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.
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.
These palm trees near the war memorial in Kings Park have also been amusingly decorated as part of the Funky Trunks event. They have been wrapped in cloth with hand/palm prints. Other funky trunks include a Poet Tree near the Pioneer Women’s Fountain, and several N-trees at the Saw Avenue N-trance. The event ends on Sept 30.
Some of the trees in Kings Park aren’t quite looking their normal selves at present. This tree is known as the Queen’s Tree, since it was planted by the Queen during her visit to Perth in 1954. But it currently looks like Her Royal MajesTree herself. It’s part of the “Funky Trunks” display at the Kings Park Festival.
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).
The Kings Park Festival is on at present and the gardens were chockablock with West Australian wildflowers.
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.
There were also some great trucks at the Waroona Vintage Machinery Rally last weekend. The 1935 International C30 above has driven the full length of US Route 66, between Chicago and Los Angeles. And the classic 1958-9 Foden below was still looking awesome despite being over 55 years old.
There were plenty of classic cars to admire at the Waroona Vintage Machinery Rally on the weekend, all lined up and gleaming in the spring sunshine. That’s a 1965 Wolseley in the foreground above, and a rare 1922/3 Franklin with an air cooled 6-cylinder engine below.