Saturday, June 30, 2018

Lost in the big picture..

You would think it almost impossible not to notice the life size sculpture of a horse above the entrance to St Georges Square on St Georges Terrace. Looking at the last shot you will see that against the glass building behind it could be quite easy to miss when you look at the big picture, in fact many people that I have asked about it have said 'what horse' :) Best viewed from the other side of the road I was happy to capture the horse reflected above in the marble of the building opposite. Sculpted by Italian sculptor and painter Ludovico de Luigi who in the 1980's created a series of enormous bronze horses inspired by the famous quadriga of St. Mark’s. De Luigi’s horses are now in the squares of Marseille, St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, Perth and Bolzano. Happy Weekend, take care and stay safe..

Friday, June 29, 2018

Under their umbrellas..

Very cool to see that although most, not all, city workers wear predominantly black at least their umbrellas are colouring up the mall when they venture out during the midday break. Love the leopard skin pattern umbrella above, will add to shopping list :) Looking back through my photo archives I was astonished to see how few rainy winter shots I've taken over the last three or four years.. hoping to amend that, I heard we are in for lots more pluie during July! Another week almost over, happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. How about the Eiffel Tower mbrella last shot.. Francophile?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Loving Rainy Days..

At last! A thoroughly proper drenching rainy day! It's official.. I am a pluviophile! Anyone else? In the city yesterday I couldn't have hoped for more umbrella shots, so you know what's coming over the next few days, brollies, brollies and more brollies, I even spotted a gentleman with an umbrella covered in Eiffel Towers :) I know this is not what readers from the northern hemisphere want to see, quelle horreur, but I can assure you it won't last for too long, blue skies will resume shortly 😉 In the last shot the iCity Information volunteers were cosy and dry in their kiosk on Murray Street. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Art.. and Reflections.

One of those quick shots snapped when passing but not stopping to take details.. in a window on Wellington Street. I thought about using it for Weekend Reflections or maybe Monday Mural, couldn't decide so here it is for 'Indecision Wednesday' 😉 As always I love the colours of the Aboriginal artwork, looks perfect side by side with the heritage architecture across the road, the skyscrapers reaching for the sky behind. Hope you like it too, happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


It's hard to imagine this beautiful stretch of coast three minutes from home as anything but pristine white sand and clear blue ocean stretching out to the horizon, but it has a past. This is also the migratory path of the southern right whale and the humpback whales. Each year between May and December the whales slowly make their way along the WA coast thus making them an easy target for whalers back in 1849 when a whaling station was right here (interesting read). Abandoned after only three years thank goodness. In 1979 Australia adopted an anti-whaling policy permanently ending whaling in Australian waters, instead focusing heavily on working towards the international protection and conservation of whales.. better late than never! Odyssey by Australian artist/sculptor Albie Herbert. Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, June 25, 2018

Black & white.. no way!

The area here along William Street in Northbridge abounds with vibrant colour. Seen just a few steps away from our last visit here. No monotonous black and white for this African equid in the window of Baby Mammoth painted by Emma Gundersen, it is shades of blue and yellow all the way! Is it just me or is that zebra giving everyone the side-eye :) I spent a beautiful winters day indoors catching up on three years of filing.. how about you, how did you spend your Sunday? Happy new week, take care and stay safe.. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

City in 'The Mist'..

 Thanks to Stephen King this view makes me somewhat uncomfortable..
Still cool though.. A. Forde

On Wednesday last week the clouds came down from the sky covering the city in an blanket of mist so thick that traffic warnings came through every five minutes also temporarily grounding planes from taking off. An avid Stephen King fan, Aimee's comment above made me smile. Photos taken from her office on the seventeenth floor on William Street. She was right, it was eerily spooky, but kinda cool too! Merci beaucoup Aimee for letting me use your 'otherworldly' images :) Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The ugly duckling..

Paperbark trees en masse may not be a pretty sight to some, personally I find their rumply-crumply peeling barks quite fascinating and am always temped to pull a piece off, take it home and write a letter on it:) However in reflection, especially if the water is a bit brackish, they transform from ugly duckling to stunning swan. Took these shots at Lake Yellagonga last week. Looks like blue skies for Perth this weekend.. wherefore art thou winter :) Happy Saturday, take care and stay safe..

Friday, June 22, 2018

Point Walter Perceptions..

