It rained in Perth last Sunday, and had a surprising impact on the lake at Mabel Talbot Reserve in the Perth suburb of Jolimont. Before the rain it looked like this:
Anyway, the ducks certainly appreciated the change, including this pair of Australian Wood Ducks.
These galahs (aka pink and grey galahs) came to look at us when stopped for a snack, while walking in Kings Park in Perth on the weekend.
Male and female look very similar, but the female (above) has pink/red eyes, while the male has black.
The Raphael House which we featured yesterday is in Raphael Street, Urbino. The picturesque street goes steeply uphill.
At the top of the street there is a park with panoramic views and this statue of Raphael, looking every bit a talented Renaissance painter.
Today is the birthday of the great Italian Renaissance painter Raphael, or Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, to give him his full name. He was born on 28 March 1483 (or maybe 6 April) in this building in the hill town of Urbino. It is now a museum and well worth a visit.
We stopped to photograph some of the town signs along the Great Southern Highway during our trip to Albany last month. They often describe the character of the town, or some historical connection – like miners heading for the goldfields from Broomehill, pushing their tools and belongings in a wheelbarrow.
But the tiny town of Popanyinning took a different tack, making fun of its long name. The locals just opt out and call it Popo (pronounced pop-oh).
We noticed these two cormorants sitting on a rock in a Perth lake recently. They immediately reminded us of the Australian idiom of being “like a shag on a rock”, since cormorants are generally called shags here. However the idiom refers to someone being alone and isolated, so these two shags don’t quite fit the bill.
Shags on the shoreline or sitting in a tree haven’t found their way into the Aussie “slanguage” yet.
There is a jetty at the Swan River end of Preston Street, in the Perth suburb of Como. The jetty is cut off from Preston Street by a busy freeway, but you can easily walk to it across this footbridge.
Como used to be a popular ferry destination, so the bridge is decorated with nautical themes like these ropes.
And the names of old ferries from the past.