Out of MtLawleyShire: Kings Park #3 – Trees

The real wonder of Kings Park is not the gorgeousness of the wildflowers – the beauty of Kings Park are its trees.  I took quite a few photos, because I cannot resist trees and these are some of the most beautiful in the whole city (she says, having not really been everywhere…)

But I know some of you (and Bulldog in particular) will enjoy this post.

They are everywhere, the trees – viewed through a Victorian era tea pavilion to the city beyond

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Magnificent and ancient conifers:

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Trees frame the city:

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Flowering bottlebrush look beautiful against massed greens

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The occasional oak in new bright green is startling against the more subtle blue-grey greens of native trees:

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especially in contrast with the always ancient looking peppermint trees – & this one tossing in the bright warm wind that day:

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but the real beauties are the wonderful eucalypts,growing in natural settings throughout this ordered part of the park, backdrops to large lawned areas and planted areas of the Botanical gardens before the wilderness starts:

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Along the edges of the cliff, framing views of the river:

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and these – grown in avenues along the road to commemorate fallen soldiers:

 

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I love the trees, and wish I could’ve got better views of the avenues of tall trunks, white in the light.  But there was very heavy traffic, people everywhere.  Maybe when the school holidays are over…

I hope you enjoyed this last post from my visit to King’s Park 🙂

 

 

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Out of MtLawleyShire: Kings Park Wildflowers #2 – en masse

It’s very difficult to get the wide sweep of flowers – Kings Park is in the middle of the city, but it is a large part of wilderness apart from the planted areas. And these fields are ‘planted’ so some extent – sweeps of wildflowers that wouldn’t fit in my little camera, but hopefully you get some idea of the sweeps of colour that are possible.  One day, I would love to see them in the wild where they can ‘paint’ great swathes of landscape in brilliance.

 

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and then there are the massed kangaroo paws:

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the colour of these spaces is wonderful.

And so are the trees, but you will have to wait for another day.  It is time I went to bed 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my so short few hours walking in the flowered places of Kings Park.

 

Out of MtLawleyShire: Kings Park Wildflowers #1

I finally got to Kings park early this week – on a sunny day that was, sadly, very windy. Many of my photos were spoilt by the wind shifting about flowers and leaves.  But I did get some shots evocative of the beauty of the wildflowers that paints Western Australia’s wild places in the festival held at Kings Park every year.

Because I was so late going this year, many of the flowers were either finished or almost.  But still, there are a few 🙂

I have split the post into individual flowers (this one) and massed flower displays (next one)

The first thing I saw made me laugh with delight – an old rusted out Holden, an iconic car in Australian culture – planted with wildflowers.  Quite delightful.

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I don’t know many of the flower’s names, so shall just post with comments.

Kangaroo paws:

This is the most iconic of the kangaroo paws – the red and green

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pink:

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these ones:

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and red!

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& my favourite – the south-west Kangaroo paw:

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Banksia:

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eucalypt flower – it makes gumnuts and was the last left on the tree:

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Bottlebrush flowers – the first is a round fluffy, puff-flower-ball at the junction of two small twigs.  Utterly gorgeous.

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I don’t know what these are but I love their delicacy. There’s 2 different types, and they are at the end of their flowering, so I was lucky to get them:

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I call this red fluffballs – they are tiny.

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Rare Grevillea – not the best photo, but it was soooo windy.

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I don’t know what these are, but I like them.  The green ones are like pom-poms.

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the ‘bacon and egg’ flower and – well, I don’t know what it is

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little white ones

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A branch of Geraldton wax flowers and a type of little ‘paper’ flower.  They can be dried and will last forever without losing their colour:

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I hope you enjoyed looking at the flowers 🙂

Next post: Kings Park wildflowers en masse