I heard that one of my favourite sculptures, last seen at Sculpture by the Sea a few years ago, was now upon a hill overlooking the Swan River at Point Walter. Yesterday we stopped by to see and enjoy the whimsical delight of Ayad Alqaragholli's' 'Habibi'. Habibi, translated from Arabic as 'my love', is typical of Ayad's work 'a metaphor for love, peace and stability'. Something we all long for in these troubled times. Merci beaucoup Ayad for your wonderfully positive outlook 💙 How could I not take a shot of the magnificent trees below, standing sentry on this spot for many years..

Me and You and a dog named Boo came to mind when I saw the scene below :) That sweet little dog below was sitting looking out over the water when we walked past and it was still sitting happily 20 minutes later.. good dog 🐕 Can you believe it's Friday again, where did the week go! Have a good one, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Living on the edge.. or not!

While the cormorants perched perilously on a rock off Trigg Island braving the stormy weather a few days ago, one or two taking a dive as they were hit by the waves, just five minutes up the coast on the same day sheltered by the sea wall at Hillarys Boat Harbour a colony of seagulls huddled together on the pontoon, the only give-a-way that it was wild and windy the palm trees blowing out horizontally in the last shot. So what are you.. a cormorant or a seagull? As I was nearly blown off my feet a couple of times.. I guess on that day I was a little of both 😉 Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

'You're never to old to be young'..

I debated whether or not to use these shots.. they're not so clear. One of the conditions on entry with a camera was that the lens could extend no longer than five centimeters, therein lay my problem,
but I wanted to show the crowd in the Perth Arena on Sunday when we were there with my great niece and nephews for Disney on Ice hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse 😉

It was quite the spectacle, the young ones were entirely absorbed in the music and vision. It's the first time I've been in the arena for a while and considering it was such a big show it was thankfully well organized, sometimes big events like this can be a nightmare. The main thing was that the young members of my family had an excellent time, that's what it was all about. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly"..

"There have been two great tragedies in my life. One was the 
tram and the other was Diego. Diego was by far
the worst".. Frida Kahalo
 The incroyable image of Frida Kahlo painted here with the above quote by Perth based artist Fieldey. I couldn't take a shot of the quote as Santa Fe Restaurant and Tequila Lounge is muy popular, inconvenient heads were in the way :) The interior artwork is pristine and protected, the outside mural, a collaboration between Fieldey and Erika Pearce is open to whatever/whomever passes by. If you have a closer look in the window below you will spot a hot redhead enjoying una comida caliente y picante! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, June 18, 2018

Leighton Battery.. The Tunnels.

Here's one for the WW2 buffs out there. I am fascinated by that era, by the enduring defiance of the British not to give in. We visited Leighton Battery Heritage Site on Saturday to find that the tunnels were thankfully only open on Sundays for guided tours. I own up to feeling much relief, as fascinated as I am my fear of enclosed spaces would have stopped me going down.. pretty pathetic when you think of the conditions endured during both World Wars and every war since. The history of the site here is a good read. We can only hope that the men/women today who sit in their positions of power playing war games consider long and hard before sending any more young men and women out to fight in their names. Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Two Cities..

We weren't there for the views but it was impossible not to be distracted, especially when you can see two cities from one spot! Standing atop Buckland Hill to the left the mechanical giraffes in Fremantle Harbour and to the right just visible over the tree tops Perth..

Below a clue as to why we were there.. fascinating stuff! Can you see there is the slight shadow of a ship out to sea directly in firing line, thankfully it's 2018 and not 1942, huge clue :) Show you tomorrow. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Going Up!

Reflections of the cranes beavering away around Elizabeth Quay in one of the glass facades along the Esplanade. The buildings are leaping skywards at a frightening pace, the shot directly below taken two and half months ago at the beginning of March, the last shot a few days ago.. will have to record this view each time I go into the city to see the progress.. will reserve judgement until it's fini :) How is a person supposed to get a new winter header shot when the sky looks like this 🌞 Hope you have a wonderful weekend, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Great Outdoors.. Room with a View.

 It's been a while since we've walked around Lake Yellagonga about ten minutes from home, usually starting the walk at the same point, Perry's Cottage, last seen here under a different sky. A few days ago that same sky was thunderous but we were lucky, after walking for an hour and a half we made it back to the car juuuust as the first drops fell :) The lake is starting to fill up after the recent rains, lots of water birds flying in, 120 species of birds have been recorded in this area, I won't wait so long before I visit again. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..