Far from MtLawleyShire #4: Views of Araluen

The last of the posts of Araluen.  these are photos of views of the park – though it was a dismal (but delightful) day.

I saw many birds: fairy wrens – the boys in their iridescent blue, the girls in their soft browns, New Holland Honey eaters amongst others – & this little fellow: a robin in a wintered tree.  So suited to the European aspect of the gardens.

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The bridge over the pond was closed, so I could only get these photos of the – um – whatever it is.  I love the trees around them.

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From the tearooms – you can see wattle gleaming amongst the sombre greens.  The twisted wood is wisteria – huge and only just starting to bud.  It would look beautiful in full flower.

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did I mention it rained?  The 1st of these photos is my favourite.

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This was my attempt to capture water running through a rocky stream bed.  I need more – much more – practise at taking those photos (fast or slow shutter speed) to catch moving water:

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And this was at the entrance to the gardens 😀  It was too cold to worry about snakes, but should I go there again, before summer, before the flowers fade, then I will bear it in mind.

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One the way home, we decided to try a scenic route and got delightfully lost.  And as we descended the hills, the Swan River coastal plain with all its city was laid out before us, including the eruption of the CBD of Perth with its skyscrapers.  Much hilarity was caused by me trying to get these shots through the windscreen.  Every time I thought I had it, round a curve we’d go, or a tree would obscure the view or she’d go over a bump.  But I got these.  And the last (& best) is proof there was some sun on the day.

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It was a lovely day.

I hope you enjoyed these posts.

Far From MtLawleyShire #3 Trees

Trees.  The Araluen Botanical Garden is surrounded by them.  This is the third of four posts on my expedition to the Gardens.  No tulips this time, but flowers are still visible.  This post is devoted to trees.

Just before you get to the carpark, there is a bare patch because it’s a rose farm, but that’s not visible from the gardens.  Mostly they are native Australian trees with the odd plane tree or European spruce.  Basically, if the branches are bare, it’s not from around here.

And here are 2 examples: ghost-pale against the darker greens – though in the 2nd photo, some of those greens are conifers and it was raining too much t go and check what kind they were:

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the brilliant gold of flowering wattle lifts the subtle greens of the West Australian bush

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in some areas, the fact that it’s a park, not wilderness is visible

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in some areas, it looks like pure wilderness 🙂

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this massive tree on the lawns, with neighbouring ghost gum and the background of ghostly deciduous waiting for spring’s touch:

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and some of the shapes made wonderful silhouettes:

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MtLawleyShire and Matilda Bay trees

Taken over 2 visits – one a cloudy day with soft, uncertain light – typical look for Autumn though the day itself was humid and warm and unpleasant.  And then there was today: bright and brassy and warm but not humid, the loveliest of Autumn weather (though we need rain).

That Autumn is here is written in the plane trees:

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I love teh sculptural attitude of these:

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Banks of Autumn:

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and leaves:

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Today – a couple of weeks later: delicate gold.  I am wondering what will remain next time I go!

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And then there are the other trees:

on the cloudy day, everything was shrouded in that soft light:

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even the mighty Moreton Bay fig was softened and others were enriched by a golden sort of light:

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but today – no such uncertainty, everything written in bold lines of light and shadow:

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this one – tall in trunk and branch:

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I love this tree – it is massive & photos don’t do it justice:

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and these:

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I do love the trees of Matilda Bay.

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

Flowers:

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:

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I walked past a beautiful rose garden:

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a tiny, richly glowing geranium outside a picket fence:

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Grevillea:

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the flowers of a tallow tree:

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Coral gum blossom – one with bee 🙂

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

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Favourite trees:

the piebald one on the corner two blocks up

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The lemon-scented gum:

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and a tall tree down near Beaufort Street:

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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 🙂

 

Out of MtLawleyShire: Matilda Bay & apologies

This will probably be my last post for another little while – so much study, and I am getting there!  And then I will spend happy hours catching up with all your posts.  There are so many I wanted to look at but they come so this and fast!

But this was a visit to Matilda Bay this week – the day after I went to Kings Park and the weather had turned gloomy and colder. There were almost no flowers, just these – a white non-native where last year there had been massed ground covering Grevillea. Very sad to see places fall into neglect.  And the flowers of the cape lilac tree, filling the air with subtle perfume.  These trees are also regarded as ferals, but they are delicate additions to a landscape of leaves.

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There don’t seem to be any cygnets on the Swan River this year, but the family from last year is still here.  I have played with these photos – I might use them as cards.  What do you think?

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I caught a raven, on the grass, then in the huge old cypress, cawing to other members of his family:

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and trees: the contrasts with brilliant Spring leaves of plane trees against the native greens in the darkening day,

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And here are clouds gathering across the Swan, and a rain cell dumping its load over South Perth and parts east towards the hills.

