Wednesday, August 31, 2011
This is the 'Streets of San Francisco' view of the walk along Burns Beach, taken yesterday. I really enjoyed doing this walk in the run up to the City to Surf so we have decided to make it a regular happening, it definitely is a challenge, but then all the most worthwhile things usually are.....Oh and Malyss (benchesonmyway) and VP (abunchofbenches) if you draw the picture in close, there's a bench right on the top of the hill that for 'some reason' made me think of you.....!! I bet that bench gets used a lot.....
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be...........Written by Marion Sinclair in 1932.
This cute little fella was sitting high in the trees as we passed through Perry Lakes on the home stretch of the City to Surf walk on Sunday (Laughing Kookaburra), I couldn't quite see if he had something in his beak or if it was just a little 'squiffy'.. I was hoping he would make the 'laughing' noise that they are so well known for so that I could include a video, but I think he was a bit 'taken aback' by the 40,000 people passing under his trees....!! The above is the first verse from a popular Australian nursery rhyme (words and music) which I think is pretty well known all over the world..Hope everyone on the East Coast USA is recovering from Irene.....!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
CitytoSurf)...and really it's no big deal, it's only twelve kilometers, but long stretches of it are uphill, still no big deal BUT here's the thing...I usually do this walk with my 'friend and sometimes mentor' Bill (Bills Diving) and to say there's a 'competitive edge' some would say is a huge understatement!! It's quite hilarious, we're both at an age where we should be walking at a decent pace.. but not like the devil himself was after us...each determined to get to the finish before the other, as a result, he'll deny it emphatically, we are both totally knackered as we stagger over the finish line!! This year Bill is having 'issues' like..... HE'S GETTING OLD hahahaha! and can't make the walk.. again only joking, the 'frenetic' pace will resume again next year, but because normally I wouldn't even think about slowing down to take photo's, quel horreur he might get too far ahead of me, there's not much to record the event. This time however, the camera will be out and I will be clicking the many amusing sights that normally 'flash by at the speed of light'. Apart from all that I've wanted to post a picture of one of the Cat buses that are part of a free service run by Trans Perth (Cat buses), this link is pretty cool as it gives you where the buses are running in 'live time'....Still thinking of everyone who might be affected by Hurricane Irene and hope you are all safe.....!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Friday, August 26, 2011
A strange bird is the Pelican,
It's beak can hold more than it's belly can.....!!
Mon amie Marie, lives in Guildford and her front garden leads all the way down to the banks of the Swan River, she has the most magnificent view from her apartment patio where we sit and have lunch and watch boats of all types passing up and down on the river, and a wonderful variety of bird life.. including pelicans! When I first met her, I can't remember how many years ago, she would swim in the Swan River at the bottom of her garden, not now, things change, it's not as clean as it used to be! I think if I had that vista to look out on everyday...not much would get done.....!
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
more) grow up to do an amazing job patrolling and keeping our beaches a safer place...it actually did spur us on with more determination to go just 'that little bit further'.....!!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
trees), including Morten Bay Figs which have the most amazing gnarly old trunks and above ground root formations....Have the best day you can.....!!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
here and mentioned that this and it's twin lighthouse on the South Mole (more) are the only pair of matching (apart from colour) painted cast iron lighthouses in the world. Even though the North Mole (red) was completed first it wasn't operational until 1906 while the South Mole began beaming out in 1903, since then each has had an extra green (South Mole) and red (North Mole) light that flashes in conjunction with the channel markers. The buildings you can see behind the lighthouse on the South Mole are part of the gun structures built during WW2. I took this shot from Fremantle Wharf, so quite a distance and it's probably not as clear as it could be, but clear enough to show that they make a fine pair.....!!
