MtLawleyShire’s answer to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

Vibrancy is everywhere, in the built & natural environments, and my difficulty in meeting this Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant was in picking the shots.

There are flowers – vibrant in reds, yellows:

opulent red rose and dandelion flower gleaming with rain drops

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red hibiscus bright with recent rain & light through sunflower petals (& a bee in the centre)

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the astonishing scarlet of the Illawarra Flame tree against the vibrant blue of a Perth summer sky:

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Sunsets.  They can have the most vibrant of colours:

In the west:

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sunset light highlighting amazing clouds in the east (on a day of terrible bushfires that destroyed a town)

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more of those clouds streaming over the neighbourhood:

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Scattered vibrancy in reds, oranges and a brilliant crimson:

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Then there is the built environment, both external and internal:

The vibrancy of light on buildings contrasted by glared out blue skies:

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late sunlight on an overly tall beachside hotel:

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internal environments have vibrancy as well:

umbrellas in an arcade (no, I don’t know why either):

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lights:

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ceiling decorations in a city arcade:

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steps up to the cultural plaza in Perth:

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and finally – the vibrancy of light hitting a raindrop after a storm:

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I hope you enjoyed my entry :-)

MtLawleyShire meets the Bunny

The Bunny is actually a wee possum being fostered (since he was little bigger than a peanut) by a friend of mine.

Here are a few pics of him when he was just a little more than a wee peanut of a possum

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And here he is now, a week off ‘soft release’ – that is, released into an enclosure containing more natural surroundings which will eventually be left open for him to enter the big wide world.  Food will still be provided in the enclosure, but eventually, he won’t return.  This doesn’t always work.  Apparently, where he is going, there is a lady possum who has never left and gives the newcomers all sorts of grief :-D

coming out of his ‘ouch’ in his cage:

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acrobatic

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clinging to mum’s arm

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Really not sure about that shutter click – he got over his fear of the camera after he snuffled over it and clambered onto the lens :-D

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shenanigans in and out of the cage:

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clinging to mum’s arm again:

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& looking at me

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swinging on the cage door & tempted by the thought mum might have some munchies (there was a rose which he shredded but all the photos were of remarkable clear rose and speed-blurred possum)

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on mum’s wrist:

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little cutie :-)

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antics and furry tummy :-)

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Wot’s that, mum?  Yummy?

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I love this one :-)  Mum & Bunny

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such a dear little one.  I wish him long & happy life :-)

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Apocalyptic skies over MtLawleyShire

This is not sunset.  This is at least half an hour before sunset, and I think it is actually smoke from a fire up north.  It was a very hot afternoon which the temperature going up as the hour grew later rather than tapering off.  The temperature peaked at 37 degrees celsius at 4.30 pm, and it didn’t go down below 30 degrees celsius till well after midnight.

and the sun was struggling:

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the sky looked like a painting from one of the Old Masters

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The drama and painterliness of the scene enthralled me:

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It almost looks as though the sun has created a concussion in the smooth running of that great cloud:

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closer shots of sun in cloud and just clouds:

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As the cloud gained more strength, as the sun sank towards the horizon, the colours paled, the drama was subsumed into the inevitable:

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Shots of the entire sky, with all the colours of late afternoon and deep sunset all in the one place:

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This sequence, as one part of dense cloud looked as though it was a wolf swallowing the sun:

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The sun is fighting the cloud:

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a moment of startling drama:

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As the sun was swallowed entirely, there was another sense of painting – Turner-esque and soft with the rays of light fighting out:

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The sky devolved into blues and whites with touches of colour:

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and at the last, when sunset had been swallowed, a view of the clouds and delicate colours looking down William Street towards the city:

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Today is it (finally) raining, and there is heavy cloud.  I’m not sure there will be a sunset, but the rain and the coolth of the world is lovely :-)

The Eastern Sky of the Intriguing Sunset over MtLawleyShire

The Eastern skies were luminous with moisture laden cloud.

Ibis were stark against the wash of pink and gold as they flew home across the south-east

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this is me playing with shapes and lines and distant ibis :-)

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But there were great bulwarks of cloud:

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and river falls of virga illuminated by the light of the sunset:

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great cloud structures:

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and an overall spread that went from pinks and oranges to incandescent pinks:

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and these – towering in the eastern sky;

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an astonishing sunset, from the eastern skies to the west!

 

 

An intriguing MtLawleyShire sunset

It had been a strange day – hot and sultry and cloud cover almost such that rain was sure to follow.  It didn’t but the clouds were very interesting:

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a tropical-looking sky:

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the first hints of sunset revealed the texture of the clouds:

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blazing in an art deco window:

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the texture of those clouds – not tight enough for cloth of gold, too rumpled and filled with folds of shadow:

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the sun shine momentarily clear in a blaze of glory:

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the sun sank below the horizon and the clouds began to fill:

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they glowed, became luminous, spread all across the western sky:

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Intense and beautiful their structure changeable and :

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the colour grew richer:

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intensified again:

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the wonderful contrasts between clear sky and cloud:

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till it darkened;

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and faded into coming night:

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MtLawleyShire on an outing to the city

On a hot day, I met friends in the city.  As I waited outside the entrance to teh underground train station, I was intrigued by the reflections and shapes around me.

Taller buildings reflected in the round front of the modern styles around the entrance:

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reflections and touches of colour:

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across the road, blocky and odd shapes against a sky of cloud and light:

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inside the modern building: yellow lighting:

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contrasts on the exterior:

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inside, where we had lunch – more of that lighting and a wall of bottles:

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and a ceiling of colour:

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This is looking up through all the hanging pieces to the glass ceiling and the shadowy shapes of the buildings soaring up into the sky beyond:

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Outside again.  City laneways:

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Another laneway:

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a conjunction of city architectural styles, the first being intriguing light:

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Slices of city:

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a touch of art deco:

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grace and plane tree leaves:

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that graceful building from different angles, with all the different skyscrapers behind:

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& a black and white of that lovely old building:

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blocks on top of the imperialistic post office building:

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It was a fun day where consumerism was indulged in – to great and long-lasting effect :-)

A slow MtLawleyShire sunset

After an oppressively hot day, the late afternoon clouded over.  It looked like rain, but there was none, although it was much cooler:

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a group of ibis flew across the clouded sky towards their roost:

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and in the west, the sun was shrouded, casting a ring across striations of cloud:

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As it sank lower, it was reflected in, then seemed to bend the clouds, creating interesting shades amidst the layers:

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A hint of colour, sullen embers marking the meeting with the far horizon:

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barely making a reflection in art deco windows:

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I waited a few moments, but the day became duller.  I returned inside, uploaded the photos, checked outside and

OH!

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The sky had exploded into late opulence:

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flaring crimson waves of light:

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an upturned desert of red:

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and it began to fade into purples and pinks:

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washing the lower part of the sky:

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leaving a luminous glow far down on the horizon:

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Reflecting the heat, but hopefully not for tomorrow.  This was a selection from what was a remarkable and beautiful sunset, from subtle to outrageous :-)