City of Light

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.

Winter Blooms

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.

On Seeing the First Orchids in Spring

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.