a brief trip out of mtlawleyshire

It was a very brief trip, to West Perth, and I didn’t have long at all, but of course, there were trees 🙂

It’s an area of businesses and specialist consulting rooms, and just a few blocks from King’s Park, but its been altered and re-altered.  All the buildings are modern and there are not many ancient trees.  Most of the street trees are either the box tree (not a favourite of mine & not a native either) or peppermint trees.

Here is a young one, and it’s not really visible in the picture, but it has a supporting stake.  It won’t be long before it no longer needs it.

It certainly looks small against its adult neighbours:


There was also a Cape Lilac tree.  These are not natives, and most regard them as pests, but they are tall graceful things with lovely arrangements of leaves and branches.  And – in Spring, they have clusters of tiny lilac flowers and spread a lovely perfume over the area.  Yes, they do spread seedlings everywhere, but I still love them:

their branches are long and graceful, the leaves a bright, intense green, dappling trunks and ground with shadow patterns.



There was, within the short area I walked (half a block) only the one tall gum, too tall even though it looked to be fairly young, to fit within the camera’s frame (I couldn’t walk back far enough without entering a building!):


and it had a sapling, difficult to photograph clearly in the surroundings:


Mostly, there were box trees. I think it’s one of the Queensland Box tree.   These I consider unfriendly – I like going barefoot & these trees drop gum nuts everywhere and shed leaves all year around.  It’s a painful experience, treading on those gum nuts and all the leaves just make the areas around them dry and dead looking.  But, I must admit, some of these trees do have wonderfully tangled branches:



Box tree in front and the tall young gum behind:

A street of box trees:

some have variegated leaves which looks odd:

There was a glimpse of the city over the tree tops ( I nearly got run over taking this one!):

& just in case you thought she wasn’t going to appear:

Fast sleep 🙂


19 comments on “a brief trip out of mtlawleyshire

  1. elspethc says:

    by the way, I updated Colinton Dell http://wp.me/p1J6nA-fH
    have another look as I would like to hear what you think about ‘together’. I am also curious about the virtual together blogging is creating – truth or illusion?


    • Oh I already did & I love it. I think there is a verb in there 🙂 But as a noun, it is wonderfully evocative a so much that can’t be put into words, needs a photo whch you have done. I can smell the cool of that air above the water 🙂


    • I don’t know about this ‘virtual together blogging’ – do you mean we are all together in sharing the world? I don’t think it;s either truth or illusion. It’s communication. For me, anyway. Richer than other types of social media, because you share something other than your everyday, but visions and perceptions and not necessarily in words.
      Not sure that answers the question 🙂


  2. elspethc says:

    These are beautiful photos. The trees and ‘her’ who seems always at home.


  3. intergenerational says:

    Nice pics,I can feel the shadow they give!


  4. Satima Flavell says:

    Most of those trees realy look as if they have stores to tell, if only they could be persuaded! Perhaps they will tell them to you, if you ask them nicely, and then you can tell them to us…


  5. zannyro says:

    So many beautiful trees, I can’t pick a favorite 🙂


    • Yeah – I play favourites, but really… 🙂 Unless, of course, I know them personally, like the lemon-scented gum & some of the peppermint trees – & ghost gums which I’m not sure I’ve photographed or not – are simply stunning…


  6. bulldogsturf says:

    When you say the box tree is not native do you mean it is not native to Australia or not to the area? It is such a shame to me in an environmental career based employment that tree selection when planting that more care is not taken to planting trees endemic to the area. I was recently involved in the removal of the Australian Casuarinas from a golf course, although these trees had a beauty of their own, our new environmental policies require their removal. What upset me most is the clubs idea to plant new trees of the type not endemic to the area. (I did get my way and those that grow in the area planted)
    However this is not where we discuss the policies of governments, but each others photos, and on those I can only say I love the way you manage to catch the intricate entwining of the branches of the trees. a good eye for a good photo, something I’m trying after looking at yours yet not being very successful so far, so please keep them coming so that I can study them and learn. I love the cat.


    • I love the cat too 🙂 The box tree – I tink (!) is a Queensland tree, on the opposite side of the content and a lot further noth. having said that, the Moreton Bay fig, as you can tell from its name, is also a Queensland tree – a rainforest beastie. They do support a lot of birds here, so there aren’t too many complaints. So you had sheoaks on your gold courses? 😀 I love the sheoak & they are native to here, Western Australia, south west, which is where I am. The lemon scented gum, which I totally love, is also a native of other areas, but is very similar in colour to the salmon gum,. a tree found only in an area of the inland south west. All the trees are mixed up, although I can say with some certainty that we don’t get the snow gums here 🙂 They’re only found in the high country of the Great Dividing range, where it snows – that’s NSW & Victoria.
      I have realized that I need to research these trees I love.
      & yes, cox trees as street trees is weird. They are often ugly trees here because they have to be trimmed away from power lines. They are naturally a fairly huge tree.
      Glad you enjoy the photos.
      And the way I look at them? Patterns, shadows, light & shadow, the way things lie across each other – I can’t really explain it, but most of the trees seem to be things as I have or want to draw them.


      • bulldogsturf says:

        A lovely tree and worked well as a hazard for the golfers but things are getting tougher here Green wise specially after COP17, they had to come down, lovely wood though and interesting growth structure.


      • Which? The Cape Lilac? A lot of our botanical ferals are from South Africa, including freisas which I just love. What’s COP17 and why did the trees have to come down then?


      • bulldogsturf says:

        The trees that had to come down where the Casuarina equisetifolia. (the horse tail tree) COP17 was a international conference on environmental change held here last year. Our Government saw fit after this to become more insistent on legal compliance by golf courses, this tree had been declared invasive and earmarked for removal.


      • I’ve seen this tree in the area of Kings Canyon & Ulhuru, but not around here. This is too far south for them. They are amazing trees though. I have some of their seed/fruit cases 🙂


  7. niasunset says:

    Oh lovely cat, she sleeps… I love your tree photographs… you exactly see them so nicely and capture amazing shots… They are so beautiful… I love these lilac trees how smells… Thank you dear Keira, it was a nice watching as if walking with you too… But you don’t talk about rain… have you got any rain? Have a nice day, with my love, nia


    • Yes Nia, we had rain. It poured over the gutters outside my backdoor like a waterfall – like the Niagra Falls!!! And made a lake 🙂 I caught lot of rain, and had a cold shower 3 times to check the water was falling into all my water bins. More rain is forecast later this week.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my photos 🙂


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