Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Branches, benches and bandstands.....

Russell Square on James St., named after Lord John Russell The Secretary of State and Prime Minister from 1846 - 1852 became known as 'Parco del Sospire', The Park of Sighs (who said romance was gone?) as it was a popular meeting place for the Italian community. It has hosted  many festivals and fairs including last years City of Perth's Pride Fairday. There are, according to the blurb on Russell Square, thirty original sculptures designed by local artists in the park (which I will check out properly the next time I'm there), but this time as I was walking to my car I had eyes only for this magnificent old Morten Bay Fig tree, through which you can see the bandstand. You can get an idea of how big the trunk of this tree is by how small the man sitting underneath looks.  To me this has got to be the best 'natural' sculpture in the park.....!!

24 comments:

  1. Both of these trees look quite wonderful - love the way the branches go out horizontally!

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  2. What a wonderful place. It is a good time of year here for bandstands, I don't know if it is warm enough in Perth.

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  3. I just love these trees.
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  4. That tree really is amazing. I love the color of the trunk. That man looks peaceful sitting under it.

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  5. Wonderful tree for kids to climb - I agree Grace, nothing surpasses these natural sculptures

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  6. Like a wonderful old romantic painting! Beautiful!

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  7. What a beautiful park. Truly a magnificent tree.

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  8. This tree is fabulous!and I could not help noticing some benches around... what a nice place!

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  9. Beautiful brown on those branches, and a great little potted history. A perfect CDP!

    Chrissy

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  10. It is probably 'parco del sospiro', a very nice park. I like the benches and would like to post them on my blog of benches...

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  11. What a neat spot to stop and enjoy!

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  12. A lovely scene with a magnificent tree. It reminds me of the huge live oaks we have in the South with its horizontal long branches.

    Bises,
    Genie

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  13. That tree is simply magnificent. Such a beautiful scene!

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  14. I knew what VP would say! :-)

    This is simply stunning.

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  15. That branches spread out are gorgeous! I'd love to grab a spot on that bench to read and relax. LOvely photo :D

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  16. this picture reminds me of a scene from jane austen's book.
    an old tree with a good history.

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  17. such beautifully chosen and executed shots!



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  18. Gorgeous place...
    I would seat under those trees...

    Pierre

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  19. What a fantastic tree! Love the way you composed this shot.

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  20. Beautiful! We have a Morten Bay Fig tree in the park around our library that looks very similar. When the new library was being built, protecting the tree from harm was the number one concern of the residents.

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  21. Can you tell me when the bandstand was built. I was very interested in the history of late Victorian and Edwardian bandstands in Australia, and cannot remember Russell Square in Perth being mentioned.

    The location is perfect!

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