Sunday, May 28, 2017

The sweetest prize..

With less than a week to go until official winter in Australia here in Perth we still have temps in the 20C's but... with the possibility of rain on the 1st of the month.. we will see. Meanwhile our native and European bees are super busy here in the autumn/winter flowering gums preparing for the colder months ahead.. it's a competition in the flowering trees and bushes between the birds and the bees, both after the same sweet prize! You just know I'm going to have to say it.. hope you have a 'bee'utiful Sunday, I know right :) Take care and stay safe..

Saturday, May 27, 2017


 Although young by European standards the Narrows Bridge when it opened in 1959 was the largest pre-cast, pre-stressed concrete bridge in the world according to Wikipedia and is WA Heritage listed. It is easy to be impressed when standing under the bridge by the volume of concrete held up by the triangular shaped columns. As I was taking a few shots, attracted by the reflections in the water and arrow straight lines of sun shining through from above.. a flock of pelicans sailed nonchalantly through...

...on their way to the city :) Happy weekend, take care and stay safe.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Guiding light..

Aimee came dashing in after work on Wednesday to say there were signs of a fabulous sunset on the coast five minutes from home.. 'quick, grab your camera, let's go'. Phew! We got there with five minutes to spare! Check out what's in the background there.. the lighthouse at Hillarys Boat Harbour all wrapped up for restorations. Will come down and take some pics when fini but as Aimee pondered what will guide the ships out to sea now? Do you remember this shot where it was guiding in a UFO :) Below the colours just before the sun sinks below the horizon..

... and after. Probably not the most dramatic sunset I've ever seen, but nice all the same. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, May 25, 2017


 There are a lot of young people these days who choose not to watch the news. I found this a little hard to understand until I realised that there is actually very little good news covered. You know it has to be out there somewhere, but news channels have decided that it's the bad that attracts viewers. I am as shocked as millions of others at the atrocities that occur daily around the world these days and found myself bawling yesterday morning while watching a mother grief stricken, not knowing that when her young daughter went off full of excitement to a concert that it would be the last time she would see her. How can that even happen! Where do you go when you can't make sense of things? For me it's either my garden or the beach.. if you stare long enough...

... things calm down eventually.. for a while :( Take care and stay safe...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


 "What a lovely surprise to finally discover
how unlonely being alone can be"...  Ellen Burstyn.
The weather has taken a turn for the better worse.. rain, rain and more rain, j'adore! Not many brave enough to swim but there's always someone! More of the same tomorrow might give me the chance to catch a few rare umbrella shots.. hopefully :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe... P.s. I hope you like this image as much as I do.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Aquatic surprises..

I had an unexpected delightful surprise when in South Perth yesterday! The South Perth foreshore has had a fabulous upgrade over the last few years and it's always a treat to walk along and view the city from the other side of the Swan River. I was there to see if a particular view of the city from under the Narrows Bridge would make a good image for a new header shot when I spotted the head above pop out of the water..

What an experience for the stand-up board rider below, there were at least three dolphins that I could see cavorting around his board.. he did pull out a camera. I would have loved to see those close-up shots!   

The pod of pelicans above and the dolphins moved under the bridge...

...and the hunt for fish began in earnest! I took these shots from the other side of the river with my long lens, unfortunately I didn't have a tripod.. one of these days I'll be prepared for the unexpected :) Is it just me or is there something really calming about dolphin sightings! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...

Monday, May 22, 2017

The bees pleas!

It's the old which came first the chicken or the egg conundrum! I'm not sure which came first the paste-up of the hungry bee pleading for plant sustenance or the ironically flowery mural below? Did the mural artist even notice the plea! You can see in the two shots below how tiny the paste-up, to the right of the door, is. In the last shot which I took first I didn't even realise it was there! Neither were signed but it's a plea worth mentioning and one that I personally heeded, planting two new flowers over the weekend.. in the rain! The change-over to Windows 10 went remarkably smoothly I thought, although the 'Grace you're a nightmare' comments from P might be an indication that it wasn't as smooth for him :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

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