Of course, the biggest attraction at the Swan Festival of Lights on the weekend was the huge selection of delicious Indian vegetarian food.
And when you had eaten enough, you could watch demonstrations of how to put on a turban – which was trickier than we had expected.
We went along to the Swan Festival of Lights at Perth’s Supreme Court Gardens yesterday. It’s a celebration of the Indian Deepavali (aka Diwali) festival.
As you would expect, there was plenty of colour and action, with hanging garlands and displays of Indian dancing. The Swan Festival of Lights ended last night, but there is another Deepavali celebration next weekend – Diwali Mela at Claremont Showground. See you there!
Other wildflowers that we saw in bloom in the bushland of Kings Park recently included Star of Bethlehem (above) and Grey Cottonheads (below).
The grasstrees (below, centre) will also come into bloom soon, though their long spear-like flower head is still covered in unopened buds, rather than flowers.
We went for a walk through Kings Park recently – not in the ever popular botanical gardens, but along the quiet, sandy bushland trails. Along the way we saw plenty of wildflowers.
The Kangaroo Paws (above) have almost finished their flowering season, but there are still some that are at their peak. And if you look carefully, you may spot some trigger plants, like pretty pink Fan-leaved Triggerplant below.
We also liked the Roman mosaics at the Getty Villa. The large Gallo-Roman mosaic above is “Diana and Callisto surrounded by a Hunt”. It is from Villelaure in France and dates from 175-200CE. The bull below is from Syria, about 400-600CE.
And this bird is a detail in a large mosaic from Antioch in Syria, about 400CE.
The Getty Villa in Los Angeles has some amazing Roman artefacts on display. The marble sarcophagus above was made in Athens in about 180-220CE, and is decorated with scenes from the life of Achilles. The Romano-Egyptian sarcophagus below dates from 300-400CE.
And this Romano-Egyptian mummy is from about 120-140CE. They certainly knew how to go in style during the Roman Empire.
While we were in Los Angeles early last month, we visited the Getty Villa. The amazing building is like a real Roman villa, but on a very large and impressive scale. The rooms are filled with Roman antiquities – we’ll show a few highlights in the coming blog entries.