MtLawleyShire on an outing to the city

On a hot day, I met friends in the city.  As I waited outside the entrance to teh underground train station, I was intrigued by the reflections and shapes around me.

Taller buildings reflected in the round front of the modern styles around the entrance:

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reflections and touches of colour:

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across the road, blocky and odd shapes against a sky of cloud and light:

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inside the modern building: yellow lighting:

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contrasts on the exterior:

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inside, where we had lunch – more of that lighting and a wall of bottles:

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and a ceiling of colour:

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This is looking up through all the hanging pieces to the glass ceiling and the shadowy shapes of the buildings soaring up into the sky beyond:

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Outside again.  City laneways:

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Another laneway:

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a conjunction of city architectural styles, the first being intriguing light:

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Slices of city:

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a touch of art deco:

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grace and plane tree leaves:

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that graceful building from different angles, with all the different skyscrapers behind:

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& a black and white of that lovely old building:

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blocks on top of the imperialistic post office building:

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It was a fun day where consumerism was indulged in – to great and long-lasting effect 🙂

MtLawleyShire’s day in the city

I went into the city to meet a friend, and of course, took the camera with me 🙂

Old Perth – the bricks and sandstone, the variety of shapes and handsome windows:

Museum & the back of the Battye Library

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sunlight and shadow and reflections in windows – The old Police Courts

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PICA and outside the Museum

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on James Street

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the green and the shade of the summer plane trees add the illusion of coolth:

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The modern city of blocks and lines, glass and concrete and interesting reflections, angles and shadows:

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This is my favourite shot:

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and there is a Christmas sense to it all: decorations on the streets:

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& in the Museum where Betty the raptor is slightly less dignified 😀

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MtLawleyShire goes to the city

This post is all buildings – OK, a couple of trees and some green, but mostly buildings.

Perth is a young city with a fairly well-established disregard for its heritage.  Old buildings are in scant supply and many old houses are being bulldozed to make room for environmentally ill-designed housing and loss of established gardens and mature trees.  But these photos concentrate on the centre of the city, in the ‘cultural precinct’ where the mix of old and new is sometimes stark and other times lovely.

This is, I think, the tax building, squaring off in monotones and sharp lines behind the bell tower of an old convent (I think)

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north down William Street is this building, and in its context.

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The buildings around PICA, looking north away from the city with a huge hotel complex, and towards the city with its skyscrapers:

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PICA – these buildings are amongst my favourite:

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The brutalist Alexander Library and a corner of it with a small hotel nearby:

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& that small hotel cried out for this treatment – it’s a black and white box;

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though balconies add some texture:

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the james Street avenue is filled with new summer green.  We will need that shade this year!

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another favourite: a slice of the old police courts which now form the admin part of the art gallery (very un-photogenic building, the art gallery)

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And here are some shots of the newly cleaned and revealed Battye Library and the Museum buildings:

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I hope you enjoyed these.  Next – city flowers.

 

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.

Another early morning out of MtLawleyShire

Thursday morning – another early start for working in the city.

First view of sunrise – lousy light, brilliant colours, and me running for the bus at 6.00 am.

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But this morning, I am working in the city centre, so I have time to stop and take photos.

From the plaza, with the sculptures outside the library for silhouetted contrast:

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Wellington Street

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Views of the sunrisen sky from the walkway across Roe Street and the walkway above Wellington Street, affording a lovely view of clouds and colour:

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The Bell Tower, at the river end of Barrack Street, against sunrise

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Looking down Hay Street east

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touched by sunrise, steeped in night

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Petunias at the breakfast cafe: Hay Street

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Two views of early morning sky:

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Hay and Barrack Street corner – buildings against the infinity of morning

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contrasts of light, shadow and styles

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against the morning sky

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Hay Street east in the full morning

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And this: bright morning and light

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Next posts will be sunsets and roses – & the lovely fluffy Fattee Cattee

🙂

Sunrise & city shots out of MtLawleyShire

I have been working days as well as nights recently.  The first was on Tuesday, straight after Easter, and though it is not cold, or even cool, it is, nonetheless, dark at 5.30 in the morning.  So – we have the moon:

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Then, as I ran for the bus at 6.00 am – colour in the sky.  The pics are blurred due to me not understanding camera settings and the fact I had to stand in the middle of William Street & then run for the bus…

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In the city, there was no colour:

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In some of the streets, hemmed in by skyscrapers, there was almost no light at all:

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This is the view up Hay Street West through the front window of the CAT bus (Central Area Transit – they don’t really have special buses for cat lovers in Perth)

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By the time I got to West Perth and looked east, there was colour in the sky:

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It struck buildings and plane trees – quite lovely.

