2017 Potential Bee Calendar – & ladybirds and butterflies

Bees on flowers – all sorts of flowers (& bees) – and lady birds and butterflies.

There were hundreds (literally) of photos to choose from. This is a small selection.  I will probably look at others as well.

Bees on lavender:

bee  bee_1-14

bee_1-22  bee_2-14


bees on native flowers:

bee_1-9  bee_1-10

bee_1-13  bee_2-9

bee_2-15  bees_lily_3

bee_2-8  bee_2-10

bees on native blossom:

bee_1-21  bee_1-24

bee_1  bees_1

bees on garden flowers:

bee_1-16  bee_2-16

bee_15  bee_24

bees on feral flowers:

bee_1-18  bee_1-23

butterfly and ladybirds


labird_1  lbird_1

2016 Wildflower Calendar – Long List

This is the ‘long list’ for a potential 2017 Wildflower Calendar.  They are pictures from suburban Perth, in conservation areas, parks and verge gardens.  They are all native wildflowers and I am going to have a hard time choosing!


I have no doubt forgotten some, but it is primarily from these I will choose 12 – or 14 (counting the cover).  aren’t I going to have fun!

Blue Devil:

wildflower_3  wildflower_7


wildflower_1  wildflower_19

wildflower_26  wildflower_24

wildflower_25  wildflower_10

wildflower_51  wildflower_58


wildflower_2  wildflower_21


wildflower_32  wildflower_54


wildflower_6  wildflower_33


wildflower_12  wildflower_39


Fringe Lily:

wildflower_15  wildflower_49


wildflower_4  wildflower_5

wildflower_9 wildflower_17

wildflower_28  wildflower_29

wildflower_14  wildflower_41

wildflower_38  wildflower_36

wildflower_13  wildflower_40

wildflower_37  wildflower_47

wildflower_27  wildflower_30

wildflower_43  wildflower_57

Great Big Blossoms:

wildflower_11  wildflower_16

wildflower_23  kpark_63


wildflower_22  kpark_54


Bottlebrush types:

wildflower_18  wildflower_46

wildflower_53  wildflower_56

Native daisies:



wildflower_34  wildflower_42


wildflower_35  wildflower_50


wildflower_48  kpark_75

wildflower_59  wildflower_55


wildflower_45  kpark_8


Mtlawleyshire’s 2016 calendars: 1: Wildflowers

These are photos from which I will choose those to go into the 2016 Wildflowers Calendar.  There are too many photos (soooo many!  I *do* like photographing flowers) for one calendar, but it is merely to present what will likely be included rather that what definitely will be.

Bottlebrush types:

2016_Calendar_wildflowers_1  2016_calendar_wildflowers_9

2016_calendar_wildflowers_21  2016_calendar_wildflowers_29

2016_calendar_wildflowers_47  2016_calendar_wildflowers_54



2016_calendar_wildflowers_2  2016_calendar_wildflowers_5

2016_calendar_wildflowers_7  2016_calendar_wildflowers_10

2016_calendar_wildflowers_14  2016_calendar_wildflowers_22

2016_calendar_wildflowers_23  2016_calendar_wildflowers_42

2016_calendar_wildflowers_28  2016_calendar_wildflowers_51

2016_calendar_wildflowers_53  2016_calendar_wildflowers_50


paper daisies:

2016_calendar_wildflowers_6  2016_calendar_wildflowers_8



2016_calendar_wildflowers_3  2016_calendar_wildflowers_4

2016_calendar_wildflowers_15  2016_calendar_wildflowers_55

2016_calendar_wildflowers_26  2016_calendar_wildflowers_12

blue leschenaultia:

2016_calendar_wildflowers_11  2016_calendar_wildflowers_19


pea flowers:

2016_calendar_wildflowers_13  2016_calendar_wildflowers_32

2016_calendar_wildflowers_33  2016_calendar_wildflowers_44

myrtle types (fluffballs):

2016_calendar_wildflowers_16  2016_calendar_wildflowers_48

2016_calendar_wildflowers_52  2016_calendar_wildflowers_35


2016_calendar_wildflowers_25 2016_calendar_wildflowers_46

2016_calendar_wildflowers_37  2016_calendar_wildflowers_58

2016_calendar_wildflowers_20  2016_calendar_wildflowers_43



others (don’t know their names or types) – & some may be cultivars or not native:

2016_calendar_wildflowers_24  2016_calendar_wildflowers_41

2016_calendar_wildflowers_17  2016_calenday_wildflowers_18

2016_calendar_wildflowers_31  2016_calendar_wildflowers_39


2016_calendar_wildflowers_40  2016_calendar_wildflowers_36

& kangaroo paws – cultivars but lovely

2016_calendar_wildflowers_56  2016_calendar_wildflowers_57


If you wish to order a Wildflowers Calendar, let me know.


