Raindrops on a wet Friday out of MtLawleyShire

This was at Easter, on Good Friday and I was in the city at a convention.  But before I went in, there was a chance for photos.

The street trees are paperbarks and their blossoms were out.

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The rain clung to the delicate leaves:

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and dripped off the bark:

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everywhere there were raindrops: on the thick steel railings outside a cafe:

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on a window:

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gathered in a telephone cover in the footpath:

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the city itself had almost disappeared in the light rain, even though I was standing in amongst the buildings:

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and the river was a myth:

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It was lovely 🙂

 

 

 

MtLawleyShire on an outing to the city

On a hot day, I met friends in the city.  As I waited outside the entrance to teh underground train station, I was intrigued by the reflections and shapes around me.

Taller buildings reflected in the round front of the modern styles around the entrance:

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reflections and touches of colour:

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across the road, blocky and odd shapes against a sky of cloud and light:

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inside the modern building: yellow lighting:

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contrasts on the exterior:

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inside, where we had lunch – more of that lighting and a wall of bottles:

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and a ceiling of colour:

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This is looking up through all the hanging pieces to the glass ceiling and the shadowy shapes of the buildings soaring up into the sky beyond:

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Outside again.  City laneways:

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Another laneway:

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a conjunction of city architectural styles, the first being intriguing light:

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Slices of city:

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a touch of art deco:

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grace and plane tree leaves:

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that graceful building from different angles, with all the different skyscrapers behind:

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& a black and white of that lovely old building:

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blocks on top of the imperialistic post office building:

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It was a fun day where consumerism was indulged in – to great and long-lasting effect 🙂

MtLawleyShire’s day in the city

I went into the city to meet a friend, and of course, took the camera with me 🙂

Old Perth – the bricks and sandstone, the variety of shapes and handsome windows:

Museum & the back of the Battye Library

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sunlight and shadow and reflections in windows – The old Police Courts

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PICA and outside the Museum

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on James Street

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the green and the shade of the summer plane trees add the illusion of coolth:

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The modern city of blocks and lines, glass and concrete and interesting reflections, angles and shadows:

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This is my favourite shot:

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and there is a Christmas sense to it all: decorations on the streets:

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& in the Museum where Betty the raptor is slightly less dignified 😀

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Another early morning out of MtLawleyShire

Thursday morning – another early start for working in the city.

First view of sunrise – lousy light, brilliant colours, and me running for the bus at 6.00 am.

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But this morning, I am working in the city centre, so I have time to stop and take photos.

From the plaza, with the sculptures outside the library for silhouetted contrast:

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Wellington Street

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Views of the sunrisen sky from the walkway across Roe Street and the walkway above Wellington Street, affording a lovely view of clouds and colour:

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The Bell Tower, at the river end of Barrack Street, against sunrise

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Looking down Hay Street east

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touched by sunrise, steeped in night

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Petunias at the breakfast cafe: Hay Street

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Two views of early morning sky:

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Hay and Barrack Street corner – buildings against the infinity of morning

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contrasts of light, shadow and styles

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against the morning sky

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Hay Street east in the full morning

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And this: bright morning and light

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Next posts will be sunsets and roses – & the lovely fluffy Fattee Cattee

🙂

Sunrise & city shots out of MtLawleyShire

I have been working days as well as nights recently.  The first was on Tuesday, straight after Easter, and though it is not cold, or even cool, it is, nonetheless, dark at 5.30 in the morning.  So – we have the moon:

this morning's moon

Then, as I ran for the bus at 6.00 am – colour in the sky.  The pics are blurred due to me not understanding camera settings and the fact I had to stand in the middle of William Street & then run for the bus…

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In the city, there was no colour:

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In some of the streets, hemmed in by skyscrapers, there was almost no light at all:

soaring shadows  canyons of night

This is the view up Hay Street West through the front window of the CAT bus (Central Area Transit – they don’t really have special buses for cat lovers in Perth)

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By the time I got to West Perth and looked east, there was colour in the sky:

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It struck buildings and plane trees – quite lovely.

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During morning break, I saw the moon again:

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I finished work at midday and returned to the city – all pretense of morning was gone and the sky was the peerless blue of no rain and no coolth:

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I went home and went to bed!  Actually I met  a friend, then went home & went to bed 🙂  Actually – no – I took sunset photos, but that’s another post.  As is Thursday morning’s photos.  Many  more sunrise shots 🙂

 

 

 

 

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

catching the lowering light

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…

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

I almost forgot about this Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond, then when I remembered, I wasn’t sure whether I had anything that would fit the idea of Beyond that I hadn’t already posted.

Well, I’ve found a few photos, and I’m still not sure whether I’m correctly interpreting it, but here goes –

Beyond the city buildings, clouds give a more true perspective and beyond the clouds – an infinitude of sky:

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Beyond the stark quality of white sharp building and dark leaves, the deepness of sky & hint of morning cloud:

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Beyond suburbia, looking east: massed clouds against an evening sky:

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without these clouds falling into the deep coloured darkness of the sunset beyond the trees, the pic would have no particular perspective:

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Coming from beyond the visible:

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Beyond day, beyond open sunset, the closing down of night with remaining colours beyond the tree/suburbia line:

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I’ve posted some shots from this series before, but not these 2. I could call them ‘beyond hope’ – a shot of virga lit by sunset with the pale evening sky beyond.

