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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Did you hear the story about...

Don't you love it when you download a series of photos and spot one that is sublimely perfect for manipulation! I shot the image above thinking 'darn balloon', only later did I see the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) 'orbiting' around the side, how could I possibly not evolve it into an 'outer space planetary exploration' scenario :)

This drone was flying over the opening of Krispy Kreme early on Wednesday morning, check out the attached Canon camera looking straight at me. Did you hear the story about the lady caught sunbathing in her back garden last week, it went viral.. I don't mean to smile but somehow can't stop, wicked moi :) note I've used a link without an image, I think that shot has set sail and left the harbour :) Meanwhile on a more serious note reckless use of the drones is becoming a danger to aircraft and that isn't funny at all! Hope you have a fab weekend, take care and stay safe.. p.s. I enjoyed the cloud formations in the shot below.

Friday, November 28, 2014

A sad day..

This is not the post I had intended for today, but while I was preparing yesterday afternoon the news came through that 25 year old cricketer Phillip Hughes had passed away after being struck in the head while batting for South Australia at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Grounds) on Tuesday. It was a little hard to be lighthearted. Young cricketers have lost a wonderful roll-model, Australian cricket a champion. Condolences to family, friends and everyone who knew and loved him.. no one's fault, a tragic accident.. RIP Phillip Hughes.. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lord of the rings!

Donut rings that is! We've had a few big events in Perth over the last two months with Zara opening it's city store followed soon after by Topshop. Fashion is one thing but donuts are altogether another :) The hype building up to the opening of Perth's first Krispy Kreme has been insane huge! This was my first glimpse of the 'krazy' at 8.30am yesterday morning, taken from the rooftop car park at Whitford City my local shopping centre. Nestled in amongst the greenery the longest line of donut devotees.. one lad camping out for 2 nights to be first in line was rewarded with a years supply of donuts.. result!! Directly over the horizon of trees.. the Indian Ocean!

Down at ground level it was quite the affair.. balloons, brass band, celebrities, the works! There was much debate on the part of Krispy Kreme as to whether setting up shop here in the west was a viable option.. they should have quizzed Jamie Oliver, he could have reassured them as to how enthusiastically Perthites embrace the new.. if the product is deserving!

There were the usual official speeches..  and a few 'distractions' :)

Is it just me or is that a super-sized tuba! Below the cameras rolled as the first customers entered the building. The location out here in the northern suburbs as opposed to the city does puzzle me a little but no doubt that decision would have been well researched. The Krispy Kreme stands at Sydney and Melbourne airports will be anticipating a drop in sales, why tussle with a box of precious cargo on the flight home when now you can buy them whenever you fancy! Happy Thursday, take care. p.s. no I didn't have one.. yet :) who knew Krispy Kreme have been around for 75 years, is there one nearby to tempt you?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

4,000 lights on a fig tree!

Spotting my camera, a voice from up in the magnificent Moreton Bay fig tree inquired "would you like me to pose for you luv"! In Fremantle for a specific purpose I wasn't paying the right amount of attention and hadn't noticed the cherry-picker and workmen both below and above in the tree. If you pull the shot in you'll see that those sturdy boughs are wrapped around with fairy lights, 4,000 of them I was informed, to be switched on in spectacular fashion tonight. Won't make it tonight but will get back down there before Christmas, can't miss the sight of this glorious old beauty bedecked in jewels.

Quietly overseeing the project was distinguished Air Commodore Sir Hughie Idwal Edwards, a brave and handsome man, if you pull the image in you'll see that sculptor Andrew Kay has captured Sir Hughie's gentle features so well. It was my first visit inside the church to the right in the shot below, it has a unique feature that I'll show you on Sunday. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. I'm off to take shots of a most anticipated event this morning.. you won't believe it when I show you tomorrow, it's a little crazy :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Peace, love & ice-cream.. amen!

If only! I've spent so much time in the city lately it was good to have a change of scenery yesterday. Even though it's less than five minutes from home it's been a while since I've had a stroll around Hillarys Boat Harbour, can you believe I missed the opening of Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop above back in August, how did that happen :) It was perfect yesterday for the two sun-worshipers below, not so much today.. we're expecting a 36C scorcher.. too soon!

The scene below made me smile.. it's what big brothers are for, right!

The Welcome swallow looked so tiny way down there I almost missed it, little cutie! I've missed these walks around the marina, must make the time to do it more often.. we don't do we, take the time to stop and appreciate the little things. Hope your week is off to a peaceful start.. it's what we all hope for, take care and stay safe..

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lois Lane..

We set off on Saturday in search of a specific mural in Mt. Lawley, a 'hip' inner city suburb with an abundance of old and new street art.The mural I was after is as fresh as last week-end, painted during the Beaufort Street Festival's Laneway Project which unfortunately I missed.. two places at one time.. still impossible :) To cut a long story short, I searched, couldn't find.. will return with better directions!

After a seriously good coffee at The Flying Scotsman.. was heading back to the car when I spotted this piece in Lois Lane on the wall of Daily Planet. A collaboration back in June 2012 between Beastman, Numskull and Kyle Hughes-Odgers see more Beastman collaborations around Australia and beyond here. It's a really cool piece of work adorning an otherwise very long, very grey wall :) Hope you had/are still having a good weekend, happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, November 23, 2014

160 St. Georges Terrace..

Brookfield Place reflected in 160 St. Georges Terrace. The attraction for me in this reflection is the crazy mix of old and new, shapes and colours.. the star-burst logo was an added bonus :) below the trees of Central Park reflected in the glass facade of ... Central Park! Hope that you're having a good weekend, thoughts go out to all caught up in the horrendous weather experienced in parts of the northern hemisphere these last few days, take care, stay warm and safe..

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