A quick trip to MtLawleyShire’s university

I had to drop off some books at the Mount Lawley campus of Edith Cowan University, where I’m doing my PhD, & on the way back to the carpark, saw some trees in flower.  Some were difficult to photograph as the flowers were very shiny & the sunlight was so bright, but hopefully this gives you an idea:

 

Others were lovely, the epitome of Australian gum tree blossom, though the tree itself is a strange one, very striking with the young branches and twigs white, like the gumnuts left behind after the flower had finished, the green leaves and dark trunks.

 

 

 

These are so newly opened they still have their caps on

There were other trees, but I had only a little time, so just this one with its height and intriguing bark:

 

and that’s all.  And I got to return my books before they were overdue 🙂

 

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A long way from MtLawleyShire #3: Trees

Trees.  Yes I love trees, and this post is full of them, but they are different trees – all West Australian natives, but I can’t name them all.

These first shorts were taken at the Edith Cowan University campus at Joondalup.  It had rained in the morning, and reasonably heavy showers.  The drops were still clinging to some of the needles of the sheoaks growing outside the library (& otherwise, the trees were very difficult to photograph):

 

This is one large tree growing by the access road – there aren’t many large trees on this part of the campus – it was only built a few years ago and I think many of the trees would’ve been cleared.

These trees were in the park area by the lake where we had out picnic.  We sat on rocks, or walked around actually, and most of the trees were paperbarks, but there were a few others: a young peppermint tree and a pale gum:

 

larger and older:

 

One had a family of skinks – there were more than these 2 but the others were camera-shy 🙂

 

Just the beauty and grace of this – against a sky turning blue as the clouds disappear.

 

This one had flowers out of reach:

Now, the untended bush.  It was mostly paperbarks and Banksia, but due to a fire a few years ago, the Banksia forest was thin, most of the trees (shrubs?) obviously young.

First – paperbarks, though obviously, this is a manicured grove 🙂

 

a clutch of wilderness displaying some of the inherent characteristics of the paperbark – chaos and untidiness being the first two I can think of.  Wonderful shapes and shadows, though.

 

 

They look so old:

 

Then we started walking around, hoping to get down to another part of the lake.  On either side we were surrounded by bush – on one side paperbark tangles:

 

 

 

On the other side of the path was a narrow band of Banksia forest & some had flowers high up against the sky.  It was a jungle of thin spindly trunks and striped shadows.  They all looked like the Banksia prionotes, the same as those at the university campus.  They don’t have the same sculptural appearance of the paperbark, but I could imagine, many thousands of years ago, having to be wary of the striped mainland variety of the Tasmanian tiger.  It would’ve moved like a ghost through these:

 

 

  

 

Occasionally, there were other trees amongst the Banksia, some regenerating after fire:

Two groups of ibis flew over us as we walked:

 

and the path walking back to the car gave a different perspective of the trees:

 

There were quite a few dead trees, from previous bushfires.  This one is marked for removal, but there were many of them.  Many fallen as well.  I suppose they are leaving a lot there as quite a few birds use hollows in old trees for nesting, so the more that can remain, the better.  Although it seems full and lush, the bush fringe around the lake is only a 100 meters deep at most, and the birds are dying out because of habitat loss.

We drove around to the other side of the lake.  The reed beds here were very deep so we couldn’t get near the lake and otherwise, the grounds were manicured into football ovals.  But there were trees:

huge paperbarks:

 

 

and there were other trees as well, massive great things:

 

 

and this – probably one of my favourite photos of the day:

Next post – what kitty had to say when I got home 🙂

Within MtLawleyShire – another park

This is a small park over the road from the campus of my university: Ron Stone park.  The Wast Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), part of Edith Cowan University, often do performances there.

It’s nothing like Hyde Park, but does have a pond with one island and is frequented by water birds.  There are many Jacaranda trees, and in Spring, they do look stunning, but I’ve concentrated on the island.  In the centre is a huge gum tree – I don’t know it’s a ghost gum or not, but has a white trunk.  I know it’s not a lemon scented – it’s growing habit it way too straight.  And I couldn’t get any close-ups except for zoom, because there’s no way onto the island.

 

 

It’s a pretty little place, the island, all delightful shadows, colours & tangles.  This is the island from a distance which gives you some idea of the height of the gum:

 

And this is a view of the island side on:

The following are zoomed shots of the plants on the island, at the foot of the tall white gum.

 

There are extensive reed beds, exposed by the low water levels, and they look astonishingly green.

Various views of the island and reflections of trees in the grounds around the pond, with Autumn colours belying the hot temperatures we’ve been experiencing:

 

 

There are some fascinating trees but I ran out of time, so only 3 today.  But I will be going to uni again, so there will be more:

   

And here is a magpie lark who kindly posed for me:

 

I hope you enjoyed my little sojourn in the easterly edge of MtLawleyShire.

Keira 🙂