Moon and clouds over Mtlawleyshire

What with cloud cover and working, the moon has been hard to catch – and there were those clear nights when I must’ve missed it altogether.  But I have been able to catch a few shots of the moon & a few interesting clouds.

Most of the clouds come with the sunset, but a few I’ve been able to separate.  The most spectacular of these were on the 17th of March – the first time I’d seen the moon and by no means a wee sliver of silver.  But stunning because of the clouds around that evening:

17 March

The new quarter sailed in and out of one particular cloud:

between sunsetty clouds   within cloud

quarter moon

was covered in light vapour

within a sunsetty cloud

and then – this:

sunset cloud and quarter moon  cloud with the moon

The 18th March was a fairly speccy sunset in West Perth, but that’s another post.  Here are some interesting pre-sunset clouds (it was a working night) over West Perth, and the moon:

cloud  cloud_1

within cloud_2  within the clouds

19 March

It was a quiet night 🙂

tonight's moon

The 21st of March was a very clear night & I timed it well.  Moon over MtLawleyShire:

the moon this evening

The 22nd of  March, a working night, and the break was perfectly timed – Moon in West Perth:

to the side  beyond the edge  lights

this evening's moon

The 23rd of March – the moon over Beaufort Street:

beaufort st   long view

this evening's moon

& yes, I hope to get more of the moon, but thought you might enjoy these.  Some are clearer than others.  And they are all in the very early evening as the moon is rising quite early at the moment.

Not many clouds, but they will happen in the next post – Sunsets.


Apologies, birds and flame trees- Mt Lawleyshire and Matilda Bay



My dears – I want to apologize for my absence – & after this, I will be absent again for a while.  I will look through all your blogs.  I know there are wonderful things just waiting for me in your posts, but right now – oh my God I am soooooo busy!

So, as a way of apology – Flame trees, flowers, the moon & birds.  I don’t know if it’s a native or not – I suspect the latter, but it certainly brightness up the streets.

The Flame tree is one of those trees of beauty and ugliness – depending on the time of year.  Right now – its beauty, before the big ugly leaves come and while it’s full of flowers – & birds!

It’s difficult to get a photo of the street & its flame trees but maybe these give you an idea.  They’re quite large trees and the scarlet en masse is striking.


This is against the pastel shades of the eastern evening sky

and this against the glow of sunset.


Next a few shots of the flowers themselves.  Most of these were taken around or just before sunset, and the flowers really soak up that particular glow





The following were taken earlier in the day – both fine and cloudy:



There is also a flame tree outside the Matilda Bay tearooms, and on this particular day, it was raining and cloudy – a wonderful backdrop to the delicacy of flame tree flowers and branch ends:

Then there is the flame tree and the moon:





Finally – flame tree flowers and birds.

Birds love the flowers.  They must be packed full of nectar!

First – Port Lincoln parrots – colourful noisy little ferals from South Australia:


New Holland honeyeater – these were taken at Matilda Bay on a day when it wasn’t raining:






And from the tree around the corner from my house – singing honeyeaters.  Very difficult to catch, these little guys – the flit and sing and happily taunt me as I try to take photos 😀




The flowers are fading and falling now, the roads covered in crushed scarlet curves and soon the large ugly leaves will come out.  They do give shade, but conceal the astonishing beauty of these trees.

I hope you have enjoyed my apology.