burnoffs/1493334.aspx
    http://www.peterclack.com.au/view_page.php?id=8
    A lightning storm in 1961 created firestorms that, if allowed to burn unhindered, could have burned out most of the Snowy Mountains. Many of the worst fire complexes of recent decades included multiple starts from lightning. The 1951–52 fires — the last time a giant fire struck the ACT — were caused by lightning.
    In the 1970s, lightning caused 24 per cent of all fires in Victoria and was
    responsible for 60 per cent of all the acreage lost, and a single lightning
    storm in 1972 ignited 39 fires in rugged terrain. About 80 per cent of
    fires in western Queensland were due to lightning strikes. About 97 per
    cent of the area burned in 1974 — about 15 per cent of Australia —
    was due to lightning. Pyne said the evidence testified to the power of
    lightning to kindle fire in almost every environment.

  82. Only you can stop global warming from melting the Australian ice cap and prevent the death by drowning of this kangaroo.

  83. Wowsy mate, Obarma has bin Presidant way up thar in that Uniterd States for less than far months and I reckend he’s dun already halve fixed that thar global warming thang.

  84. I wonder would the wallabee in the cartoon about GW where he throws himself under a train like to join this guy? Then they can both jump in front of a train for different reasons.

  85. One more Caption:
    I’m glad the planet is warming. I’d hate to see what would happen if it really got cold.

  86. Ed Zuiderwijk (01:14:58) :
    “Hold your kangaroo down, mate!
    Yeti uncovered?
    Do you know that country in the South, the one where the lemons grow?”
    Yes indeed!! South Africa!

  87. “I know it’s bloody cold Mate, but the Joey’s waxing ‘is snowboard in me pouch!”

  88. ” Fenced kangaroo showing clear signs of regrets over former human life as a prize-winning sensationalist freak “

  89. Chris S, I think perhaps you are reading way to much into it. This is a photo caption contest, for fun. Note the tag “fun stuff”.
    – Anthony

  90. [Name snipped], a prolific AGW troll on the highly regarded science website WUWT, ponders his recent banishment.

  91. This is a photo caption contest, for fun. Note the tag “fun stuff”.

    Note the “taken a few days ago”. Why don’t you correct that and say “taken in winter 2007 in the Snowy Mountains, so-called because …”
    Why do you think they’re called the Snowy Mountains, Anthony?
    REPLY: The great thing about WUWT is that it is self-correcting, and readers will let me know of an error. A commenter previous to you (a non angry one at that) has pointed it out and a correction has been made. But please by all means, be as upset about it as you wish. You greenies are so dour all the time, lighten up, enjoy life. – Anthony

  92. “Flannery – I’m over here – only700 more km to walk to get to the coast to prove that the Coral Reef is dead because of AGW”

  93. Anthony,
    the caption still implies that the photo was taken in summertime (“returned there for the summer”). As it was taken in June, that’s Australian winter, high in the mountains at an elevation of about 1350m / 4500 ft above sea level as Allan (23:48:08) reported.
    REPLY: I know this, I’m not unaware. He was in the USA, when that “is” summer. I’m just passing on what was in the email, which was pun intended. This is why it is in quotes. Gosh who knew so many people could make such a fuss over a funny photo. What next, threats? 😉 – Anthony

  94. dhogaza says:

    Note the “taken a few days ago”. Why don’t you correct that and say “taken in winter 2007 in the Snowy Mountains, so-called because …”
    Why do you think they’re called the Snowy Mountains, Anthony?

    Hmmm, we have conflicting info. One claims Captains Flat, the other:

    It was taken 4th November 2007 (late spring in the Stn Hemisphere)
    Location 35deg 45 mins 48 sec South, 149 deg 17 mins 13 sec West.
    This is in the Tinderry Mtns southeast of Canberra at a altitude of 1350 metres.

    I do not believe that Captain’s Flat is part of the Snowy Mountains. And I would not have called the Tinderry Mountains part of the Snowy Mountains as well. Both of those places are a little to the East and South of Canberra while what I would consider the Snowy Mountains are to the West of Canberra and further to the South (and closer to the Victorian border).
    However, it is possible that others might disagree with me.
    I find it highly surprising that snow fell in that area, but I imagine that old timers would be able to tell me of times when it has in the past as well.
    The times are also conflicting. One claims June, just before the onset of Winter in Australia, the other claims November, well after Winter.

  95. dhogaza says:

    Note the “taken a few days ago”. Why don’t you correct that and say “taken in winter 2007 in the Snowy Mountains, so-called because …”

    Another claim is:

    As it was taken in June, that’s Australian winter, high in the mountains at an elevation of about 1350m / 4500 ft above sea level as Allan (23:48:08) reported.

