Sunday, March 26, 2017

Night Noodle Markets at Elizabeth Quay..

We were in the city last night to sample the many delights of the Night Noodle Markets (video) at Elizabeth Quay. It's impossible to pass up an opportunity to take a few shots of the bridge lit up at night.. to get the shot above I had to click in the one instant that there were no humans in the way :) the white specks in the sky below were birds, so many birds! 

Looking over to the city from the bridge it's not clearly visible just how many people were heartily munching away over there :)

The Duyfken has been moored and open for tours at Elizabeth Quay since November last year, she will be pulling up anchor and departing on 4th April.. pity, she looks good sitting there at the quay..

Already busy when we arrived, by the time we left it felt so good to head away from the crowds. There's a nice atmosphere at Elizabeth Quay and one of these days I will surprise you with a shot of me eating that hat I seem to remember saying I would :) but for now I'm too full of noodles.. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. big catch up today..

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cansumerist reflections..

Just when you thought I was fini with Sculpture by the Sea :) There is more to 'Cansumerism' than first meets the eye! Created by WA contemporary visual artists Hayley Bahr and Tim Keevil using recycled metals, perspex and printing equipment 'this evolving sculpture is a fully functioning printmaking studio. Inside lies a hammock for contemplation, a printmaking press and all the materials to create prints from etched recycled drink cans'. Even before discovering these internal workings this is an eye-catching, message sending sculpture lying semi-crushed on Cottesloe beach! Happy weekend, take care and stay safe...

Friday, March 24, 2017

'A good golf partner is one who's always a little bit worse than you are'..

That would be me, except it wouldn't be a little bit worse it would be abysmally worse.. I've only ever played three games of golf many years ago, to cut a painful story short I don't have the temperament for it, which is a shame because P loves it :) That doesn't mean to say I don't appreciate the sight of a beautifully designed and maintained golf course. Took these shots very early yesterday morning at the Araluen Golf Resort (good coffee) for all the keen golfers out there you can see the golf course flyover video here.. you will enjoy the view!

It was a rainy, cloudy overcast day but when the sun burst through for short spells the greens and surrounding trees looked amazing.. surprisingly few golfers out on the course..

This I think is the ninth hole below, I watched three balls successfully sail over the lake to land on the putting green, of the fourth ball there was nothing to be seen but ripples on the water.. didn't see any golf clubs go flying through the air :)

Below the same group of four teeing off for the second nine, clubhouse in the background. Have you ever looked at the word GOLF backwards..  just saying :) No, seriously I do get it.. it's an every game challenge between you and that little white ball with only one winner, but the fresh air, walking and companionship are all good! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. 'the size of the divot is directly proportional to the frustration felt'.. sound familiar :)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Here's the sting!.

Christopher Robin I think the bees suspect something
Perhaps they think you're after their honey
Well, it may be that. You never can tell with bees..
 I remember a few years ago in summer we had a real problem with bees in the swimming pool. Attracted to the water in the hot weather they would end up desperately clinging on to anything to get out, the anything quite often being swimmers.. if you've ever been stung you know it's not fun :) On investigating it was found that someone in the neighborhood was keeping beehives, a definite no-no in residential areas. Problem solved when said neighbours moved the hives out to a rural location. I spotted this swarm of bees high up in a tree while looking for birds, not great shots (minus long lens) but look at all those very important little workers swarming away up there.. they kind of give me the creeps en masse like this but I know without them we would be up the creek without a paddle :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe... P.s. wee bit different from the belly dancers yesterday :)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bollywood in the city...

We were in the city on Thursday last week to enjoy the cultural diversities of Harmony Week in 140 William. Diversities that included $5.00 truly tasty street eats.. the Bollywood/belly dancing, African drummers and Chinese lion dancers were an unexpected (to me) treat. Focused on food :) it was the music that alerted me to get my camera ready, music followed by a flurry of blue and white swirling silk capes opening to reveal dancers from Bollywood Dhamaka..

The combined super shimmying sent my camera into multi-exposure:)

A triumphant  finale..

... before disappearing into the crowds from whence they came! It was exciting to watch and almost impossible not to wiggle one's hips to the hypnotic beat.. you should have been there :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Minty blue and white freshness..

Driving along Vincent street last week I couldn't have been happier to spot another delightful Robert Jenkins mural on the side of Mount Lawley Dental Clinic. 'Minty polar bear' in fresh blue and white.. mmm! I could almost smell the toothpaste :) The cheeky little chaps featured in many Jenkins murals, although not on one of my favourites here, were fairly active above and below.. you can see in the last shot this was no small endeavour and although only painted in August last year it has already been tagged, I've noticed a lot of that lately in Perth.. so not cool! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. P. s. had a few computer glitches over the weekend, hopefully sorted now so big catch-up today.
Click here to see more Monday murals from around the world...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A grand example of adaptive reuse..

