Flowers & excitement in – & for – MtLawleyShire

Friday was sunny but very windy, not much of a chance for photos but I got some flowers:

2 shades of pink on a pink bottlebrush:

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blossom in the shadows:

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fragrant jasmine in the lee of a wall:

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daisies sheltered by being low on the ground:

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and the little daisy feral from South Africa that so many Australian children (me included) remember for daisy chains:

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the Walcott Street/Beaufort Street intersection with some art deco architecture on one side, and the view towards the city:

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& the building of the clouds:

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Saturday the clouds divulged all their promise: it was all house cleaning while it rained & stormed outside.

Sunday?

Sunday I went to the city.  These two photos are outside the Perth Convention centre: sunlight coming through leaves and the convention centre itself.

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inside the convention centre – this happened: I was awarded my doctorate

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We went to a conference in England together and graduated together – magic 🙂

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me with a new little friend as a mark of teh occasion from friends who came with me:

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& some shots of the city as we drove home to sandwiches and champagne:

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I am slowly returning to earth.  Sandwiches & champagne were wonderful with friends & supporters of my long PhD journey.  Those years also gav  e me photography and painting.

Now to apply it 😀

A (slightly eventful) walk in MtLawleyShire

I went a-walking to the post-office in the bright warm, early spring sun.  And came across a pink bottlebrush – so soft-looking, more so than the regular scarlet variety:

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and in a  daze of looking-around-ness, I failed to see where my feet were and went down, BAM! – on hands and knees, watching in horror as my camera struck the pavement.

OUCH!

I sat, rubbing my knees, looking at my poor camera.  Oh – a chip in the glass!  Noooooo!  Phew.  The filter.  I checked.  All worked, but oh my knees were stinging.  At least I hadn’t ripped my jeans.  My hands were a bit ripped up.  Well, nothing else to do but get up and continue walking and be grateful no-one had seen me.

But I was wrong – I hand been seen:

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What was I doing down there, they seemed to be saying (though a friend said no way – they are too stupid.  I’m not so sure).

Relieved my camera was working, I continued walking, defiantly not limping.  Camellia and Grevillea flowers I managed to capture despite the wind that had sprung up:

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Outside the post office, a wonderful sheoak, in flower, tossing in the wind:

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Sculpture on Walcott and the flats it is attached to, shadow bringing out the graffiti inexpertly hidden by layers of new paint:

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On Beaufort Street, signs of Spring despite the heavy traffic: flowers on grass plants and pretty little blossoms on young street trees:

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on the walk home, late afternoon sun through the leaves of a hibiscus:

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A cape lilac yet to send forth new shoots, and a raven in the branches, causing the local honey eaters much angst.

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a plane tree on Vincent in the late afternoon sun, pale and wintered still:

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the flower of a vegetable plant and a tiny, early rose in the shadows of a garden:

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the sun is gone: clouds and storm.  later in the evening, it pelted down!

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This morning was sunny and the bees were out in the lavender:

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tiny jasmine sprinkled through the foliage of other trees:

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and the prettiest flower of all, up on the pergola roof:

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my aches and pains have subsided and I didn’t rip my jeans but skinned my knee like any 12 year old in the playground.  When will I learn 😀

Rumble in MtLawleyShire

The other day I had to get some supplies in so off I trotted, full of flu, to Beaufort Street

I saw a raven fly up to the supermarket roof with something undoubtedly yummy in his beak.

On the roof opposite was an ibis.  Very curious.  It flew to investigate.  The raven flew to the air-conditioning unit atop another roof.

That’s when it started:

The ibis flew there and displaced the raven:

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which was, understandably, miffed:

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& had a go:

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But no deal

The loser – standing like Godzilla, probably thinking similarly destructive thoughts:

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which clearly did not bother the winner one little bit!

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mtlawleyshire – clouds and storm and rainbows

There have been some wonderful storms this June.  We still haven’t had enough rain – the amount was still below the average for the month, but some of the storms were dramatic.  I was lucky enough not to suffer any more damage than flooding in my little courtyard.

But the clouds were wonderful – clouds and rainbows.

First, I was having a coffee with a friend on Beaufort street when here – it rained and hailed!  Her lovely dog was with us and she laughed as he huddled against me, alarmed at the wind, the thunder and the sound of the hail.

And isn’t the street strangely deserted!  Yes, we were sitting outside 😀

 

Then the storm moved away leaving blue sky behind it:

 

There were many storms & wonderful clouds:

 

 

There were rainbows:

 

sunsets managed to sneak in:

 

& then there are these: it was a sharp fast thunderstorm that cleared just after sunset, leaving the sky utterly clear.  I was awed by the contrast of clear sky and this great mountainous cloud.

