Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

It seems only a short while ago that there was a Weekly Photo Challenge with Reflections as the prompt, so I will try to choose different photos for this.  And I do have some reflections that aren’t all Hyde Park which is sadly not very photogenic at the moment as the works renovating the islands and the ponds continue.

So, it is all geometrical shapes and mirrors for this Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections.

Buildings reflecting morning light:

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This old building – the Battye Library – is reflecting morning light bouncing off the glass of this neighbouring Alexander Library.

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Reflected morning brilliance bouncing off glass and steel

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then there are windows reflecting buildings and the skies beyond:

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Or simply other buildings:

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the infinity of reflections in an arcade so new there is almost nothing in it:

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The chaos of windows reflecting into windows… or life behind and beyond the windows making a mockery of physical borders and boundaries and existence:

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Windows reflecting sunset, looking into other worlds:

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buildings reflecting the bright light of sunset:

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And this: a pelican sailing on its own reflection, itself mirrored into the sandy floor of the preternaturally still Swan River that itself reflection the unseen sky.

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I had more photos than I expected 🙂  I hope you enjoyed these sometimes experimental attempts at interpreting this week’s theme.

Saturday’s thunderstorm-y beauty

Thunderstorms.  They were everywhere, all around, but here?  Very little rain and the storm itself passed to the east of me.  So no lightning flashes and sizzles, no great claps of thunder, just rumbles and grumblings like the sky was hungry.  Some areas got hail and drenchings.  Not here.  Sigh.

But there were moments as the storm passed – an hour or so before sunset:

 

 

and far to the west, signs of clearing.

Then, an hour or so later – sunset which went from subdued to overwhelming:

 

 

 

these were taken about 15 minutes after those above:

 

It morphed into the most amazing colour:

 

more and more spectacular:

 

The glow was astonishing and breathtaking:

 

Rain was visible elsewhere:

 

but that colour took my breath away:

then it turned luminous as it faded

and finally, all subsided into night.

Hope you enjoyed these.  It won’t be that spectacular tonight!  The sky is a bright, deep blue and clear.  But maybe I’ll get to see the moon 🙂

Matilda Bay this week

 

Yes, I know, I should be studying, but I’ve just finished hours of lesson planning so thought I’d do a little more sharing.  I had the chance to go to Matilda Bay this week – the first time in ages!  And the day started out calm, and getting hot.  When I got there, the first thing I saw was the Swan River family:

The cygnets are much bigger than the ones in Hyde Park (will post soon), & all untidy with feathers growing through their fluff.

 

This swan was only a little out of frame.  They all stayed together.

From where I was sitting, the angle afforded this view:

& I loved the bark of the cape lilac:

And I can never resist this ancient-looking cypress:

 

a young magpie (its parent was very close):

and then – the clouds rearing up behind the city into the clear blue sky:

They were so magnificent – not that we got a drop of rain or anything from them – & it’s been the same all week!  Maybe 10 drops of rain, but nothing else.  Some wind,, just cloud, build-up and it all dissipates.  The same thing is happening today as well.  It’s infuriating!

I played with the photos – so there are black and whites of the same shot:

different treatment which gives different atmospheres to the same shot:

 

but I just love the clouds:

In this one, a plane is escaping what looks to be wild weather:

More play – I just love how the clouds diminish the city:

& this one – massive flat plane of shadow pressing down on the spread out city.

If only it had rained, or stormed, or something….

 

one evening

Thunderstorms have been circling Perth – lots of dramatic looking skies, but barely a drop of rain.  And no storms, despite the visuals.

This particular evening (earlier this week) the sky had been cloudy all day and as sunset time approached, the clouds got heavier and heavier.  There goes my chance to photograph sunset, I thought.  Nonetheless, I went out at about 6.40 (sunsets are now quite late) and sure enough – barely nothing at all.  The colour was almost oo low to get anything at all.

 

So I turned to go home (just around the corner) and passed a rose silhouetted with colour against the grey sky.

I turned for one more look and –

That was unexpected.  So I walked down a little to get a better vantage:

 

More brilliance, then as I watched, the sun blasted from beneath the clouds:

It sent out an obliterating brilliance

 

then the clouds pressed down again:

The colour flaring up to the clouds was amazing, but sadly – my battery began to say – ‘I’m running out of juice’ and – unbelievably, it began to rain.  Thumping great uneven drops.  Not good for little cameras.

but I could not resist the incredible colours the setting sun left on the clouds:

 

and the last – the glow and colour!  It was gone shortly after this photo, night pressed in and all the rain stopped.

 

then inside I went and

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

What a Weekly Photo Challenge: Green.  For me, green is the colour of relaxation, of growth, of renewal as in last week’s post. Green happens after rain, verdant in winter, rich and prolific in spring, dies down to rustly yellow from mid summer to when we get rain – sometimes not till the following late winter.

Green fills spaces against the sky, softens edges in cities, broadens the restricted spaces in gardens by concealing boundaries, conflating their corners and walls with that sense of upwardness and foreverness that growth has.

And yes, for me, green is the world outside my door (though I am wearing green nail polish at this moment & no – you can’t have a photo), the lining of streets and the pools of green, dappled shadows in parks and people’s gardens.

