Sunday, November 14, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Amazing how messy the creative process can be. Or rather, making the creation into a success. Given Mark's character, it is even more amazing that he recognised the ideas value. Or did he? Anyway, the time flew by, so 4/5 for a gripping effort at recording recent history.
Monday, November 08, 2010
A very interesting mixture of fact and fiction - a life of a British colonialist during the 1950 Emergency. Made more interesting by the endorsements of senior British officials at the time Frederick is writing about, and references to historical figures such as John Davies and Chin Peng. A Cannot-put-down-read and a very filmic book, given the interesting sex life of the main character, Ferdach.
At a different nest this time. Not sure but I think it is a Grey Headed Sea eagle. the nest is further away than before This time there are 2 chicks which can just about be made out in this photograph. By the size and colour of the chick, they were days old when the photo was taken on the 30/10/10.
Friday, November 05, 2010
With just shy of 300 steps, Jacab's Ladder is not the easier way to get into the park. But we did it munching on an ice cream. Easy peasy.
The botanic garden part of the park is sectioned into flora from all parts of the state. This is the Boab tree , a prized specimen in the park. These trees can live for over 1500 years and may have an ancestry stretching back 65 million years. Makes humans look like fly by nighters.
The double helix tower is a fitting sculpture for the park, given the diversity and difference of the life here.
The second day in Perth was my 64th. Opened my present from Sock Hoon and enjoyed a cup of Fremantle coffee before,
having a full English breakfast at the London Court Cafe. That I enjoyed. Real bacon and eggs. The whole thing.
After breakfast, drove to Fremantle to drop off the hire car and return to Perth on a river cruise.
Another accomodation triumph. We travelled back to Perth from Albany in one day, taking 6 hours to cover the 400 + km. A good driving road which you have to yourself most of the time. Gek enjoyed to the max bowling along!! And another room with a view. New Esplanade Hotel over looking the Swan River.
Window view. The tower houses the St Martin in the Field's bells that were gifted to Perth by St Martin's on the city's bi-centennial. A surreal experience hearing the bells as you step on to the boat quay.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Albany models show at the equivalent of the County Show Ground. Mainly men, of course, but a fair number of lady modelers.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Another type of whale killer, at Whale World Albany.
Whales where hunted off the continental shelf, some 50 km off the coast of Albany. This only began in 1953. Before that, whales were only hunted in the coastal bays. Spotted from this crows next, the whale was killed with an exploding harpoon, filled with compressed air to stop the body sinking and then marked with a buoy to be picked up at the end of a days hunting.
Old picture from the crows nest. These are sperm whales. They have been known to dive 3 km.
Once delivered ashore, the carcass is cut up and processed to extract the oil, which was shipped to the UK. Apparently it was very good at lubricating watches. I am sure the whale would have been happy to know that his life was taken for such a essential use.
There was nothing on the sea to give away the massive swell. No white horses.
The nearest you will ever get to a rainbow.
A days outing from Albany. Now the insurance on the hire car does not allow laterite roads to be driven. Hummm. Bit of bummer, really. The park was all laterite roads. But we did get up high enough to see past the range to the east at Bluff's Knoll. Got a real impression of a land sea. All the way to Sydney?