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
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..
Monday, June 17, 2019
I was as surprised to come across the King down a lane off Angove Street in North Perth as I was to find the Beatles here.. some legends never die! I'm guessing everyone knows the expression 'Elvis has left the building'.. well maybe not everyone 😉 The mural is based on a famous photo of Elvis and was painted in 2017 by Perth mural artist and illustrator Paul Deej. Look at that grey sky, thank heavens for colourful street art to brighten things up. Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..
Sunday, June 16, 2019
'All alone and free
in the soft sands of the beach
by the sigh of the sea'.. Jack Kerouac
It's been that kind of week.. wet, wild and windy. Not many people braving the beaches but on the way home yesterday I did spot the young man all alone contemplating the waves. I watched for a while until he stood, shook out his wet hair, and walked back up the beach. Everyone needs that bit of alone time to clear the head.. standing there watching the wind did a pretty good job of that for me :) Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..
Saturday, June 15, 2019
I can't believe it has taken us so long to visit the Aviation Heritage Museum in Bull Creek. It is on foreign soil after all.. the south side of the Swan River.. kidding 😉 so worth the trip. We originally went to check out the star of the show a magnificent Lancaster Bomber, one of only two in Australia today. P's father, a pilot in a Pathfinder squadron, flew a Lancaster in WW11 which made the visit even more special. The museum's collection is housed in two huge hangar-like pavilions holding many aircraft both civilian and military plus a fascinating collection of artifacts of significance..
The shot below, taken from the viewing landing, to show the collection of aircraft in the north wing of the museum. Taken with the fish-eye lens so not as clear as it could be but gives you an overall look. Although it was fascinating to see the aircraft it was the black and white photos of the fliers that captivated my attention. I am in awe of the bravery of those young men going up in the some of the flimsiest of planes knowing that there was every chance they might not return. I can't believe I took so few detail shots of the Lancaster.. might have to go back :) Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..
Friday, June 14, 2019
Had a wonderful time yesterday afternoon doing what I love to do best on a cold rainy winters day, the best thing was it didn't involve getting up at the crack of dawn! Imagine carting around one of these old beauties in your bag :) If you guess where I am let me know by using the secret code 'nudge nudge wink wink' 😉don't give the game away and I'll fill you in tomorrow on why we went there, too many photos to edit quickly. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..
Thursday, June 13, 2019
This one particularly made me smile because for the last week it has been up at crack of dawn in our house. Yesterday morning I had decided this is it.. not getting up until at least 7.30 :) It's pretty nippy these days, especially first thing in the morning, so there I was all warm and cosy in bed when looking through the window I saw my lawnmower guy pull up, I was up and dressed in two minutes flat.. tonight I'm going to bed early 😄 Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
... the skies were blue 🌞We've had a lot of much need rain over the past few days. Looking out the window as I type a sunshower is happening. When we were growing up in Zimbabwe and Zambia we used to call this occurrence a monkey's wedding.. hold on, there goes the sun.. now it's just called more rain :) By now I'm sure you will recognise the Elizabeth Quay bridge bridge, here with a group of excited school kids enjoying the fresh air and view.. so much better than being in class :) The group below in front of the First Contact sculpture part of the Elizabeth Quay Tour group, the area all along the foreshore being of great significance to the Nyungar people.. I wouldn't mind taking that tour myself. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Found this gorgeous new mural by Graeme Miles Richards quite by accident.. often a super surprise is to be found when taking a wrong turn in Perth city and this was definitely one. On the wall of Australia Place on busy William street I didn't have to wait long for a bus to pass to add to the drama, the man looking as if to say 'you're too late mate you've missed the bus' was another bonus 😉
It is a huge endeavour with many beautiful details which you might have to embiggen to see properly below. The artist, a master of trompe l'oeil has included many optical illusions in the details of this mural. Loved the birds that look as if they are sitting on the stair banisters, the steps the blue wrens are sitting on below right looked so part of the real steps. The colourful birds escaping from the briefcase are a delight to see. Oh to be so talented! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..