So come with me up the green dappled path into a small sample of my world of Green

It’s a background to everything, green – even a willy wagtail staking his territorial rights on my garden gate

The bed of the beautiful rose

background for the simple & simply lovely daisy and a background for this tiny native violet

 

& the grey green makes a mysterious backing for the equally mysterious (& slightly sinister) borage flower

Green is the background and reason for lilies and all flowers, pretty (as these are) and otherwise

 

The grey green of Australian native trees becomes emboldened and something wholly other when their flowers come: bottlebrush (a spiky looking untidy tree) and the untidy, chaotic peppermint tree

 

Green is the beginning of flowers: their support & backing: their promise

 

& reflected green endows water with a sense of something else – a magical intimation of otherness: Hyde Park’s island photographed in August when the ponds were still clear enough for reflections, and a duck on a small lake that reflected native greenery on the other side:

 

City green?  Sometimes it looks quite striking, although the real ‘real’ green puts the ‘manufactured’ greens in a pallid light – to me, at least.

At other times, it brings a sense of the natural world into the built environment: the end of Pier Street in Perth’s CBD. These are the beginnings of the gardens surround the Governor’s Residence and the Supreme Court.

Then above Perth’s CBD, we have King’s Park – looking down onto the freeways leading out of the city is a verdant oasis:

and wildflowers carpet spaces of intermittent green:

 

the green of the south-west Kangaroo Paw

A Grevillea nestled amidst odd green foliage and a Geraldton wax – purple amidst its green needles

 

contrasting the northern hemisphere greens: an oak – with native Australian trees:

 

Then there is green when the sunlight is at just the right angle to turn it golden green – Hyde Park:

 

and the luxurious green of lawn striped with shadow

 

the alien green of palm against other foliage

and the unreal green of the beautiful (if feral) new leaves on a weeping willow

 

and the greens around a path in Hyde Park

but best of all: the green of massed foliage made brilliant by Spring’s new growth

 

or new leaves on old plane trees in sunlight – Hyde Park

 

I enjoyed searching through my files of greenery & I hope you enjoyed my selection 🙂

& for some reason I’m limited to 10 related articles.  Sorry :-/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

For me, Renewal means flowers – regrowth, and mostly that’s Spring and I daresay I am not alone there.  So for this week’s WEekly photo Challenge: Renewal, I have scrolled back through a few months to find examples of renewal – & this being Perth, it is still continuing.

One of my favourite haunts, Hyde Park, is showing more signs of devastation rather than renewal at the moment, and as a result of all the works being carried out to restore the ponds, most birds have left.  There is one family though, maintaining their ducklings on the sand bridge built to the easterly island (which is now stripped bare).  But the duckling, hopefully having been born here, will remain so that when the park is recovering (hopefully by March), they will stay through Autumn & winter and be ready for their own Spring.

The mother with her troop of fuzzballs is at Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley campus.  The campus usually has ducks, but it’s not all that common to see them wandering down the path from the outside cafe towards the library.

 

 

These signs of renewal are more subtle – the south-west kangaroo paw, out very early, but still beautiful, and tiny everlastings at the base of a clump of unwoken flowers

 

A garden bursting into colour (taken at sunset)

Blossoms – non-native but lovely

 

more blossom & a tree of it (almond)

 

 

more flowers.  The tree is full of these beautiful flowers (lovely pinkish colour turned rose-gold by sunsetty light)

 

 

a tree that makes lovely silhouettes while leafless begins to burst into flower, attracting Port Lincoln parakeets and honeyeaters

 

the first of these is a honey eater (wattled) & parakeet facing off amidst nectar laden flowers

 

the most renewing of all things in Perth: Rain.  This is at Matilda Bay.

 

 

Eucalypt blossom

new growth on a bank of bottlebrush – Hyde Park

new leaves on the plane trees, Hyde Park

 

 

Bohenia bud and flower (West Perth)

 

The Jacaranda trees are now in full flower, signs of late Spring.

 

& being bought up a Catholic, had to include these – rainbows, at the end of storms.

 

I feel I was utterly predictable with these images, but I still hope you enjoyed them.

Shall link to as many other entries to this Weekly Photo Challenge as possible.

🙂

(but for some reason, I’m limited to 10 links.  Grrr)

 

a suburban memorium

I love the Singing Honeyeaters, and for a couple of years now, they have been visiting my little courtyard.  Last year, one couple nested.  This year, there were 2 couples.  One on the left side – in the ivy growing over the carport, and one on the right, in the untidy hedge over my neighbour’s pergola roof.

They have become accustomed to me, and I am sure the adults have swooped my fluffy friend as she tends to slink away when they’re around.

Over the last week, I had seen the adults with young ones in the spindly, vigourous potted trees on the right side of my little courtyard, and it was wonderful watching the adults swoop and hover, catching insects which they ferried to the peeping younglings.

On the other side, the youngling finally came out – and sat on the fence along the carport while the adults did the food thing. I watched for ages, coming out with the camera and going back in.  I was worried
cause the adults seemed to leave the wee one alone a lot.  But, although it seemed tempted by low flying insects, when i made a noise, it flew up out of reach.  OUt of reach of me – & the fluffy cat who seemed not the slightest interested.

I had to go teaching in the evening and when I came home, I found feathers in the study.

I knew – it was the wee fledging.

I haven’t seen it today, so yes, it is gone.

I cannot hate my cat.  She didn’t get many cuddles until I went to bed last night.  I am thinking of dissuading the honeyeaters from nesting here next year.

Today. there have been adults, and I have heard the peeping of young honeyeaters from the other side, but nothing where this little one had sat, peeping quietly and waiting.

So – all these photos.

In memorium.

a little life-filled fluffy feathered thing that is no more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye, little one.