Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shoes on the other feet!

It's always a pleasure to come across the WA Mounted Police in the city. Coming out from the Art Gallery WA into the bright sunlight it was wonderful to see the horses and riders interacting with the public in the Perth Cultural Centre. After seeing hundreds of pairs of fancy sneakers in the exhibition it was good to see down to earth hard working footwear in action :) Hope you're having a good weekend, happy Sunday, take care and stay safe...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Farrah Fawcett x two..

Couldn't resist a reflection shot of Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009) at the Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition. Farrah Fawcett was the 'it' girl of the 70's, who doesn't remember the 'red swimsuit poster'. Asked why he thought the poster was the best selling poster of all time the photographer said "C'mon, who could resist the beautiful, all-American girl looking directly at you with a dazzling smile and a red suit that covered a lot but revealed a little.” Young women in the spotlight these days would do well to take some FF tips, cover up, leave something to the imagination! Gosh that made me sound so old :) Happy Saturday, take care and stay safe..

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Rise of Sneaker Culture encore..

Back in Art Gallery WA following the kick trail upstairs to see a few more fabulous sneaker designs in the The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition.. who knew there could possibly be so many! Below a pair of Nike Zoom LeBron 6 inspired by Family Guy character Stewie Griffin. Never put into production only 24 pairs were made available to friends and family by invitation.. the dilemma for those 24 would be sentimental value or actual monetary value, I'd be tempted by the latter.. one more trip to Paris perhaps :)

Below a pair of Air Jordan VII Olympic Gold Medal presented by the Jordan Brand to Chris Paul when he won Olympic Gold in 2012.. no more than three pairs were manufactured making it 'exceptionally rare and sought after'.. an around the world trip for sure :)

I know a redhead.. not 'sporty' but tres cool :) who would be attracted by the glitter of the Puma X Undefeated  Clyde 'Gametime' 24k metallic gold sneakers below.. originally created 'in homage to the US gold medal winning Olympic basketball team'..

Below the 1994  'citron, red and black original colorway of the Reebok Insta Pump Fury is nearly as iconic as the design itself, immediately recognizable from a mile away'. As much as I enjoyed the exhibition I couldn't help wondering at what point did the sneaker morph from being a sports shoe to a modern day status symbol? Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. one more from the exhibition tomorrow but it's not about the shoes :)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Rise of Sneaker Culture.. then and now.

 In the city earlier this week we popped in to see what was new at the Art Gallery WA.. there's always something weird and wonderful to see and I suspect that the many school groups coming in below were here to see the Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition. It has always fascinated me the importance of wearing the right brand of sneakers, it was almost a cult thing at one stage.. is it still I wonder.. surely not! The sneakers above were made in 1915.. I think they're pretty cool, but totally unsuitable for the level of competition these days..

Below, perfect if you need that extra bit of height.. and I do :) 

I'm saving the really speccy sneakers for tomorrow..incroyable! Are you into the 'wearing the right sneaker' mentality? Maybe it's my Scots blood, but my top price would be around the $120 mark and not a cent more.. I know right I'm a cheapskate :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Crown and ‘De Parel Van Vuren’..

Yesterdays views were looking out over the Swan river to the city in Burswood Park and today looking in towards the Crown resort and casino. Is it just me or do you think the design of the casino, centre below, looks a little like the bow of a cruise ship? I had spotted the ginormous 'De Parel Van Vuren' (The Pearl of Fire) Perth's very own Spiegeltent from city side and wanted to have a closer look. I wasn't expecting...

... to see Shrek peering over the fence at me but maybe I should have been as he is one of the central characters in Lights by Dreamworks, showing here from 23rd June to 23rd July.. just in time for the school holidays! I don't remember school hols being quite so razzamatazz, but then again my school days were a really long time ago :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fishing with dad or, caught and bowled!

In Burswood Park on Sunday to take photos of something so completely different I couldn't walk by without taking a quickie shot of the sweet father/daughter scene above. A different view of the city looking across from the southern side of the Swan River. If you are a cricket enthusiast the stadium lights seen a bit closer below light up the WACA Ground (Western Australian Cricket Assoc), the pitch regarded as 'one of the quickest and bounciest in the world. As of February 2016 four of the nine fastest Test centuries have been scored here' but as host to international games it's 'all out' for the WACA.. fascinating stuff right :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. to see similar above shot in b & w with a touch of colour have a peek here!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Superheroes down the lane..

It's all about superheroes these days. So many movies depicting the hero swooping in at the last moment to save the day.. or even the world! I confess it's not my favourite movie genre, I'm more of a foreign movie addict so you'll have to help me here. Starting from the top Captain America? Spider Man, that's a long-shot, the Hulk and maybe Thor? How did I do? Aimee would know in a 'Flash' :) This situation saving foursome found down a lane in Highgate. Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, June 18, 2017

WA Day leftovers!