    However, there are conflicting locations and times claimed for that photo.
    One claims that it is at Captains Flat, the other in the Tinderry Mountains. One claims June and a little before Winter starts in Australia, the other claims November, but both in 2007.
    I would not consider either Captains Flat nor the Tinderry Mountains as part of the Snowy Mountains. They are both a little to the east of Canberra and a little south of Canberra.
    I would consider the Snowy mountains to be further south and more to the west and near the Victorian border, but other Australians might disagree with me. I dunno.
    I do think that it is unusual, and I have lived in Canberra and spent time backpacking both in Winter and Summer in the Snowy Mountains, but that was back in the ’70s and early ’80s.

  96. Richard Sharpe,
    I take these two entries as authoritative about location and time, emphasis added:
    Allan (23:48:08) :

    Some more info about the photo.
    It was taken 4th November 2007 (late spring in the Stn Hemisphere)
    Location 35deg 45 mins 48 sec South, 149 deg 17 mins 13 sec West.
    This is in the Tinderry Mtns southeast of Canberra at a altitude of 1350 metres.

    We can have snow any time of the year but the last two winters have been generous in terms of snow.
    It was a great surprise to see a photo I had taken appear in WUWT.

    Allan Lehepuu

    Allan (00:49:51) :

    Much embarresment and red face.
    Checked the properties again and the date the photo was taken is 14th june 2007.
    cheers
    Allan

    So the actual photographer specifies gives coordinates, the hearsay source claims the nearest town, 20 km away. The November date was given in error and announced as such. Hard to miss in this thread. Does this settle your confusion?

    REPLY2: I did a search myself, and indeed, the photo is from when you say. Here is the reference to the original in 2007.

    You could have saved yourself the effort, as I had pointed that out hours earlier already, including a link. Too bad you did not see it: bluegrue (16:55:31) 2009-05-12

    REPLY: I know this, I’m not unaware. He was in the USA, when that “is” summer. I’m just passing on what was in the email, which was pun intended. This is why it is in quotes.

    Good that you and people who read all of the comments know this – Richard Sharpe still seems to be confused, though. How about those readers, who read the article only? How many know the nationalities of the persons involved? The only season mentioned unsuspecting readers see is “summer” in a lengthy quote. I do not think, many will get this as a “pun” indicator. Consider this an effort in QA.

  97. I had a look at the link provided (02:20:07) and was astonished to see photos of my house that I had taken.
    If you like please send a email and I am happy to send you the original photo’s with some more in the series.
    I corrected my original mistake of date at 00:49:51.
    Captains Flat is 27 km’s to the North East from where the photo was taken.
    Fact still remains that we have received more snow in the Tinderries over the past two years than we had the proceeding decade.
    cheers

  98. bluegrue says:

    Richard Sharpe still seems to be confused, though.

    My objection was to the claim that that photo was taken in the Snowy Mountains and that it was “high in the mountains” as if this, in some way, invalidates the obvious unusualness of the image.
    Both of those claims are incorrect from my perspective.
    The highest mountain in Australia is some 2,200/7300 feet high, and there are much higher ones in the state I currently live in.
    Sure, it was taken in early winter, but it is still unusual from my perspective as someone who has lived there, and it serves as a useful antidote to the ridiculous AGW claims put about.

  99. Bluegrue says:

    Consider this an effort in QA.

    Could you provide us with some links to your other valuable QA efforts?

  100. If you like please send a email and I am happy to send you the original photo’s with some more in the series.

    Love to, but we don’t have your email address.

  101. Richard, my apologies but I had meant that offer to Anthony and the crew at WUWT.
    It is up to Anthony if he would care to expand this string with more photo’s.
    By the way, the object of all this interest is a Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) named more for its coloring than its politics.
    cheers

  102. Bluegrue says:

    Consider this an effort in QA.

    Could you provide us with some links to your other valuable QA efforts?

    Sure:
    1) Regarding Monte Hieb’s
    http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/greenhouse_data.html
    repeatedly cited by readers and part of the resource section, see my comments 1, 2, 3 detailing the lack of verifiable references for Hieb’s low value of “man-made contributions” to atmospheric CO2
    2) Regarding Dr. Spencer’s original C13 analysis, in which he claims:

    BOTTOM LINE: If the C13/C12 relationship during NATURAL inter-annual variability is the same as that found for the trends, how can people claim that the trend signal is MANMADE??

    I have shown that this result is unrelated to the data used, see comments 4 (blue was my former moniker) and 5.
    3) Regarding Andrew Barr’s 6th-order polynomial fit to the temperature record, see comment 6

  103. I am as nerdy and psuedo-aspergers as they come and I GOT IT! Some people need to learn how to let go of their need to correct the funny papers.

