Underneath the Arches 4

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A few weeks back, we mentioned that the baroque architect Francesco Borromini built some of our favourite churches in Rome. This is one of them – Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, with its ornate steeple and a courtyard surrounded by exuberant arches. If you stand in the right spot, you can even photograph arches within arches.

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Flower Power

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In yesterday’s blog entry we mentioned that Perth is a good place for bird watchers. It is also great for wildflower lovers. Yesterday we went for a walk along some of the bushland walking trails in Kings Park, which is just 2km from the CBD.

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Some of the trails are sandy (top), while  others are more suited to people who don’t like getting sand in their shoes (above).

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But wherever you walk, you will find plenty of impressive wildflowers, including Common Hovea above and Star of Bethlehem below.

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Down by the Riverside

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Walking beside Swan River in Alfred Cove a few days back, we noticed this pole with a manmade Osprey nest (on the right above).  It appeared to be untenanted, so we didn’t take much notice. But when we went past it again 15 minutes later, it was  different story. There were two Ospreys – one on the nest and one having a snack.

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River Park

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Yesterday we were in the Perth suburb of Alfred Cove, on the south side of the Swan River. The foreshore is a nature reserve, and the adjoining river is part of the Swan Estuary Marine Park.

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It looked like a good place to spot some interesting waterbirds, so we went for a look. Tomorrow we’ll show you what we found. Amazingly, this rather quiet and secluded area is still within eyesight of central Perth.

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Locusts and Wild Honey

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Today is Saint John’s Day – not the Apostle John, but John the Baptist, who wore camel skin clothes and ate a diet of locusts and wild honey. June 24 is the feast day of his nativity, though no one knows the actual date, or even the year, of his birth.

The church of San Giovanni in Laterano (St John Lateran) in Rome is named in honour of both the Saint Johns. Statues of them stand either side of Jesus on the facade of the church (above). Inside you can also see this 15th century of John the Baptist.

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