There was no time to get out and about with the camera yesterday.. thank heavens for the archives! A few shots here from WA Day a few weeks back. The parrot and black swan emblematic to WA is on the other side of the mural shown here.

Celebration balloons disappearing down London Court...

One of my favourite shots of the day, the city reflected in a certain red head about town's sunnies from the Perth Cultural Centre. Hoping to get out and about today. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Weekend 'nautical' reflections..

Yesterday I had lunch with my SIL's and niece at Hillarys Boat Harbour five minutes from home. I find it impossible not to take a few more nautical reflection shots whenever walking past the marina, I must have thousands on file! As you can see it was another harsh winter day in Perth :)

The royal crest below intrigued me :) 

Couldn't resist playing with the shot below when I spotted it's name :) Hope you have a good weekend, take care and most of all stay safe...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Looking for owls...

Owls have to be one of the hardest birds to spot, they blend so well with their habitat. Relying on a tip-off from a local who informed me that Boobook owls could often be found in a particular spot around 'you are here', below, on Riverside Drive. Arriving just after sun-up although we failed with the owl spotting, sitting on a bench looking out across the Swan River taking in the early morning sounds, looking to the left the city...

 ... and to the right under the Narrows Bridge to the old Swan Brewery bathed in very early morning sunlight, it didn't in any way feel like a wasted trip. Watching the start of a brand new day is always an enlightening experience, I really should do it more often :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe... 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Firemen.. 'indispensable foot soldiers'.

 The funny thing about firemen is,
night and day they are always firemen.. Gregory Widen.
Is there a rule in the fireman's handbook that apart from being brave and dedicated they must also be fit and good looking.. you might remember my last encounter with a fireman in the city, hot stuff! Much more seriously, seeing the horrific scenes of the fire in a residential tower in London yesterday highlights the ferocious danger men and women firefighters around the world put their lives in every day. In the words of Maya Angelou 'how important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes'! Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


They really are! I did try to walk past them.. they look delicate, fragile, not in the plan for my new robust, easy care Aussie weather garden, but I couldn't do it! The moment I imagined looking at them in the garden outside my window while writing the blog the struggle was over :) It's not often I get so excited about a new plant but just look at the variegated colour, even the leaves, above, are gorgeous. Looking at the care instructions for 'calla lilies' here I think I may have planted at the wrong time seeing as we're into winter now.. but it's all relative, it was 23C today, perhaps they will survive after all, will show you when they have multiplied into many.. positive thinking :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. you might know them as California lilies!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Blue Flamingo.. 'good times and cold liquor.'.

Spotted in the inner city suburb of Leederville adorning the walls of the tres cool Blue Flamingo a mural by Perth artist Paul Deej, remember 'Octogirl'.. incroyable talent! It's no wonder that Perth has made its way onto the list of top eight cities to find the best street art.. sssweet! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, June 12, 2017

The black sheep!

After spending most of the weekend in bed with a migraine it was good to get out and about in the fresh air for a while yesterday. Who doesn't enjoy coming across a creatively dressed store window when they least expect it! The window of menswear store Rodd and Gunn on Hay Street in the city is a delight, I mean who doesn't at some time in their life feel like the black sheep of the family :) Hope you had or are still having a good weekend, take care and stay safe..

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Four men on a bench and one of them said..

Four men on a bench and one of them said, 
Move over, move over :)
It does look a little squishy but the four men here had found the perfect spot to sit in the winter sun gazing out to the lake in Neil Hawkins Park to contemplate and mull over world issues! Meanwhile on a similar bench a distance away four ladies sat.. possibly with all the answers :) If only I had taken a shot of them too! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, take care and stay safe...

Friday, June 9, 2017

Kookaburra stink eye!

Hopefully you enjoy seeing the delightfully expressive tree kingfishers as much as I enjoy taking photos of them. While walking through Neil Hawkins Park yesterday I spotted the female Kookaburra here high up in a tree and surprise, surprise I actually had my long lens with me, although this tiny carnivore was not well pleased with me aiming my camera in her direction, I think she had spotted something delectable on the ground, you can see in the last shot her appetite won over her apprehension, I get that.. mine usually does also :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...P.s. definition stink eye!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The 'green lungs of the city'..

 Described as 'the green lungs of the city' the trees here provide shade in the landscaped park incorporated into the design of 51 storey high skyscraper Central Park in the heart of the CBD.. but not for much longer! I took these shots a few days ago and the leaves on the plane trees are in full end of autumn mode about to drop a ton of leaves onto Hay Street. I love when that happens but then again I don't have to sweep them up :) I'm guesstimating that the next time I'm here in this spot there will be magnificent tall naked trees looking back at me.. click! Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. where has the week gone!

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