Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shooting the Murray River rapids..

The point of entry for the white water rafters into the Murray River running through Lane Poole Reserve looks calm enough...

.. until the pull of the current draws them over the edge!

Up to now you may not have thought these rapids were up to much but I think the perspective in the pics below gives you some idea of their size and rough and tumble! There was much hootin' and hollerin' from all on board as they went over, leading me to believe that it could have been an exhilarating experience.. standing on the edge of the rocks here was all the excitement I needed :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Murray River..

This is what we came to see.. the Murray River. 'The longest permanent river in the jarrah forest and one of the few major rivers remaining undammed flows through Lane Poole Reserve . Slow and meandering in spring and summer people flock here to canoe its tranquil waters. In winter the river rises, with white water and fast currents creating a challenge for more experienced canoeists and kayakers'. Aimee and P tell me that Bobs Crossing below is where they would normally cross to the other side when hiking, not happening at the moment.. we have had so much rain in the last month that it's completely underwater..

 Looks deep and tranquil when past the rapids but don't go jumping in willy-nilly there could be hidden 'stuff' under those beckoning waters :)

'If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?'

When we were in Europe there were many a desperate moment when there wasn't a loo to be found.. not so in Australia, even here in the middle of the forest 'accomodations' are met :) I'm sure there are many of you who have already seen or heard about Red Nomad Oz aka Marion Halliday's Aussie Loos with Views. Incroyable images.. 

So just as we were getting ready to head off a bus full of super excited and eager 'rapid rafters' arrived.. well I couldn't possible leave then could I :) To be continued.. Have a good Wednesday, take care and stay safe...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Binks in the country..

Driving through the country town of Dwellingup, 100 kms out from Perth on Sunday I was delighted to see Wendy Binks wonderfully familiar 'stunned emu' adorning the outside wall of the local supermarket. Perfect quirky character to show the way to the Forest Heritage Centre.Wendy's work is much loved by Perthites and tourists from around the world.

... and how lucky was I, just around the corner on the same supermarket wall the equine beauty below painted by South African born Perth based James Giddy whose work you have seen here many times before, click his link to see more of his work..

Directly across the road we had breakfast in the Blue Wren Cafe.. is it just me or does the country air spike everyone's appetite, that's my excuse for partaking in a hearty breakfast :) Although I'm a city gal at heart country towns are such a treat to visit. Was sidetracked by finding unexpected street art in the country but I will show you the point of the trip tomorrow :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Destination.. Lane Poole Reserve.

Take no notice of the shot above it's merely to show that yesterday we were up with the sparrows and on our way to Lane Poole Reserve 100km from Perth. The weather was a bit dodgy but as the sun came up thankfully it cleared and wasn't too bad a day, only had to run for cover once :) Below the country roads are pretty good, here leading into the small country town of Dwellingup..

We stopped for a quick look around and saw in the right hand corner below the Hotham Valley Steam Ranger building up a bit steam, the light was shocking..

Don't ask.. I'm sure there's a story here but it was too early to inquire, it was the acorn in the head that flummoxed me :)

After the rain we've had in the last few weeks the fields were green and lush..

The tarred roads turn to dirt roads as we near our destination.. to be continued :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

When life gives you rain...

... look for reflections in the puddles :) Sorry for missing a couple of days, computer problems grrr! Last week on a rainy day in Wolf  'leave yourself time to explore every nook and cranny.. says granny' Lane between Murray and Hay Street. Ribbon reflections of colour all along the lane from the fabulous street art created during PUBLIC2014. Hope you are enjoying your weekend, happy Sunday, take care and stay safe...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Red and white umbrella encore..

I went into the city yesterday to have lunch with fellow Perth blogger Sami before she heads off on holiday. Winter showed up in all its glory, arriving in the city the temp was 10C on leaving it had reached it's top of 14C.. fantastic, j'adore! Umbrellas and plastic macs everywhere :) Check out the last shot, sad empty cafe tables but doesn't the paving in Forrest Place look stunning when wet! More rain tomorrow and the next day and the next day etc. I'm a happy little vegemite :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Important notice! Missing meerkats and alien sightings..

