Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON
I took this shot on Waverley Road this afternoon, just as the mercury touched a scorching 36 degrees. The bright Christmas banner you see here is on the boundary fence of the East Malvern Cricket Club (established in 1922). Slap-bang in the middle of the frame is a gum tree and in the background, on the other side of the oval are several other gums and native trees. You can't see the grass on the oval, but the bright green has been transformed into much lighter turf - evidence of the heat and Melbourne's tough water restrictions. And while the rest of the world shivers in winter, tomorrow is the official start of the Australian summer.