Earlier this week, we spent a few hours in Hong Kong. It wasn’t an incredibly short holiday – we were in transit and just had time to get out of the airport for a short while.
As usual in this situation, we hopped the airport express train down to Hong Kong Island, and then caught a Star Ferry across the spectacular harbour. The view was a bit grey and misty, since we arrived just after a short, sharp downpour. But was definitely better than hanging around in the airport for hours.
As you would expect, we saw plenty of spectacular spring wildflowers growing beside the Statham’s Quarry Walk in the Perth Hills – including Pincushion Coneflowers (above) and Three-stamened Fringed Lilies.
We even spotted this White Spider Orchid.
The Statham’s Quarry Walk, which we did last weekend, is a loop trail at Gooseberry Hill east of Perth. The walk basically goes downhill for the first half and then back up to the starting point. Along the way there are plenty of rolling hills, and the rather picturesque Statham’s Quarry.
The trail goes around the old Zigzag Railway (now a road), and occasionally goes right along the old railway cuttings.
We recently went for another day walk in the Perth Hills, along the Statham’s Quarry Trail at Gooseberry Hill. The view westwards from the car park showed why we like walking in the Perth Hills – the Swan coastal plain is as flat as the proverbial pancake. That’s Perth city centre on the horizon.
We also spotted his family of Black Swans at Lake Claremont, another lake in Perth’s western suburbs. And a Blue-billed Duck as well. Spring is a great time for a bit of bird watching.
As well as the ducks at Manning Park, which were featured in two recent blog entries, we also noticed this family of Australian Wood Ducks at Mabel Talbot Reserve in Perth’s western suburbs. There were some Black Swans on the small lake as well.
We went to Kings Park to see the outdoor exhibition “Future Keepers” a few days back. It shows the amazingly detailed structures of many seeds and runs through to 30 September.
Afterwards we went for a walk through the bushland of Kings Park, where you can see plenty of impressive wildflowers, including Donkey Orchids …
… and Cowslip Orchids …
… and the ever-popular Kangaroo Paws, all growing in a natural bush setting.