Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The osprey..

While I was taking pictures of the petit 'singing honeyeater' a few days ago P had his much longer than mine lens pointing skywards just in time to see the Osprey nesting atop the communications tower near the beach spot it's next meal, swoop down and bring it home! Measuring in at 60cm the osprey is a medium sized raptor but with a wingspan of 180cm it still has an impressive swoop :) Right now I don't feel impressive in any way having succumbed to the dreaded flu, so it's a couple of days in bed for moi and hopefully I'll catch up in time for weekend reflections. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Singing Honeyeater..

Although we have had much rain in Perth over the last few days there were moments like this when the skies were super blue. Yesterday at Hillarys Boat Harbour to take photos of something entirely different I was sidetracked by the singing honeyeater sitting so prettily in the scrub bushes along the coast. Not having the patience it takes to be a true birder, when one of the smaller birds (18cm) sits still long enough for me to take a shot.. I'd be mad not to. I saw many swallows also but they were not as obliging :) P was after bigger fish.. might be a guest post tomorrow. Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe... P.s. one thing that I've noticed lately.. I'm easily sidetracked :)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Welcome to Freo.. A kraken good endeavour!

On Saturday after leaving the markets in Fremantle we went in search of this massive mural, I know right, it's a bit hard to miss :) painted in 2013.. a collaborative endeavour between Jackson Harvey, Jerome Davenport and Luke O'Donohoe, paint supplied by the City of Fremantle. Found on the wall of Pearse Street Studio in North Fremantle.. visible from the train between Fremantle and North Fremantle it is a spectacular 'Welcome to Freo', can you see the 'Freo' in the mix of ship wreckage below, tres clever oui! Kraken! Just one more reason to keep my feet dry on terra firma :) Hope you had/are still having a fab weekend, happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Gothic art gallery..

While in the city taking these photos in Cathedral Square I popped in to see St George's Art 2017 held in St George's Cathedral.  This event, now in its 15th year is a terrific opportunity for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 from all around WA to present their work in a unique setting.. I did get a little side-tracked as you can see :)

The standard of work by the students was outstanding as always.. the piece that I have picked to show is indicative of young people's anxiety world wide re the current state of politics in the US.. and on that note :) I wish you a happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Umbrellas and winter sales..

 Apart from the winter festivities going on around Perth right now there are also the winter sales, signs announcing anywhere from 25%, 50% and below even better 70% off! In Australia we have Christmas sales, Easter sales, winter sales, summer sales and the biggest of them all the Boxing Day sales.. tourists come and buy up big! In Paris les soldes are restricted to twice a year. There are good and bad points to both.. we're pretty laid back in Perth, there's no rush, if you miss one sale eh (shrugging shoulders) another will be along shortly so there's no real bargain buzz. In Paris it sounds like the first few days of les soldes are a crazy crush and all the good stuff is gone vite then you have to wait until the next season for another. Personally if there's a crush situation I'd rather pay a few dollars more :) how about you? Bon weekend, take care and stay safe..

Friday, July 21, 2017

Umbrellas up, up and almost away!

We've had some wild winter weather hurrah over the last few days, Aimee tells me the squalls in the city were quite ferocious so it was with curiosity yesterday afternoon that I went in to take a few shots of the umbrella installation on Hay Street.. just one of the events in this year's City of Perth Winter Arts Season. There were still raindrops on the brollies but for a short while the sky cleared. Colourful umbrellas en masse are a delight to see but for added interest some architectural details from the many heritage buildings along Hay St. That's Percy Archibald Buttons in the last shot, still entertaining tourists and locals 63 years after passing away, he had a tough life did Percy! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Re-discovering treasure..

On this post last week some of you quite rightly admired the glimpse of the building here. This has to be one of the biggest and most successful restorations in the city. The Old Treasury Building built in 1877, occupied by the State Government for 120 years and then left abandoned for two decades.. imagine that, incroyable! You can see some interior pics taken before the restoration here. Now home to some of Perth's finest restaurants and boutique hotel, this old beauty is refreshed, restored and fabulous! If you have a few minutes scroll down and check out the short video here to have a closer look. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. taken very early just as people are arriving in the city.. 

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