MtLawleyShire sunset – the eastern skies

The eastern skies were amazing with these incredible clouds breaking over the empty skies like an ocean of subdued fire:

east_14  east_1

east_2  east_15

and this – pillars of colour holding back the oncoming night:

east_3  east_4

east_5  east_11

east_9 east_10

a view south-west, half sunset, half not:


but it finally also succumbed to night with grace and beauty

east_13  east_6

MtLawleyShire Calendars 2014: out of Mt LaweyShire – Matilda Bay (Landscape)

This is an experiment. I am actually doing them because my younger brother in England loves Matilda Bay, but it occurred to me that others might like them too.

So, not MtLawleyShire, but Matilda Bay with river and trees and grass and birds. Shots of Perth City across the river.  And some shots of Autumnal trees 🙂

Again, these are the photos I have chosen, but not all will be in the calendar (there really aren’t that many months in the year), & as I have a trip to Matilda Bay planned on Monday, there might be some more to choose from.  But this should give you an idea.  If you can let me know by next week if you are interested.

This will – I think – be the cover


They are taken over the year, but are not really in ‘seasonal’ order.

2014_matildabay_16  2014_matildabay_13

2014_matildabay_20  2014_matildabay_21

2014_matildabay_8  2014_matildabay_6




2014_matildabay_26  2014_matildabay_22

2014_matildabay_25   2014_matildabay_30

2014_matildabay_37  2014_matildabay_39


Trees in and around MtLawleyShire

I haven’t been to Hyde Park since they mutilated all the plane trees – I can’t bear the thought of knowing it’s spring and not being able to see the buds coming on the brnaches, or see the gracious gorgeous sweep of new green leaves almost down to the ground.

I might go down in a month or so, but it will be to see the wildflowers.  I won’t go to the sadness of the ponds.

But, despite a lack of time & my eyes, I have been photgraphing trees

The sheoaks are in flower – this is one on the edge of MtLawleyShire.  I must photograph the ones outside the post office.  They are looking glorious at the moment.


This tall young thing is on the edge of a carpark – & can’t you just tell our summer is just around the corner but the blue of that sky.


details of wonderful branches in a park on teh edg of MtLawleyShire:

trees_5  trees_3

Branches from the same place, and in the second, a wattle bird in silhouette:

trees_4  trees_1

A view of all the trees in this park, which is on the intersection of two major arterial roads:


a close-up of bark:


A strangely bent peppermint tree at Matilda Bay:

matilda bay_3

on the edge of the Swan River & over the road in the University of Western Australiua’ carpark:

matilda bay_1  matilda bay_2

not a huge post, but I know there is at least one who will appreciate them 🙂

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:

black and white_1  black and white_3


black and white_2  black and white_4

black and white_8  black and white_9

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

A Jacaranda tree with light pouring through the feathery foliage:

black and white_6

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

black and white_7

and a Grevillea flower:

black and white_5

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


Last Month’s Moon in MtLawleyShire – the Super Moon

This is very late – I completely forgot about it.  The so-called ‘super moon’ in June.

In Perth, it was a wild rainy day with wonderful clouds at sunset, but even before that, I met a friend for coffee in the city, the clouds were building:

cloud_2  cloud_3

cloud_4  perth_1

perth_4  perth_6

perth_5  perth_7

and a rainbow:


Then it was back in MtLawleyShire and late afternoon:

cloud_1  cloud_5

cloud_7  cloud_6

cloud_9  cloud_8


Then it was sunset time:

cloud_12  sunset_6

clouds_2  sunset_3

The glow through the clouds was intensely ethereal

sunset_2  sunset_4

cloud_11  sunset_8

sunset_5  sunset_7


I then crossed the road to be in place for the moon, and when I looked back west:

clouds_1  cloud_13

But would the sky clear in time for the moon rise?

In short – no.

The clouds continued to be amazing – here is an apparition (one dark, one lighter) briefly in the night sky:

clouds_3  apparition_lighter

Finally, thorugh the clouds – the moon, although it was well past risen:

in cloud_3  in cloud_2

in cloud_1

almost clear:

almost clear

& in the clear night sky:

tonight's full moon



So sorry I didn’t post this earlier.  I hope you enjoyed it 🙂