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During morning break, I saw the moon again:

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I finished work at midday and returned to the city – all pretense of morning was gone and the sky was the peerless blue of no rain and no coolth:

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I went home and went to bed!  Actually I met  a friend, then went home & went to bed 🙂  Actually – no – I took sunset photos, but that’s another post.  As is Thursday morning’s photos.  Many  more sunrise shots 🙂

 

 

 

 

Out of MtLawleyShire – an afternoon at Matilda Bay

An afternoon too hot and time poor to wander too far, with the river unstill and sparkling in the endless sunlight.  But it was nice to stop for an hour, have a coffee with a dear friend, before we both went back to our respective work.

There were so many swans!  On the ground in front of me on the path I took towards the tea rooms.  They have very big feet!  The second of these swan photos (it’s the same swan) paused at the foot of something larger:

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A large, graceful paperbark:

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& its flower:

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A plane tree, leaves burnt by the long heatwave, and the same damage can be seen in the leaves of the flame tree outside the tea rooms:

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& this one: I am fascinated by its knobbly trunk and the way its branches have grown:

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A cormorant on a post in the river & later I caught him just coming up from a dive:

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Swans on the river:

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I think this is the River family all grown up:

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& sometimes the ubiquitous gull makes a statement: on the beach & against infinity:

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There were ravens – the 2nd photo is definitely ‘quothing’:

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The city from across the river: that infinite blue sky speaks of the heat:

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Wider views towards the hills, with little bits of wind calligraphy & the long tidal ripples in the river:

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Through the doorway of the tea rooms: it looks so invitingly green

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My favourite cedar: foliage & trunk with a patch of sunlight:

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Foliage:

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& at work, in the small gardens on the corner of 2 busy roads: a bush with tiny white flowers – & a bug!

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Finally, home later at night: the moon:

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Hopefully, there will be a gradual cooling.  & hopefully next time I am there, I will have more time.

No sunset photos tonight, as the sky is clear, but I will be able to shoot the moon 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my little afternoon out before work.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

I almost forgot about this Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond, then when I remembered, I wasn’t sure whether I had anything that would fit the idea of Beyond that I hadn’t already posted.

Well, I’ve found a few photos, and I’m still not sure whether I’m correctly interpreting it, but here goes –

Beyond the city buildings, clouds give a more true perspective and beyond the clouds – an infinitude of sky:

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Beyond the stark quality of white sharp building and dark leaves, the deepness of sky & hint of morning cloud:

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Beyond suburbia, looking east: massed clouds against an evening sky:

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without these clouds falling into the deep coloured darkness of the sunset beyond the trees, the pic would have no particular perspective:

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Coming from beyond the visible:

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Beyond day, beyond open sunset, the closing down of night with remaining colours beyond the tree/suburbia line:

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I’ve posted some shots from this series before, but not these 2. I could call them ‘beyond hope’ – a shot of virga lit by sunset with the pale evening sky beyond.

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Out of MtLawleyShire: Early morning in the city

Monday morning, Jan 7.  Up very early – it was too hot to sleep anyway – and just as I stepped out to catch the bu? Thunder & rain.  The thunder went, the rain didn’t.  It was already over 30 degrees and raining.  It wasn’t cool in the slightest.  It was like being in the tropics!  Much as I love rain, this was a little disappointing – no photos of the flowers in the city orchard this morning!  Would I be able to take any photos at all?

When I stepped out of the air-conditioned bus in the centre of the city, it was like stepping into a hot, dripping wet blanket.  YUCK!

But – there were photos to be taken.

These tall buildings on the corner of William & Hay streets leaned together under the heavy skies like conspirators, and their customary proud gleam is dulled in the heavy light of rainy early morning

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I risked getting wet – & worse, my new camera getting wet – to get this shot:

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As I walked down Hay Street Mall, I noticed things I’d never noticed before.  Many, because of the rain, I couldn’t photograph, but these 2 I could: an artfully painted wall at the entrance to an otherwise dingy alley, and a detail on the wall of Piccadilly Arcade.