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Monday, August 22, 2011
more) is our state emblem and is featured on the Western Australian flag and Coat of Arms, it has mainly black feathers but with white 'flight' feathers, would love to get a picture of that, and a bright red beak. It all looks calm in the picture but the male (cob) swan spent a lot of time noisily seeing off anything else that was in the water (ducks, coots, moorhens) if they dared to come near the chicks, he also, according to Wikipedia, whistles when disturbed breeding hmm!! The swans are mainly herbivorous, I took a short video showing the way the adult swans plunge their heads under the water bringing up algae and aquatic plants for the chicks to feed, they were such fun to watch, a great little family.... p.s. crossing fingers the video works, it looks better if you make it full screen....!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
High at the top of the palm tree these three Corellas between them can make a fair bit of noise, you can see one of them is probably screeching at me to hurry up with breakfast....! Corellas are a type of small white cockatoo (more), but unlike other members of the subgenus 'cacatua' they have pale beaks....They travel around in big flocks, landing to forage for a while then the word gets around and they take off all together, when they land in my back garden it's quite a sight, I never get tired of seeing them and they are so used to me now, I can walk through them and they just carry on feeding.....!! Happy Sunday.....!!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
history) is situated on St. George's Terrace right in the heart of Perth's CBD and is considered premium office space. It is 226 mtrs tall (the tip of the building is 261.7 mtrs above sea level) and is Perth's tallest skyscraper at the moment, but will soon be taken over by City Square which will be 270 mtrs when completed. Central Park is host to the 'annual stair climb'... 53 flights of stairs to the roof (I don't think so!!) and in 2008 raised over $103,000 for Multiple Sclerosis..!! I took this shot from the 'other side' on Hay St. because I wanted to bring in a few more textural elements. Well, another week begins.....with a little luck, peacefully.....!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
more) endemic to Australia. Named thus because when it kills it's prey, which can be anything from insects to small vertebrae creatures like lizards and other birds, it impales it on something sharp like a thorn or something similar to make it easier to eat, or store for later or believe it or not to attract a mate..! Not quite sure which of these it was attempting when it impaled a baby dove on one of the plants on my patio, but believe me it didn't 'attract' me in the slightest..!! The balance of nature can sometimes be tough to witness.....!! Have a great day.
Friday, August 12, 2011
billsdiving) who takes a lot of his pictures 'under' the water...! I took this shot a few weeks ago when we were having a lot of rain and at one time the pier and half of the boat house were under water as the river had risen to crazy levels. Happy skywatch Friday and have a peaceful weekend.....!!
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Thursday, August 11, 2011
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Avon Descent 2010) to see the most amazing pictures of last years race conditions. I should imagine that it would be a lot harder hauling a speed boat over rocks than it would a kayak, but... I never intend to find out, how about you.....!!
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Monday, August 8, 2011
After an early wake up, an hours' drive, a ten minute bus trip and a twenty minute walk we reached our spot in the Walyunga National Park where we were hopefully going to get our best pictures of this years Avon Descent. This is the only event in the world (according to Wiki!) where power craft race paddle craft, with time handicaps of course and I've just heard that this years winner was two brothers in a kayak, yay go paddle power!! This is a Grade 2- 4 white water rapids race and it's 133 grueling klms test the endurance of the fittest athlete. As they came around the corner and tried, not always successfully to dodge the many hidden rocks, there was a collective groan from the spectators. It was pretty hard to pick, out of the many photo's I took, so I went mainly on expressions, if you have a little zoom in on faces, the agony and the ecstasy is there...!! I've shown the kayakers today, will put up some of the speed boats tomorrow. Hope you had a good weekend, sorry for lack of comments yesterday, back to normal today.....!!
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Sunday, August 7, 2011
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Saturday, August 6, 2011
The sun was shining, the kangaroos were relaxed and it was well worth the wait when little heads started popping out of pouches left, right and centre..! Honestly it really is the most amazing thing to watch, it starts with a sort of squirmy movement in the tummy area, then a little black nose pushes through, one ear then another and all of a sudden 'pop' out comes the cutest little face ever. A lot bigger than the 'lima bean' sized newborn that climbed it's way up to the pouch, there they will be safe and warm and suckle until they are nine months old, enjoying the odd nibble on the grass when mum bends low enough for them to reach it. I hope that like this little joey, you have a safe and snug weekend.....!!
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