  104. Last one.
    Damn, there’s a bloke with a camera. I hope he doesn’t post my picture all over the Internet thingy, my fur’s a mess.

  105. I escape the butt-chilling cold of the Arctic Circle and move down here. I learn to hop and I catch this beautiful tan instead of that insipid white of me uncles and aunties, and me onions start to thaw. I begin eatin’ leaves instead of people. Then–stone the crows–we get this flamin’ snow. True dinkum. Yer wouldn’t read about it, mate.

  106. Doug
    Nothing to apologise for,I was joking.It was a good impression.I do say yesterday,but admit it may sound like yesterdye to an American.

  107. Caption
    That space ship has beamed me back to the wrong part of Australia,Canberra sounds nothing like the great lakes(Tasmania).My ***** is a bit sore,maybe the cold will help.

  108. Comment (not caption suggestion).
    Why is it that Greenies seem to have no sense of Humor?

  109. Noelene,
    I like Americans, but I’m a Canuck who spent a year in N.Z. and Australia in 71-72, and wondered what the smirks were about when I came home till was told I had an accent. Couldn’t pass for an Aussie now though. Ta-ta.

  110. Doug Arthur and Noelene,
    It actually does appear to be a wallaby. Wallabies are generally smaller than Kangaroos. I could be wrong but I would put my money on a wallaby.
    CAPTION: Here comes the ice cream van!

  111. Watts: “I think perhaps you are reading way to much into it. This is a photo caption contest, for fun. Note the tag “fun stuff”.”
    On the contrary, I’m heartily enjoying the wonderful display of ignorance and arrogance in the above. Makes me realise quite how you won the “science” blog of the year and also how willing your readership is to have the wool pulled over their eyes and how hard they try to keep it there.
    If you can “mis-speak” on such a trivial matter as the year & season of this photo, what hope is there for when you “mis-speak” anywhere else in your blog?
    REPLY: Indeed, what hope for you is there if you expect perfection in everything you see? Mistakes are made, you learn from them and move on. What I’ve learned here is that I won’t trust another’s word again on photo provenance and that you dislike me and the readers here for making a simple mistake, which comes off as petty. Show me a scientist, a journalist, an engineer, or even a doctor who has never made a mistake, and you might have a point. What is important is how you deal with the mistake. A note on the science blog award. It is voted by readers. If this blog is so bad, and so full of ignorance I doubt that I would have beaten RC and all of the others that have that air of perfection you seek. WUWT is admittedly imperfect, as am I, as are the readers. However, we all must be doing something right because readership and traffic continue to grow, while competitors and also-ran-ters stay static or drop. Your dislike is noted as it was the first time. Thank you. – Anthony

  112. Worst Wallaby hangover ever!
    Red-necked Wallaby sees white and has blue thoughts about Al Gore.
    Red-necked Wallaby: free, Snow: free, Making fun of global warming: priceless.

  113. 100km north of me (in southeast Saskatchewan) it snowed 18cm yesterday with barely a flake here and yes there was a coinciding Jabba the Gore sighting. As for Science Blog awards, you deserve one for not prostituting the phrase “tipping point”.

  114. Anthony: “What I’ve learned here is that I won’t trust another’s word again on photo provenance…”
    Nobody’s perfect, and mistakes will happen. But it’s not just photos that should be viewed with more scepticism. Some of the stories that get repeated on WUWT also need a more critical eye.
    Two of the most egregious over the past year have been the Monckton-APS claim and the story about influential Japanese scientists supposedly questioning climate change.
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/07/page/3/
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/02/25/japans-society-of-energy-and-resources-disses-the-ipcc-says-recent-climate-change-is-driven-by-natural-cycles-not-human-industrial-activity/
    If true, both of these stories would have been explosive. The fact that neither had been featured in the mainstream media should have given pause for thought, since any competent mainstream editor would have immediately spotted the news value of these items. The fact that WUWT apparently sleepwalked into these controversies points to a flaw in its editorial process.
    Speculating, I think the problem sprang from two attitudes: 1) Climate sceptics believed the mainstream media is biased and willing to suppress important facts; 2) Climate sceptics were unwilling to subject climate scepticism to critical scrutiny.
    Arguably, the cold shoulder that Christopher Monckton experienced in Washington recently was a result of the APS debacle, so getting it right is to your own advantage.

  115. What happened to the sunburnt country?
    and the land of sweeping plains.
    Since we started cap and trade,
    There’s snow and flooding rains!
    (apologies to Dorothy Mackellar)

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