Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gehry fantastical!

Well it's definitely not the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Breaking from my traditional return from Sydney view of my favourite bridge I couldn't pass up the chance to take a look at this extraordinary piece of architecture by Canadian born American architect Frank Gehry. The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, which officially opened in February 2015 is a business school building of the University of Technology Sydney. The building design is based on the idea of a tree house but is often described as a 'squashed brown paper bag'.. also quite rightly as a masterpiece.. what do you think? It is also the first and only Frank Gehry building in Australia which is a shame.. we need a wee bit of his imaginative fabulousness here in Perth. Bear with me as I catch up, happy Saturday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. new header shot taken a few days ago in Hyde Park.. autumn has arrived!

Monday, April 16, 2018

PDP is back.. almost!

Home again! Spending time with our Sydney famille is always a joy. While not technically perfect I loved the whimsical feel of the shot below, hopefully it reflects the fun and magic of turning four :)  In a month my grandson will be two, how fast the time flies! Along with every other grandparent in the world I can't believe how lucky we are to have these two super special youngsters to enrich our lives. The week ahead is super busy, plus I seem to have picked up a bug along the way, so will restart the blog on Saturday with a whole new autumn feel. Looking forward to catching up and seeing what you have been up to while I've been away.. see you Saturday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Out into the big blue.. à bientôt.

.....or, on the way UP! The above shot would have been perfect for the 'one colour' theme on the 1st :) Below on the way up to the lookout point at Mullaloo Beach..

Whichever way you look at it that's moi.. up, up and away over to Sydney to celebrate my gorgeous granddaughter's 4th birthday. Took a walk by the coast yesterday, the colours in the ocean were incroyable, untouched here that is exactly how they were.  Everyday I am thankful to live so close to such a wonderful coastline, never to be taken for granted. Have decided when I come back from Sydney this time I am going to actually do something about my fear of flying.. hypnotherapy perhaps, has anyone tried it? Please take care and stay safe until I see you back here, hopefully :) on the 16th April.. à bientôt 💙

Monday, April 2, 2018

Western Ground Parrot.. Mural of Hope.

Two fabulous murals.. one for Monday Murals today and one for next week as I will be in Sydney then. Mega talented Perth artist Brenton See whose work you have seen here many times created the 'Mural of Hope for the Western Ground Parrot' at the Perth Zoo to highlight their Western Ground Parrot breeding program. The western ground parrot, endemic to Western Australia, is one of the rarest bird species in the world, their numbers dropping rapidly mainly due to introduced predators and bush fires. Brenton's love of birds and wildlife inspired his Endemic Birds of WA Mural Project check out his blog here. You have to respect and admire the passion. Hope you are having a super Easter weekend, happy Monday take care and stay safe..

Sunday, April 1, 2018

CDP Theme Day.. One Colour.

The CDP Theme for the first of April is 'One Colour'. I admit that when I took this quick shot as we rushed past the tortoise enclosure to see the baby giraffe it didn't occur to me that it could be perfect for today.. fortuitous or what!  All the shades of brown on the star shaped patterns on the radiated tortoise shell fit the brief perfectly, as could the skin of the zebra and the giraffes. The incroyably beautiful and amazing creatures of the world deserve to be treated so much better than they are by the supposedly highest intelligent species that is man.. I wish! Happy Easter Sunday, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Zoo reflections and future prospects..

Reflections of the lush greenery around the Perth Zoo and moi sensibly wearing a wide brimmed chapeau :) in the window of  Zoo HQ, 'a new visitor education area which showcases how a modern conservation focused zoo is run, our commitment to animal care and our efforts to fight extinction'.

Another of those spur of the moment shots as we were leaving the zoo below, how could I resist! A future zoo employee but for now mini elephant keeper, j'adore :) Happy Easter weekend, take care and stay safe..

Friday, March 30, 2018

Newest arrival at Perth Zoo.. Seeing spots!

We arrived at the Perth Zoo as it opened yesterday to take some shots of the baby giraffe born on March 7th only making her first public appearance a week ago.. adorable! Giraffes really are the most wonderful creatures. The new baby, as yet unnamed, is the offspring of fifteen year old dad Armani and eight year old mum Kitoto (interesting read) who was brought over from Sydney's Taronga Zoo in November 2016 to join Perth Zoo's breeding program. The gestation period for giraffes is fifteen months, so you could say that it was a whirlwind romance :)

Below with proud dad Armani. Such a joy to see the high spirits of the new arrival as it snuggled and cavorted around the enclosure. Apparently Ellie the other female giraffe had her nose put out of joint for a short while with the new arrival but there was no sign of that here. The giraffe in Africa has slipped quietly onto the endangered species list, habitat destruction and poaching being the cause.. shocking! I took so many shots I was seeing spots before my eyes before I edited the shots here, and of course it would have been helpful if I had remembered my long lens :) next time! Happy Friday and Easter weekend, take care and stay safe..P.s. big catch up today!

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