A Raft of Cormorants

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On the weekend we stumbled across this raft of Little Black Cormorants. There must have been about 500 of them, accompanied by a scattering of seagulls. The surprising thing is that we weren’t at some remote bird sanctuary – the cormorants were just on the Swan River in Mosman Park, Perth.

Incidentally, “raft” is the correct term for a bunch of water birds, though Perthites may describe these ones as a swag of shags.

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Baroque Birthday

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The great Italian painter Caravaggio was born on 29 September 1571. We saw his painting of the Deposition from the Cross (also known as the Entombment) earlier this year in Rome, in Chiesa Nuova (literally New Church). Actually this one is an 18th century copy, since the original was moved to the Vatican. But we saw that one too, and it looks exactly the same.

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Flowers that Bloom in the Spring

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Yesterday we walked around the botanic garden section of Kings Park in Perth, or “King Spark” as it is correctly pronounced in Strine (Aussie spoken English).

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The Kings Park Festival is on at present and the gardens were chockablock with West Australian wildflowers.

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The floral clock (above) was looking great, and of course there were masses of papery Everlastings (below). The festival continues through to the end of September.

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