Wednesday, December 13, 2017

South and Northward Bound..



Years ago I remember many times driving up the motorway from England to Scotland stopping at service centres along the way for a coffee and sandwich to perk up the driver, that would be P, never me :) You may wonder why I'm showing a service centre sign here on the Kwinana Freeway heading south.. there is a replica centre on the opposite side of the freeway heading north.  As common as these facilities are overseas the BP Baldivis South and North centres are the first here in Perth. A stop to rest and refuel for the many trucks, tankers, tourists etc making the long haul down to the South West region of WA. 
  

No reason for the shot below except that I enjoyed catching two truckies parking their rig and heading into their very own 'trucker's lounge' :) Are these stop, rest and refuel centres quite commonplace on the long haul motorways in your part of the world? Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

All the fun of the fair..




There was a time many years ago that during the school holidays if you brought the kids into the city it was to the Art Gallery, the State Library or the Museum, which don't get me wrong, are all pretty cool things to do, I do them myself regularly :) Times have changed! Sometimes you just want to whizz around and scream out loud.. the children too :) The juxtaposition of stately heritage buildings and the gaudy colour and noise of the funfair rides in Forrest Place caught my eye! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..



Monday, December 11, 2017

Smooching under the staircase!



The sign below states no stacking of waste cardboard under the staircase.. it says nothing about no smooching! From afar it's not clear what the smudge of black on the wall under the stairs in Wolf Lane is, on closer inspection..naturally :) it is a small but perfectly formed moment of passion! I look for and love discovering these new mini stencil art pieces when out and about, I'm sure this wasn't there the last time I walked in Wolf Lane, but then again..! Hope you had/are having a good weekend, mine was hectic. Big catch up today! Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..
  See more Monday Murals from around the world here...


Sunday, December 10, 2017

That little blue box..



Walking along King Street in the city yesterday I was amused to see that Tiffany & Co had fashioned a Christmas wreath out of their trade mark petite blue box. Reflected in the window of Miu Miu. King St is best traversed at a brisk pace to avoid serious damage in the wallet area :) We had a few drops of summer rain yesterday.. in winter umbrellas go up at the the first drop, now, in summer with the heat and humidity people, myself included, tend not to bother, simply enjoying the cool feel of rain on skin! Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. the heritage architecture is what appeals to me :)


Saturday, December 9, 2017

White-faced Heron..



I've heard that to be a successful birder you must have patience, either that or find a pair of half-awake white-faced herons obligingly moving lazily in the morning sunshine. You can see by the plumage blowing gently in the early morning breeze and the slight pinkish -brown on the chest that it is the breeding season, perhaps they were conserving their energy :)


All was going well until a cormorant landed in their private space and they were off, first one followed closely by the other leaving the cormorant wondering 'was it something I said' :) Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..


Friday, December 8, 2017

Let sleeping birds lie..



Yesterday morning we were up and out by 5.30am taking bird pics at Lake Joondalup. Whenever I make the effort to get out and about early I enjoy it so much.. it's the coolest it's going to be all day and the light is tres jolie. The birds were in various stages of awake.. it was full house in the tree below, cormorants with their heads tucked under their wings while pelicans nearby were duck diving for breakfast..  


The peculiar looking male musk duck below was halfheartedly calling out in the hope of attracting a female, any female.. apparently they are a wee bit promiscuous :)  


Show you a few more tomorrow but as we were walking back to the car there was nothing half awake about the many rainbow lorikeets screeching as they flew in flocks from tree to tree, it's a lovely sight to see but hard to catch en masse, snapped this little jewel when it landed for all of a second :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fly-by Photobombers..



Driving home along the coast road yesterday it was impossible to ignore the mammoth out to sea! For once I had my zoom lens AND tripod, which was just as well as the wind was blowing so fiercely it almost lifted me off my feet! Considering the 21,129 tonne, 107 x 101m oil rig the Ocean Monarch was roughly 6/9km out to sea, I was pretty ok with these shots. Anchored off-shore for maintenance work the Ocean Monarch featured in the action movie Armageddon.. hopefully it's stay in Perth waters will not be as dramatic :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..



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