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Now this guy? Not hovering over Matilda Bay – he’s hovering over the roofs of MtLawleyShire, near my own little house, reminding me to get back home and onto the computer and WORK! A sparrowhawk. Not a great photo, but still – I am happy with it. He wasn’t just hanging there!

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I hope you enjoyed this little excursion.  I will be back, and looking forward to catching up with you all.

🙂

Out of MtLawleyShire: Kings Park #3 – Trees

The real wonder of Kings Park is not the gorgeousness of the wildflowers – the beauty of Kings Park are its trees.  I took quite a few photos, because I cannot resist trees and these are some of the most beautiful in the whole city (she says, having not really been everywhere…)

But I know some of you (and Bulldog in particular) will enjoy this post.

They are everywhere, the trees – viewed through a Victorian era tea pavilion to the city beyond

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Magnificent and ancient conifers:

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Trees frame the city:

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Flowering bottlebrush look beautiful against massed greens

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The occasional oak in new bright green is startling against the more subtle blue-grey greens of native trees:

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especially in contrast with the always ancient looking peppermint trees – & this one tossing in the bright warm wind that day:

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but the real beauties are the wonderful eucalypts,growing in natural settings throughout this ordered part of the park, backdrops to large lawned areas and planted areas of the Botanical gardens before the wilderness starts:

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Along the edges of the cliff, framing views of the river:

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and these – grown in avenues along the road to commemorate fallen soldiers:

 

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I love the trees, and wish I could’ve got better views of the avenues of tall trunks, white in the light.  But there was very heavy traffic, people everywhere.  Maybe when the school holidays are over…

I hope you enjoyed this last post from my visit to King’s Park 🙂

 

 

Heartbreak in MtLawleyShire’s Hyde Park

I don’t know what to say about Hyde Park.  It hurts every time I go down there.  This should be the start of the most beautiful tome, but the place is a ruin.  Certainly opportunities for taking photographs is very limited.

You are not allowed into the native area:

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The beauty of the plane trees has been compromised by the lopping of all their lower branches:

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The island where all the bottle brush flowered?

Do you remember this? (last September)

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Now it looks like this:

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The graceful avenue around the ponds?

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Many of the paths are compromised – behind this hoarding is a huge trench where they are laying pipes.  I was told they were intending to establish a reed bed to clean the water as it flows down the hill when (if) it rains, but I don’t understand what the pipes are for:

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And it is not just the plane trees that are being lopped:

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But I found a few angles:

A small moreton bay fig

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Trees as frames

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An unspoilt corner:

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A heron in one of the ponds:

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Finally, some plane trees in the strong, hot light of a supposedly Autumnal sun:

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It hurts, seeing the park in such a state, and I am not the only one horrified by what is happening.  I have been told the works are not following the guidelines laid down by the conservation society and I will be following that up over the next couple of weeks.

& I took some other photos here and there:

a lovely pink rose & red roses in a roadside garden:

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Cloud blossom on a tree in William Street – with a bee!

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Galahs on a telephone pole in the evening:

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And finally, a hibiscus flower caught in the lowering light of a hot day:

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bit of a mixed bag, this post, fill of as much ugliness as beauty.

I am so saddened by what is happening in Hyde Park.  I don’t know that I will be producing a calendar this year 😦

 

An evening walk in MtLawleyShire – and Jupiter!

I went for a walk down to Beaufort Street a couple of days ago, but haven’t had a chance to post – working and so on.  And I am still not used to the settings on my camera – or checking them before I take photos, so these roses are in light too low for crisp detail.

The first of these seems to have light inside it & all I can think of is that it caught the light of the lowering sun.  The 2nd is just a pretty bud.

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& these – the orangey one is overblown, but still beautiful, considering that most roses I saw that evening were scorched by the hot sunny days we’ve had recently.

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A tree loaded with pomegranates – ripe-looking pomegranates.  Maybe I should’ve nicked one or 2!

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Late afternoon light on the branches of a lovely tall gum on William street, and the second photo is of my ‘pied beauty’ friend, also on William Street.  These 2 trees are almost opposite one another.  One is a sort of street tree, the other grows in the grounds surrounding a block of flats.

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On a side road, this tree, spindly and untidy, soars gracefully into forever and light behind a box tree adds mystery & magic:

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The wonderful shapes of the lemon scented gum street trees: they keep them lopped so they don’t entangle the power lines.

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And then – I saw a pair of galahs – they started far apart, but then began to groom each other:

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I finished my shopping and began walking home.  Sunset glow was visible ahead of me, behind the rise:

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At the top of the rise – William Street, the glow was broad:

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To the east, the pastels were beautiful.  The second of these is the same tree that up above has light on its trunk:

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And although there were no clouds, nothing to differentiate the sunset, I had to take photos of that tree:

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& finally – lastly – the moon.

