Saturday, August 31, 2019

Tenth floor.. going up!

That's probably 'tenth floor coming down'  makes more sense due to drippage I guess :) I  posted the fabulous twenty five storey art work here by Melbourne based artist Matt Adnate a few weeks ago.. today it's all about the obviously not afraid of heights window cleaners. I know they are all safety-roped up etc. but on a windy day it must be dodgy way up there! First there were two until I downloaded and saw the legs dangling top of next shot to the left, another clue that they must be on the way down, two work faster than one right! Apart from that it was a dull day when I showed this mural before, looks gorgeous surrounded by blue sky don't you think.. can you see all three in last shot? Happy weekend, take care and stay safe.. 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Breakfast in Kings Park.. again!

 If you have been following along for a while now I'm sure you would recognize that view :) Early yesterday morning that view was shrouded in mist. It was a strange light, enough to create long shadows, the kind of light that fights with the clouds creating pockets of bright light and shade. We were lucky enough while sitting in the Botanical Café to experience the former..

Can't get enough of the view below of the tall lemon scented gum trees planted in 1937 along Fraser Avenue.. do you remember seeing them lit up here during the Perth Festival earlier this year in February, they made a stunning canvas..

Glimpses through the trees of Elizabeth Quay..

Planting complete around the Eternal Flame ready to fill out during spring and summer, P thinks they are chrysanthemums but I'm not so sure about that :)

I couldn't resist this quick click below, it made me smile :) The galah sitting atop the statue of  Sir John Forrest glared at me whilst adding his contribution to the bird poop and gloop on the esteemed head and shoulders of the man who when elected the first President of the Kings Park Board in the late 1800's doubled the size of the reserve, sought funding for the park and heavily influenced the first years of design and planning.. that's gratitude for you :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. there may be more Kings Park tomorrow .. 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

That kind of day..

It was that kind of day yesterday in Perth.. unseasonably warm at 29C when we are not officially out of winter yet. The surfer above diving into the wave only to ride out again a few minutes later. The Indian Ocean was my favourite turquoise blue, and yet I am more excited about the prospect of the coming rain over the next week.. I know right, go figure 😉 Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Stepping down into the past..

Walking along the Swan River in East Perth a few days ago I noticed along the way the remains of an old jetty or two and a series of old stone steps, some now unusable, leading down to the banks of the river. Of course my romantic imagination went into overdrive and I pictured ladies and gentlemen in their 1920's bathers stepping down to cool off in the river. There may be alternative reasons why the steps and stone retaining walls are there.. stopping erosion for one, also the old East Perth Power Station is a stones throw away, built there specifically because of the proximity to the river. Even so, they would make the perfect spot to enter the river for a swim and are tres photogenic.. as you can see above, I wasn't the only one who thought so :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Blue banded bee..

   Thanks to a tip from my sister, last week when we were in East Perth I kept a lookout for the blue banded bee, a new mural painted by the super talented Kambarni, Indigenous artist/illustrator extraordinaire! You can see more of his incredibly detailed work here, so worth a look. Retelling the stories of the past Kambarni uses his art 'as a way to express himself and bring stories of his people alive, telling stories of his descendants and highlighting the richness of Aboriginal culture'. It was after noon when I took these shots, the shadow of a winter street tree falling over the art I think added to the image, what do you think? Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, August 26, 2019

Pretty in the city..

We are only a week out from official Spring in Australia and already we are experiencing warmer weather in Perth, perfect in the sun yet slightly chilly in the shade. Couldn't resist a quick shot of the young lady above sitting in Forrest Place her hair billowing in the breeze. I think she looks gorgeous, super cool jacket, but I just don't get the ripped jeans.. gawd I'm getting old 😊 Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Reality or reflection..

What do you think? Is that a wall of mirrors reflecting the old Commonwealth Bank of Australia, or is it the heritage building in reality. That is definitely people reflected in the mirrored walkway across Murray Street. I added the black and white, with a touch of red, version below.. did it help 😉 Hope you are having a fab weekend, happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Empire Strikes Back..

