Trees and some flowers in MtLawleyShire

I went for a walk today, down to Hyde Park.  It is a mess, and the water levels are so low, which, considering the heat we’ve been having is not surprising, even though we have had some rain.  I’m still trying to get the hang of the new camera, so many of these trees are those I have photographed before, but not all of them turned out.  Something to do with – I think – ISO or something…sigh.  I will sort it out, eventually.  But in the meantime…

It was a very windy afternoon, so I wasn’t able to take as many flower photos as I wanted, but I was successful with some.

I don’t know what the 1st one is, the next is a hibiscus.

despite the wind  hibiscus

& I have no idea what these are, but the colour is amazing!

startling colour  more startling colour

& these are like pieces of sun fallen into a street side flower garden:

pretty little yellow  little sun

A Jacaranda with some flowers still:

still flowering

Then into Hyde Park.  This Morten Bay stands like a sentry

sentry

The path is sun-drenched, casting all in tones of shadow and light:

sun drenched  shade

striped with light  many-armed goddess

Plane Trees:

Hyde Park plane tree  Hyde Park_Plane tree_2

full green

Jacaranda and details of a Morten Bay fig:

tree shapes  an ancient wound

another fig and this other tree of massivity:

play of shadows  massivity

Details of a massive Morten Bay on the edge of the park:

detail_1  detail_2

The whole tree (almost):

magnificence

various trees from the walk home:

light on jacaranda branches light on leaves

 

Mary Street  curling branches

& this: sunsetty light on a young Jacaranda

sunsetty light on a young jacaranda

I hope to walk tomorrow as well, so maybe there will be another post soon.

I hope you enjoyed these few flowers & trees.

 

mtlawleyshire sunsetty photos

The evening of the wet morning in the city – the clouds were clearing, so I wasn’t sure what kind of a sunset it would be.

It was filled with swirling clouds and not much light, as though the heat pressed all the colour out.  The heavy clouds lingering in the west depleted colour, asphyxiated brilliance, but the clouds were fascinating in their chaotic patterns.

First – a  fellow sunset watcher: a singing honey eater on the wires

sunset bird

sunset was filled with colour smeared clouds:

smeared day  exhausted sky

sunset_2  sunset_11

sunset_9  sunset_6

the clouds themselves were wonderful – such shapes and patterns

sunset_3  clouds

sunset_1  sunset_4

The last glow of reddening light was almost smothered in the grey of heavy cloud, somehow intensifying the sense of thick heat, trapped by oncoming night:

an uneven broken glaze  sunset_8

the colours suggest malevolence:

sunset_7_to the east      sunset_10

heavy heat  malevolence

some colour sullen and heavy

From a distance there is empty sky above the horizon, but the heat remains

sunset_13

I hope you enjoyed these photos 🙂

Out of MtLawleyShire: Early morning in the city

Monday morning, Jan 7.  Up very early – it was too hot to sleep anyway – and just as I stepped out to catch the bu? Thunder & rain.  The thunder went, the rain didn’t.  It was already over 30 degrees and raining.  It wasn’t cool in the slightest.  It was like being in the tropics!  Much as I love rain, this was a little disappointing – no photos of the flowers in the city orchard this morning!  Would I be able to take any photos at all?

When I stepped out of the air-conditioned bus in the centre of the city, it was like stepping into a hot, dripping wet blanket.  YUCK!

But – there were photos to be taken.

These tall buildings on the corner of William & Hay streets leaned together under the heavy skies like conspirators, and their customary proud gleam is dulled in the heavy light of rainy early morning

conspirators  soaring into heat and rain

I risked getting wet – & worse, my new camera getting wet – to get this shot:

gloom

As I walked down Hay Street Mall, I noticed things I’d never noticed before.  Many, because of the rain, I couldn’t photograph, but these 2 I could: an artfully painted wall at the entrance to an otherwise dingy alley, and a detail on the wall of Piccadilly Arcade.

painted wall  picadillu arcade

The view down to the end of William Street – which has lost its beauty because of the unpopular work to remove open space from the river front and add more corporate high-rise – is silenced by rain and filled with reflections on the road rather than the buildings.

towards the end of William Street

I found a cafe that was open (my normal cafe is closed until the end of January) in Hay Street Mall.  I tried to capture the wet reflections and the rain.  The green of the leaves is intensified – washed free of the fust over the last weeks of very hot days.

gleaming Hay St mall  falling rain

& as I took photos of corners saw something I hadn’t noticed before: a remnant of older architecture:

interription to sharp corners  a little grace

looking east up Hay Street is all quiet reflecting roads and grey skies and looking down Barrack Street to the river and the ‘Bell Tower’ is just greyness, except for the washed green of leaves.

wet  in the rain

Then it was time to head for the college.  I played some: a reflection in a shop window: mask over the building across the road.  It didn’t really work as the building is too blurred, but it intrigued me nonetheless.

 

 

reflection or ghost

& this building, normally so stark and white against the sky, is as grey as the sky, it lines not as stark.

even white is grey

It was a strange morning, so hot, so humid, and this was Monday.  I am posting on Wednesday, and it only began to cool down last night.  We are in for a horrendous summer.  As I drove past Hyde Park yesterday afternoon, I saw that one of the ponds is almost completely empty of water.

Global warming is going to have the most heartbreaking effects.