Christmas Eve in MtLawleyShire

It was Christmas Eve.

More than that. it was goodbye to my little camera.  It had developed a problem in its sensor and was no longer very good with sunsets or images in other than bright light.

I took it on my walks that day and photographed petunias in my cousin’s garden

crumpled petals

White Grevillea and wattle flowering over someone’s fence

white grevillia  pretty in the wind

a rose and more wattle

against the sky wattle

Grevillea flowering in the corner outside someone’s garden wall

two grevillia  Grevillia

and the red flowering gum, flowering like a Christmas tree

flowering tree on Walcott St close up of flowering tree

Sunset from my friend’s front garden: the creeping red an indication of the beginning of the heatwave due to start on Christmas Day

gold into dark  through trees

heat beyond the trees       threat of heat tomorrow

and on the way home: the glow behind the city and from outside my house

glow behind the city  dusk on Christmas Eve

then into my courtyard:

Christmas courtyard_4  Christmas courtyard_2

It feels like stepping *inside* a Christmas tree 🙂

Christmas courtyard_3  christmas courtyard_1

And this – the most special photo of them all: the moon on Christmas Eve and the last photo from my little camera.

Goodbye little Powershot sx120.  You taught me a lot.

Christmas Eve moon

I am sorry I have been so quiet.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas filled with light, laughter and joy.

Keira 🙂

Apologies, birds and flame trees- Mt Lawleyshire and Matilda Bay



My dears – I want to apologize for my absence – & after this, I will be absent again for a while.  I will look through all your blogs.  I know there are wonderful things just waiting for me in your posts, but right now – oh my God I am soooooo busy!

So, as a way of apology – Flame trees, flowers, the moon & birds.  I don’t know if it’s a native or not – I suspect the latter, but it certainly brightness up the streets.

The Flame tree is one of those trees of beauty and ugliness – depending on the time of year.  Right now – its beauty, before the big ugly leaves come and while it’s full of flowers – & birds!

It’s difficult to get a photo of the street & its flame trees but maybe these give you an idea.  They’re quite large trees and the scarlet en masse is striking.


This is against the pastel shades of the eastern evening sky

and this against the glow of sunset.


Next a few shots of the flowers themselves.  Most of these were taken around or just before sunset, and the flowers really soak up that particular glow





The following were taken earlier in the day – both fine and cloudy:



There is also a flame tree outside the Matilda Bay tearooms, and on this particular day, it was raining and cloudy – a wonderful backdrop to the delicacy of flame tree flowers and branch ends:

Then there is the flame tree and the moon:





Finally – flame tree flowers and birds.

Birds love the flowers.  They must be packed full of nectar!

First – Port Lincoln parrots – colourful noisy little ferals from South Australia:


New Holland honeyeater – these were taken at Matilda Bay on a day when it wasn’t raining:






And from the tree around the corner from my house – singing honeyeaters.  Very difficult to catch, these little guys – the flit and sing and happily taunt me as I try to take photos 😀




The flowers are fading and falling now, the roads covered in crushed scarlet curves and soon the large ugly leaves will come out.  They do give shade, but conceal the astonishing beauty of these trees.

I hope you have enjoyed my apology.



Studying in MtLawleyShire

Dear fellow photo bloggers, traveller, writers of warmth and poetry,

I am taking a break for a little while, to concentrate on my PhD – which needs to be done!

I will not stop taking photos, but it takes so long to prepare & post, and I will not have the time to respond to all of your posts either, much as this pains me.

So if you do not hear from me for a while, I am not gone & you are not forgotten – so please don’t forget me.  I will post every now & then 🙂

And this morning, I took more photos of the ugly succulent with the lovely pink flowers that heralds winter – & it has been cold!  It is warming up again, but not last night, the night before – we had the coldest May night in 98 years!

I love the cold nights.  Sadly, this week, the night temperatures are going back up above 10 again, but I am hoping for more cold….





Keira xx

Trees: out of the ‘shire and back again

Today I went into the city & while I was there, took the opportunity to – you guessed it – take photos of trees 🙂  In fact, as I drove there & back, passed so many amazing trees that I know I either have long walks ahead of me, or driving with detours.

These trees were on Adelaide Terrace, at the eastern edge of the Central Business District. From the side streets that go down to the river, you can look towards South Perth, on the other side of the river:

But outside the hotel where I met friends, there were trees.  The light and angles were difficult, so some photos were easier than others.  I also had to contend with traffic and the general untidiness of a major street in the city on a public holiday.

There were Morten Bay figs and young eucalypts – I don’t know which type, but they grow wonderfully straight.

These are Morten Bay figs:


These are the young eucalypts:



Some grow as straight as telephone poles.


Then it was home time and sunset.  As I walked up William Street to my favourite vantage points, I noticed flowers:



Then I noticed the light on the trees, the way it picked out branches, coating them in a reddish gold:



Then the sunset, but with the wide clear sky, it was more glow than anything else:


It the northern, southern and eastern skies, the colours of sunset ricocheted through clouds:


But the real glory of the night was this:

The Good Friday Moon:



Later, when all colours had fled and the night was truly dark, the shadows outside my gate were sharply incised against concrete paving silvered by the brilliance of the moonlight.

I don’t have a photo of that.  You will have to imagine it.

So, I had a busy day and now I must go to bed.  An even busier one tomorrow…