South West Australian Wildflowers

I did a blog recently about the Busselton Wildflower Exhibition and my involvement in promoting the event that was held last Thursday and Friday.

Below is a gallery of most of the flowers on show at the Exhibition. There are strict rules about what flowers can be picked in the wild and the quantities allowed so as not to impact on their sustainability for future years.

I found it impossible to choose just a few! Our local Geographe Community Landcare Nursery had some native plants on sale – the bottom few photos.

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A trip to Darwin …

A week ago we arrived home from a short holiday to see family in the Top End or Darwin, Northern Territory. It is about 4,800km N/NE of where we live. We visited the Aviation Museum as you will gather from the photos above. I was really taken with the size of the B52 Bomber. It was a central feature and the other planes were placed around it. I actually bumped my head on it (trying to get underneath) and wouldn’t recommend it!

We also went for a drive of around 100km to Mary River on the Arnhem Highway. I lived in Arnhem Land for a stint in the 1980’s so enjoyed seeing the landscape once again. The ocean shots are taken from the The Esplanade park area in the City of Darwin (population around 150,000). To me the water looked a bit sinister with the knowledge it is crocodile territory.

The weather was wonderful. I was a bit amused about the newspaper article about the cool weather. It was much warmer than we were getting at home.

2019 and all that …

I am thinking about next year and where to focus my interest and my energies. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions or for setting goals but I like to pause and consider what I want to include or change in my year ahead.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

2018 was a pretty good year for me. It was very busy and enjoyable year with my U3A (University of the Third Age) commitments. It was one of those years where, at times, I became more of a human-doing rather than a human-being.

For the year ahead I would like to give more attention to my relationships with people in my life. I have moved around a fair bit in my life and have often lost touch with people in the process. I grew up in Victoria and have now lived in West Australia for 36 years. I have lived in the Kimberley region, Pilbara region, MidWest/Gascoyne region, Perth, Goldfields/Esperance region and now the South West. Each time I moved I had to start again and make new friends and set up new networks. It gets to the point that I get itchy feet if I stay in one place too long.

I think 2019 will be about putting down some roots, building relationships and accepting we are here to stay. And being grateful that I can enjoy life in such a pleasant environment.

Photo Busselton Jetty by Milz on Pexels.com

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

This time last week we arrived in Perth after our week’s holiday in Darwin. We had a really good and relaxing time. Great to see my son and grandsons as well. The weather was fabulous – around 30-35 degrees. It was so good to be warm! Below are some photos from Darwin Museum and Art Gallery, The Botanic Gardens and Darwin Wharf. We also went to Bachelor (about 105km south of Darwin). In the 1950’s it was the town-site for mine workers at the nearby uranium mine called Rum Jungle.

The crocodile in the above photo was called Sweetheart!

We are back home again now and being optimistic that Spring is on its way.

My six-week philosophy course finished in August. I am missing the interesting weekly discussions we had. In the interim I have signed up for a ten week (1 hr per week) course titled Presence of Mind with the School of Practical Philosophy. The course is online and made up with people from different states of Australia and three people overseas. Fascinating!

Poem: An Australian Sunrise

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Brooking Springs Station

By Robert Louis Stevenson

The morning star paled slowly,

The cross hung low to the sea,

And down the shadowy reaches

The tide came swirling free.

The luscious purple vapour

Rose from the river’s breast,

The kingfisher came darting

Out of his crannied nest.

The bulrushes and reed beds

Put off their sallow grey,

And burnt with cloudy crimson

At the “Dawning of the Day.”

Welcome to Cowtown

We went to Cowaramup for coffee and cake this morning. I have been wanting to photograph some of the 42 life size fiberglass cow sculptures around the town. According to Wikipedia, in July 2014, the town set a Guinness World Record for the largest group of people – 1,352 – dressed as cows. Mmmm …

More from Wikipedia: “The name Cowaramup derives its name from Cowaramup Siding, which was located near the town-site, on the now disused Busselton to Augusta railway. The town-site was gazetted in 1925, originally to support the timber and dairy industries. The name is believed to be derived from Aboriginal word cowara, meaning purple-crowned lorikeet.

Locals from the region often refer to the town as “Cowtown”, a reference to the use of “cow” in the town’s name and its history of dairy farming.”

We had a fun morning; and I wasn’t the only one on the street with a camera. These cows are quite a tourist attraction.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

Here is my selection for this week’s challenge. I was surprised to see that for every landscape photo I have about twenty seascape ones! Living close to the beach today I don’t pay  as much attention to the landscape around me.