Walking with flowers in MtLawleyShire

A clutch of flowers gathered over a week or so, though this first isn’t a flower.  I’ve been trying for ages to catch the way this crystal hanging in my courtyard catches the light and I’ve almost got it with this.

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More ‘light catching’ – sunlight turning leaves emerald beyond a garden gate

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a bee in sunflower-like flowers (it begins with a ‘d’ but I can’t remember the name of the flower except that they’re not sunflowers)

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roses – my favourite is this one:

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frangipani 🙂

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light tangled in grass seed heads:

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two types of Grevillea – brush and lower ground cover type:

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bottlebrush – that delicate pink and a deeper shade:

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coral blossom:

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the glorious colour of this geranium-type flower:

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Honeysuckle, scented even if a little bedraggled:

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Petunias in the garden, and looking deep into their hearts – as a friend said: a bee’s eye view 🙂

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And no, she’s not a flower, but she is in the garden – amongst the lemon grass 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed these flowers.

Another sunset soon…

 

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MtLawleyShire goes to the city

I met a dear friend for lunch in the city – a rare outing for me.  At the moment, the Perth Festival is on so there were many more people and activities going on around me.  This massive moreton bay fig near the art gallery was sublimely unfazed by all the activity around it:

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and the graceful architecture of a bygone age, the lovely eucalypt near it were likewise untouched:

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It was a little breezy for flowers in the city orchard, but I was able to get a few:

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the view from the walkway to the railway station is somewhat unappealing:

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and then, from the elevated walkway above Forest Place, a glimpse of the Diver, sleeping – one of the Giants, marionettes that visited Perth and walked the streets for three days to open the Perth Festival.

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a wee rabbit in a shop window display – it just looked so wistful

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delicate foliage and graceful architecture:

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modern glass against old facades:

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straight and soaring:

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detail of shopfront decorations – reflections of plane trees in the mall are glimpses in this:

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blocky architecture:

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and the old Trades Hall on Beaufort Street – more old architecture.  I’m not sure which I prefer, the black and white or the green – which it is & it looks charming:

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Other things – a blue dragonfly in the city wetland:

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a very strange character – really quite large – near the Art Gallery.  It looks like a big pink faceless bunny:

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and this – larger than anything else (except for buildings) – in the museum: a claw about to descend ‘pon my head!  😀

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It’s OK – I’m still here 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my little wander around the CBD of Perth (well, a section of it).  🙂

 

 

Flowers in and around MtLawleyShire

Just out and about:

Roses, glowing in a smokey sunset

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White hibiscus, shadow-sharp

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opulent orange hibiscus – I love the deepening of colour inside the flower:

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Pink bottlebrush and the always lovely frangipani:

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A pretty azalea and a little purple flower – these are in West Perth:

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Grevillea, glowing in a smokey sunset:

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A Grevillea flower in the act of unfurling:

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and no, not flowers, but trees. The first is my favourite on the side of the freeway, the other one of my favourites outside work in West Perth:

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Yes, I love photographing flowers.  I hope you enjoyed looking at them 🙂

Mt LawleyShire at year’s end

Dearest People

1st – happiest Christmas to you all: & here is the Christmas New Moon, gilded by sunset

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I have completed & submitted my PhD so I am free to return to photography and blogging.  YAY!!  I submitted on the 12th of December and there were very few photos for several months before that, but there were some.

Roses (stunning dark rose)

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birds (New Holland Honeyeater singing in the evening)

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bees (on lavender)

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babies (cygnets at Hyde Park)

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some rain in the garden:

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and of course, the Fattee Cattee who kept me continuous company

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I will be back with this year’s wildflowers

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Spring around MtLawleyShire

Flowers everywhere.

September was the wettest month for over 100 years in Perth, which means I haven’t been able to see any wildflowers yet.  But there were the occasional walks around my little ‘shire’ and there were gardens filled with flowers.

A rare grevillea at Mt Lawley campus of Edith Cowan University, between falls of rain and just before the big wind storm started (it lasted 3 days!).grevillea

Kangaroo paw about to burst open into flower

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Street side gardens:

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Marigolds in someone’s garden (the owner of this garden is a lovely old lady with the sweetest old dog who often shares her powered chair)

 

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a purple iris in one of those gardens, and buds on a tree (no, I don’t know its name but love the colour):

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Hawthorn, I think (sweet-smelling), in someone’s garden:

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in my sodden little garden: Geraldton wax & the first of the lemon-scented geranium flowers:

 

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& the sweetest flower of all:

 

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I will have more flower posts…

 

a sunset in MtLawleyshire

Finally, a day that wasn’t infinite deep blue sky and a sunset blasting all into oblivion.  Some clouds!

Today would be better, but I’m working tonight so will try not to think about it & just hope there are clouds tomorrow evening as well.

Lantana – a pest and a terribly destructive plant when it goes feral, but like this – rather beautiful:

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against the sky  luminous

Lowering light caught in leaves

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a cloud with rainbow edges and the smooth wash of gold

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blinding  like calligraphy

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the brushstrokes

cloud swirls and light

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long views – the colour was really restricted to that one area

sinking into evening  above the colour

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deepening colour

waves of colour  illuminated wind words

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the wind's calligraphy  serenity above

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pastel colours in the aftermath

distant fading glow  the end of it

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& finally – fattee fluffy cattee in the sunlight.  Taken before sunset, but – she’s a lovely way to close.

the tummy fluff in the sun  in a mood

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hopefully there will be more.  We are having so many cloudless days…

 

 

Still here in mtlawleyshire – some flowers & the moon

Oh my friends – I have missed you.  I have been so disciplined and have looked at your posts so quickly, and have not left messages on so many.

I am so sorry.

But after a few more months, I will have time to go back and go through them – which is always fun 🙂  And something best done when there si time to savour and comment.

So please forgive me.  You are not forgotten.

And now, I have so many photos to post!  Oh my goodness!.

I thought I would start with just these: shots of flowers I took as I walked down to Beaufort street – & the moon.  She was up early, and it took some doing but I managed to get this.  Not bad, I thought, with my little camera.

Now there are just all these flowers.

Roses:

 

 

 

Zygocactus.  They are finished now and the plants have returned to being odd, ugly straggly things of the shadows and dust and spiderwebs, but they were glorious in flower.  The red ones belong to someone’s garden I pass on my walk, the pink the last of mine.

 

 

 

a smattering of eucalypt blossom:

 

There was a whole tree of the red, but I couldn’t get a decent angle

and in my garden, a different type of flower – larger than dinner plates!

 

More coming 🙂 Including trees! Hyde Park.  Sunsets and storm clouds with some rainbows.  And probably my fattee cattee!

Keira