 

I hope you enjoyed my clouds.

Next, one of my walks in Hyde Park.

Keira 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Quick post: flowers, cat & the aftermath of storm in MtLawleyShire

Yes, I am studying, but damn it – that flower is still flowering, my cat is still gorgeous and we (finally) had some rain – & a storm!

First, the zygocactus: I have tried for different angles, but it’s difficult and I’ve had varying success 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Not all the flowers are out yet, but there are enough now to take more than one flower in a photo:

 

Gum nuts on an old gum and another with lovely flowers

 

Daisies and a small white flower on a bush – highly perfumed.

 

a wall covered in brilliant orange-flowering creeper

Young trees in the car park. reaching up to sunset light – & the last one is a lemon-scented gum, young and lovely.

 

Sunset from Beaufort Street

Beaufort Street in sunset light & then the dark of evening

 


snatches of rainbow after the storm with its welcome rain

 

and sunset moving into the aftermath

& finally, 2 portraits of kitty – one made glossy by the strong sunlight (& she was full of purrs), the other – the dark hunter.  She was intent on a little lizard – & I caught the little lizard so saved it from her great plushie-paws.  She didn’t really mind 🙂

 

OK, back to study for me… 🙂

Sheoaks in MtLawleyShire

Wanderlust Gene has found out some information about a flowering sheoak I photographed & posted a couple of days ago: red fluffy little flowers.  I had never seen flowers on a sheoak before.  And Wanderlust Gene discovered in researching that this is the female tree.  I’ve posted them again:

 

So, I have just come back from a dash to the Post Office.  In the carpark there are two beautiful (& large) sheoaks – & I hadn’t noticed any flowers.  But Wanderlust Gene read that the male sheoak has yellow flowers – sort of.

I think I found evidence that the sheoaks outside the post office are ‘he-oaks’ 🙂

Beautiful trees, and you can tell the oder of the photos by the amount of green in the needle leaves – the last shot is as the sun was setting over MtLawleyShire 🙂

 

 

See?  Beautiful fluffy reflected sunset light 🙂

 

Another corner of MtLawleyShire

I walked down to meet a friend on Beaufort Street.  Some of the flowers were lovely

 

& as I passed the sheoak, I thought it looked strange – what was all that red?

Goodness!  Flowers!  The sheoak is flowering!  I have never seen sheoak flowers before.  Tiny & pretty and such a lovely colour.

 

I didn’t have time to go into Hyde Park, but from the other side of the road – a huge Morten Bay fig and the mass of one of the great conifers:

 

As I walked down the road, the brilliance of a liquid amber‘s autumn flames into the sky (most other liquid ambers are still green)

Morten Bay fig trees lining the street:

 

This one had almost perfect symmetry in the arrangement of its branches:

Then my friend and I walked with her dog down to a park on the corner of Bulwer and Beaufort Street.  It’s more an oval than a park, fringed with trees.  Plane trees on one side looking healthy, but on the other, not so healthy:

 

But still beautiful:

 

A couple of Moreton Bay Figs:

 

And then a massive one on the city side of the park:

 

The whole tree is huge:

walking back up Beaufort, I had time to photograph this towering gum:

 

Behind the gum was a conifer and amongst the branches – a wattled honeyeater

And home: sunset on the flowering watering and the gum tree behind

and a willy wagtail chirping and snatching insects from the ether

and there she is – my fluffy little darling 🙂

 

Around MtLawleyshire

I am coming to the time when I am not going to be able to post as often – or even reply to posts!  But over the last few days, I have done little walks here and there, and of course, while I don’t have a dog (and I would so love a dog), I do have a camera that just loves going for walks with me.

I walked a different way to Beaufort Street and came home through Hyde Park.  I haven’t included all the photos, I have saved some for later posts.  I have taken many photos, you see 🙂  And tomorrow, there won’t be much of a chance for photographs.  I have a very busy day.

So, on my walk which was the way I used to walk, long ago, when we first moved to Perth.  The streets have changed and some of the trees have gone.  But most remain.

This is an exceptionally tall tree, I’m not sure what type it is, but it is so graceful.

Peppermint trees.  There is nothing more to say, except I love the massive trunk, and am surprised by the almost symmetrical arrangement of the branches in the next photo – it is of a different tree 🙂

 

These are poinsettia.  Rad and pink.  I love the shape of the flowers, but like many trees and flowers along this street, they grew behind a wall, and were too tall for me to see the flowers properly.  They usually flower around Christmas time, so it is strange to see them in flower now.  They’re often given as Christmas presents.  I used to have one in my garden, but it didn’t get enough light.