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The view down to the end of William Street – which has lost its beauty because of the unpopular work to remove open space from the river front and add more corporate high-rise – is silenced by rain and filled with reflections on the road rather than the buildings.

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I found a cafe that was open (my normal cafe is closed until the end of January) in Hay Street Mall.  I tried to capture the wet reflections and the rain.  The green of the leaves is intensified – washed free of the fust over the last weeks of very hot days.

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& as I took photos of corners saw something I hadn’t noticed before: a remnant of older architecture:

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looking east up Hay Street is all quiet reflecting roads and grey skies and looking down Barrack Street to the river and the ‘Bell Tower’ is just greyness, except for the washed green of leaves.

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Then it was time to head for the college.  I played some: a reflection in a shop window: mask over the building across the road.  It didn’t really work as the building is too blurred, but it intrigued me nonetheless.

 

 

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& this building, normally so stark and white against the sky, is as grey as the sky, it lines not as stark.

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It was a strange morning, so hot, so humid, and this was Monday.  I am posting on Wednesday, and it only began to cool down last night.  We are in for a horrendous summer.  As I drove past Hyde Park yesterday afternoon, I saw that one of the ponds is almost completely empty of water.

Global warming is going to have the most heartbreaking effects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond and above Mtlawleyshire

What a day I had today!

It started with the cat on the pergola roof grabbing some sun.  It was a cloudy sort of day and though there was no rain forecast, it felt like it really might.

Then my friends picked me up for a dinner at a surprise location – the revolving restaurant at the top of one of the taller buildings in Perth: St Martin’s Tower.  Oh!  I was a little scared. I hate lifts and it was all the way up the top.  But we got there and then?

Oh.  Goodness!  I have never seen Perth like this, apart from when I leave on a ‘plane, and even that is usually at night (not that I do it often anyway).

I have tried to organize the photos, and I know they aren’t very good, and most are unclear.  I had some fun with the difficult reflections from inside the restaurant as well, but it does give you an idea of the sprawl of Perth, the most isolated capital city in the world.

So first – city buildings….

This blue building made a nice frame, looking down on the Barrack Street Jetty with the Bell Tower visible in the 2nd one.  Perthites are divided on what they think of the Bell Tower.  I think it is a complete waste of money, though thee are many who like it.

 

 

This is the beginning of my own William Street:

Beaufort Street, from the city to the north:

Some lovely parts of the city.  The first is St George’s Anglican Cathedral and buildings over the road from the Supreme Court Gardens and others.

 

St Mary’s Catholic cathedral – it’s tucked in near the Royal Perth Hospital.  It’s old for Perth, as is St George’s, both being built in the mid to late 1800’s.

Governor’s residence and gardens and the Perth Concert Hall.

 

Very tall buildings that seemed to be all reflections (I later found out it was the Exchange building)

   

 

The art gallery, the library, the central Plaza. I have set a novel around all this.

Views of Kings Park and beyond, and rain veils!

   

 

The river es ever present & the shots don’t do it just – window reflections, my lack of ability and sometimes, my wonderful little camera is really just that – too small.

In the middle photo you can see Fremantle Ports waaaaay in the distance.

  

River and suburbs stretching south and south-west.

 

Hyde Park in the midst of MtLawleyShire.  This is the inner suburbs and onwards, looking north.  Uncounted miles of them!

 

  

Looking east:

 

 

Looking west:

 

I know there are some photos I have forgotten to include, but I think that’s most of the clearest ones.  The reflections, the strange lighting all made it quite challenging.  It was a wonderful experience, though.  And then it was time to go.

Back on the ground.

I hate those long lift trips, but I must admit, it was worth it. The food was lovely, the service very nice, and we had laughs, the 3 of us, frequently because of me standing up and taking photos instead of eating.

It was strange seeing the buildings from the ground:

 

And the highly reflective blue building assumes an entirely different aspect from the ground:

and a lovely old building I think is a pub:

 

 

& some trees & a little city art that has always intrigued me.  These are the Supreme Court Gardens that we saw from waaaaay above, but not the sad Moreton Bay fig.  It really doesn’t look happy, not even with a little editing/enhancing.

  

 

And I get home to find that someone else was having her very own rooftop moment: