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:

city_14  city_22

reflections and touches of colour:

city_16  city_15

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

city_17  city_36

inside the modern building: yellow lighting:

city_20  city_21

contrasts on the exterior:

city_18 city_25

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

city_8  city_7

and a ceiling of colour:

city_39

city_6  city_1

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:

city_5

Outside again.  City laneways:

city_24  city_29

city_28

Another laneway:

city_23  city_30

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

city_12  city_38

city_31  city_34

Slices of city:

city_2 city_3

a touch of art deco:

city_10

grace and plane tree leaves:

city_11

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

city_32  city_19

city_26  city_37

city_35

city_9  city_33

& a black and white of that lovely old building:

city_27

blocks on top of the imperialistic post office building:

city_4

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

MtLawleyShire and the architectural

Just before I go into work in West Perth, I like to walk around and take photos of the predominately modern architecture around this western part of the city.  I then play with the images, accentuating the intersection with the built environment and the sky, with light and shadow, and the flat planes and lines.

the first of these is a concrete wall around a stairwell

light_1

this is light on the western wall of a building

lane_1

architectural features look strange when highlighted out of context

block_3  west perth_3

accentuating shadows make the mundane appear forbidding

city_1  west perth_2

removing details renders reflections surreal

city_2

two views of the same structure

city_4  city_6

perspective and sliced reflections

city_5

hanging in space

west perth_1  city_3

and sometimes, colour enhances the stark appearance, especially with summer’s primary lack of nuance

stark          primary colours

Sonel’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Textures

THis was a difficult challenge and I’m not sure I’ve done all that well. I might try again later as I’m sure there are some I could’ve included but haven’t.

http:/sonelcorner.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/black-and-white-weekly-photo-challenge-textures

BWPhotoChallenge-Logo-sn

 

The texture of the underneath of a mushroom:

textures_1

The texture of pattern made by flowers:

a Banksia

textures_2

the centre of a daisy:

textures_3

 

A rose petal:

textures_4

The texture of bricks in a fence – or is it the texture of play? Charlie the cat lurks in the gaps, waiting

textures_16

 

This really is the texture of bricks on a pavement outside a cafe in Beaufort Street, there’s the texture of teh individual bricks and the texture they make of pavement:

textures_5

The texture of light and shadow on trees:

textures_6  textures_8

 

The texture of light and shadow of a tree against the sky:

textures_7

The texture of buildings against a clouded sky, or is it the texture of Perth – all soaring buildings as it strives to make itself feel important?

textures_17  textures_18

textures_19

The texture of delicate light and dark and patterns made  from a close-cropped pic of a bird’s feathers:

textures_11

The texture of light on water:

textures_9  textures_10

 

The texture of light and dark with light on water and in reflections:

 

textures_15

the texture created on the sandy bottom of the Swan River made from water movements, and the delicate tracery of leaves and other dragged objects:

textures_12 textures_13 textures_14

Then, there is the texture of friendship, but that would blow this post out to infinity, so I will stick to this one photo:

textures_20

I hope you enjoyed them 🙂

 

 

 

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge #22: Black and White

I’m participating in the onlineadventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Black and White!

At first I thought black & white?  Do I really have photos that would be suitable?

Then I thought – well, my beloved Fattee Cattee is black, & fluffy & rather photogenic:

black and white_13  black and white_19

black and white_23  black and white_37

black and white_42

& flowers, even roses, minus their glowing colours are then plays of light and shadow, as are creamy magnolia, simple daisies and the fluffy native flowers:

black and white_3  black and white_16

black and white_20  black and white_26

black and white_30  black and white_22

Finally, minus its colour, a Grevillea flower with raindrops:

black and white_47

Birds are rather striking: black & white brings out the startling white of the gulls and the power of the raven:

black and white_32  black and white_2

black and white_35

The straight lines and angularity of city architecture is perfect for black and white:

black and white_33  black and white_7

black and white_27  black and white_29

black and white_34  black and white_36

& objects (these are Christmas ornaments) are revealed in a manner which both simplifies their presence in a photo and intensifies the interaction of light and shadow:

black and white_18  black and white_21

Some things are just perfect for black and white: a yacht with a pure white sail on a dull day:

black and white_41

And trees: their varied shapes and shadows.  These first 2 are paperbark – wild and almost scary.

black and white_43  black and white_44

black and white_45 black and white_46

They have wonderful flowers:

black and white_48

Black & white is great for details: a cedar trunk and the trunk of a massive moreton bay fig:

black and white_24  black and white_14

it’s also wonderful for the amazing shapes of trees: a peppermint tree and – well – I don’t know 🙂

black and white_8  black and white_4

black and white_6    black and white_40

These are Jacaranda trees in flower in Hyde Park, Perth, WA:

black and white_28

& the marvellous shapes of, the light and striping shades on, towering conifers:

black and white_38

I have enjoyed this challenge – probably more than I should have.  I hope I haven’t overdone it!!

