Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Looking Northwards to Cottesloe Beach

I enjoy going to Mosman Beach to take photos, but usually face southwards towards Fremantle to views like the one here. This time, I decided to capture the coastline looking northwards to the pine trees at one of Perth's popular beaches, Cottesloe Beach.


Craig from Boris in Ayrshire commented about some of my earlier cargo photos and Lego.
Hence the post title.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Swan Valley Kangaroo

It was a wonderfully sunny Sunday afternoon yesterday and I was in the Swan Valley visiting friends. About 30 kangaroos feed in the paddocks close to their house. Amazing given this is about a 30 minute drive from the central business district of Perth. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Caller

This installation has prominent place near the entrance to the Art Gallery of Western Australia. I have often walked past hurrying between the city centre and the car park at the Art Gallery. The work stands talls and dominant in the plaza area of the Perth Cultural Centre.

It was erected on 26 June 1998 on International United Nations Day in dedication to torture victims and survivors. The plaque beside the statue acknowledges Gerherd Marcks 1889-1981 for Der Rufer (The Caller). The installation was cast in bronze by in 1981 by Giesserie Barth in Berlin.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Sometimes, things are not always as they seem at first glance.
Reflections from the farm dam at Red Gully Vineyard, Nannup.

Friday, August 26, 2011


Talking about camels yesterday started me reminiscing on my long walk in the Simpson Desert. Why did I do it? Well that's a story for another time. Was it an experience worth remembering? Absolutely!

Over my two weeks walking, I became "attached" to one camel in particular Istan, short for Istanbul, but the 'bul' part was no longer hence the name change. Us "cobbers" loaded up the camels each morning. At least Istan did not bite, kick or spit green slime over me and I was relatively "happy", if you could call it that, to dig under his belly and pull the ropes for the pack through. I guess you could almost say that we became friends - well friends of sorts if a knock or two on the head is evidence of affection. The obstinancy of camels is well known. Gary Zeck's artwork reminded me not only of my own colourful desert experiences, but the tenacity and sheer determination, grit and courage of settlers who took on the isloation, flies and the harshness of outback life to explore this vast and amazing country.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gary Zeck: Balladonia Dreaming

Gary Zeck's new works at Gallows Gallery in Mosman Park tell of the amazing story of early settler life in Balladonia in remote Western Australia. The catalogue for his works gives the following background.

The year is 1874, construction is about to commence on the telegraph station at Israelite Bay on the western end of the Great Australian Bight to link the east and west coasts. What drives a mother with her son and daughter to go to one of the least known and remote parts of Australia at a time when there were only horse tracks and less than a handful of settlers.....(these are) stories of unbelievable determination, courage and endurance. But what made then do it?

Gary's paintings and large ceramics explore that very question. Gary's research included travelling to Balladonia to explore the essence of the country. Images of camels, history and the isolation and harshness of settler life are captured in his work.

As last year I spent two weeks walking 200 kms through the Simpson Desert with camels encountering all the challenges that come from relying on camels for support, the exhibition was fascinating for both the artwork as well as the recollections of my own remote outback experiences. Gary  is pictured here with his work Samarkand Dreaming.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Night Watch

I am fascinated with the comings and goings of Fremantle Harbour and tonight was no exception. This time though there was not a soul in sight. It was not the hustle and bustle of a busy port but the reflections of light shimmering across the harbour, the quietness of a misty night and the wind sweeping across the waters. Like the calm before the storm.  

Form One Lane

I really do enjoy the scene at Fremantle ports. I was at Port Beach, where this photo was taken, absorbed in the atmosphere and taking in the view of the juxtaposition of sea, beaches, surfers, large fuel tanks, cargo, cranes, railway, shipping and big haulage trucks thundering past. Add to that a history laden past since the port was established in 1829 and it makes for a fascinating place to visit.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Fishing at Jetty Street, Claremont

After a wonderful stay in Sydney, it was time to return to Perth. Over the weekend, I went to the UWA Extension course about blogging by Amanda Kendle. The course was held at Christ Church Grammar School near the Swan River in Claremont. Lunch was at the Bethesda Hospital cafe which is open to the public. The river views are superb.

Of course, my camera came along with me and after the course finished I went down to the river to explore. Although I have driven past many times, this is the first time I have stopped to take a closer look. The weather was warm and as evening was approaching, people were starting to gather on the jetty for their night's fishing. Another wonderful spot in Perth discovered.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

To the Ancestors of This Land

For me, no visit to Sydney is complete without a walk through the Botanical Gardens usually on the way from my hotel in Surry Hills to Circular Quay. In this case, I was going in the reverse direction from the Quay to the Art Gallery of New South Wales when I took a pathway less followed and came across this installation paying respect to the ancestors of this land. The day had been wet and as the ground was wonderfully muddy, the sculpture was protected by a rope from passers-by who, being  inquisitive, may get too close to the work. This is a glimpse of what is a large installation in the land.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

From Doyles at Watson's Bay

The view while relaxing over an enjoyable lunch at Doyles in Watson's Bay, Sydney

Friday, August 19, 2011

Morning Sky

Surry Hills hotel view from the 12th floor looking towards Paddington.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Entrance at Brett Whiteley's Studio, Surry Hills Sydney. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

At Belvoir


A short time for a holiday in Sydney, as usual staying in Surry Hills and visiting a favourite theatre, the Belvoir.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Wine Choices

Last week, I had a short visit to Adelaide. Rain was pouring down so the National Wine Centre there was a welcomed venue to drop into. What a wonderful way to see and sample some of the magnificent wines South Australia has on offer.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Waiting for Spring's Arrival

In  June this year, I posted a photo of this tree. It was mid winter then and a chilly morning with the sun reaching across a barren Perry Lakes Reserve. The image of the tree has stayed with me and I have since written a short poem to be included in a small book I am putting together. In commenting, Julie - Sydney Eye - suggested revisting the tree as Steffe does from time in time in Photos from Haninge. So here it is. The first photo of this tree, Ode to Winter is here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Weather of Tongues

As poet Kevin Gillam said, we launch many things: boats, rockets, new ideas, schemes, careers and of course books.
Kevin launched fellow poet Mags Webster's The Weather of Tongues at Gallows Gallery in Glyde Street Mosman Park.
Mags is pictured here with paintings by Diana Watson in the background. Mags' book is available in Perth from independent book sellers.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Welcome Walls

Over the weekend, the weather was wonderfully mild and I spent time looking around Fremantle, ending up at the Welcome Walls at the Western Australian Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay. 400 panels make up the Welcome Walls that pay tribute to the contributions made to the state by migrants who arrived by sea. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

At the Bottom of the Harbour

"A business man takes his suitcase on a snorkelling holiday".
This installation is near the E Shed markets at Fremantle Port.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Boatshed Reflections on the Swan River

The reflections on the Swan River have been a delight this winter.
The old Boatshed is not far from where the Crawley Baths used to be and Liza's statue is now placed.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Evening Light at Claisebrook Cove

Claisebrook Cove not far from the city in East Perth where yesterday's post, Swan Lake, was also taken.