We recently went into central Perth to see the Christmas lights, as described in the Christmas Lights Trail. Got there well before dark, so the large Christmas tree at Elizabeth Quay (above) was still lit by the sun. But later we went to St George’s Cathedral, where the stained glass tree was glowing nicely.
We also went for a walk through the bushland of Perth’s Kings Park recently and saw plenty of wildflowers growing in their natural habitat. That’s a Sand-dune Fringed Lily above, and Yellow Starflower below.
There is also quite a lot of this amusingly named Yellow Autumn Lily (it is still spring here).
This one with the dry, papery petals is Waitzia suaveolans (no common name that we know of).
A few days back we went for a walk through the botanical garden section of Kings Park. Although it is almost the end of spring, there were still plenty of West Australian native wildflowers in bloom.
We especially liked the Cooloomia Verticordia (above) and this brightly coloured Kalbarri Beaufortia.
And this delicate Blue Lace Flower as well.
We were out for a walk this morning and noticed that the sun was surrounded by an eerie halo. This uncommon meteorological effect occurs when the sun is shining through ice crystals in high level cloud. The last time we saw a halo like this was in March of last year.
This colourful abstract mural by local artist Sioux Tempestt was also painted as part of Paint Subi earlier this month. It is in a laneway near the corner of Rokeby and Roberts Roads, beside a burger shop. The work-in-progress photo below shows the artwork before completion.
We also went back to see the completed mural by Spanish artist Okuda, from the recent Paint Subi project. The two huge sections of the mural feature technicolor kangaroos and a koala, plus lots of other motifs.
Here’s what it looked like while it was being painted.
This mural was also part of the Paint Subi project a few weeks back. It’s by local artist Hayley Welsh, who is shown in action above.
The mural is in a pedestrian laneway that runs off Rokeby Road and features three of Hayley’s trademark critters.
This one is helping with the painting.