We spotted these kookaburras in the bushland at Lake Joondalup yesterday. They have very expressive faces, pose nicely for photographs, and seem to like sitting in old gum trees.
We went for a walk beside Herdsman Lake a few days back, and were impressed by the rich variety of waterbirds – all quite close to roads, houses and office blocks. The odd looking duck above is a male Australasian Shoveler. The pair of them below shows the female (in front) and male.
One of the pluses of being a magazine writer is that you get to enjoy things twice – once when you see them, and then again when they appear in a magazine.
We saw this nicely restored 1950 Austin K2 Loadstar at a show a while back, had a chat with the owner, and photographed the truck. And our article about the 64 year old Austin is in the current Sept/Oct issue of Vintage Trucks & Commercials Magazine. So you know where to look if you want to know about the truck.
Howard Florey was born on 24 Sept 1898 in Adelaide. In 1945 he shared the Nobel Prize with Alexander Fleming and Ernst Chain for his role in the development of penicillin. This bust of Florey is along North Terrace in Adelaide.
Another of our favourite scientists is Galileo Galilei. He was born in Pisa on 15 Sept 1564 and made some of his scientific discoveries at the town’s beautiful Romanesque cathedral. He famously dropped weights from the Leaning Tower to prove that objects of different weight fall at the same rate.
It is also reported that he learned about pendulums inside the cathedral. During a boring service, he noticed that a lamp was swinging and that the time for each swing was the same, no matter how far it swung. That discovery was the basis for the development of pendulum clocks. You can still “Galileo’s Lamp” in the cathedral.