MtLawleyShire witnesses Sunset at the Beach

It’s a rare thing to venture so far from my environs at sunset time in the middle of the week – and to the edge of teh world?  The beach?  Well, the occasion was lovely and the opportunity not to be missed.  But a sunset out of MtLawleyShire!  An ‘un-urban’ sunset!  How would I cope? 😀

The afternoon moon smiled down as we made our way to one of Perth’s most loved beaches: Cottesloe.


After drinks and chat, it was time for sunset.  Elsewhere in the city, further south, there were storms.  They hadn’t happened here yet and I was sure sunset would be naught but glare.  How wrong I was.  There is something sublime watching the sun set, unhindered by the silhouettes or an urban environment, though even here, human-made silhouettes are present: the ships in Gage Roads, waiting to get into Fremantle Harbour.  And I loved the light play of cloud strips:

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These are a little out of sequence, but I loved using the Norfolk pines that grace the suburban beaches:

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The moon was gilded by the golden light spilling across the ocean


And the sun sank towards someone else’s dawn:

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I caught a seagull 🙂


And as the sun is pulled further below the horizon, the red glow of its farewell spreads:


In the darkening sky, the moon comes into her own:

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But all the drama is far to the west:

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Almost fully dark and the moon takes on the uncompromising white and black – no shades of grey or gold:


But the western sky flames:

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In the eastern skies, there is the serenity of uncomplicated white in black:


and in the west, finally, the light softens and calms with the last shades of farewell from day:


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A last view from a hotel window:

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and there is nothing left in the night but the quite beautiful moon:


I hope you enjoyed my excursion to the edge of the world 🙂


storm and rain in MtLawleyShire

After 61 days, Perth finally received rain.  And thunder.  And lightning.

Sadly, my experiments in photographing lightning were a dark failure (as in there was nothing recorded on the memory card by the darkness of the pre-dawn), but I caught the clouds that had been building and building and building in the morning and the afternoon:

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Great, blindingly white thunderheads:


and no amount of praying made them halt their slide southwards:

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We sweltered through a day that reached 40, and the night was awful – it didn’t go below mid twenties, exacerbated by very high humidity.

At 5.00 in the morning I was woken by a tremendous clap of thunder.  And it rained.  I went out, with camera, though nothing resulted, but I enjoyed the rain.  I opened all the doors and windows and went back to bed.  I apparently slept through the next storm, but when I got up and let out her Fat little Self as well, the world was delightfully wet and cool smelling.

And there was proof of rain on a tiny, tiny rose:


then there was another storm and poor Fattee Cattee was nowhere to be seen.  It poured briefly.  I got deliciously wet and cold, and laughed in the face of lightning and thunder.  Later, the garden all refreshed, there were flowers and raindrops.  The little rose again, be-gemmed:

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raindrops on a magnolia leaf and a blade of lemon grass:

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On branches and a leaf of jasmine:

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and this one – a rain drop hanging from a withered shoot of a spider plant:


Then the sun came out, the temperature soared and it was dreadfully hot.  All the water evaporated, the raindrops vanished and the little rose curled and withered.

But someone else reappeared and curled on the cool bricks in the courtyard, full of purrs:

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Later, on my way to work in the mid afternoon, I saw the last of the clouds sliding away to the south as I waited in the traffic on the freeway:

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And now, there are only chances of thunderstorms and it remains very hot and humid.

I long for rain, for storms, for Autumn


Awesome sunset over MtLawleyShire. Saturday Jan 24. #4: the ending

and this is the ending of it – glorious colour.  Sunset did not go gently into any good night.  It flamed and stormed even as it darkened.


Darker reds and crimsons, purples and greys and that great cloud had returned to grey, bringing night closer

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The grey of early afternoon clouds began to return, making a glorious contrast with the still flaming colours:

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a contrast more powerful from a distance


The intricate architecture remained

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but the colours began to alter the sense of apocalypse, the structure was lost within purples and blues

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Red tones remained near the horizon


but the battle was lost – lost in beauty, in tones of dying flame

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and so it faded


& there I ran out of battery!  😀

but what a sunset!

I hope you enjoyed it and get some idea of the majesty of the clouds exploding into splendour.



Awesome sunset over MtLawleyShire. Saturday Jan 24. #3: The Sunset

The clouds were just – the colours, the luminous air! Nothing does justice to what I saw this evening.

