Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ocean of Flowers

Although in Sydney for only a day there was still time to catch up on some of the 18th Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island. This photo is a small piece of detail from Li Hongbo's amazing, fragile and extensive installation, Ocean of Flowers. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Synergy Playground Kings Park

It's always a delight to visit this playground whether to catch up with friends over a delicious lunch at the cafe, have a family picnic or during the summer months enjoy an evening at the outdoor cinema. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

More Than a Water Tower

Arising early, I had hoped to capture a stunning sunrise over Perth - just like those of the past few mornings. However it was not to be as the sun rose to gently lighten up the morning sky and herald in the new day. 

Nevertheless, it was the first time I have noticed the numerous mobile transmitters on this water tower near Bold Park in City Beach. Quite a contrast to the natural bush surrounds. I have no idea when the transmitters first started to appear on the tower's rim, but it is certainly starting to look full at the top.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

On the shoreline at Leighton Beach

I love the ocean and even more so in winter. There is always so much going on. The beach changes as the winter waters creep up towards the sand dunes. Seaweed clamps litter the shoreline and what is left of the beach. The westerly wind blows whipping up the ocean. The waves swell to assert their power as they curl over and pound the shore. Walking along the shoreline is difficult, refreshing and exciting.  I delight in it all.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Winter Wetlands

winter wetlands laid bare
on cold earth - 
the mist 
like smoke rising

Monday, June 25, 2012

Northbridge Miniatures

There's quite a range of street art in the Northbridge area of Perth. But last week I was on the lookout for small pieces of work and during my exploring found the above miniature piece on the side of a bin in Francis Street, Northbridge as well as at several other places.

The pieces below were also part of the "bin art".

The works look like it took considerable effort to prepare and print let alone the challenge of then getting these pieces out into community spaces.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Morning Mist

cool morning mist
cold night lingering
resisting -
the winter sun

Yesterday at Perry Lakes, Floreat Park.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Nature's Lace

It has been a long time since I have been to the wetlands at Perry Lakes. So today it was time for me to put on my waterproof boots and get out and about in the early morning light.

While I arrived a little later than intended the mist was still rising off the land and swampy wetland waters. Shrugging off the night, the morning sun made the landscape vibrant and alive and danced across last night's dew drops. Despite my initial inclination to remain in my snug bed it was a wonderful way to start the day.  

Friday, June 22, 2012

Evening Calm

After the rain and dark evening skies of the last few days, yesterday's sunset was a delight. The peaceful scene at Herdsman Lake Regional Park was worthwhile stopping for on the way home.  

The park is about 6 kms from Perth and like nearby Lake Monger is a wonderful spot for walking, jogging and bike riding. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Northbridge Carpark

 It was a beautiful day after the storms of the past week.
Time for exploring Northbridge 
finding fresh perspectives in the mundane. 
A carpark -
the view from Michael Close. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Approaching Storm

It has been rainy and cold this afternoon with intermittent thunderstorms and some hail.

While driving home along the coastal highway I could see glimpses of the storm clouds gathering and interested in a closer look turned off the highway and into the car park overlooking the ocean at Floreat Beach. 

These seagulls were playing in the wind but for me the best spot was to stay in the car - yes I know a bit of a sook - and certainly a better option than getting out to face the winds laced with lightly falling rain.

Fortunately I was able to get home before the full force of the storm reached our shores.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Taking in the Ad Break

Today was not a day to get out and about with a camera so this pic is from Sunday evening when we were entertained by our son's dog Stitch when he took up pride of place to watch a television documentary about dinosaurs. Despite the break in the show for ads, Stitch stayed glued to the spot. Apparently cartoons are his favourite along with any shows of the animal kind.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Freo Scooter

          Recently this scooter was the only bit of brightness in an otherwise quiet Cliff Street in Fremantle. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cottesloe Surfer

The day started out a little bleak. 

By late morning when we had finished our coffee, Cottelsoe Beach was looking very inviting for a leisurely stroll while others who had braved the winter waters of the Indian Ocean were coming in from the surf.  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Private Property

The challenge of getting a message (any message) across. 
Near the cafe Il Cibo in Market Street Fremantle.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


A wonderful lunchtime in the city park near the corner of William and Hay Streets, Perth. About forty five minutes later the sky had clouded over and it was raining again. It was not until downloading this photo that the large nest in the treetop was clear. I have no idea what bird would have such a large nest in this city location. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

At the Lake's Edge

A new day has dawned and after the storm, the house it still intact. No electricity down on the vineyard, although Ken and our dog Elvis are managing okay with the wood fire and have light due to the loan of a generator. No one get advise us when power will be restored. 

