A little walk in MtLawleyShire – flowers, trees, sunset and moonrise

Another little walk (to get cat biscuits and bread) & in the hot windy late afternoon – so much beauty which was unexpected.  I had thought most roses would be scorched by the sun & I didn’t expect all the trees with blossom!

Roses – sweet things amongst sun-scorched ruins of older blooms:

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pretty pink ones:

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Ones like vanilla ice cream with raspberry topping (as a friend described it) and lovely yellow:

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gloriously sun-kissed :

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and rich, beautiful red:

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Grevillea:

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Frangipani:

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native eucalypt blossom:

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Trees:

this is a pigeon-berry bush – yes, bush.  This particular specimen is over 100 years old and has been saved by people who have also saved a lovely old heritage listed place, turning it into a family hoe complete with 2 dogs & a gorgeous garden.  The strange shape is apparently quite strong, though it has lost some branches.

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My lovely friend, the lemon-scented gum:

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A tree in someone’s backyard now visible because three old houses on William Street were demolished – there will probably be boxy ugly flats with no gardens at all erected.  I am glad to see this tree and even gladder it is safe in someone else’s backyard:

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Peppermint tree & ancient eucalypt – the one with the soft fluffy yellow blossoms (those I always associate with May Gibbs Snugglepot and Cuddlepie)

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Tall trees growing straight on a street verge:

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Jacaranda in sunlight and pied beauty on the corner of William Street:

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Sheoak leaves against the sky:

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Sunset: quiet with wind calligraphy written in a light pen:

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the clouds low on the horizon looked like a wave of flames – presaging the heat gone & to come the next day:

 

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And then, the moon:

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full moon and golden

Finally, last glow of light in the sky

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yes – it was a busy little afternoon walk 🙂  I hope that this has not been too many photos…

Out of MtLawleyshire – Trees at Murdoch University & Matilda Bay

I have had a busy week and while there have been no sunset photos for the end of the week, there have been lots of trees.

It is Festival season in Perth, and within the Perth festival is the Writer’s Festival – & I am a writer, of sorts.  This year, I actually attended an event at the University fo Western Australia, but before that, I was invited to attend a Q&A with China Mieville at Murdoch University in the southern suburbs.  It was an excellent talk.  He’s a very articulate engaging character, which is to be expected from his books (my favourite is The City & The City).  But, though he would probably raise his eyebrows at this, it was also a chance to look at trees.

Murdoch University has wonderful native grounds, filled with mostly natives.  But not just trees – flowers:

Grevillea:

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This – so reminiscent of a flame tree flower, but it isn’t.  Glorious red 🙂

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Eucalypt blossom:

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& the nuts they leave behind:

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Water lilies:

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& this

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Grows into this:

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Now the trees. I don’t know what this is, but its brilliant green is striking, and the duller yet graceful shape of a sheoak:

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Wonderful tree with almost furry bark:

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Cape Lilac in the outside cafe:

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These are just beautiful from various places around the campus:

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& this is the trunk of a massive tree:

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Finally, two towering trees soaring into the inconstant, uneven sky of a terribly hot day threatening rain and delivering none:

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A plane tree in the city as I made my way home:

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& this?  At the small park in West Perth just down from where I teach – a peppermint tree looking like a jungle unto itself:

peppermint tree jungle

Today, I attended a talk by China Mieville & the wonderful Margaret Atwood.  They played so well off each other, and Margaret Atwood is such a character – so sharp & funny & wonderfully subversive.  I love her writing, have heard her talk often and this was just as wonderful.  China Mieville was a wonderful partner for her.  Of course, with his genre writing, her novels Oyrx & Crake and After the Flood (as well as The Handmaid’s Tale)  were under discussion along with his novels  (& mention of  a book the talk reminded me of that I want to read for the PhD: Hoban’s Riddley Walker).

And although I had no time to wander along the river, everywhere you go around the University of Western Australia and Matilda Bay there are trees:

a Moreton Bay fig dappled in the inconstant sunlight today:

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A scribbly gum and another:

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just trees – a strip of manicured wilderness between roads and car parks, paperbarks and others:

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in the university grounds as I hurried towards the lecture theatre – white trunk amidst intense green:

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& this wonderful tree on the corner of a carpark:

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& then it was time to go in, and after that?  Time to go to work.  No more trees till, maybe tomorrow.

& today, it rained.  A little.  Enough for me to make my students laugh as I ran outside to dance about in it.  In the middle of the city.  Oh dear 🙂  But it was such a relief after a cooler, though intensely humid day, and tonight, I will have to have a light blanket.  Much better than the 40 degree celsius of the two days before!

I hope you enjoyed my trees.  I enjoyed looking at them, and the activities of the two days 🙂

MtLaweyShire sunset – Wednesday 20 February

After so many bland glaring sunsets, one with clouds was a gift – & it was spectacular, changeable and beautiful.

Of course, there was more to the sunset than just sunset.  There were roses in other people’s gardens:

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There were even birds” New Holland Honeyeaters on a wire outlined by a thunderhead in the east, just touched by sunsetty glow

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The sun through the clouds was a glory:

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The clouds themselves a low patchy roof of the heat of the day:

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Light pouring down in gold, rendering distance magical – actually it’s only the next suburb, but it looks so mysterious:

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Somehow the clear sky away from the clouds lost importance:

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Then the colours deepened, turned powerful and almost sullen, heavy:

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before attaining a touch of gold to lift it into beauty:

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the light leaving the sky, concentrating on the massive cloud structures:

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sinking, taking the colours and brilliance with it:

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touches of sunset-coloured virga in the north:

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In the eastern sky, clouds and blue skies:

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In the west as sunset faded, just the grey of clouds touched here and there with sunsetty light:

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till finally, nothing but the charred remains of day,

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of cloud,

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of sunset:

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Finally, the moon, sailing serene above the clouds

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& free of them all later in the evening:

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It was wonderful seeing such a sunset.  I hope the weekend brings more.