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Out of MtLawleyShire: Early morning in the city

Monday morning, Jan 7.  Up very early – it was too hot to sleep anyway – and just as I stepped out to catch the bu? Thunder & rain.  The thunder went, the rain didn’t.  It was already over 30 degrees and raining.  It wasn’t cool in the slightest.  It was like being in the tropics!  Much as I love rain, this was a little disappointing – no photos of the flowers in the city orchard this morning!  Would I be able to take any photos at all?

When I stepped out of the air-conditioned bus in the centre of the city, it was like stepping into a hot, dripping wet blanket.  YUCK!

But – there were photos to be taken.

These tall buildings on the corner of William & Hay streets leaned together under the heavy skies like conspirators, and their customary proud gleam is dulled in the heavy light of rainy early morning

conspirators  soaring into heat and rain

I risked getting wet – & worse, my new camera getting wet – to get this shot:

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As I walked down Hay Street Mall, I noticed things I’d never noticed before.  Many, because of the rain, I couldn’t photograph, but these 2 I could: an artfully painted wall at the entrance to an otherwise dingy alley, and a detail on the wall of Piccadilly Arcade.

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The view down to the end of William Street – which has lost its beauty because of the unpopular work to remove open space from the river front and add more corporate high-rise – is silenced by rain and filled with reflections on the road rather than the buildings.

towards the end of William Street

I found a cafe that was open (my normal cafe is closed until the end of January) in Hay Street Mall.  I tried to capture the wet reflections and the rain.  The green of the leaves is intensified – washed free of the fust over the last weeks of very hot days.

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& as I took photos of corners saw something I hadn’t noticed before: a remnant of older architecture:

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looking east up Hay Street is all quiet reflecting roads and grey skies and looking down Barrack Street to the river and the ‘Bell Tower’ is just greyness, except for the washed green of leaves.

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Then it was time to head for the college.  I played some: a reflection in a shop window: mask over the building across the road.  It didn’t really work as the building is too blurred, but it intrigued me nonetheless.

 

 

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& this building, normally so stark and white against the sky, is as grey as the sky, it lines not as stark.

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It was a strange morning, so hot, so humid, and this was Monday.  I am posting on Wednesday, and it only began to cool down last night.  We are in for a horrendous summer.  As I drove past Hyde Park yesterday afternoon, I saw that one of the ponds is almost completely empty of water.

Global warming is going to have the most heartbreaking effects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unoffical Weekly photo challenge: Summer

From Alisa at where’smybackpack comes another unofficial weekly photo challenge: Summer.

http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/05/18/summer/

No – there are no trees in this photo.  Summer in south west of Western Australia is  not a great time.  I did not go to where 400 year old trees died in 2 weeks from the heat – approx 20,000 of them.  I did not go down south where bushfires decimated the karri forests of ancient trees – wiping out the homes of the very endangered black cockatoo, wiping out their food.  They come up here, eat the wrong food and die.  I don’t usually take photos of flowers burnt by the sun before they’re fully open.

So, there are not many photos, but some:

smoke over the river, shrouding the city during the south west bushfire:

and the sunset the next day:

The ponds in the park drying out as the ground water levels drop, causing salinity to rise, which slowly kills the great conifers in the park:

Then there are the sunsets: magnificent – burning with red heat:

or malevolent, heavy with threat, trapping the heat and the rain intimated by the clouds never comes:

 

and there is nowhere cool in my house at night – she spreads herself on the kitchen floor:

No – I don’t enjoy Summer in Perth.

There weren’t many entries listed in zemanta so couldn’t find many to link back to 😦

Trees: out of the ‘shire and back again

Today I went into the city & while I was there, took the opportunity to – you guessed it – take photos of trees 🙂  In fact, as I drove there & back, passed so many amazing trees that I know I either have long walks ahead of me, or driving with detours.

These trees were on Adelaide Terrace, at the eastern edge of the Central Business District. From the side streets that go down to the river, you can look towards South Perth, on the other side of the river:

But outside the hotel where I met friends, there were trees.  The light and angles were difficult, so some photos were easier than others.  I also had to contend with traffic and the general untidiness of a major street in the city on a public holiday.

There were Morten Bay figs and young eucalypts – I don’t know which type, but they grow wonderfully straight.

These are Morten Bay figs:

 

These are the young eucalypts:

 

  

Some grow as straight as telephone poles.

 

Then it was home time and sunset.  As I walked up William Street to my favourite vantage points, I noticed flowers:

 

 

Then I noticed the light on the trees, the way it picked out branches, coating them in a reddish gold:

 

 

Then the sunset, but with the wide clear sky, it was more glow than anything else:

  

It the northern, southern and eastern skies, the colours of sunset ricocheted through clouds:

 

But the real glory of the night was this:

The Good Friday Moon:

 

 

Later, when all colours had fled and the night was truly dark, the shadows outside my gate were sharply incised against concrete paving silvered by the brilliance of the moonlight.

I don’t have a photo of that.  You will have to imagine it.

So, I had a busy day and now I must go to bed.  An even busier one tomorrow…