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.

inner light  rosebud

& 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.

pretty  still beautiful

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

pomegranates

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.

light on a trunk  pied beauty

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

into the sky  light behind branches

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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contorted branches

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:

glow

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

beyond  wide sky

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

easter pastels  evening pastels

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!

tonight's moon with jupiter in attendance

🙂

 

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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:

red rose

pink roses  pink rose

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.

paperbark

I came across a lovely Grevillea with a few flowers:

acarket grevillea

& 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 🙂

age delicate stolidity

Intricacies of age:

untidy  intricacies of age and trunk

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!

willy wagtail_1

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

areetside plane tree  gracious box tree

A gardenscape:

gardenscape

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

white limbs within tossing green  sunlight and shadow

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.

against infinity against mid morning

slow dancer

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

survivor  compelling

& finally – these two grace the Bowling club grounds:

tree shape   almost straight

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…

 

Trees and some flowers in MtLawleyShire

I went for a walk today, down to Hyde Park.  It is a mess, and the water levels are so low, which, considering the heat we’ve been having is not surprising, even though we have had some rain.  I’m still trying to get the hang of the new camera, so many of these trees are those I have photographed before, but not all of them turned out.  Something to do with – I think – ISO or something…sigh.  I will sort it out, eventually.  But in the meantime…

It was a very windy afternoon, so I wasn’t able to take as many flower photos as I wanted, but I was successful with some.

I don’t know what the 1st one is, the next is a hibiscus.

despite the wind  hibiscus

& I have no idea what these are, but the colour is amazing!

startling colour  more startling colour

& these are like pieces of sun fallen into a street side flower garden:

pretty little yellow  little sun

A Jacaranda with some flowers still:

still flowering

Then into Hyde Park.  This Morten Bay stands like a sentry

sentry

The path is sun-drenched, casting all in tones of shadow and light:

sun drenched  shade

striped with light  many-armed goddess

Plane Trees:

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full green

Jacaranda and details of a Morten Bay fig:

tree shapes  an ancient wound

another fig and this other tree of massivity:

play of shadows  massivity

Details of a massive Morten Bay on the edge of the park:

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The whole tree (almost):

magnificence

various trees from the walk home:

light on jacaranda branches light on leaves

 

Mary Street  curling branches

& this: sunsetty light on a young Jacaranda

sunsetty light on a young jacaranda

I hope to walk tomorrow as well, so maybe there will be another post soon.

I hope you enjoyed these few flowers & trees.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

What a Weekly Photo Challenge: Green.  For me, green is the colour of relaxation, of growth, of renewal as in last week’s post. Green happens after rain, verdant in winter, rich and prolific in spring, dies down to rustly yellow from mid summer to when we get rain – sometimes not till the following late winter.

Green fills spaces against the sky, softens edges in cities, broadens the restricted spaces in gardens by concealing boundaries, conflating their corners and walls with that sense of upwardness and foreverness that growth has.

And yes, for me, green is the world outside my door (though I am wearing green nail polish at this moment & no – you can’t have a photo), the lining of streets and the pools of green, dappled shadows in parks and people’s gardens.

So come with me up the green dappled path into a small sample of my world of Green

It’s a background to everything, green – even a willy wagtail staking his territorial rights on my garden gate

The bed of the beautiful rose

background for the simple & simply lovely daisy and a background for this tiny native violet

 

& the grey green makes a mysterious backing for the equally mysterious (& slightly sinister) borage flower

Green is the background and reason for lilies and all flowers, pretty (as these are) and otherwise

 

The grey green of Australian native trees becomes emboldened and something wholly other when their flowers come: bottlebrush (a spiky looking untidy tree) and the untidy, chaotic peppermint tree

 

Green is the beginning of flowers: their support & backing: their promise

 

& reflected green endows water with a sense of something else – a magical intimation of otherness: Hyde Park’s island photographed in August when the ponds were still clear enough for reflections, and a duck on a small lake that reflected native greenery on the other side:

 

City green?  Sometimes it looks quite striking, although the real ‘real’ green puts the ‘manufactured’ greens in a pallid light – to me, at least.