 

A gum tree in flower with the most beautiful pink blossom.  It was too tall, and behind a wall, so I couldn’t get real close-up, but hopefully they give you an idea.

 

The sheoaks outside the post office on Beaufort Street.  I love their delicacy and the way they catch the light (& the rain when it rains).

 

This tree is just so massive!

The leaves are wonderful now.  We have had the coldest nights since last year – going down to 7 degrees.  It is welcome and fills me with hope that we might have a winter.

 

The beauty of this tree struck me, as did the colours of all the autumn foliage from the islands to the rank of plane trees behind.

 

The ponds were so still that this swamp hen barely disturbed the surface, and the same tree and other foliage was reflected as perfectly as in a mirror.

 

This tree was fascinating for its bark.

Then the walk home:

Mexican rose on an ivy-covered fence, and pomegranate in someone’s garden:

 

And yes – impatient puss-cat 🙂

 

Then the end of the evening.  If you look carefully, you will see a star amidst the darkening blue.

I hope you enjoyed these few photos 🙂

Keira.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

So here is my entry for the ‘unofficial’ weekly photo challenge: Reflections, an idea from ‘where’s my backpack’ – thanks to Alisa 🙂

There’s not too many entries on my ‘zemanta’ thing to link to, but I’ve added those that appear.

I didn’t want to stick to Hyde Park which, with the ponds, have a lot of water for me to play with, so I found a few others, some taken years ago with my old camera:

A white swan at Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2009, and from the same trip, in East Sussex, reflections of the marshy growth in pools of water in a bird sanctuary by the sea: Pagenham Bird Sanctuary.

 

 

Reflected sky in a water storage bin, and reflected bottlebrush flowers in a puddle on my front garden path (the flowers are in the patch that is reflected blue sky)

 

Reflected garden in a mirror and a friend and I (I’m the ‘flash) in a mirror in a deserted, closed-down picture theatre.

 

Hyde Park reflections – they speak for themselves.

 

Reflections of the city: the 1st is the city in the Swan River from the south, and the 2nd is Beaufort Street & traffic lights reflecting in wet roads during an all too rare rainstorm (this was taken this time last year)

 

And here: clouds over the Swan River from Matilda Bay.

 

As there was no official weekly photo challenge this week, Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? has posted a challenge and would love you all to join in. See here:: http://wheresmybackpack.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/reflections/

 

close to home in MtLawleyShire

No great walks over the last couple of days, and I didn’t mean to take photos, but – well, how could I not: sunsets and cats and flowers and trees in flower – and my favourite lemon-scented gum ….

The first walk I saw some roses in people’s gardens:

 

and then discovered this in a hedge of mexican rose flowing over the fence of a lady’s garden.  I know her and her little dog to say hello to.  One of her neighbours saw me taking photos of this flower and told me its name was ‘Dutchman’s Pipe“, then turned it around to show me why – you can see the shape of a pipe at the back of the flower.  He then found some seeds which I will plant later.

 

While we were talking, this sweet little tabby purred around my legs but it was too quick for photos of its very sweet little face.  I only got this one:

I walked home in time to catch sunset clouds and the glow in the western sky:

 

 

In the last of the light, I saw this wonderful wattle bush in full flower.  The perfume was wonderful.

Coming home was this: the eastern sky filled with reflected sunset pastel colours:

and here she is – waiting for me to come home:

Today I went a little earlier.  I was a warm day, not one cloud and the sunlight was bright.  All the street trees on William Street looked glorious – the paperbarks or cloud blossom trees.  You can see why it’s called cloud blossom.  I love the way one is almost growing around the speed sign.

 

I managed to take some close-ups of the blossom:

 

And then, no apologies – I took photos of my favourite tree – growing outside where I used to live.  The great glorious lemon-scented gum:

The tangle of the long thin outer branches, the strength of the core internal branches:

 

The wonderful chaotic tangle of it:

Branches compartmentalising the sky, looking like elbows:

 

The strength and size of the trunk and main branches:

 

and this – this looks just like a hand:

Further down the road, still outside where I used to live, is an ancient Grevillea – with a scarlet flower:

Further down, people had roses in their gardens:

 

and here is a lovely young gum on the street verge.

And couple of trees had gum nuts (its flowers had been yellow) and red gum blossom.  I love these 🙂

 

Walking past one place with a huge frangipani tree in flower, there was one dropped on the pavement:

and over the road, a driveway almost swallowed in white Bougainvillea:

I went to my favourite cafe – it has a bookshop next door.  I took a photo of Beaufort Street from inside, but it was too dark to be really successful.

     

Beaufort Street, looking towards the city.

Then I met my cousin who gave me a ride home, so there were no more photo 🙂