Friday, November 24, 2017

Alley Oop in the city..

'You can't win unless you learn how to lose'.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.. 

Snapped a couple of quick shots yesterday of the two above shooting hoops as we were leaving Elizabeth Quay heading back to the CBD. Although there was a difference in age the older gent was holding his own.. made me think of the expression 'it ain't over till the fat lady sings' :) That's the Esplanade behind, a mixture of old and new architecture. Can you guess which I prefer, especially as the 1920's Art Deco facade was preserved, check out some interior shots here.. fabulous! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Lighthouse..

The last time you saw the lighthouse at Hillarys Boat Harbour it looked like this. Now without wrapping and scaffolding it is back to its pristine white and yellow, looking splendid under the blue sky.. loved that the yacht sailed quietly into the shot just as I clicked! Described as a small lighthouse in a big marina it stands at 24m high with a viewing platform, seen below, at 5m.. that's plenty high enough for moi to catch the view. I hope the lighthouse remains tag free for many years to come. Into the city later today to take some street shots, it's been a while :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Big Blue Head!

 The Japanese say you have three faces, the first face you show the world, the second face you show your closest friends and family, the third face, the truest, you never show anyone..  

I have passed and looked at this many face-faceted :) three metre high sculpture sitting under the tall eucalyptus trees on the corner of Loftus and Vincent St. so often without stopping. When we passed there a few days ago and I saw that he is now sporting a pretty fancy crocheted beanie and scarf I felt it was a sign that this was the time! 'Beseech' aka the big blue head, was created by Ken Sealy for the Town of Vincent. The artist's statement 'Beseech watches and waits, activating the space by creating tension through expectation and anticipation.' The BBH might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoy seeing him when driving by. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Special delivery!

Just around the corner from last weeks fabulous mural and most appropriately painted on the Subiaco Post Office during the Paint Subi Project by Dominican born American artist Evoca1. The mural depicting 'a young postal worker delivering parcels alongside a black swan' has a distinctly WA feel to it. Loved the whimsical touch of paper planes flying alongside too :) Subi just got a much needed boost! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sunrise, sunset.. and Christmas!

Inevitable! I turn my back for a minute and the city goes all Christmassy :) Thankfully Aimee was there to capture some of the highlights. Instead of the usual Christmas parade this year the Christmas Lights Trail can be followed each night right up until 25th December. Here just a few of the photos Aimee captured on Friday night during the first night debut. Hoping to take our Sydney famille to see the lights when they arrive for Christmas. How was your weekend? Mine was super hectic.. but in a good way! Happy Monday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. merci beaucoup Aimee for allowing me to use your photos!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Swirling Surround..

This is a bit of a cheat reflection :) it's not in Perth.. yet! We were lucky enough to be in Sydney last month for Sculpture by the Sea on Bondi Beach. The sculpture here titled 'Swirling Surround' by NSW artist B. Jane Cowie looked amazing. I'm sure it will look equally fabulous reflecting under the hot blue sky during Sculpture by the Sea on Cottesloe Beach in February 2018. Hope you have a happy and colourful weekend, take care and stay safe...

Friday, November 17, 2017

It's all in the way you see it!

 I took this shot in Kings Square in the city about a month ago. When I looked it last night I noticed a few things. Although the window cleaner is giving me the thumbs up he doesn't look too happy about it.. the lad coming around the corner is surprised to see me there, the security guard in the background wants to but doesn't have the energy to come over and tell me that I shouldn't be taking pics here and if you look closely you will see the first buds of spring coming out on the tree. Meanwhile the person in the pink jacket is oblivious to the drama unfolding around him/her :) If you are desperate enough look hard enough you can find a story in every image oui! Thumbs up it's Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. If I made you smile my work is done :)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Animal behaviour..

Grrr! Only kidding.. even though it looks as if he's hogging the water bowl he was a gentle soul. After an early morning 6km walk along the coast road I probably looked as excited about my coffee as these two did about water, but hopefully not with my tongue hanging out quite so much :) The colours in the below shot are exactly as they were, no touch-ups, I feel incroyably lucky to live beside such a glorious coastline. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn!

I bet there is not a little girl anywhere who doesn't love a pony, and when that pony transforms into a unicorn.. that's when the magic begins! My five year old great niece loves animals with a passion so it was inevitable that there would be four footed creatures of some sort along for the ride, or in this case giving the rides, at her birthday party in the park.. and naturally a multi-coloured tutu is the perfect unicorn riding gear :)

Some unicorn horns are perkier than others :) After the rides tiny hands were tentatively held out for the unicorns to snuffle up their carrot rewards! The young ladies from 'Ponies for any Occasion' were wonderful with the girls, what a fun job they have! Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe.. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Okuda San Miguel.. four levels of Spanish fabulouso!

So new the paint is still wet.. how seriously cool is this! Last Wednesday arriving in Subiaco for a meal we found Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel beginning work on this super colourful geometric Australian themed mural on a four storey apartment block, finished over the weekend.. just one in a series of murals by local and international artists during the week long 'paint Subi project' supported by Perth street art champions FORM. A smallish endeavour for Sr. Miguel who usually works on buildings 10-20 floors high. Check out some of his murals from around the world here, incroyable! Working from 7 to 12, lunch at the beach and back to work from 4 to 7pm was how the artist beat the Perth heat.. it's a hard job but someone has to do it right :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Kaleidoscope Festival..'Birds of Lumos'.

 My favourite illumination at the Kaleidoscope Festival was the Birds of Lumos aka Rowie and her chick. The artists Amigo and Amigo have 're-imagined these rare animals, Rowi has the body of a light globe representing the egg, a beak with nostrils and wears sight enhancing goggle's - unlike most nocturnal birds Kiwis have very poor eyesight. The result is an otherworldly light sculpture that invites the audience to consider our role in restoring the health of endangered animals and the natural environment'. You can see from the children's faces in the last shot that I was not alone in finding Rowie and chick a delightful pair! Hope you had/are having a good weekend.. can you believe we are so close to Christmas again, how the heck did that come around so fast! Happy Monday, take care and stay safe...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kaleidoscope Festival..

"You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world"..
It's been hot in Perth since we arrived back from Sydney, around the early 30C.. when I think about that, I realize that by the end of summer a 30C day will be considered a cool day :) On Thursday evening we went to the opening of the Kaleidoscope Festival in Joondalup. The dramatically lit grass trees above, and the entrance to an array of hearts.. broken, cupid etc. all perfect for posing below..

One of the giants from the Fantastic Planet..

Below walking through the 'light forest', thousands of strands of fibre optic cable. Not the easiest shots to catch but so much fun trying :) Show you my favourite of the festival tomorrow. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. huge catch-up today!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sydney glimpses!

Home from Sydney for a week now catching up with and taking pics of what's been going on in Perth.. as always, lots! When in Sydney I like to take a different view of my favourite Sydney Harbour Bridge, seen faintly in the background above from Circular Quay where Aimee and I had an early breakfast on our last day, accompanied by a pair of cheeky rainbow lorikeets after the sugar on our table :) Below, the bridge as seen from the Museum of Contemporary Art. It gets harder each time we have to say au revoir to our Sydney famille although this time it was more like à bientôt as we will see them in a few weeks when they come over for Christmas. Looking forward to catching up and seeing what you have been up to while I was away, bear with me! Happy Saturday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Taking off... à bientôt!

Here we are again.. so excited to see my Sydney famille while at the same time irrationally apparently, panicking at the thought of flying! It doesn't matter how many times well meaning folk tell me it is the safest way to travel I cannot get my head around that theory.. thank heavens for that little white pill :) Aimee and I are leaving at the crack of dawn so, à bientôt.. take care and most of all stay safe until we catch up next weekend. P.s. Below a few random shots from around and about over the last few weeks..

Watch the dinosaur arrival in Elizabeth Quay..

From an exhibition of photographs by renowned Australian artist Bill Henson at Art Gallery WA.. Mr Henson's luminous lighting is exquisite.. mine not so much :)

Looking out to the Swan River from Kings Park.. if you have three minutes to spare have a look at the latest video here, unbelievable views over the city and river, so worth a watch..

The many layers of the paper bark tree..

Back in Art Gallery WA. Generational appreciation of art is a pleasure to see. This exhibition by WA artist Gregory Pryor, made up of 1585 sheets of paper, with the help of a team of students, was a lengthy endeavor to construct...    

Last but not least an aerial shot of Busselton Jetty. At 1.841km long it is the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, check out the link here, what do you think, definitely worth a visit when we get back from Sydney? Btw I didn't take the shot :) See you soon..

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