MtLawleyShire on an outing to the city

On a hot day, I met friends in the city.  As I waited outside the entrance to teh underground train station, I was intrigued by the reflections and shapes around me.

Taller buildings reflected in the round front of the modern styles around the entrance:

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reflections and touches of colour:

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across the road, blocky and odd shapes against a sky of cloud and light:

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inside the modern building: yellow lighting:

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contrasts on the exterior:

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inside, where we had lunch – more of that lighting and a wall of bottles:

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and a ceiling of colour:

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This is looking up through all the hanging pieces to the glass ceiling and the shadowy shapes of the buildings soaring up into the sky beyond:

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Outside again.  City laneways:

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Another laneway:

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a conjunction of city architectural styles, the first being intriguing light:

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Slices of city:

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a touch of art deco:

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grace and plane tree leaves:

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that graceful building from different angles, with all the different skyscrapers behind:

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& a black and white of that lovely old building:

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blocks on top of the imperialistic post office building:

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It was a fun day where consumerism was indulged in – to great and long-lasting effect 🙂

Sonel’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Textures

THis was a difficult challenge and I’m not sure I’ve done all that well. I might try again later as I’m sure there are some I could’ve included but haven’t.

http:/sonelcorner.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/black-and-white-weekly-photo-challenge-textures

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The texture of the underneath of a mushroom:

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The texture of pattern made by flowers:

a Banksia

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the centre of a daisy:

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A rose petal:

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The texture of bricks in a fence – or is it the texture of play? Charlie the cat lurks in the gaps, waiting

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This really is the texture of bricks on a pavement outside a cafe in Beaufort Street, there’s the texture of teh individual bricks and the texture they make of pavement:

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The texture of light and shadow on trees:

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The texture of light and shadow of a tree against the sky:

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The texture of buildings against a clouded sky, or is it the texture of Perth – all soaring buildings as it strives to make itself feel important?

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The texture of delicate light and dark and patterns made  from a close-cropped pic of a bird’s feathers:

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The texture of light on water:

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The texture of light and dark with light on water and in reflections:

 

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the texture created on the sandy bottom of the Swan River made from water movements, and the delicate tracery of leaves and other dragged objects:

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Then, there is the texture of friendship, but that would blow this post out to infinity, so I will stick to this one photo:

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I hope you enjoyed them 🙂

 

 

 

MtLawleyShire sunshine while it lasts

Of course I love winter, but the sunshine this weekend has been a boon in regards to catching honey eaters in the flame trees (& getting the washing dry) although my eyes didn’t help – many a photo on today’s little walk was out of focus.  But not all.

A red wattle bird and a singing honey eater – the only honey eater I managed to catch this afternoon.

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striped in shadow:

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2 wattle birds in the one frame (one photo more successful than the other):

 

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In the east, clouds were building along with a thick warm wind:

 

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The difference in the sky was notable, but the light on the flame tree flowers was lovely:

 

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As I walked down the street, I took some photos of a bottlebrush bush – it is made of all the spent flower spaces.  They probably have a technical term, but I don’t 🙂  They add a fascinating personality to the tree and wonderful patterns against emptiness.  I will try photographing them again when I have my new glasses.  Focusing was difficult here.

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To trees – a pied lovely on the corner of William Street and a tall tree in the ground of an apartment block.  Not the prettiest photo, but it is a lovely tree:

 

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Down a lane, another flame tree, but it was too windy to try catching teh flighty singing honey eaters who were everywhere, teasing me 🙂

 

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Over a high brick fence, I saw a bud bigger than my hand and the flower.  The photos don’t really give you an idea of the size, but it’s very large!

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Two galahs in bright sunlight, grazing on a street verge:

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Brilliant colour in a garden in heavy shadow:

 

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Sweet peas that were teh only grace in a new house for which they tore down something old and graceful with a garden & trees and erected a grey and white box that they will have to make livable with air-conditioning.

 

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The almond tree blossom: this photo was too dark so I made it darker 🙂

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Pink & white beauty in one photo and a snatched glimpse of a honey eater at dusk in the other – they do love the almond tree:

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Some black and whites:

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Then it was suddenly sunset:

 

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But the aftermath were the best of it, I think:

 

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I go for my eye test tomorrow.  I am looking forward to being able to focus when I am trying to take photos!  And to the rain (‘heavy at times’ say the forecasters) that will last a whole working week.  So, there won’t be many photos, which with my eyes, is probably a good thing 🙂

& as I get ready to publish this, the wind is howling outside my windows, making the night restless…

 

MtLawleyshire playing with leaves, light and colour

And, apart from playing with light and colour, I should add – a problem.  I know the solution, but it’ll take time and quite a bit of money.  No, not a camera – glasses!

