MtLawleyShire’s Ravens from Matilda Bay

My last 2 visits to Matilda Bay have been graced with visits from the ravens.  Wonderful birds, clever, personable and their personalities are so visible in face and carriage.

I love taking portraits.

Here we have contemplative, quizzical and slightly surprised

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The raucous:

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Quizzical and beautiful:

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and iconically disconcerting, even slightly creepy:

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These, taken as this raven strutted along a stone wall, illustrate a sense of play – and possible threat:

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slightly gangsterish: ‘you lookin’ at me?’

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MtLawleyShire and Matilda Bay trees

Taken over 2 visits – one a cloudy day with soft, uncertain light – typical look for Autumn though the day itself was humid and warm and unpleasant.  And then there was today: bright and brassy and warm but not humid, the loveliest of Autumn weather (though we need rain).

That Autumn is here is written in the plane trees:

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I love teh sculptural attitude of these:

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Banks of Autumn:

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and leaves:

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Today – a couple of weeks later: delicate gold.  I am wondering what will remain next time I go!

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And then there are the other trees:

on the cloudy day, everything was shrouded in that soft light:

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even the mighty Moreton Bay fig was softened and others were enriched by a golden sort of light:

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but today – no such uncertainty, everything written in bold lines of light and shadow:

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this one – tall in trunk and branch:

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I love this tree – it is massive & photos don’t do it justice:

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and these:

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I do love the trees of Matilda Bay.

Flowers around MtLawleyShire

Despite arthritis, artwork and so much socializing after my PhD results, I have been walking around and taking photos.  This post is filled with some of the flowers I’ve seen over just the last few days.

The wattle is out, golden and fluffy and beautiful:

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And Autumn is making an appearance, mostly in the quality of the late afternoon light which touched on dwarf Bougainvillea, Lantana and the gold of not-quite sun flowers

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The frangipani are still flowering:

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and so are roses!

Reds:

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What I call sunburst roses:

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little pink-white ones:

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Creamy white ones:

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And sumptuous yellow ones:

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a flower on a vine and light tangled in the spiny leaves of a spear of rosemary:

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Camellia in a friend’s garden:

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And native flowers – I don’t know what these are:

 

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But these are Grevillea:

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And these?  I think they are South American, but they are a stunning scarlet:

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and – oh! This?  :-)  She’s the prettiest flower of all the gardens

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I will be back soon with sunsets.

MtLawleyShire’s Kitchen Garden dragons

Kitchen Garden dragons – yes they are a thing, but first, the results of my PhD thesis are in and I got a first :-)

No revisions, unqualified acceptance!!

Once admin is sorted, I will be a Doctor of Philosophy :-D

I am very happy.

And I have also been very busy drawing – unicorns:

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‘Cloud’ – white pencil & chinograph on black card

& dragons – Kitchen Garden dragons to be precise:

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The Memory Dragon with his plants – poppy, rosemary & rue (the herb of grace).

Coloured pencil on black paper

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The Tranquility Dragon with his plants – st john’s wort, valerian (pink & white) and heartsease (pansies & violas).  Though he is not feeling too tranquil at the moment as there is a cat on his tail not letting him arise :-)

Coloured pencil on black paper

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The Rose Dragon – here with dog roses grown for their rosehips, along with their companion plants, geranium, marigold and mint.

Coloured pencil on black paper

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And this panel, unfinished, with 4 kitchen garden dragons – lavender (along with nasturtiums), Borage, Chili and Basil (thai and sweet).  There are also pollinators – native australian bees and european honeybees, a caterpillar, ladybirds (on the chilli), cabbage moth and their destructive little caterpillars, and – strangely – a woodmouse.

Coloured pencil on black foamcore.

The flowers and plants in each are botanically correct and it’s a lot of work, but also very enjoyable.  Fattee Cattee doesn’t really enjoy me being so involved though and has managed to destroy one so I had to restart – and even on that one she inflicted (barely visible) damage.

So this is what I have been doing over the last few weeks.  I have been taking other photos, but more of those in posts to come, sunsets on teh beach, sculptures by the sea, flowers and the moon (though in Perth, the sky was clouded for the entire eclipse dammit).

So, see you soon :-)

 

 

MtLawleyShire’s answer to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?

Yes – I enjoy these challenges.  This week’s photo challenge – Orange – did present quite a challenge, but I found photos with orange, and include subjects that are reasonably varied.

We have flowers:
inside an orange hibiscus type and a rose whose gold has intensified towards orange with sunset’s lowering light:

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and a native West Australian bottlebrush type flower which I call ‘the orange puffball':

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Grevillea – here you see the orange within all the other colours:

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and fish!  Not sure whether they are koi or carp – either way they were large and colourful:

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Sunset on a wall turns it gold and orange

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orange within the flaring colours of clouds at sunset:

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The smokey sky from bushfires turns orange as the sun lowers (the sun later became a great crimson globe):

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The setting moon a couple of months ago, orange as it dipped into the layers of dust on a hot summer’s night:

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a butterfly on an almost orange wall:

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Sacred ibis flying home at sunset, light turning their wings orange against a sky with its own tinge of orange down near the horizon:

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a friend’s marmalade striped young cat:

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and my own Fattee Cattee – sunset light lighting her fur kinda orange.  OK – I’m stretching :-D

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I hope you enjoyed my response to this week’s challenge and I look forward to seeing yours :-)

The 2nd Sunset after Clouds in MtLawleyShire: 25 Feb

On the Tuesday, with the air heavy with cloud and the threat of storm – although nothing happened in the way of rain or storm, the sunset was rather beautiful.

It started with a hint of gold washing a sky of almost tropical-seeming clouds, although to the south-east, it was remnants of storm cloud that intersected the hot blue:

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Then the sun sank below the clouds and suffused everything with intense gold:

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Clouds in the distant east began to take on that golden hue:

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And the sun sinks through the dan of golden cloud:

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From a distance, you can see the rays of light shooting out across the blue to touch the serpentine cloud above:

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and then it is below the horizon and the gold deepens into rose:

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The rays of light slice into the clouds creating ethereal shadow and light:

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the cloud darkens, stripes of gold slowly subsumed into a deepening rose:

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with an underneath of rich gold:

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the clouds too lose gold and glow a darkening pink laced with shadow:

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the red diminishes into grey and darkness:

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leaving the sky clear for the moon:

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I hope you enjoyed this sunset.  There is another sunset to come, but not from storm clouds this time. And this week, I am going to Matilda Bay, so hopefully, ravens and other birds.

:-)

 

Walking with flowers in MtLawleyShire

A clutch of flowers gathered over a week or so, though this first isn’t a flower.  I’ve been trying for ages to catch the way this crystal hanging in my courtyard catches the light and I’ve almost got it with this.

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More ‘light catching’ – sunlight turning leaves emerald beyond a garden gate

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a bee in sunflower-like flowers (it begins with a ‘d’ but I can’t remember the name of the flower except that they’re not sunflowers)

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roses – my favourite is this one:

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frangipani :-)

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light tangled in grass seed heads:

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two types of Grevillea – brush and lower ground cover type:

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bottlebrush – that delicate pink and a deeper shade:

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coral blossom:

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the glorious colour of this geranium-type flower:

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Honeysuckle, scented even if a little bedraggled:

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Petunias in the garden, and looking deep into their hearts – as a friend said: a bee’s eye view :-)

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And no, she’s not a flower, but she is in the garden – amongst the lemon grass :-)

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I hope you enjoyed these flowers.

Another sunset soon…