It's not a day that I want to go out in to take pics, so instead I have played with sepia tones on photos taken at the lake's edge in Hyde Park, Mt Lawley were I enjoy visiting and seeing the changing colours and decay of the fallen leaves. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Between Storms

While emergency crews have been out in force cleaning up debris from Sunday's storm and returning electricity services to 170,000 residences and business, diehard kite and board surfers were near Cottesloe Beach today taking advantage of the windy conditions before the next storm -  forecast for this evening - hits our shores. 

This week we had intended to start pruning the vines down on the vineyard at Nannup. When I last heard the electricity was still out so we have our fingers crossed that tonight's storm won't be as severe as predicted. 

Definitely a night to stay indoors and - just in case - have the torch within easy reach!  

Monday, June 11, 2012

Skate Boarding in Cantonment Street

There is lots to see in the murals on this old building in Cantonment Street Fremantle as well as plenty of action from skate boarders over the weekend.

This is my contribution to Mural Monday.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Wild Weather in the West Today

Severe weather warnings did not dampen our spirits as a large group of party goers left the city for Dwellingup, a couple of hours drive south of Perth, to surprise Helen and join with her in celebrating a special birthday milestone. 

Taking up the front carriage we enjoyed a Hotham Valley stream train ride before the fun and birthday celebrations continued over a sumptuous lunch at a local winery while the storm raged outside. It was then back on the bus for the return trip to Perth although as you can see, there was a tree or two to be missed as we made out way back home. Despite the weather, it has been a fabulous day. 

Happy Birthday Helen and may there be many more! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Players Wanted

Overcast today and all is quiet at the Fremantle Bowling Club. I presume that bowls is in recess for the winter months. A while ago now I thought that I would give bowls a go; after all everyone that I knew who plays regularly really does rave about the game and I was interested in doing something new. So I took on a season of corporate bowls but it turned out not to be a sport that I was excited about. Still if nothing ventured......At least I have crossed it off my "want to try" list.  

However, if it you think bowls is for you and you are down Freo way, I am sure this Club would be interested in you fronting up to the clubhouse for a yarn about joining.  

Friday, June 8, 2012

Arcade View

Even from the very end of this arcade that runs between Hay and Murray Streets in Perth, the colours and contrast of the mural, brickwork and reflections were enough to get me interested and take a quick detour for a closer look. The mural is located next to the Town Hall. 

Another new perspective to the city I had not previously noticed. It's amazing what I continue to discover  about where I live when there is a camera in my shoulder bag. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Studio Corner

Following on from yesterday's post, another shot through the window of the closed jewellery studio door at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Playing with Light at the Fremantle Art Centre Studio

Taking this photo through the window in the door of the closed jewellery making studio was a bit of a challenge but I was taken by the contrasting light on the bare wooden table and floor. The sepia toning I have used here helps to convey my feelings of what I saw from the studio doorway. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Down at Fremantle Ports

It has been ages since I have been to South Mole and even longer since I have watched a powerful ship glide gently through the harbour waters into Fremantle's port. 

As a child I enjoyed visits to Fremantle harbour to watch ships and boats of all sizes come into port. The atmosphere was buzzing; crowds gathered and cars lined the roadway taking every available parking space on the North and South Moles of the harbour. Those fishing from the moles for their daily catch always had a tale to tell - the one that got away, the one that did not, the comparison of the size of their catch with last time, what was running, what was not.  They also had pride of place to see the passing parade on the water. 

Today it was nowhere near as busy. The weather was mild for a winter's day and the wind blew, but not too much. It was pleasant to wait and watch as this ship entered the harbour and the tug boat crew skilfully manoeuvred the ship comfortably into its berth. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fragments of Art

Up high on a shop wall in Mary Street, Highgate - fragments of street art and love.

This is my contribution to Mural Monday.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A Quiet Afternoon in Hyde Park

Hyde Park, Mt Lawley.
One of my favourite places to stroll and take pics whatever the time of day or weather. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Freo Bus Shelter

Down in Fremantle again this morning. This  bus shelter is opposite the Fremantle Arts Centre where I have been doing a photography course. When I arrived, an elderly gentleman was engrossed in his morning limbering up exercises whilst waiting for the bus. He used the bus shelter for support on one side and the walking frame for support on the other. Wonderful! 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tranquil at the Beach

Being at the beach by water's edge has been a lifelong pleasure for me. It is one of the most enjoyable and tranquil places for me to go.

Sun, rain, calm or stormy weather brings different aspects to beaches where I love to walk, run, relax and live.

This is my contribution to the City Daily Photo Theme Day for June, Tranquillity.

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