Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stepping back in time..



Do you have a spare million dollars plus! Walking along Palmerston Street in North Perth, one of Perth's older established suburbs five minutes from the city, on the hunt for a particular mural, it's impossible not to admire the fully restored and renovated cottages, some built in the very early 1900's.  I wonder what this street looked like back then and if the first occupants ever thought their property would one day be worth so much.. eh, hindsight, should have picked up a couple when they were going for a song :) Picture on the front page of the paper yesterday. Mother and calf in the clear waters off the coast in the same spot where Bill took yesterdays shots, taken from above using a drone.. aren't they fabulous! Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe.. 




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It's that time of the year...



If I was like seriously that's not ever going to happen ever canoeing out on the ocean waves and this sight popped up so near me you wouldn't see my paddles they'd be spinning so speedily in the opposite direction. Below also :)


The mother Southern Right Whale and her calf slowly making their way down from the warmer waters off the Kimberly's to rest for awhile and thrill onlookers along the coast of WA before heading down to the Antarctic to feed. Diver Bill took these shots from the same place that I took the shots here..a much more overcast kind of day. Whales are a bit like children, only a lot bigger :) when you want them to perform sometimes they refuse, but just a glimpse can be a beautiful experience. 


This is too close below.. no really it is for the canoeist anyway. The guidelines state that 100mt is the closest you can get and with a mother and calf situation why would you even try to get so close! I was hoping for a breach or two :) maybe next time, merci beaucoup for the pics Bill. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe... P.s. A whale-watching trip is on the cards!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What we need...



... is more of the above and less of the below! My interpretation of the stencil art found here in the inner city suburb of Leederville is all about offering care and friendship and I'm pretty sure that isn't the artist's signature below. There is too much tagging going on around Perth, where's the respect! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...
 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Winter blues...



I took these shots yesterday standing on the fisherman's pier, in the collage below, along the West Coast road five minutes from home. Although a chill brisk breeze was blowing strongly it was wonderful to feel the wind blowing through my hair, gazing out on the medley of blue and turquoise, which were exactly as you see them here, no touch-ups I promise! Turning their camera this way then that I was tempted to call down to inquire what had captured the photographers eye down there. The young boy fishing with his dad was hoping to take home a whiting or two and the companionable seagulls were just shooting the breeze :) Hope you had/are having a good weekend, happy Monday, take care and stay safe...  


Sunday, August 20, 2017

St. John's Church..Pinjarra.



When we were watching the white river rafters thinking how high the river was apparently that was nothin'! St. John's Church has seen the might of the Murray River many times, right from the start during the construction in 1861 building was delayed by the winter flood of 1862 because the flood was so bad 'that water rushed through the windows one side and out the other, imagine that! Then there was the Meckering earthquake of 1968, 6.9 on the Richter Scale. This sweet church has been through a lot, now closed for much needed restoration, it has well earned it's place on the heritage trail and I will definitely go back, would have loved to see the windows from the inside. Just a thought, maybe they should have built it on higher ground..


Meanwhile back to the Murray River.. the bridge that you can see in the background above and below is the fifth and hopefully last traffic bridge. Four gone before, the mighty Murray takes no prisoners! Hope you are having a good weekend, happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reflecting on life..



The trip to Dwellingup last weekend is the trip that keeps on giving, it was the trip that kept PDP going through a heck of a week. My friend, aka mon amie française Marie, was heading over to have lunch with me. I got a shaky call 'Grace I've had an accident', I knew exactly where it would be. I won't go into details but two minutes later this is what I saw, too much too soon! My heart stopped! The best news, although my friend's much loved camper van that took herself and her late husband on many trips around Australia is a write-off, as is the other car, both drivers were bruised, shocked but unscathed thanks to safety belts. Btw just in-case you're wondering I didn't take this shot until after mon ami was safely in the ambulance :) Aimee got serious flu, looking after her I got it too. The week could have been unthinkably worse.. not always but sometimes, miracles do happen. Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..  
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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...


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