Perth has been known as the City of Light ever since 1962, when the astronaut John Glenn orbited over Perth and saw the city lights below.
A cynic might say that the title is a bit of an exaggeration, but on a walk through Elizabeth Quay earlier this week we stopped to admire the lights, which actually look quite impressive as they reflect off the water. Of course, most of those buildings weren’t there back in 1962.
As well as the light sculptures that we featured yesterday, the heritage buildings around Brookfield Place in St Georges Terrace in Perth are also lit up/illuminated after dark.
It it’s all part of the Brookfield Winter Lights Festival, which runs through to 29 July.
We were in central Perth yesterday evening and went to see the Brookfield Winter Lights Festival at Brookfield Place in St Georges Terrace.
These striking artworks were inside the shopping complex.
Today is the birthday of Alexandre Dumas, the French author who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. He was born on 24 July 1802.
He is honoured in Paris, with a street and a Metro station named after him.
As well as yesterday’s orchids, we saw plenty of other wildflowers while walking through the bushland of Kings Park recently. The iconic kangaroo paws (above) are just coming into flower, and the Native Wisteria is looking great.
Wattle (Acacia species) is in full bloom.
There lots of different pea flowers, including this one, which we think may be Daviesia nudiflora.
And some impressive fungi as well.
It’s still mid-winter here in Perth, but there are already plenty of interesting wildflowers to admire. We went for a walk through the bushland of Kings Park a few days back, and noticed that there are plenty of early orchids in flower. The green one above is a Banded Greenhood Orchid, and the purple/brown one below is a Coastal Banded Greenhood.
We also liked this Black Swan mural in the Perth suburb of Swanbourne. It’s behind the liquor store and was painted by James Giddy.