I woke this morning at 2am to thundering rain on our tin roof. As I lay listening, I couldn't help but think about last year's floods and all the new weather warnings I heard on the radio yesterday.
As I write, the rain that's pouring down across much of Queensland must be bringing back strong memories for those worst affected by the floods -- and by the cyclones that struck north Queensland last summer.
Many people took photographs of the extraordinary scenes that unfolded during those natural disasters. In an effort to capture those images for history, the State Library of Queensland is asking for contributions of photos to its new Flood and Cyclone Mosaic.
The library says that the mosaic will be a digital tapestry of Queensland's 2010-2011 summer of natural disasters -- an interactive, visual record to share with current and future generations.
It will be available for viewing as part of the Floodlines exhibition, which will open at the State Library in April this year. It will also be available on-line.
People and communities right across Queensland are invited to submit their photos through the State Library's upload site. There's also more information there about how many photos you can send in, what format they should be in, etc. Some photos may also be added to the library's permanent collection.
The call for photos has been open since November last year, but it was advertised again in the library's February-March newsletter (with no closing date), so I think it's still fine to send your pictures in.
But, with the Floodlines exhibition opening in April, you need to be quick. Perhaps it's something you can do to fill a rainy afternoon...