This common bronzewing startled me so badly that I yelled out when we first met one another today. We shared a moment. It let me photograph it for 10 minutes at about 2 feets distance. Which was incredible… The colours were truly that vivid. I also think this may be the first time I’ve seen one. One of Australia’s “most dangerous” creatures – the common magpie. Mum/Pops bashed this centipede for a few moments before passing it to it’s loud, totally capable and incessant offspring.There are still a few flowers popping out despite the season technically ending in early December.
It’s dawning on me now that we will be moving overseas in less than two weeks. Of course I’ve been packing and all that tedious stuff, but a part of me is not fully ready to say adieu to this charming city. I’m currently finished work, and so have taken time each day to visit with friends and get out and about to enjoy the nice things this city has to offer.
I became acutely aware of my deep love for the city only in March of this year. We’d just spent three weeks in Japan – 4 of those days in mega city – Tokyo. Tokyo is an amazing city, however almost immediately it hit both Mike and I that it lacked nature. Returning to Perth, I observed a city that was lush, green and divided by an enormous river teaming with wildlife.
Some of my favourite parts of the area have featured on this blog over the past couple of years…
Kings Park – Some of you may know is my favourite place here, and it is a treasure. Even today as I strolled about, wildflowers and native birds were on display and gave me plenty of beautiful moments to photograph. The vibe at this park is just chilled – and I will forever be grateful for the 6 months we were in walking distance to it’s beauty and charm.
Moonlight Cinemas – Due to the non rainy summers, you can almost certainly head to this awesome outdoor cinema whenever you fancy (there are several, however we’ve only been to the location at Kings Park). It’s such a cool way to see a film. Mike and I went about a week ago, brought blankets and hired some bean bags and enjoyed one of the latest releases “The Big Short”. You can pack a picnic dinner, order junk food and beer and enjoy a great film all in the warmth of a summer evening under the stars. It was here that Mike felt the baby (boy!) kick for the first time.
The clean beaches. By god they are nice here. Nothing will top the beaches in Greenhead, but for a cosmopolitan city – you really can’t go wrong at any of the sandy, sun drenched spots.
Fremantle – This was the original location for the township of Perth. It’s architecture is very distinct, and the people here are much more relaxed than in the CBD. We go out every couple of months and always say we could live here. There is a great market, and plenty of dining options… And if ships take your fancy, there is also a maritime museum and shipping docks to explore.
Northbridge – Apparently this place used to be pretty scummy. Now, it’s a great hub for the arts, foodie and entertainment crowd. At the moment Fringe Festival is on and the whole community is getting amongst the quirky entertainment that can be found here.
The proximity of the city to the Perth Hills and Swan Valley. If you love good wine, beer, cheese, chocolate and nature…consider this an area not to be missed.
There is plenty to see and experience in this sun soaked city, and I’ll be trying to squeeze in as much as I can these last few days. If you do get the chance to travel West – it’s worth checking out. Perth is absolutely a great place to start.