Before a Fall

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We saw this sign while travelling in the southwest of Western Australia a few weeks back. Had never heard of Beedelup Falls, so we went along for a look.

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The walk to the falls went across this disturbingly wobbly suspension bridge. And the falls were looking good, since it had been raining for the previous two days.

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Time and Tide

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Low tides have been lower than usual recently. When we were walking along the south end of Perth’s Cottesloe beach a few days back, the old submarine telegraph cables were clearly visible in the shallows.

The first of these cables was completed in 1901 and connected Perth with the rest of the world. They are looking a bit the worse for wear these days.

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For The Birds 2

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As well as the birds in North Fremantle that we featured yesterday, we saw quite a few other birds last weekend. These two Pied Oystercatchers were on the river foreshore in South Perth, near the Mends Street jetty.

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These cute Australian Wood Ducks were at Herdsman Lake, where there were some Great Crested Grebes, like the one below. As we’ve commented before, you can find plenty of interesting wildlife in the suburbs of Perth.

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For the Birds

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We have been seeing a lot of birds here in Perth recently. A few days back we were walking beside the Swan River in North Fremantle and noticed this White Faced Heron. It was fishing in the shallows beside the marina, just metres away from housing.

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This Black Swan was cruising about nearby, and there was a pair of Pacific Black Ducks as well.

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Bewitched

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We visited the small town Witchcliffe while we were in the southwest corner of Western Australia recently.

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There are plenty of witchy motifs scattered around the town. And this graphic air safety message showing why witches shouldn’t drink and fly.

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Steam to Electricity

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Another vintage engine that we liked on our recent visit to Dardanup Heritage Park south of Perth was this large Belliss & Morcom steam engine (on the right) which drove the General Electric generator on the left.

It originally operated in Northcliffe, south of Dardanup, supplying electric power for the sawmill and town. You can see the large pistons through transparent covers on the side of the engine.

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