When the Perth General Post Office was completed in 1923 it was described as 'the most sumptuous and impressive Federal building in Australia'. I remember thinking it was rather splendid when we first arrived in Perth and I walked through the doors below. I'm happy to say the herringbone pattern parquet flooring made up of 600,000 jarrah blocks and other jarrah features are still there, the post office is not, making way this year for Swedish fashion retailer H&M..

When the Melbourne General Post Office was restored after a fire severely damaged the interior in 2001 it was restored and remodeled as a shopping facility, it's main tenant H&M, it was described as 'a grand example of adaptive reuse'. On the one hand I feel a wee bit sad that such a wonderful heritage listed building is being used for this purpose, but on the other at least it is being used. Below another shot of the chandelier repeatedly reflecting as it disappears into the distance. What a busy Saturday it was, am very much looking forward to a lazy Sunday, how about you? Take care and stay safe...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

'The jewellery of architecture'..

'Chandeliers are marvels of drop dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture..
Peter York...

I'm not going to tell you where this fabulous multi-bulb'ed (sp?) chandelier is today, I'll save that for tomorrow but I'm sure Perthites who read the blog will guess straight away.. it's one of my favourite buildings in the city that is sadly no longer used for the purpose it was built. You can see the splendid original parquet flooring reflected in the mirrored ceiling and in the shot below under the chandelier the wrought iron stair case leading to the second floor, not used now I'm sure, replaced by lifts and escalators. A belated happy St. Patrick's Day for yesterday.. bon weekend, take care and stay safe...P.s. own up.. who has a chandelier in their home, they were tres fashionable at one time :)


Friday, March 17, 2017

Step one: Smile and make eye contact!

Every year since 1992 the Art Gallery of WA has hosted a Year 12 Perspectives exhibition highlighting the thoughts and concerns of young people today as they end their school years and step out into the world. The shots here are from the 2016 exhibition ending on 2nd April.. I'm very much looking forward to the 2017 exhibition, I'm sure current world events will be play a big part in the concerns of many young people. 'Group Chat' by Sarah Boon below.. when 'the use of technology in our lives disrupts relationships we have with each other'. Mobile devices should be banned at the dinner table don't you think, but how incredible is the execution of the scene, so much talent.

Below.. Looking at the world 'through rose-coloured glasses' is something we all do from time to time but on issues such as climate change only those who have vested interest in big business making lots of money refuse to believe, or don't care about, the evidence. With her image here Ellie McDonald states 'the idea of the world being unaffected by climate change has finally collapsed'.. we can live in hope!

'The politics of aesthetic' below by Carla Genovesi.. 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The artwork alludes to the disjuncture between one's elemental world and the external expectation on how we are perceived'. There are still people who value a person mainly on how they look, I feel sad for them, they miss out on interacting with multi dimensional human beings..

 'Under our skin' below by Lauren Jones.. 'the stigma of mental illness is a huge issue in our society and many people are embarrassed by it or try to cover it up. The inability to see the effects of mental illness make it like no other, someone can be suffering and we don't even notice. The angst, tension and suffocation felt by sufferers of mental illness can be overwhelming and can often cause great harm'. Again, the creating of these charcoal images is incroyable!

There are so many talented young artists featured in this 2016 exhibition, if you would like to see more of the Year 12 Perspectives 2016 you can view the catalogue here. The words of one of my favourite artists Pablo Picasso below.. it's true, once out in the real world it is all to easy to become disillusioned..  not conducive to creative inspiration! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. I intend to keep my positive vibes intact :)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

There's something about art galleries!

"The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do".
Pablo Picasso.. 

Pablo, I'm a huge fan of, Picasso has a fair point right :) The world is a crazy place but there's something about the stillness of an art gallery that soothes the soul. The Art Gallery of WA is admittedly not always as quiet as it was here early morning last week but it has always been a calm and inspiring refuge on a hot/cold/any kind of day! 

The contemporary work below by renowned Australian artist Imants Tillers titled 'The Great Metaphysical Interior' was purchased by Art Gallery WA in 1984 and is a painting that I never tire of appreciating.

I know that you've seen the art gallery before as it's one of my favourite places to visit, there's a good chance you will see it again.. maybe even as soon as tomorrow :) when I show you the main reason for the visit. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

24 cloudy with showers...

24C that is.. autumn has finally arrived albeit officially two weeks late and I couldn't be happier! It has been an exhausting two weeks of hot and humid weather but after watching the news last night and seeing the seriously wintry conditions returning to many parts of the US it feels wrong to complain about our mild temperatures. Driving along the West Coast Highway yesterday we pulled over to take a shot of the brooding skies out to sea..

Although there wasn't a rainbow in sight there was treasure as the sun burst momentarily through the clouds spotlighting the welcome sight of the 'adventure in a cup' Yahava KoffeeWorks mobile espresso bar.. it could have been because it was my first coffee of the day but it was pretty exciting :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..

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