 

It turned out to be  the piece de resistance!

I caught – without knowing what it was – the occultation (or the beginnings of) the moon with Jupiter.  I actually got Jupiter in my little camera!!  OK, very small, unbanded, totally undetailed Jupiter, but it *is* Jupiter!

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🙂

 

A walk in the heat in MtLawleyShire

It’s the 2nd day of a heatwave where not once day will dip below the old century, & today it will go well over.  I didn’t set off as early as I wanted to due to various hold-ups, so only walked around where I lived a few decades ago, and though the heat is too much for any flowers, I found a rose or 2 unspoiled by the fierce sun:

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and trees 🙂

I was taken by the patterns in box tree bark (& thought of Wanderlust Gene as I did)

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& here, the papery bark of a paperbark tree:

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this particular paperbark tree is in a very unphotogenic spot – no matter the angle, the tree is diminished by cars or badly designed modern housing (in what used to be a heritage area).  So, this is all I could take.  I will keep trying.

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I came across a lovely Grevillea with a few flowers:

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& the gnarled, scrappy, scratchy, untidy peppermint trees.  Their girth, their relative lack of height in relation to their girth which increases as they get older somehow add to their attractiveness for me.  And the scent of them 🙂

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Intricacies of age:

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This little guy popped down onto grass in front of me.  Hopping all over the place.  I was lucky to get this one, almost unblurred shot!

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A streetside Plane tree – all cropped on one side.  It looks so peculiar! Esp compared to the grace of the unpruned box tree:

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A gardenscape:

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White tree limbs against a sea of wind-tossed foliage and a tree dark against the day

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Young lemon scented gums:

Against infinity and the blasting brilliance of midmorning sun.  That deep blue sky is not enhanced.  That’s the colour it is at the moment.  It means extreme UV ratings and a fierce light.  And heat.

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A few blocks on is this tree – a survivor of car crashed and urban vandalism.

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& finally – these two grace the Bowling club grounds:

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I hope to go walking very early tomorrow morning before the heat so – hopefully, there will be more.

Hope you enjoyed 🙂

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

This Weekly Photo Challenge: Home is rather interesting – the immediate interpretation is of one’s wee domicile, and I don’t really have photos of what my home really represents: books!  But home is also where other things live, the things that make it home for me – apart from books.  When I looked around, it was all cats & dragons, with the occasional Cthulhu, more than a few horses, rocks, feathers, spiderwebs and – did I mention books?

But there is very little natural light in here, so, no photos of the crammed bookshelves cramming what should be ample space for one small Keira & her fattee cattee.  Here are a few things that make the main desk where I am organizing this very post home within the home:

things on top of computers, things looking over the desk space (complete with cobwebs), and a friendly cat overlooking the whole every-shifting chaos from the lofty height of a tall bookcase:

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Then there are homes of other people: a recent (2 days ago) photo of the local (Hyde Park) swan family.  Those bebes are now – well – not bebes anymore.  But not yet black either.

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But for me – home is a variety of things.  Honeyeaters in my garden, in my street, in the local flames trees, they make it home:

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Home is also the silhouettes against the urban sunsets of my neighbourhood, both winter and summer – silhouettes of trees in summer & winter (with & without leaves), the ubiquitous telephone poles, that tree and the house roof – all of these mean ‘home’ to me.

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THen there are trees – of course there were going to be trees.  These trees, to misquote Treebeard from Lord of the Rings, I regard as my friends:

Hyde Park’s Moreton Bay figs – from the path coming in from William/Vincent Street corner:

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The plane trees – summer with glorious leaves, and winter with their amazing structure:

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The moreton Bay figs further into the park, dappled in sunlight:

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and this, on the edge of the park on the William Street side.  Just glorious!

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Then there are these massive fellows.  Their mighty sense of presence makes me feel both small and protected:

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And this one – from the corner up the road from me: pied beauty.  He is very difficult to photograph but I love him dearly:

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and of course – the lemon scented gum where I used to live.  My glorious, gorgeous, mighty, and yet fragile, friend.  Is he my favouritest tree?  Ah, when choosing amongst so many.  But this is the one I used to sit beneath, stand again, try to hug (he’s really too big).  He is the one I know best, means home in a deep inside way:

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& this, caught in sunsetty light, is the tree in the block of units where I live.  Filled with birds and falling bark and branches.  He makes a mess and lovely sounds in the wind:

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And, of course, home is this one.  I am her home and she is mine.  Where she is is my home.  And where I am is her home.

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This was a very interesting challenge.  And I went overboard – again!  I hope you forgive me – & enjoy my interpretation.

Looking forward to seeing yours…