Friday, May 7, 2021

First Contact..


Persevering with my new 17mm lens a few shots of my favourite sculpture at Elizabeth Quay. Created by Noongar artist Laurel Nannup the iconic 5m tall First Contact is inspired by 'the Noongar people’s initial encounter with European settlers as distant sailing ships appeared as giant floating birds on the horizon. The turned head and outstretched wings of the bird represent the horizontal spar, mast and sail of the ship. Nannup, a member of the stolen generations believes the work plays a significant role in sharing stories about the Noongar people and will stand as a legacy for her family'. Since that first encounter this landscape could not possibly have changed more, I have mixed feelings about that. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Bells and bougainvillea..


This is what a rainy day in Perth looks like :) At first I was a little disappointed by the blue skies but it was such a lovely day yesterday that it was impossible to stay dismayed. It's the first time we have been into the city for while, even longer since we walked down to Elizabeth Quay. I know you have seen the Bell Tower, home to the Swan Bells here many times and yet I couldn't resist taking a few more shots from a different angle looking up through the pretty pink bougainvillea using my new lens, and..

 .. from across the street through the tall palms that line Riverside Drive and the entrance to the Supreme Court Gardens and the path leading back into the city. More rain tomorrow.. apparently :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Walking around Herdsman Lake..


Before picking up my tulips from the flower market, yesterday's post, we walked around Herdsman Lake. We often start off at the same spot and I always check to see if Norman the nankeen night heron is in his usual spot and there he was giving me the side-eye as if to say 'what, you again with the camera, enough already'.. never enough Norman :)

Sitting atop a tree in the lake a white heron looking decidedly phantom. How majestic it looks sitting there surveying the scene before flying off to pastures greener..

We caught up with the heron at the waters edge, the herons are fascinating to watch. Their necks, elegantly curved as they stare intently into the water, then stretch out to an astoundingly long length before plunging into the water..  unlucky on this occasion.

You may remember the last time we walked here I was one step away from standing on a tiger snake, I won't make that mistake again. Danger that you are aware of is easier to deal with and this walk is far too pretty to give up, sturdier shoes and attention to where you step is the order of the day. 100% chance of rain for the next two days, looking forward to it :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Autumn winter tulips..


So excited! Popped into my favourite flower market at Herdsman yesterday to see if the locally grown tulips were out yet and yes there they were, in all their gorgeous colours. Grown by the wholesalers from bulbs imported from the Netherlands to maintain the very best quality, tulips are available in Perth from mid April through to the end of September. I love them so much, they add such a splash of warm colour on a rainy cold day. Tulips in autumn and winter must seem a bit odd but it is an upside down world we live in :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, May 3, 2021

All creatures great and small..


 I love, love love this wonderful wall of pets, past and present, adorning the walls of the Inglewood Pet Vet. Painted by renowned artiste extraordinaire Graeme Miles Richards who is a master at capturing expression. I would love it if you would embiggen to look at those dear faces, by the glint in the eye there are some rascally types in the mix but it's the names that are too delightful, Burt and Edith, Lucy and Bang Bang, Harry and Fred, not to mention Raul Franco Sanchez lll to name a few. You might remember the ongoing mural here on East West Design in Fremantle, astounding! The pets here are just a few of the many recorded on the wall. Hope you had/are still having a good weekend, happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Earth.. A bird's eye view.


'Earth' is the May theme day subject for City Daily Photo bloggers around the world. Another tricky one that sent me off on a tangent :) Mapping the streets of the earth from a satellite was designed by Danish brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen. The birds eye street view, note birds included top right :) has helped me out more than once, how about you. Below one my favourite old guardians of the earth, magnificent trees with roots desperately trying to hold things together. Looking forward to seeing how other CDP'ers interpreted this theme. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. 

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Autumn at Araluen.. Beyond the mist.


I did forget to mention in yesterday's post about our trip to Araluen Botanic Park that the misty effect in a lot of the pics is actually from smoke from prescribed burning in the area, not quite as romantic as mist but with a similar effect :) the shot directly below is one of my fave's. More yellows with a splash of orange today and as if there wasn't enough to enjoy each of the pillars of the pergola had wonderful old black and white photographs showing the history of the park, who doesn't love a bit of history in black and white :) Hope you enjoyed this jaunt to the park with me, we might go again and see how the park looks in winter. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Autumn at Araluen.. All of the colours.


Loved the incoming bees in the shot above :) Have been trying out a new 17mm prime lens, enjoying it very much so far. You have been with me here many times in spring to see the tulip festival but unbelievably we've not been to Araluen Botanic Park in autumn before.. enchanting, magical, glorious colours of nature.. can you tell I was excited to be there :) So many butterflies and bees feasting companionably together. The mix of deciduous and evergreen planting along with the last of the summer/autumn roses and other flowers creates an even more stunning palette of reds, greens, yellow and orange, the prettiest of scenarios wherever you look. More about the history of Araluen Botanic Park here. Few more pics tomorrow, happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Checking horizons..


'Give me coffee to change the things I can and the beach to accept the things I can't'..

Didn't stray too far from home yesterday after our three day lock down but a glimpse of the ocean was reassuring, it always is. Off to take in the autumn colours at Araluen Botanic Park today, really looking forward to showing you 🍂 Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

From wedding dresses to tam o'shanters..

Whenever I enter an 'antique' shop the expression 'one man's junk is another man's treasure' comes to mind, I don't often buy anything these days but by golly I do enjoy looking. Take a closer look and see if there is anything that might interest you, I quite liked the green industrial ceiling lights above, would look good in the kitchen and also the green Aladdin shaped washing basket.. but I resisted :) Took these shots last week. I haven't left the house for the past three days but the snap lock down is over today so I will be out and about.. wearing a mask! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..