Monday, June 10, 2019
The weather was perfect for photos yesterday, rain, sun, rain, sun.. you know what I mean, lovely light. Into the city we went. Thrilled at the sight of rain drops on the window I took a few pics on the way down St Georges Terrace. The autumn/winter trees along Murray Street looked so pretty bejeweled by raindrops.. camera up, click NO BATTERY! No probs swap over to the spare.. if only it were there! Such a nightmare when the light is especially gorgeous and no battery. I could have used my phone but that's not an option I enjoy. Don't you hate it when that happens, I was so fed up with myself I had to have coffee and a cream cake to compensate 😉 Will do better tomorrow :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Couldn't resist a few reflection shots of the Eternal Flame while in Kings Park on Thursday. It amazes me that even when the winds are as wild as they were at that moment, the flame keeps burning brightly. Above swaying to the right to expose the State War Memorial before consuming it in flames a second later below. The wreaths from a memorial service held over the past weekend looked particularly beautiful on this grey winter's day.. more of the same over the weekend, I hope :) Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..
Friday, June 7, 2019
The weather guys were right, nothing but grey skies ahead.. at least for the next few days. In the city for an early morning appointment yesterday we swung by Kings Park for breakfast and to take in the view. Even with my 9-18mm wide angle lens I can't get the city and both sides of the Swan River in the frame.. that's when I remembered the fish-eye lens and hey presto we have a city to South Perth view. Will take this shot again when the sky has a bit of oomph to it 🌞 Below heading back into the city later in the day.. even more grey. The smell of rain after a long dry spell should be bottled.. le parfum de la pluie, so gorgeous. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..
Thursday, June 6, 2019
It's a little hard to believe after the gorgeous long weekend we have just had, these pics taken just a few days ago, that the weather is going to change so dramatically today according to the bureau of meteorology. The downpour will be a welcome relief to the farmers in the South West after experiencing the driest January to May and seventh driest autumn on record. Today 21C rain, Friday 17C rain, Saturday 17C showers, Sunday 16C showers, Monday 15C showers easing, Tuesday 16C partly cloudy. Six days of winter.. it's a start! There is no reason for the shot below other than I like the colours :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. Looking forward to getting some rainy day reflection shots.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
I've been a bit behind on things lately, had a steroid injection in my shoulder a few days ago so taking it easy for a while to get the benefit, back to normal hopefully today. Chalk-board signs outside cafes and other businesses are so popular these days.. the double-sided chalk board outside Alex Junior always makes me smile but I don't usually stop and click, should do more often I think. I loved Game of Thrones and am quite sad it has fini, but as always something new will come around the corner any minute 😉Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
"The world today doesn't make sense ,
so why should I paint pictures that do'.. Picasso.
If he thought the world didn't make sense back then what on earth would he think of the world today! I found the portrait of my favourite artist and co-founder of the cubist movement ironically on the side of.. a cube :) at the Lake Claremont Golf Course. No name which is a shame, love the colours. Do you have a style of painting that you particularly enjoy? Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Reflections of the autumn plane trees around the lake in Hyde Park ..a little bit irresistible 🍂 Hope you are having a lovely weekend. It was officially the first day of winter in Australia yesterday and a 25C sunny day in Perth, not too shabby. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..
Saturday, June 1, 2019
I loved this shot when I downloaded it back during Fringe in February this year and am happy to have a reason, to use it. The adorable little girl in her pink hat, ballet shoes and crimson pink dress went in to mimic the artistically creative and highly dexterous moves of the French artistic duo Les Aleas, who by the look of their Facebook page are still enjoying exploring the wonders of Western Australia, there is a lot to see 💗 Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..
Friday, May 31, 2019
It may not be the Grand Canal in Venice but how pretty does the gondola look atop the sparkling waters of the Swan River.. and there is a bridge :) I wasn't sure if gondalering was actually a bona fide word, I'm still not sure but would have used it anyway :) At Elizabeth Quay on Wednesday there was much coming and going of leisure craft. The South Perth ferry was back and forth with precision timing and at a much more leisurely pace Gondolas on the Swan, click the link to see the gondola trips at sunset.. so beautiful. Definitely on the 'to do' list, although the gondola looks so small and the water so.. you know,
scary water like 😉 Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Walking along King Street in the city yesterday I noticed a detail that had slipped me by.. the sculptural signage above the old entrance to the Amateur Sports Club (heritage listed Monash House) opened in 1903. As I clicked a gorgeous young lady in sneakers and track-pants strode into the shot, a 2019 nod to the sporting past :) Looking back down King Street, the luxury end of town.. to me the luxury is that these beautiful old buildings are still standing here 💛 Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. would have loved to see the sporting outfits worn here in 1903 :)