Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Aeronautical art..



Can't believe I forgot to show the leadlight window spotted high up on the wall of the Aviation Heritage Museum when we visited earlier in the month. Designed and built in 1920 for the original Perth airport it definitely has an Art Deco feel to it don't you think :) The colours are so gorgeous when the sunlight shines through. Sadly could not find out the name of the artist who created it, not even the volunteers could help me there, hopefully relatives of the artist will be pleased to know that this beautiful work will be seen around the world. Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..



Monday, June 24, 2019

Life imitating reflection..



I must admit I had a wee bit of trouble myself working out which shot was real and which was the reflection when I got back to these shots taken on St Georges Terrace :) Winter hit with gusto this weekend and walking down the terrace was invigorating to say the least. When originally opened in 1897 as the Palace Hotel, now home to Woods Bagot, it was described as 'one of the most beautiful and elegant hotels in Australasia.'  Thankfully the facade of this old beauty was saved yet again by people power. Back to the reflection :) the young couple standing at the lights with suitcase is the giveaway as to which is which.. any clearer 😉 Hope you had a good weekend, happy Monday, take care and stay safe..


Saturday, June 22, 2019

The ever evolving Banksia..



Whenever we walk in the bush, especially at this time of the year, I am fascinated by the different stages of the Banksia.. even more that each stage can all be found on the same bush/tree. Above and below an aging flower head made up of thousands of inflorescence spikes...


As the flower spikes age and dry up they fall away revealing the fruit, 'a woody follicle embedded in the axis of the inflorescence.' The older flower parts may remain for years giving the fruiting structure a hairy appearance.. you will have to pull the shot in to see said hairs. Producing much nectar the Banksia is a vital part of the food chain in the Australian bush, I often see small birds with their heads buried deep in the flowers.. not yesterday though :)


It can end up looking a little top heavy until the next big storm comes along to whisk away the last stubborn old flower spikes holding on.. and then just when you think it couldn't get anymore bizarre...


... this happens! What can I say, Australian native plants are unique :) Have a good weekend, take care and stay safe..


Friday, June 21, 2019

You scratch your back and I'll scratch mine!



Wouldn't that be excellent if when you get that unbearable itch on your back you could just bend your neck back and sort it yourself :) Spoonbills fascinate me, their large, flat, spatula like bills are so useful . Wikipedia states that they 'need to feed many hours of the day'.. we even have something in common 😉 Where on earth has this week gone! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Playing in Leederville..



The blue skies are back. Was pretty excited yesterday to head into Camera House to pick up a new lens for my Olympus OM-D.. been on my wish list for a while. The new 12-200mm lens is versatile both for wide-angle and distance. Took the above and below shot from the pedestrian bridge over to the Leederville train station. I always look out for the giants view, just off to the right above painted in 2014 by Kyle Hughes-Odgers. The last couple of shots while sitting in Greens & Co on Oxford Street. I think this lens is going to be lots of fun and useful too. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. The skies are blue but it's winter chilly, always makes me smile to see the mix of coats and scarves = Perthites, and  then there are the tee shirts and shorts = visitors :)


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Fremantle Central Chambers..



Fremantle has an abundance of heritage buildings, in fact more old than new. I appreciate them all although some, on closer inspection could do with a little TLC. The highly decorative upper level of the heritage listed Central Chambers building on High Street hasn't changed much since it was built in 1907, have a look at the c1920 image here, fabulous old photograph. The building is 'of historic significance as an example of a commercial building in the Old Port City of Fremantle dating from the gold boom period in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century'. Relatively young compared to heritage buildings in Europe but still fabulous ✨ Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A flotilla of five..



After breakfast in Fremantle yesterday we drove out onto the South Mole to take some shots of the green lighthouse and from there over to the red lighthouse on the North Mole. The sky was all over the place, desperately trying to blue up a bit but generally losing the fight to the ominous grey clouds. Had just taken a few shots when look what came chugging around the corner. I have no idea what it was.. could anyone with harbour knowledge enlighten us? It was surrounded by four boats of various sizes, not all visible until the last shot when it turned and sailed almost majestically :) into port. I'm curious, but not curious enough to Google 😊 Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..


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