Monday, 14 August 2017

Elizabeth Quay, Perth

Public art, Elizabeth Quay
This blog is a nature blog rather than a travel blog but I'll make an exception. We went to see the bell tower in Perth and discovered a new quay has been constructed right next door. Elizabeth Quay is quite delightful, small and interesting. There is a island with a playground, a water feature, a foot bridge, gardens and several retail outlets including cafes of course.

Bessie Mabel Rischbieth OBE 1874-1967 by Jon Tarry. She was a social advocate.

Foot bridge, Elizabeth Quay

Love locks and fountains at the bellltower

View from the bell tower
And a bit of nature. There were cormorants and seagulls on the island as well as a darter. There were two female darters who didn't seem to mind humans in close proximity.
Female darter
Water feature, Elizabeth Quay

A model posing for photos, Elizabeth Quay
We were amazed to see that the authorities (state or council) have allowed the development of hotels or multistoried units surrounding the quay. In the photos below you can see that building has started. In the future the views of the bell tower and from the bell tower and the city will be severely compromised but the view from some high-priced hotel room or unit will be stunning. Crazy. Money talks.

Bell tower and cranes, at left
View of developments from the bell tower.
PS We discovered that, as seniors, we could buy a $1.30 ticket for the ferry to South Perth from the quay that entitled us to travel back and forth for two hours. We only went across and back once.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Moore River NP

We stopped for a lunch break at a roadside stop on the Brand Highway, within the Moore River National Park. As usual I went for a little wander and discovered there was a powerline reserve nearby, a linear cleared area that was easy to walk along. I found numerous flowering plants and would think it is a marvellous spot at its peak flowering season. One of the best. Our lunch hour became two.

Anigozanthus humilis Catspaw


Bossiaea eriocarpa Brown Pea

Caladenia flava Cowslip Orchid

Conostephium pendulum Pearl Flower

Eremaea brevifolia

Eriostemon spicatus Pepper and Salt

Hovea pungens



Pityrodia bartlingii  Wooly Dragon

Tinsel Lily

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The turquoise coast

In the tourist brochures it's called the Turquoise Coast but it was grey when we visited. The weather was a bit ordinary for tourists but this year in the west has been very dry so the farmers are happy and raintanks will fill up.

The first coastal town we visited was Leeman. It has an attractive harbour with a small offshore island. that provide shelter for terns and cormorants. Because of recent storms the beach (and the pier) was covered in seaweed and we watched four pied oystercatchers fossicking for their lunch while we ate our lunch. I was also delighted to see an osprey nest on a tall pole nearby (complete with bird) and there appears to be manmade wire frame supporting the nest.

Oystercatchers feeding on the storm-washed beach at Leeman

Osprey nest, Leeman

Osprey on nest
We moved on further south to Green Head. It too promised white sandy beaches but the storms had washed up piles of seaweed and the wind was blowing strongly when we were there so we didn't do the Three Bays Walkway that looked interesting. Maybe I'm getting soft. Or older. Or lazy.

Green Head

Green Head
On to Jurien Bay. On a good day we might have been tempted by one of the walks along the coast or a boat trip to see the resident Sea Lions but not this time.

Cervantes is a lovely little town with a very pricey caravan park (that we didn't stay in), pricey because it's a base to see the Pinnacles Desert just to the south. We had intended going to the Pinnacles because we'd been there before and it is an amazing park that we would have liked to see again but it was raining buckets so we went to Lake Thetis instead. There's a walkway there and information boards about the thrombolites and stromatolites in the lake.

Stomatolites, Lake Thetis
The boardwalk at Lake Thetis, Cervantes

Resident insect, Lake Thetis

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Lesueur National Park

A few kilometres inland from Jurien Bay is Lesueur National Park. It was gazetted in 1992 after a community backlash against plans to mine the area. It includes two mesas, Mount Lesueur and Mount Michaud, and supports over 900 species of plants. The park is named after Charles-Alexandre Lesueur a natural history artist aboard the Naturaliste on Hamelin's 1801 expedition.

We visited the park about ten years ago and at that time I was overwhelmed by the stunning variety of plants and their amazing flowers. This time we were just a few weeks early to see the plants at their best but I still found a number of beauties. The shrubby heath (called Kwongan) is almost of uniform height.

View over the Kwongan from the road south to Lesueur NP.

Banksia Track, Lesueur NP.

Mt Lesueur, a flat-topped mesa.

Darwinia virescens
My hero walked back to the car to get my hat while I kept on photographing.



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