Just a few of the whimsical details from yesterdays epic mural. Missing! Meerkats and 'blue crested Venezuelan dove (slightly daft) goes by the name Ainsley'. Spotted.. below, can you see Ainsley up there on the window ledge :) and the two mischievous meerkats hiding in a pot!

Not to mention those 'alien sightings' below..

Did you notice how many times this sweet little dog below appeared? While I was taking these shots many proud Fremantle residents stopped to chat, I was told that this little dog belongs to the owners of East West Design. There were so many wonderful details I could go on and on with this fab mural, but have to stop somewhere :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

East West Design.. 'an incidental tourist attraction'.

This has to be one of the most amazing murals in WA. I don't say awesome much, but this is.The mural covers the entire 86mt long shop front of East West Design on South Terrace in Fremantle. The three dimensional fantastical endeavour abounding with quirky details is the work of one man.. yup, one man, muralist Graeme Richards. You can read about 'the man behind the mural here', as you can imagine over that time span there were people to meet and stories to tell :) Btw. East West Designs is filled with wondrous things from around the world.. a woman's dream, a husband's nightmare.. kidding :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. please enlarge and have a closer look, so worth it!  P.p.s. I may have to show you some of those quirky details tomorrow!
Click here to see more Monday Murals from around the world.. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Chasing bubbles..

Yesterday we crossed the Swan River once again to take photos of a particular event at Curtin Uni not realizing until we found ourselves searching for a car park along with thousands of others that it was actually Curtin University Open Day. It turned out to be an excellent time to visit, the campus was alive with young people full of eager anticipation checking out future courses and possible careers. I've yet to meet a child adult who doesn't love the joy of catching bubbles, below I was spotted and the bubbles were aimed my way, snapped seconds before it burst on my lens :)

The event we went to see turned out to be not as photogenic in daylight as I had hoped but it was still pretty cool. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre 'a large scale interactive sculptural installation that invites everyone to be a puppeteer'. Check out how fabulous it looks at night here.Volunteers from the audience had an unexpected puppeteering experience :) Well that's the weekend over for moi, if you are still enjoying yours, have a good one. Happy Monday, take care and stay safe...

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The superb Grevillea..

I'm so sick and tired of being sick and tired that I was determined yesterday to get out and about in the fresh air. There are few places that resuscitate the spirit as well as Kings Park, and I was pleased to see that although there are still a few weeks until official spring and the spring wildflower festival many of the Australian natives were too impatient to wait! The glorious colours of the fanciful Grevillea Superb, straight out of the camera here, appreciated also by the birds and the bees...

If you look carefully centre below you will see the honey eating Wattlebird among the Kangaroo paws. Really looking forward to the wildflower festival, not just Australian natives but plants from around the world. Have a super Sunday, take care and stay safe...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Living dangerously..

Little did I realize that I was being watched as I took this and a few more shots. I mean, who can resist a refection that makes them look impossibly tall and thin.. so tall and thin that you will have to look really hard to see me :) I can't tell you where this is as shortly after I was tapped on the shoulder and told it was a no no! Bit of a shame really, it's the best building in town for reflections. That's the state of the world for you.. security rules! Happy weekend, take care and stay safe.. P.s. I'm getting out and about today even if it kills me :) 
Click here to see more Weekend Reflections from around the world..

Friday, August 4, 2017

Luminous.. the art of glass blowing.

I'm digging into the archives today, not too far back, as I spent most of yesterday languishing on the sofa :) Six of the pieces in the Luminous exhibition in the Art Gallery WA back in June. At first glance some may seem a little odd, and maybe they are, but if you enlarge you will surely appreciate the creativity and the technical skill that is entailed in blowing glass. I particularly enjoyed Tom Moore's 'Buff Sandy' directly above, and 'Eyes the size of the moon' above that. You really should have a peek at his site, his delightful sense of humour shines through in all of his work. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...

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