Spring in MtLawleyShire

It was a very Spring-like day today.  Rain tomorrow and early next week, then Spring will hit with temperatures moving to the high twenties.  Today, though, was pretty and pleasant, warm and quiet and filled with colour.  No hint of the terrible summer to come.

And a touch of magic: a fairy door found close to where I live, at the base of a Moreton Bay fig tree shading a street corner.


the area was filled with bird song and the magic of colour:

jonquils and pelargoniums:

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tiny daisies and the pink variety of buttercup:

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the lupins have bloomed all over the empty block:

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not sure what this is with its perfume filling the area, but here are buds and flowers both:

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flowers of a broad bladed grass plant:

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an ornamental freesia and an early rose:

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the rich hues of an exotic hibiscus squeezing out through a fence:


grass heads catching the last of the light:

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and a cat caught in almost sunset, watching me:




MtLawleyShire and Matilda Bay trees

Taken over 2 visits – one a cloudy day with soft, uncertain light – typical look for Autumn though the day itself was humid and warm and unpleasant.  And then there was today: bright and brassy and warm but not humid, the loveliest of Autumn weather (though we need rain).

That Autumn is here is written in the plane trees:

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I love teh sculptural attitude of these:


Banks of Autumn:


and leaves:


Today – a couple of weeks later: delicate gold.  I am wondering what will remain next time I go!


And then there are the other trees:

on the cloudy day, everything was shrouded in that soft light:

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even the mighty Moreton Bay fig was softened and others were enriched by a golden sort of light:

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but today – no such uncertainty, everything written in bold lines of light and shadow:

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this one – tall in trunk and branch:

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I love this tree – it is massive & photos don’t do it justice:

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and these:

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I do love the trees of Matilda Bay.

Outside of MtLawleyShire: railway line trees

MtLawleyShire, as an area (though occasionally, it is also this person – just to confuse you 🙂 ), is leafy with lovely trees and gardens.  It is an old area, the trees are large, but it is a regular suburb with roads and parks and houses.  The railway line is some distance from my normal routes, and getting near the city, is bridges and buildings without a great deal of space.  Further west, on the oldest rail line – Midland to Fremantle (which also goes through the eastern edges of MtLawleyShire) there are areas where the buffer along the tracks has been allowed to be itself.  Urban bush.  Managed, no doubt, and therefore not ‘pristine’, but nonetheless – a touch, a taste, of bush in the middle of suburbia, so this is what the railway side of the road looks like:

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I don’t know all the trees.  I recognized this one though – a massive peppermint tree, its huge girth giving an indication of its age:

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These are either lemon-scented or ghost gums – or perhaps something else entirely!  Beautiful though:

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especially this one – so straight! It makes me think it’s a ghost gum:

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A massive moreton bay fig – known as the strangler fig, it is definitely an interloper that has been here a long time.  It makes me thing the area is managed because otherwise, there would be many of them, and it is dotted with berries:

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this Norfolk pine soaring above everything renders the lightpole redundant 😀

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Cheating a little – this paperbark was in someone’s garden – over the road from the urban bush, so not really straying 🙂 But of such a size! It had been there a long time:

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the first of this group is so reminiscent of something you’d see driving something other than the city – trees against the sky.  The other 2 are trees I see frequently, even in MtLawleyShire, and I think they are actually west Australian natives:

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I have no idea of the names of these trees, but they are lovely:

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and this one – the last of my photos – just magnificent!

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This post was to remind myself of my love of trees, and I hope you enjoyed it.  Bulldog, my friend – I hope this made you smile.

Next post will most likely be back in MtLawleyShire, and quite possibly, yet another sunset.

MtLawleyShire at Matilda Bay

It was hot and humid at Matilda Bay, and the city was shrouded in a mixture of humid haze and smoke from ever-present bushfires when viewed across the river:

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Light on the plane trees made them appear almost autumnal:

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but I can assure you, it was anything but!