I was told last year that I needed glasses & fairly urgently, and promptly forgot.  But then – I got my zoom lens and – oh dear.  I got such terrible eye strain that I couldn’t focus the camera properly and even when I switched to my little point and shoot, it remained.  So a few scant photos of honey eaters in the flame tree from yesterday.  At least it makes sense of the strange headaches I’ve had over the last week.  Sigh.

This wattle bird was the only decent photo I got – & as you can see, am still learning apertures and so on.  But at least you can see the bird with his glorious yellow underneath.

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These two of a singing honeyeater came out OK

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and this:

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This one surprised me when I downloaded the photos.

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But the flowers drenched in sunlight came out OK.

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The rest are black and whites – all the photos that sort of failed but I think they are redeemed with the black and white:

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This one has come cloud darkness which kinda works.

 

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The one with the flying wattle bird works better in black and white than it did in colour!  And the one next to it is the same – there is a honey eater sipping nectar that didn’t come out well in colour (though I think it needs a wee bit more light):

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I experimented with flowers

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And Jacaranda tree:

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and finally – clouds:

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Two photos of the same cloud, but I wanted detail of that lower raggedy edge:

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Finally, some portraits of the lovely Fat one:

wanting lemon grass – not the camera!

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more content in her favourite chair:

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a series of portraits in her favourite chair:

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She puts up with the camera in her face 🙂

 

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& sometimes, there is an affectionate glance:

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Next week, I’m finding an optomertrist & then – new glasses instead of the readers I’ve been using for years and years….

 

 

 

MtLawleyShire playing in Black and White

Yes, I’ve been at it again.  The flame trees have such wonderful arrangements and in black and white, there is no distraction of colour.  Just the structure of branches and flowers – & sometimes birds in striking designs against featureless white:

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But today, I also took other shots that I thought I would play with.

A Jacaranda tree with light pouring through the feathery foliage:

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A cape lilac bare of all but sunlight and stark shadows and last summer’s berries:

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and a Grevillea flower:

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I am enjoying this play – though I really should be writing…

 

Bare Branches in and out of MtLawleyShire

 

And I should have added in the title that mostly they are more black and whites.  The days have been so dull and gloomy with cloud if not actual rain – it is very difficult to get enough light for photos & those I do get?  They are marred with the graininess that I often get in low light.  So I have turned them to black and whites.  I am definitely going to do something with these.

MtLawleyShire’s Flame trees.  Both the flowers & the branches look wonderful in black and white, becoming studies in the complexity of line and shade, the flowers’ balance of gentle grey – in total contrast with their startling and beautiful scarlet which throws even the sky into shade – but in black and white, they assume a different personality:

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A flame tree in another street – it is not flowering yet, though it is covered in buds.  This looks wonderfully storm-tossed (& it was just after some wild weather)

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These are taken in West Perth tonight.

It is from teh tree that had the lovely coloured leaves and branches that I shot against a cream wall.  All the leaves are gone now, leaving the branches and twigs bare, like haikus of themselves.  They are shot against a heavy sky (it did nothing, just frowned down upon the afternoon and apparently cleared in time for sunset, but I was working so didn’t get to see anything but a brief hint of aftermath):

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And these are turned to black and white:

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A street tree in street lights:

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and a detail rendered into white against the black of night.

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I hope you are enjoying my experimentations.

🙂

Quick shots of MtLawleyShire’s flame trees

It was a stormy morning and an afternoon of intermittent wind and grey and sun.  There was no sunset, and no moon.   But there was some sun, so despite teh wind, I went out to see if I could get any shots of the birds in the flame trees.  I hope I’m not boring you with these, but it only happens for a couple of months of the year, and only when teh weather is OK.  I don’t know if there will be flame trees at my new address, wherever that will be….

There were mostly singing honey eaters there today, all thrusting their heads into the flowers to get at the nectar:

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Some are quite acrobatic:

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these two, while not all that clear, intrigue me – something about the ‘design’ of the flowers and twigs:

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& this one:

 

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& this one – upside down and shot in a moment of sunlit stillness:

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& here are some flowers – they are so striking

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But, given the weather, there were many that just weren’t right, so I played, although some of those above made for black and white fun too:

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I am missing my sunsets and a chance to go and play with the ‘big’ camera with the new lens.  Maybe tomorrow…

& I really do hope you’re not getting bored…