At other times, it brings a sense of the natural world into the built environment: the end of Pier Street in Perth’s CBD. These are the beginnings of the gardens surround the Governor’s Residence and the Supreme Court.

Then above Perth’s CBD, we have King’s Park – looking down onto the freeways leading out of the city is a verdant oasis:

and wildflowers carpet spaces of intermittent green:

 

the green of the south-west Kangaroo Paw

A Grevillea nestled amidst odd green foliage and a Geraldton wax – purple amidst its green needles

 

contrasting the northern hemisphere greens: an oak – with native Australian trees:

 

Then there is green when the sunlight is at just the right angle to turn it golden green – Hyde Park:

 

and the luxurious green of lawn striped with shadow

 

the alien green of palm against other foliage

and the unreal green of the beautiful (if feral) new leaves on a weeping willow

 

and the greens around a path in Hyde Park

but best of all: the green of massed foliage made brilliant by Spring’s new growth

 

or new leaves on old plane trees in sunlight – Hyde Park

 

I enjoyed searching through my files of greenery & I hope you enjoyed my selection 🙂

& for some reason I’m limited to 10 related articles.  Sorry :-/

Trees in MtLawley Shire’s Hyde Park

I love Hyde Park, and the plane trees and the ponds, but this time, I’m looking at another area.  There’s only a hint of plane trees in this post.

From the start of my walk, along the path leading from the corner of William Street – I think this is the Moreton Bay fig I photograph the most: in situ and picked out, just in front of its massive neighbour:

 

wandering in the area above the ponds:

 

A massive Moreton Bay:

I just love the spread of these branches:

 

Banks of foliage – looking towards the city (there’s a city? Where?)

A path:

Looking around a Moreton Bay fig’s massive trunk:

A distinctive trunk & a tree almost wonderfully bare:

 

And then, the native section:

Western Australia’s iconic jarrah tree:

 

and bark:

Must find out what these are – they look almost candy striped 🙂

An amazingly coiled peppermint tree:

a view of the native garden with the sun adding mystery:

 

Oh – course, she’s not amused I was gone so long (it’s actually after I went sunsetty photo-ing).  She wants DINNAH!

I hope you enjoyed these trees.

Keira 🙂

Mtlawleyshire’s Hyde Park

Hyde Park was drenched and wet and wonderful, although, as you will see in a later photo, the water is in a terrible state.  But Autumn has almost finished and winter is in the exotic trees.  Australian Natives, however, are just drinking the water in.

 

This is a tree in the Australian native section of Hyde Park.  I love the contrasts of greens and the brown of the trunk.

The oak tree hasn’t yet lost its leaves which is strange, but it looks wonderful against the autumn colour:

I’m not sure what this tree is, bit I love the way it almost seems to dance:

There were swamp hens everywhere, but they rarely stay still for photos!

 

and ducks – I am always struck by the beauty of these:

 

The contrast of conifer and deciduous plane tree is beautiful and I love the shapes of some conifers.

 

I really should find out what this tree is – so straight & tall –  & I love its bark:

 

The water, the reflections are lovely, but on closer inspection, parts of the ponds are not healthy at all.

 

But the plane trees & their leaves – beautiful:

 

 

 

Then the Moreton Bay Figs:

 

on the edge of the park – daffodils flowering – in June!  This lets you know how warm it was, earlier in the month ( these photos were taken around the 9th of June)

On the corner of the park – an almost dead conifer made a wonderful straight line with a skyscraper in the city (maybe 10 – 15 minute walk) and a telephone pole:

Across the road, a liquid amber in dull colour:

my lemon scented gum:

& then I walked home the long way around and saw some galahs:

 

a hibiscus in a neglected garden

& a cat watching me from a lane

and that’s it for the time being.  I have many more photos to post, so maybe I will post some tomorrow, if I get the time.

I hope you enjoyed it.

Keira 🙂