Getting caught in the rain

This time, I start out with my cat.  I love the way she sleeps: 

  

then she woke up

After cuddles, I set off, looking forward to my walk after a week of no walking.

Rain was forecast, and there were clouds, but also sunshine and bright blue sky.

Then I heard the mournful calls of black cockatoos: these birds are heading for extinction.  They are flocking to Perth because of the fires and logging that has ruined their food supply.  When we first moved here, the flocks were huge.  Not any more.  They are beautiful birds.  There was a story that when they were flying and calling, it meant rain.  I managed to photograph them, and where they flew, the clouds were grey.

 

I wish I could have taken closer shots, but these I took without my glasses, quickly and aiming towards the sound.

When I got to the entrance to the park, the ground was covered with the remains of pine cones.  The cockatoos love them:

 

Then I got caught by the shifting light and shadow amongst the green and shadows

 

The water in the ponds is still decreasing, but the birds don’t seem to mind

 

and then, of course, all the trees.  plane tree branches with their yellowing leaves against evergreens and a glorious plane tree in its gold and green:

 

I tried to capture the light on this Morten Bay Fig:

Looking up the trunk of a plane tree to the sky, and just the trunk:

 

Then I was caught by the contrast of the brilliant green of Jacaranda trees against the sky & the dark of closer trees, & the contrast between a palm and a Morten Bay Fig:

 

There is still some cloud blossom:

Trees behind one of the islands & the colour of those plane tree leaves!

Then – it rained!

 

 

 

The brilliant green of Jacaranda through dark branches was slightly blurred by rain.


Then there was serenity:

Before it rained again & I was unable to resist taking my camera out & it got ruined, I thought I should go home.

I passed this Morten Bay Fig, rain-stained:

Then I passed one of the Norfolk Pines:

 

A pine cone:

And from the William Street edge of the park:

 

Some of the trees are so beautifully green:

 

And there is a small tree that has brilliant red flowers – I didn’t expect to see any flowers at this time of year:

And in the sky –

and on the way home – two flowers.

 

When I got home, my fat little cat was inside.  She doesn’t like the rain 🙂

In my garden

Little post – not flowers or trees, because I did no walking today & there are not many flowers in my garden.  There, is, however, a cat, a dragon, many bells (though I only photographed one) and leaves.  Lots of leaves.

I took photos and then played ….

the dragon:

 

The tree fern (in front of a painting):

 

 

the wee temple bell – can you see it?  It is at an awkward angle to photograph.

& of course – kitty:

now I better get back to work…

enjoy 🙂

Sunny Autumn Afternoon

Warm & dry.  Not a heatwave, definitely cooler than earlier in the month, but it doesn’t really ‘smell’ like Autumn yet. There’s little crispness to the days, though I must admit, due to the amount of work on articles & the PhD, I stay up late and miss the early mornings.  The sunsets are still red and glowing too, I noticed, though the pastel coloured aftermaths are a little autumnal.  I am looking forward to the pale, pastel shades of winter.

But I have noticed the trees are not as full – their leaves are thinning, and the water levels in the ponds are continuing to fall so it looks as though the islands are growing.

Today I got some good shots of the heron, and really wish I had an SLR to catch the birds in flight.  There was a lot of activity on the ponds this afternoon.  And no joggers, which is a good thing.  The occasional runner is fine, mobs of them aren’t. I’ve discovered that when you click on a photo in the post, you get a full screen size, and some of these really do look good in the larger size.

And it was a windy afternoon, so some of the leaves are a wee bit blurred.  Sorry.

So, a selection of photos…

and this is also a sign of Autumn – my cat sitting on one of the chairs in my courtyard.  Normally she’s hiding from the heat either inside or under some of my ferns.  But here, she’s soaking up the gentler sun (it was still around 28 degrees C).

And finally: urban sunset complete with telephone wire.  It was an utterly clear sky.  No clouds.  I’m hoping for some on Sunday – along with some rain.  That would be something.

It was a good walk.

I hope you enjoyed these.  Keira 🙂

The Water levels are dropping

I left my walk a little last this afternoon and it was almost sunset by the time I got to the park.  So, no sunset photos tonight.  And the park was fill of joggers which meant it was difficult taking photos.  That seems to happen every now and then – all these personal trainers must decide to meet and do the running with their clients en masse.  It does ruin the place for everyone else, for all the dog walkers, the people who power walk around the ponds, the mums pushing babies in prams, the old folk out getting their daily constitutional.  The foreign students here to learn English taking time out from studies and loneliness.  When the joggers are out like that, everyone has to dodge and try to walk somewhere else, but it’s not much fun.

It wasn’t as hot today as yesterday, but the light was as bright.  There is the possibility of rain by the end of the week, but that was the forecast for last week and it evaporated before the day was even close, so I’m not holding my breath.  But I hope it does rain.

These photos are from today & yesterday and the dried out bed of the ponds is almost shocking.  But there is still beauty – & water.  And birds.  The Autumn colouring of the leaves is unmistakable and there are more leaves on the ground.

Yesterday, there was a moment when there was no-one around and a sudden wind blew from the south-west.  It blew screes of leaves into the water, and the ducks scurried and scattered.  THe trees roared and leaves flew, all under a brilliant blue sky in sparkling sunlight, heat dappled under the trees like the shade.  It was a moment you can’t photograph but made me realize this really is Autumn.  It’s going to get a little cooler perhaps, and maybe we won’t have any more 40 degree days, but this is as good as it gets.  I miss a real Autumn.

I’ve included a selection of photos from both yesterday & today.   think you have to ‘mouse over’ the images to get the titles.  Not sure whether I’ve managed to include the description or not…

These are yesterdays.  I didn’t have much time to walk around the park.

          after 2 days, the water had retreated & the heat of the days had dried out the pond floor.  It looked as though it had never been under water       & the birds are taking full advantage.   but just out of sight is the dry section of the previous photo.

Such an 'English' looking park :-)      

The next ones are from this afternoon’s walk.

           

             

            

              

& then the memory card was full because I forgot to clear it.

Sigh.

Shall try for some more tomorrow.