🙂

 

An evening walk in MtLawleyShire – and Jupiter!

I went for a walk down to Beaufort Street a couple of days ago, but haven’t had a chance to post – working and so on.  And I am still not used to the settings on my camera – or checking them before I take photos, so these roses are in light too low for crisp detail.

The first of these seems to have light inside it & all I can think of is that it caught the light of the lowering sun.  The 2nd is just a pretty bud.

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& these – the orangey one is overblown, but still beautiful, considering that most roses I saw that evening were scorched by the hot sunny days we’ve had recently.

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A tree loaded with pomegranates – ripe-looking pomegranates.  Maybe I should’ve nicked one or 2!

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Late afternoon light on the branches of a lovely tall gum on William street, and the second photo is of my ‘pied beauty’ friend, also on William Street.  These 2 trees are almost opposite one another.  One is a sort of street tree, the other grows in the grounds surrounding a block of flats.

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On a side road, this tree, spindly and untidy, soars gracefully into forever and light behind a box tree adds mystery & magic:

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The wonderful shapes of the lemon scented gum street trees: they keep them lopped so they don’t entangle the power lines.

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And then – I saw a pair of galahs – they started far apart, but then began to groom each other:

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I finished my shopping and began walking home.  Sunset glow was visible ahead of me, behind the rise:

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At the top of the rise – William Street, the glow was broad:

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To the east, the pastels were beautiful.  The second of these is the same tree that up above has light on its trunk:

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And although there were no clouds, nothing to differentiate the sunset, I had to take photos of that tree:

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& finally – lastly – the moon.

 

It turned out to be  the piece de resistance!

I caught – without knowing what it was – the occultation (or the beginnings of) the moon with Jupiter.  I actually got Jupiter in my little camera!!  OK, very small, unbanded, totally undetailed Jupiter, but it *is* Jupiter!

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🙂

 

A quiet sunset in MtLawleyShire – and the fat fluffy cat

 

It was a very subtle sunset.  A cloudy day with not much more than the scent of precipitation – the forecast showers did not eventuate, and then, by the time sunset arrived, all the clouds were gone.

Very disappointing, though the fattee cattee didn’t seem to mind:

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Then she got impatient for DINNAH!

 

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I went to check silhouettes in the next street: that golden sky.  I almost forgave the lack of clouds.

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I loved the light on this tree:

 

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& walked around the block for a different view of the sky and found intense gold and colour framed in foliage:

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a tree in a garden – slightly caught in the light:

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The wider view showed how slight the sunset was:

empty of all but glare

 

I went back to the first street, passing my girl on the way:

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The silhouette was lovely, the wider view showing a few golden puffs of cloud

 

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There were soft pastels in the south east:

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The sunset disappeared rapidly, leaving subtle shades in the west:

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She is thinking evil thoughts:

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Then – oh!  What was that?  Grrr: noisy neighbours.

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Unimpressed:

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Tonight’s moon:

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& time for dinnah ?

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It was 🙂

Out of MtLawleyShire – an afternoon at Matilda Bay

An afternoon too hot and time poor to wander too far, with the river unstill and sparkling in the endless sunlight.  But it was nice to stop for an hour, have a coffee with a dear friend, before we both went back to our respective work.

There were so many swans!  On the ground in front of me on the path I took towards the tea rooms.  They have very big feet!  The second of these swan photos (it’s the same swan) paused at the foot of something larger:

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A large, graceful paperbark:

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& its flower:

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A plane tree, leaves burnt by the long heatwave, and the same damage can be seen in the leaves of the flame tree outside the tea rooms:

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& this one: I am fascinated by its knobbly trunk and the way its branches have grown:

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A cormorant on a post in the river & later I caught him just coming up from a dive:

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Swans on the river:

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I think this is the River family all grown up:

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& sometimes the ubiquitous gull makes a statement: on the beach & against infinity:

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There were ravens – the 2nd photo is definitely ‘quothing’:

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The city from across the river: that infinite blue sky speaks of the heat:

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Wider views towards the hills, with little bits of wind calligraphy & the long tidal ripples in the river:

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Through the doorway of the tea rooms: it looks so invitingly green

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My favourite cedar: foliage & trunk with a patch of sunlight:

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Foliage:

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& at work, in the small gardens on the corner of 2 busy roads: a bush with tiny white flowers – & a bug!

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Finally, home later at night: the moon:

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Hopefully, there will be a gradual cooling.  & hopefully next time I am there, I will have more time.

No sunset photos tonight, as the sky is clear, but I will be able to shoot the moon 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my little afternoon out before work.

Monday’s sunset over MtLawleyshire

 

All day it was cloud pressing in the heat, but not one drop of rain.

It will be the same tomorrow.

I was impressed with the sunset though:

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A magpie coloured by the amazing light.

 

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A hint of virga in the violently coloured clouds

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looking up William Street – clouds behind the city:

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I wanted more detail of those molten gold clouds

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& the sun appeared, for almost the first time the entire day:

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but it went again

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and the sky turns to gold as the sun sinks below the clouds, leaving them turning to dark & grey, and below the horizon, leaving the hot world to a restless night.

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I will miss tomorrow’s sunset but I have hopes for Wednesday 🙂

Or maybe tomorrow evening will have some thunderheads…