Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Big Splash WA VII.. Hope Restored.

It's been a while since we've had one of the fabulously decorated dolphins around the city during January and February as part of The Big Splash WA, a Perth Children's Hospital Foundation initiative to raise awareness and vital funds for child and adolescent mental health. 'Hope Restored' by Perth visual artist Rebecca Kerbey sits in the foyer of Enex. The black lacquered background with gold textured design represents 'a visual parallel between renewable and interconnected neurons in the human brain and the philosophy of a Japanese ancient pottery technique called ‘Kintsugi’, which translates into ‘joining with gold’. Broken pottery is repaired with a seam of lacquer and precious metal, highlighting the cracks rather than hiding them. Like the pieces of shattered pottery, we are all connected and by joining together we can mend our community'. 🐬 encounters around the city are delightful :) Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tawny Frogmouth.. Strike a Pose!

I confess, I didn't spot the tawny frogmouth here and yesterday's post. I would have walked right on by if P hadn't pointed it out. Do you think you would have spotted it? After taking yesterday's shots I moved in a little closer and the most extraordinary thing happened. In the top shot the frogmouth is beginning to straighten its head and below the head thrust upwards and although the eye closes it is still observing every move as it assumes a branch-like pose.. one of the best examples of mimicry in Australian birds and absolutely fascinating to watch.. the masters of disguise! Happy Saturday, take care and stay safe..

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tawny Frogmouth..

AT LAST! As you know I have been trying to catch a pic of the tawny frogmouth for ages! Was so excited to see this little beauty on a walk around Lake Joondalup. They are masters of camouflage, sitting in the paper-nark trees alongside the lake.. how about that tree bark! I discovered that the tawny frogmouth isn't an owl as I thought but actually from the podargus genus. Although they look a wee bit like owls to amateur-birders like moi there are many differences between the two if you read the link. The owl hunts by swooping down and picking up it's prey with its claws, the frogmounth uses its beak, check out those tufts of bristles atop its beak, making it an easy prey for feral cats as it lands on the ground to get its prey. They normally travel with a mate, I searched but couldn't spot it. Still, one is better than none right! Talk about an expressive face. You won't believe what it did when it thought I was getting too close, show you tomorrow. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leedy Palooza.. Un-Fair Day encore.. Happy Un-Valentine Day.

Yup! That's it there on the corner.. my un-romantic contribution to Un-Valentine Day.. a bike stand 💜 A few last pics from the Un-Fair Day in Leederville on Sunday afternoon/evening.  So much fun for the kids.. free fun =  super fun for the parents :)

The mermaids are always popular with both the girls and boys.. all were fascinated, as was I, with the Marie Antoinette of the Sea hair above. It's like the surf, the waves, the sea and all the colourful creatures that live within all piled up together, fabulous!

Tall ladies, the strongman, funky music by the Junkadelic Dumpster Disco Crew, the ringmaster.. happy days! I took the farewell to the un-fair shot below while waiting for Aimee to return with my (mis)FORTUNE. An ice-cream designed by Gusto Gelato (check it out) to celebrate Un-Fair Day.. a 'black white chocolate gelato with crushed fortune cookie pieces. Confucius say hopefully you're fortunate enough to get your laughing gear around this one'. I did and it was the un-perfect end to our visit. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Leedy Palooza.. Un-Fair Day!

Unfair Day = 'The best-worst family street fair you're most unwelcome to attend. Unlucky dips, bad family portraits, misfortune cookies and weirdly wonderful creations. Unfair Day will be regrettably unforgettable!' You've just got to love free community events during Fringe World :)

Aimee and I were in Leederville on Sunday afternoon when Oxford Street below, the main street in Leedy was transformed into an urban lounge room..  

We were a little early to have our misfortunes told by the 'unfortunate fortune teller' which was actually fortunate for me.. that tent was unfortunately way too small for a claustrophobe like moi :)

Seriously small!

The kids were fascinated by the snakes.. I too was never almost tempted to wear it around my neck :) I did touch though.. cool!

They do say that children have more fun with the boxes their presents come in than with the actual present itself.. could be true. Below a massive pile of old boxes in Boxville kept many children busy constructing for ages..

I might be pushing my luck with number of pics so will show a few more tomorrow. I'm glad I took the shot below looking down on Oxford Street, the main street in Leederville where the traffic can be hectic and the parking scarce. Taken over for the afternoon and evening by unfortunates.. I like it much better this way :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sun, surf and kangaroos..

Oh yes I do see a shark fin there but we won't talk about that :) In Leederville for a super fun Fringe World event yesterday afternoon I was delighted to come across the 'couldn't be more Aussie than this' mural in the distinctive neon glow styling of Drew Straker, last seen here using the same technique to create a negative effect. Down a laneway off Oxford Street the Straker glow beckoned :) pretty cool don't you think! Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fringe World 2018.. A pirate's tale.

In the city two pirates bold
Their (plastic) swords they did hold
Swashbuckling began in earnest
The whereabouts of the treasure to learnest :)
A young maiden walking by
Captured the pirate's eye
 The battle it was over..

Words bein' mightier than th' sword
 Discussion with th' crew did follow
To find that spot marked 'X'
So in the treasure they could wallow!

I never said I was a poet but bless me hearty I do try :) In the city yesterday checking out some Fringe World fun.. lots of free goings on for the kids, like the live action treasure hunt here. So much more to see over the next week. Happy Sunday ye landlubbers, take care and stay safe.. P.s. big catch up today..

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