Winter Wildflowers

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Tomorrow is the first day of spring, when Perthites start to think about spring wildflowers. What many don’t realise is that there are actually wildflowers all year round in Perth; they are just more plentiful in spring.

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The photos shown here were taken in Bold Park, within eyesight of the CBD, during the past week. There are masses of wattle (top) and the last of the winter flowering Cockies Tongue (above).

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There is also plenty of False Boronia (above) and Grey Cotton heads (below). If you want to know more about West Australian wildflowers, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife website Florabase. Or check out our Perth Wildflowers blog.

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Off a Duck’s Back

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As well as yesterday’s kookaburras, we have recently seen plenty of interesting waterbirds at Lake Claremont in Perth’s western suburbs. This seasonal lake largely dries up in summer, but is now fairly full from the winter rain. That’s a male Australian Shelduck above, and a male Australasian Shoveller below.

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The females aren’t quite as colourful as the males, as you can see below. That’s the female Shoveller on the left.

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Freo Twister

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We noticed this tornado over Fremantle a few hours back, shortly after midday. Okay, it’s not quite as exciting as the one in The Wizard of Oz – but it’s the first time we have ever seen anything like this in the Perth area.

What’s Kooking?

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We’ve also been seeing some interesting animals since returning to Perth. These two kookaburras have been hanging around in our suburban garden lately. They appear to be just sitting there, posing for photographs. But actually they are plotting occasional raids on a nearby tree, presumably looking for something to eat.

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Ring Them Bells

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We noticed plenty of bells during our visit to Los Angeles a few weeks back. The Bell of Dolores above is a replica of the one which was rung in the town of Dolores in Mexico in 1812, calling patriots to fight for freedom from Spain. It stands in a little square called Placita de Dolores, across the road from Union station.

Outside the nearby mission church of Our Lady Queen of Angels, there is this small bell. It indicates that the church is on El Camino Real (the King’s Highway), a trail connecting the mission churches of California.

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And outside the Chinatown Metro station, you can also see this traditional Chinese bell.

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