Sitting in Bocelli's Espresso on Wednesday when the hills streets came alive to the sound of music. I did wonder earlier why Princess Leia and a 'sand person' were strolling the city centre. It all became clear on discovering just around the corner on Murray Street some of the members of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra promoting the up and coming Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - In Concert in September. The young girl above who happened to be wearing a Star Wars top was pretty excited about the photo op :) The white construction behind the band is the Perth City Visitors Kiosk, the 'city ambassador volunteer team' are there to help with where, when and how queries, they do an excellent job 💙 Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..

Friday, August 23, 2019

Favourite spots to people watch..

Do you have one? I'm pretty sure I have mentioned before that one of my fav people watching spots is Bocelli's Espresso in Forrest Place in the heart of the city. It's not all about the view though, the coffee has to be good also. Brewers of award winning coffee Bocelli's gets a big tick on that score also. There have been and still are, so many huge changes happening in and around Forrest Place, it is tres reassuring when favourite places survive the storm. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, August 22, 2019

It's been a while..

... since I took some updated shots of the Museum WA project. I took the pic below yesterday from the second floor of the State Library WA with the fish-eye lens, it was the only way to fit the whole structure into the frame. Due for completion and re-opening next year I can't wait to visit. Thankfully the old museum is being restored and incorporated into the new design. Have a look here to see the most amazing shot and short video of how the new museum will look. I'm happy to see that the beautiful old stairs here and the splendid reading room here that I fell in love with when I took those shots will remain in tact. As much as I don't like change I have to admit it will look pretty spectacular, what do you think? Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Under the shade of the hibiscus bush..

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.. James Herriot.

It's so true, have a look when cats are around, they always find the coolest, warmest most comfortable spot available.. even if it's not available they pursue that spot. The beauty here we have named 'Cat', I know right :) He isn't our cat, he visits for meals, not all meals because it's clear we aren't his only food destination. He is so sweet though and just in case he needs it when it's cold I have made up a bed for him in the garage using several pillows, three of my old sweaters and a blanket 💙 Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Botanical.. different country, same story..

The main reason for visiting the Art Gallery WA was to see The Botanical: Beauty and Peril exhibition. 'Exploring the abundant beauty of the botanical world and the threats that assail it.' Presenting a vivid, involving and sometimes disturbing journey through the diverse representation by Australian artists of the glorious kingdom of plants.'  It was a beautifully presented exhibition and it was excellent to see so many school groups at the gallery hopefully enjoying :) the excursion into the diversity of art.. Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, August 19, 2019

All the way to the top!

We have a brand new mural in Perth city and it is ...BIG! Mega big. Painted by Melbourne based artist Matt Adnate, see more of his incredible work here, on the wall of Accor's ninth Art Series Hotels. The view looking up Hay Street on a grey day below. At 25 storeys high it is the biggest mural in the Southern Hemisphere 'eclipsing Adnate’s 20-storey housing complex mural in Melbourne’s Collingwood' and just seven storeys shorter than the world's tallest mural in Toronto which measures 32 storeys..

Scheduled to open its doors to guests in October, the Adnate, named after the artist, will be Perth’s first Art Series hotel dedicated to street art. It's not surprising that this mural can be spotted from so may places around the city. I think this might be the venue for an future overnight stay in the city opportunity :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, August 18, 2019

"A painting is a poem without words"..

There was a specific exhibition that we went to see at the Art Gallery WA on that wet and wild Thursday last week, will show on Tuesday. Along the way the three paintings here were such a delight.. had to share :) I am ever in awe of the talent it takes to create such works. The morning light rising through the eucalyptus trees above by Brendon Darby and below by Lance Chad is exquisite. The first and third paintings on loan from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection, as was the exhibition we went to see. Harvest Gold last pic is genius in charcoal. Hope you enjoyed seeing them also, happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..