Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two flying swans..


I read somewhere that one of the biggest mistakes photographers make is thinking that once they have taken a few shots of a subject that's it, done and dusted. When in fact if the subject is worthy it then should become a challenge to take different views of said subject :) I know I would never be able to resist taking shots of the Matagarup Bridge each time we visit, it is superbly photogenic. The shot above was through the window of the City View Cafe in Optus Stadium, next time I'll take a city view :)

The 72metre high 400metre long bridge was designed in such a way that it is climbable and the climb part of the Zip-Climb experience is up and climbing, zippers will have to wait for a few more weeks. Below the young lady getting ready to take a group up followed by the actual climb. You can see there are two viewing levels midway up the climb and then at the apex of the bridge, you can clearly see the zip lines to the foreshore in two shots below..

The design of the bridge is open to interpretation, the one I see clearly in the shot below is of two flying swans, but it could also be seen as swimming dolphins or the Wagyl, the 'Noongar manifestation of the Australian Aboriginal mythological Rainbow Serpent, a snakelike Dreaming creature responsible for the creation of the Swan River'. I like that idea also. The bridge is lit up at night by LED lights, I will definitely have to go back for that shot! You can see more fabulous shots of the bridge HERE, I hope the link works, I never can tell with this new blogger situation :) Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..

Friday, February 26, 2021

Where am I?


I wonder if anyone who reads my blog regularly will know where I was when  I took these shots yesterday.. there are clues. I know you will guess Sami, no telling :) I took so many pics but no time to edit them, will show you more tomorrow. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Hackett Hall WA Museum Boola Bardip..


 The last time I took photos inside Hackett Hall was back in 2015 just before WA Museum Boola Bardip closed for renovations in 2016 and if you read my original post here I mentioned that until 1996 the ceilings below (more detailed shots on the link to my first post) were boarded from the beams up hiding this glorious ceiling.. imagine that! Now Hackett Hall, a function space, is home to Otto the 24m long blue whale and lots of other fascinating information. The books and papers that lined the shelves previously are now stored in the State Library. The ceiling and the beautiful wrought iron staircases leading up to the different levels are still my favourite features.. sorry Otto :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The wider view..


'It was said that a kookaburra's laugh is there to remind us to say or do something kind.. that goodness will then come back to you with happiness and laughter.. Gregg Dreise.

Love the sentiment in the quote above. I would be fibbing if I said I spotted the kookaburra here perched looking for its next meal, thank heavens P has eagle eyes when it comes to spotting birds of the feathered kind :) Not a bad view it has there looking out over the Swan River from its perch in Kings Park. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Gija Jumulu.. quite a journey.


 'Gija Jumulu refers to the Gija people, the traditional owners of the land where the boab tree originated from in the East Kimberley. 'Jumulu' means boab tree'.

Weighing in at 36 tonnes, over 750 years old with the possibility of reaching 1500 years! There have been many articles written about the 3,200km journey of the giant Boab above and below I think the best one is HERE, it's a fascinating story and worth a read. It's been a while since we had breakfast and a walk in Kings Park and Botanic Gardens the opportunity arose yesterday morning and we couldn't let a little thing like 38C put us off :) Tried to take a few different views this time.The summer planting of purple petunias around the Flame of Remembrance were struggling a bit under the summer skies.. so was I :) Hope you enjoy the views minus the heat. Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, February 22, 2021

Soggy Bones!


My bones aren't exactly soggy but they certainly are aching! After a few days of intense DIY, painting etc and mega gardening I'm ready for the knackers yard :) Two more murals here from the area around Inner City Fitness in West Perth. The boxing kangaroo below looking pretty pumped! What did you get up to this weekend? I hope it was/still is a good one. Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Visit Sami to see more Monday Murals from around the world..

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Reflecting in the city..


I've said it before and I'll say it again Bocelli's Espresso in Forrest Place is the best place to people watch, bonus the coffee is excellent also. I do get a few curious looks when I whip out my ball but we photo bloggers are used to that right :) Looks like we are in for a hot week ahead, check these temperatures out! I'm not complaining though when Texans are doing it really tough, battered by storms, so many without power, hoping they get some relief soon. Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..

Visit James to see more Weekend Street/Reflections ..

Friday, February 19, 2021

Lunch in Old Shanghai..


Walking along James Street in Northbridge around lunchtime on Wednesday there were too many delicious food cooking aromas making it impossible to ignore the tummy rumbles :) We were tempted into Old Shanghai where I enjoyed steaming hot noodles, chilli chicken and stir fried vegetables, so good! It was busier than it looks and of course not as many tables as usual because of you know what. What is your favourite Asian food, or are you not a fan? Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Words to remember..


If you read this, please remember you are always loved and worthy of love. You are bold and brave, you are unique and beautiful and can get through anything xxx

We were in the city yesterday to visit the new WA Museum Boola Bardip, I foresee many visits to appreciate all it has to offer. There were already so many messages on the Wall of Love and Loss in the Reflections Gallery, messages like 'I miss you grandad, I love you.' Whoever wrote the message above could not have done so at a more appropriate time with people all over the world struggling with isolation and loss of family and friends. Thank heavens the world will always be full of kind beautiful people. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ruffled and hangry..


Yesterday I awoke to the sound of  hangry (bad tempered as a result of being hungry) noises in the back garden. The young galah here getting in a bit of a state hassling mum, you can tell by the colour of their irises which are male and female, both mum and young galahs have brown/red irises, the male has very dark brown..

Mum looked down from her spot on the edge of the patio with a  'give me a break' look in her eye before they flew off together to feed without a camera stuck in their private space, but..

... later in the evening while saying goodby to Aimee after dinner mum and bub flew in to sit on a branch above my birdbath in the front garden and the spectacle of the feeding ritual was astounding! Honestly it was so vigorous that my photos were blurred but please have a look here the most frenetic 50 seconds you're likely to see today :) an amazing sight. Hopefully the link works.  Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Biceps don't grow on trees..


Couldn't find a signature on this cute weightlifting mural on the wall of Inner City Fitness in West Perth but I like the colours and the nonchalant look on the face.. 100kgs, pfffft no problem :) Aimee and I used to do a pump class a few years ago, it was fun, just thinking about it now is exhausting :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Visit Sami to see more Monday Murals from around the world.. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

A doggy Valentine's Day..


Decorated for Valentine's Day, don't worry the greyhound above was not harmed in any way :) Life returned to new normal yesterday for West Australians, no more masks thank goodness! Masks in mid 30C heat are no fun. To celebrate Aimee and I went along to the Markets by the Sea at Whitford Nodes. So many adorable dogs I couldn't resist a snap or dozen..

The gorgeous spaniel below in her pretty bonnet was getting lots of attention. You might have guessed from all the bare legs that it was a hot humid day, despite being a stone's throw from the beach there was not much of a breeze around until much later in the day, just when I thought the temps were becoming more moderate, ah well it is still summer! Hope you had/are still having a good weekend, take care and stay safe..