Walking to the tearooms for lunch with a dear friend, I passed a convivial duck:

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a magpie with a juvenile whining and begging for food:

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A gracious view of the river framed by two old peppermint trees  – and a smaller one that looks almost delicate in the light:

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A shade-giving Moreton Bay fig leaning towards the water

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and then these – cypress and others as I approached the tearooms:

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As I walked into the tearooms, I was greeted by a magpie lark:

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Then I was joined by my friend.  As we chatted, a flock of short-billed corellas swooped by, calling and screeching, in threes and twos:

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and in a larger flock, swooped over the river to join a larger flock to roost in one of the larger trees on the other side of the tearooms:


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From under the plane tree, the view across the river was serene, despite the haze.  We saw dolphins, ravens, watched the antics of the seagulls – all of which are included in the following posts.

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It was time to go, so I said goodbye to the trees, including this graceful moreton bay fig:

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Smiled at a seagull appropriating a seat, although he wasn’t gazing over the river as people usually do, and here’s a wee bottlebush flower.  There were bees, but I wasn’t fortunate enough to catch any.

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I hope you enjoyed this little stroll.  Next post: raven portraits, then the dolphins…and more birds 😀

MtLawleyShire’s imperfect trees in Hyde Park

Yes, they are trees in Hyde Park – & it’s not so much the trees that are imperfect (how can trees be imperfect!), but the photos.  They were taken on a dark day and therefore were not crisp, sharp or otherwise perfect.  In fact, woefully imperfect.

So,I have played with them a little.

If it is not too much trouble, I would value your opinion on whether these photos are acceptable.

This was a shot of a group of trees.  I liked the framing, but there wasn’t enough light.

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One of my favourite trees.  It’s in a  spot that doesn’t get heaps of light & there are many photos of this tree I am not happy with.  So this time, I played with it a little.  I kinda like the effect.  What do you think?

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Same type of tree, but a different one.  Again, it grows in an area where light seldom comes in strongly.  I’ve usually avoided photographing it because of that, but this day, I did.  It looks proper spooky now.

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A group of Moreton Bay figs.

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An oak that grows along a path, usually in shadow.

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Another oak, usually comes out much clearer, but the day was grey and clouded.

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One of my favourite trees in the park, and usually comes out well as it is nicely positioned for sunlight.  Not this day though.

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the path from William/Vincent Street corner into the park.  These didn’t suffer too badly as the sun was shining when I took these photos, but I played with them anyway.

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This is another path and it is always dark, but I love the shapes of trees and the light on the tree at the end.  I like the effect.  It intensifies the darkness & adds mystery.  Do you agree?

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Please, I would really value your opinion.

Thanks 🙂

MtLawleyshire’s Hyde Park in Autumn

I took a break from my studies and risked it – I went down to Hyde Park yesterday – a sunny day after days of rain & storm.  We had more rain in 2 days than for almost the entire year (I exaggerate – a little!)  And though its is difficult o find the beauty that I found last year – trees without their graceful bows over the water, an island stripped of everything, construction and barriers and sand piles everywhere, there was beauty.

the first of the Moreton Bay figs as I enter the park.  I love this tree – so straight & sculptural.

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The path side of the plane trees – beginning to show their shape amidst the gold of their Autumn leaves


For the first time in a long time, there is water in the ponds.  Sadly, there was quite a bit of wind, so no reflection, but this tree is still lovely.


leaves & a coot in the western pond.


The Western island, with most of its growth left intact, reflected in the water.  And with Autumn leaves visible in the water.

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Along the western edge of the western pond: golden trees and leaves

This isn’t as clear as I wanted, but it goes catch the fall of light through the leaves – it really was golden


He had been hunting – I caught him eating what he caught



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Views of autumnal plane trees

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Autumn leaves & the willow

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A Moreton Bay fig on the William St edge of the park


Light and shadows in the massed foliage from beneath a Moreton Bay


And as I left, from the other side of William Street, outside of Hyde Park, I saw this – the errant fall of light on the foliage of a young Jacaranda, turning them almost incandescent in the shadows  behind one of the massive conifer.


I hope ou enjoyed this.  I am looking forward to finishing my studies so I can return to this – photographing and posting.

MtLawleyShire inspired art

The Nest – an A3 sized,  pencil and charcoal and I completed recently.

It didn’t win any awards, it didn’t sell, but it did receive good reviews.

It was inspired by the Moreton Bay figs of Hyde Park (though I don’t usually see dragons nesting in them) and as you have all inspired me to continue taking photos, as some of you post examples of your art, I thought I would do the same.

I wish I could take a better photo of it.

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Keira 🙂