For one brief moment, there was a stillness behind the old house


but above –


I tried to get in all the sky but it was impossible

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That great cloud had lost all its grey and bollowed as gold as a sandstorm in a mythical Sahara

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the architecture of the cloud

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In this sequence, I try to show the all devouring aspect of those clouds, their apocalyptic facade

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and yet, almost imperciptibly, it begins to fade

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It loses nothing of its power as darkening sky creeps into the empty spaces s it still takes colour from the gold lining the horizon

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and from a greater distance, the golds and oranges, the vivid power of it were being subsumed by the darker tones of oncoming night



Next – the ending



Awesome sunset over MtLawleyShire. Sat Jan 24. #2: the beginnings

Sunset proper began with brilliance and swirling cloud:

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then momentary glare drowned out details as the sun blazed forth

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but it was short-lived, declining it gilded the clouds, their edges turnings gold against a shadowed rose

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There was a sweetness to that glory.


But that was not the end of it.  From the north came a large cloud, and others smeared the brilliance into spun gold

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and intense glory


then, returning to another vantage, I noticed something was happening with all the clouds


And something interesting was happening with the washed rose and gold

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that great grey cloud from the north-west dipped into the gold of the flaming horizon:

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Even from a distance, there was something intense about the concentrating of colour and cloud shapes:


Closer, it was nothing that gave rise to any expectation

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but that great lowering smear of cloud began to assume more significance

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Then the clouds began to explode:


Next: the sunset through the exploding clouds


Awesome sunset over MtLawleyShire. Saturday 24 Jan. #1: Clouds

On Saturday, 24 January, 2015, there was an amazing sunset.  It was so amazing that I have split the post into 4 to cover all the photos.  There were so many and it was so beautiful!  So powerful.  In coming posts, the clouds become apocalyptic and the architecture revealed by the light is amazing.

I hope you stick with me through these four posts.

It started with lots of cloud swirling and gathering into light towards the western horizon.

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as they gathered, the sky began ‘having an expression’ :

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it reminded me of a certain person –

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OK, her pose is not the same, but can you see the resemblance?  😀

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streaks and layers behind the city to the south-west


puffs of cloud from the east becoming luminous in the deepening sky:


and in the south-east, picking up colours:


that certain person was unfazed by the building tension (these are actually taken earlier in the day in my courtyard)

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The next sequence of cloud photos are out of sequence, but the following posts are already big.  These are clouds in the east, south-east & north-east/north-west in sunset mode:

Smooth and wind-swept towards the south-east:


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streaming towards the pebbly edges of sunset towards the north-east & north-west:

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fading into oncoming night in the east:

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I hope this has whetted your appetite – coming next, the building into sunset proper






MtLawleyShire’s Fattee Cattee

very early morning in MtLawleyShire, the morning of a hot day – the first in a long run of them.

I didn’t go to bed, in an effort to get my circadian rhythms back in order, I stayed up all night – & deliciously cool it was too.  I was able to leave doors and windows open all night and morning – though it is getting time to close them.

But it meant Fattee Cattee and I were outside early and she was contemplating things and wanting cuddles:

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She got the cuddles, and then I wanted more photos, so she looked everywhere but at me 😀 :

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Then she decided she wanted to get down and looks pensive and philosophical:

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and all because I saw this – a rose no bigger than my thumbnail on my beleaguered little rose-bush.  As it’s going to be very hot today and until at least the end of the week, I have now cut the rose and brought it inside.  It would be withered before midday.


I hope you have enjoyed morning with the Fattee Cattee

Moon over MtLawleyShire

Clear skies, hot weather coming – perfect for moon shots:

the afternoon moon, pale in the bright empty sky


then as the sun sank below the trees and houses, the sky lost the brilliance:

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Sunset was mostly glare but left a lovely glow:

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and in the moon’s side of the sky, she began to shine:

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the glow faded, pulled down to become someone else’s dawn:


the sky darkened further:

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the fading glow and serenity in the east as light leaves the sky

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so, finally, in her proper dark, tonight’s beautiful moon.



Bees in flowers in MtLawleyShire

There were many, many bees around the Grevillea and the coral gum blossom.  I am allergic to bees, but I still love them.  So I leaned in.

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The coral gum blossom was literally buzzing:

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a strange little post 🙂

Next – young moon over MtLawleyShire

MtLawleyShire and a Sunday afternoon walk

I have a sunset to post, from last night, but it is going to take a while because it was spectacular.  Today, the sunset was merely glare in a featureless summer sky, but before that, there were flowers, bees, trees and birds


In sumptuous shadow and flowing light – hibiscus

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the outrageous and glowing colour of bougeanvillea:


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catching the light in the wind:


I walked past a beautiful rose garden:

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a tiny, richly glowing geranium outside a picket fence:



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the flowers of a tallow tree:


Coral gum blossom – one with bee 🙂

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a raven in a carpark, calling out to his mob:


Favourite trees:

the piebald one on the corner two blocks up


The lemon-scented gum:

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and a tall tree down near Beaufort Street:


a tree of a different kind – & can you see the moon in the wide empty sky?

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then it was time to go home –

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Next – bees and blossoms.

Then, young moon and sunset.

I hope you enjoyed this post 🙂