Trees: in a small section of Mt Lawley Shire.

When we first moved to Perth in the 1970’s, Hyde Park had many of these huge pine trees: Norfolk Pines.

That was around the time the amount of rain the South West of Western Australia, including Perth, began decreasing.  Over the years, the level of ground water has dropped, and the pines have mostly disappeared.  I don’t know which drought it was, but there were not as many.  The ones at the William Street corner at the moment are being raided by the black cockatoos for their pine cones. The remains of the cones cover the ground and next time I walk that way, I’ll try to take decent photos.

This is one of the few pines remaining.  I don’t know how old it is, but it now has to be lopped to keep it clear of the heavy transmission lines (that I was able to keep out of the photo).  Despite its disfigurement, it’s still beautiful.



The Morten Bay figs of Hyde Park.  There are so many, all of them huge.






Some photos of the huge buttress roots of the Morten bay fig:


Branches – these are as fascinating, beautifully sculptural:



That’s enough of those for the moment (though I can never get enough of them). The next is, I think, a dead cloud blossom tree, all tangled in with a Morten bay fig.

It’s bark is filled with fascinating sculptures.  One looks like an ear to me 🙂


Then we have the beautiful plane trees.  No, not native, but lovely all the same.


Their branches are beginning to show as the leaves lose their full thick green and begin to thin,


This is neither plane tree nor Morten bay fig.  I don;t know what it is.  There are quite a few of them in the park.  It’s huge and beautiful.

Now we come to the Jacaranda trees.  Beautiful things, in all seasons.


I love the tracery of their branches against the green of their feathery foliage and the intense blue of the sky.

And that’s where I will leave it for the moment.  I can take photos of trees for hours.  Can sit and look at them for hours, but I don’t really mean you to have to go through the same thing 🙂

Still, I hope you have enjoyed these.

Keira 🙂

7 comments on “Trees: in a small section of Mt Lawley Shire.

  1. mehmudah says:

    Very interesting photos! Some of the compositions are particularly striking.


  2. niasunset says:

    Dear Keira, I am same as you and you know this. I can never get bored by watching trees and yours too… These trees are so beautiful and seems so great. They should be very old. I haven’t seen such as them before… Fascinated me. But you know I live in a city and almost our green area has been disappeared in times… There are so little old trees… Always trees impress me and capture me. As if they talk to me… I love their branches, as if dancing or trying to say something… I am almost lost in your beautiful photographs. Perth should be beautiful city… But more than this your beautiful eye of camera. Thank you dear Keira, be sure, there is someone across this screen never gets bored with you 🙂 With my love, nia


    • Oh Nia – thank you 🙂 Perth is very different to where you live, but there are treeless places here too. We are lucky we have parks and I am lucky to live near one of the oldest ones in Perth. It is not an old city – not by your standards. It was founded in 1829. so it is not even 200 years old. Most of its historical buildings are gone because of development, and now many of the old houses and their gardens are being demolished for flats and townhouses. Even where I live. It’s very sad – & stupid. Trees help cool the city in summer and the summers here are getting very hot and very long. But I am glad you don’t get bored by my trees 🙂
      Good night, dearest Nia. xx


      • niasunset says:

        Not Good night yet dear Keira 🙂 It is early evening right now… It is sad why all cities are going like that… Maybe it is needed but I love old cities with their naturel world… Perth is very interesting city for me, once I have met in photographs one of my photographer friends’ photographs… It was amazing especially the night photographs fascinated me. But with your photographs I learn more about Perth. You are welcome and Thanks dear Keira, but should be for you Good Night, have a nice dream, love, nia


      • niasunset says:

        no should be very early in the morning in 29 march????


      • It was very early on March 29, Nia 😀 It was 1.00 in the morning!!


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