I love playing with colour in my photos, but this has been a rewarding & truly a learning experience.  I am looking forward to visiting other entries.

Between the river and the university

Today I went to visit my old professor at the university of Western Australia.  It is Western Australia’s oldest university & has the most beautiful grounds, filled with huge trees of all sorts – my favourites and others.  So you can imagine – yes.  Photos.  And oh dear.  I took over 200 – in 2 hours!

I can’t post them all, & many aren’t suitable anyway (rain is not good for little cameras – or Keiras!), but even so – there are too many for one post. so I am going to attempt to group them.

As it was raining, some of the photos were hurried & blurred.  But many were OK, though I fear there’s not too many that are brilliant.  However, even in this first post, there are different trees.

First – along the river.  The university is on the banks (sort of) of the Swan River, and I parked in the Matilda Bay carpark.  The city was barely visible through the mist of rain:

trees against the river:

 

Peppermint trees and a tall gum:

 

Moreton bay figs in the rain:

 

 

 

 

Then the area between the road and the university, filled with all sorts of trees – almost wilderness:

 

These two are trees I haven’t come across in mtlawleyshire, but of course, the university is a long way from my little shire 🙂  I love the colour of these and I really will, soon – I promise – get hold of a reference book so I can figure out what trees these are

 

 

 

 

The first of the next two photos is, I think, a stringy bark, as the bark hangs off in strips like strings.  They can be very untidy!

and look – more rain coming:

I will do the next post tomorrow – in the grounds of the university.  And this is despite the rain.  And no – no kitty for this part of the post.  How can there be?  And the end of this post, as far as the pictures tell the story, I am still at the university 🙂

Work and a sore foot

Due to work pressures and a sore foot, there was no walking today.  This will happen more and more.  My PhD is demanding work and  have some very serious deadlines coming.  I hope you don’t forget me if I don’t get to post as often.

Today I took some pics in the garden.  They’re not spectacular.  It’s Autumn, despite the warmth, so there aren’t many flowers and my little garden is looking distinctly untidy.

But there are some flowers.  A large begonia has some bells, pale pink and subtle, they are pretty,but difficult to photograph:

   

Some herbs are flowering – red basil and the rosemary, but not many flowers – only one spike on the basil and about 5 on the rosemary:

 

one tiny pot of everlastings are still flowering, and a self seeded flower is growing in an unemptied but otherwise untenanted pot (obviously, this flower has become the tenant!):

 

some jasmine is flowering both over the pergola and amongst the ivy flowering over the back fence (the ivy is very untidy so no photograph):

 

and then there’s the untidy, usually ugly hedge between my place and the unit next door.  This is the only time of year it looks OK, mostly it is rather ugly, full of dead growth and it’s very invasive, especially over areas where I hang my washing!  But its yellow flowers are surprisingly pretty and I have a suspicion that a pair of singing honeyeaters nest there:

 

This is one of the areas of massed green in my little courtyard – lavender and dogsbane:

and I love the shape of rue leaves:

 

And of course she was in the garden – the sweetest flower of all:

Then evening came, with the beauty of the evening star above the lingering sunset:

and that is all.  No trees 😦

maybe tomorrow…..if I do enough work today.

Keira

 

a walk this week in the heart of mtlawleyshire

Yes, Hyde Park again, and a few days ago.  It’s been a crazy week, with birthday and all, so I am a little behind with everything.

It was fun revisiting the photos.  That day was hot and sunny which was lovely for the light.  Today is almost cold, but it is getting warmer again early next week.  This is not a good Autumn, though Hyde Park reflects the best of it.

Kitty sat on the desk, none too pleased I was going

I passed lovely bark, wattle flowers, a very strangely shaped tree in the bare front yard of a block of apartments, and saw a magpie on the topmost branches of the lemon scented gum:

   

Then I was at the traffic lights, on the other side of the road to Hyde Park.  I got this shot of a Norfolk pine with the traffic lights beside it for scale:

   

Then I was in the park – a riot of green and branches and strong sunlight:

 

& of course, the Moreton Bay figs.

   

A tree whose foliage made lace against the sky:

An ancient paperbark whose twisted form is almost lost sometimes amidst the more glorious greens and golds,  I love its bark.  It’s very soft to the touch as well:

   

The plane trees growing ever more beautiful as this warm Autumn progresses:

 

 

the water in the ponds falls lower and lower – this is a shot of some of the roots exposed like grasping hands:

but there is still enough there for water birds like spoonbills, ibis, ducks – and of course, and beautiful reflections:

  

 

 

 

 

& who was waiting for me when I got home?

Tomorrow – some flowers.

I hope you enjoyed this.  Keira 🙂