Wild Weekly Photo Challenge #22: Black and White

I’m participating in the onlineadventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Black and White!

At first I thought black & white?  Do I really have photos that would be suitable?

Then I thought – well, my beloved Fattee Cattee is black, & fluffy & rather photogenic:

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& flowers, even roses, minus their glowing colours are then plays of light and shadow, as are creamy magnolia, simple daisies and the fluffy native flowers:

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Finally, minus its colour, a Grevillea flower with raindrops:

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Birds are rather striking: black & white brings out the startling white of the gulls and the power of the raven:

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The straight lines and angularity of city architecture is perfect for black and white:

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& objects (these are Christmas ornaments) are revealed in a manner which both simplifies their presence in a photo and intensifies the interaction of light and shadow:

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Some things are just perfect for black and white: a yacht with a pure white sail on a dull day:

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And trees: their varied shapes and shadows.  These first 2 are paperbark – wild and almost scary.

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They have wonderful flowers:

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Black & white is great for details: a cedar trunk and the trunk of a massive moreton bay fig:

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it’s also wonderful for the amazing shapes of trees: a peppermint tree and – well – I don’t know 🙂

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These are Jacaranda trees in flower in Hyde Park, Perth, WA:

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& the marvellous shapes of, the light and striping shades on, towering conifers:

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I have enjoyed this challenge – probably more than I should have.  I hope I haven’t overdone it!!

I love playing with colour in my photos, but this has been a rewarding & truly a learning experience.  I am looking forward to visiting other entries.

A long way from MtLawleyShire #3: Trees

Trees.  Yes I love trees, and this post is full of them, but they are different trees – all West Australian natives, but I can’t name them all.

These first shorts were taken at the Edith Cowan University campus at Joondalup.  It had rained in the morning, and reasonably heavy showers.  The drops were still clinging to some of the needles of the sheoaks growing outside the library (& otherwise, the trees were very difficult to photograph):

 

This is one large tree growing by the access road – there aren’t many large trees on this part of the campus – it was only built a few years ago and I think many of the trees would’ve been cleared.

These trees were in the park area by the lake where we had out picnic.  We sat on rocks, or walked around actually, and most of the trees were paperbarks, but there were a few others: a young peppermint tree and a pale gum:

 

larger and older:

 

One had a family of skinks – there were more than these 2 but the others were camera-shy 🙂

 

Just the beauty and grace of this – against a sky turning blue as the clouds disappear.

 

This one had flowers out of reach:

Now, the untended bush.  It was mostly paperbarks and Banksia, but due to a fire a few years ago, the Banksia forest was thin, most of the trees (shrubs?) obviously young.

First – paperbarks, though obviously, this is a manicured grove 🙂

 

a clutch of wilderness displaying some of the inherent characteristics of the paperbark – chaos and untidiness being the first two I can think of.  Wonderful shapes and shadows, though.

 

 

They look so old:

 

Then we started walking around, hoping to get down to another part of the lake.  On either side we were surrounded by bush – on one side paperbark tangles:

 

 

 

On the other side of the path was a narrow band of Banksia forest & some had flowers high up against the sky.  It was a jungle of thin spindly trunks and striped shadows.  They all looked like the Banksia prionotes, the same as those at the university campus.  They don’t have the same sculptural appearance of the paperbark, but I could imagine, many thousands of years ago, having to be wary of the striped mainland variety of the Tasmanian tiger.  It would’ve moved like a ghost through these:

 

 

  

 

Occasionally, there were other trees amongst the Banksia, some regenerating after fire:

Two groups of ibis flew over us as we walked:

 

and the path walking back to the car gave a different perspective of the trees:

 

There were quite a few dead trees, from previous bushfires.  This one is marked for removal, but there were many of them.  Many fallen as well.  I suppose they are leaving a lot there as quite a few birds use hollows in old trees for nesting, so the more that can remain, the better.  Although it seems full and lush, the bush fringe around the lake is only a 100 meters deep at most, and the birds are dying out because of habitat loss.

We drove around to the other side of the lake.  The reed beds here were very deep so we couldn’t get near the lake and otherwise, the grounds were manicured into football ovals.  But there were trees:

huge paperbarks:

 

 

and there were other trees as well, massive great things:

 

 

and this – probably one of my favourite photos of the day:

Next post – what kitty had to say when I got home 🙂

A long way from MtLawleyShire #2 The Lake

Lake Joondalup is more of a wetlands than a lake as such, and is certainly not deep.  Barely a metre.  It’s one of a chain of remaining wetlands that once ran down parallel to the coast, and includes Hyde Park which, unlike the others (Lake Monger, Herdsman Lake) was transformed in the 1900’s into an ‘ornamental’ park.  Only the ponds remain there.  Lake Joondalup, like Herdsman lake – & Lake Monger, is a refuge for water birds, and until recently, this lake was dry.  Herdsman Lake, despite being a wildlife refuge, is suffering from too much development.  lake Monger, for the moment, despite being in a heavily built up area, us safe, and has been somewhat landscaped.  Lake Joondalup is the wildest of all of them, though the bush surrounding it is not very deep at all.

I was hoping to see the black cockatoos which a friend told me are here, but saw none.  All we saw were ibis & ducks apart from the 2 heron (there were more) that I managed to photograph.

It’s such a vast space that I really felt the limitations of my little point-and-shoot camera.  It didn’t have enough zoom 😦

The water was incredibly still and the lake is fringed by reed beds which are throughout the space where the water should be.

In areas where there were no reeds, the fringing bush (mostly paperbark from what I could see) were reflected in the water.  the light was weird, changing from cloudy and cool to abruptly sunny & humid and a wee bit unpleasant.

 

 

 

 

After we had a little picnic on the western-ish side of the lake, we walked and then drive around to the eastern side.  From here, a smoke haze from a bushfire further north was visible and we could smell the smoke.

  

 

And here, behind where we had out picnic, a sea of roofs across the waters of the lake:

These are looking north, into the smoke haze.

 

Next post: trees, but I’ll leave that for tomorrow.  I am thinking it is possibly worth returning.  There is a lake in the grounds of the university…

🙂