Western Australian Wildflowers in Kings Park

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Thursday after work, I walked myself home and on the way I took note of the weather.  It was overcast, drizzling rain, and there was virtually no wind.  Until I made that observation I was imagining myself and my book – reunited and enjoying a hot dinner.

These are the IDEAL conditions to photograph wild flowers.

  1. The clouds cast over – help bring out the deep colours of the flowers.  You’ll find the images are more rich and saturated on these days.
  2. The rain drops add a little magic to the photos (I’ve heard of some photographers just bringing a spray bottle with water to enhance their work – but as of yet I’ve never been tempted with this trickery. Instead I wait for days like this one).
  3. The wind lacking – will help you take sharper image.

I hurried myself upstairs and changed from my dress into more appropriate warmer clothes.  Topped myself off with a rain jacket and put my camera in my backpack surrounded in a plastic bag (note to self invest in a camera bag for the love of god).

The images throughout this post were taken in these peak conditions…only a couple of days ago.

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Now that it’s the weekend I’ve been out and about moving my little legs and enjoying a cruising pace – but I’ve got things on my mind.  Nothing major except I’m overwhelmed by the endless possibilities of what to bring/pack/cook/bake/preserve? for our camping trip next Wednesday.  We’ll be out for a week – and I am exploding with ideas but cannot pinpoint what I really want to pack for food or more rather – what can I bring that will last – and be easy to prepare.

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Of course I found one of these cutie pies too.  It’s a young Opisthoncus polyphemus male.

Mike is away – so I’ll be getting everything ready before he lands.  We’ll be up early and away so I’ve got to sort out what’s on the menu.

For those of you whom enjoy camping…

Do you have any go-to meals that you make while you’re roughing it (no fuss kind of stuff)?  I’d love to hear any suggestions that you love.

Madam Bovary & the bronze aussie jumper

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This might be the largest jumping spider that I’ve come across.  It’s nearly 3x bigger than any of the others.  A quick search tells me it might be a bronze aussie jumper (but are not listed as being in WA).  I am pretty damn stoked to see it today.
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I’ve been reading this novel over the past couple of days.  Originally written in French in 1856.  It never ceases to amaze me how familiar the people of 100+ years ago seem.  This novel intrigues me like all modern classics, particularly because it shows that even though we’ve evolved…our ancestors have experienced the same emotions; heart ache, death, love, happiness…it’s all been experienced before, and yet I sometimes foolishly believe I’m experiencing elements in my life that may have never been felt before.    Wrong, and kind of self indulgent that I may at times believe so.

I’ve been out lolling about in the streets lately, people watching (of which I’ve been told I’m terribly indiscreet).  When I see frail, stooped older people (my heart melts) my mind wanders and I imagine what they must have been like when they were young.  Am I similar to the woman wearing a colourful outfit, with her hair perfectly styled?  Was she wild when she was young and able to run?  Perhaps.

Will Mike and I live into old age and still hold hands in the street, while we wander to get groceries…

I imagine we will.

I smile a lot to myself when I read these older works…  Everything we experience in this life, has been felt before.

Oh yes, today is the 3rd anniversary of this blog.  Well done me!

Tiny Beeeautiful

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After work this evening, I walked over to Queens Gardens and took some photos.  I was on the look out for jumping spiders, but sadly did not spot any.  I did manage to spot some other beautiful details.  Pollen, and the colour pigmentation of  the flowers has been of interest lately, and even though these plants are not native to Australia, I throughly enjoyed all the brilliant colours and textures.

So, you like nature?

An older lady stopped and commented as I was crouching on the sidewalk this morning.  I was carefully photographing a small little lizard when I noticed she was watching me.  “What are you photographing?”.  I told her I was photographing a little lizard when she smiled.  “How did you notice it?”.  I guess I’m always watching for small creatures.  “So you like nature! Bless you”.

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These photos were taken this morning…after I woke up excited to take out my camera and find some birds.

I’ve been re-reading a book “The Ecology of Commerce” by Paul Hawken.  I read the original about 7 years ago, and now am catching up on the revised edition.  If you’re interested in nature, and the effects of industry both as a microcosm and a macrocosm I highly recommend picking up a copy.  You may even borrow mine, if you’re interested.

As a result, I’m evaluating my daily habits.  I buy bottled water, soft drinks and eat take away a few times a week (naughty!).  I also wear makeup daily and purchase clothing (fairly regularly).  I sometimes stop and think about how far a particular product has come to land in my hands, and what country produced it, but not nearly enough.

We consume so much useless crap in our day to day living, that we’ve become used to throwing away garbage as if there is no consequence to our vacuum like need to consume and keep up with the Joneses.  I am so guilty.

Our planet is consuming forests, fresh water and natural resources at an alarming speed.  As a result we are losing 27,000 species to extinction every year.  74 per day, 1 every 20 minutes.  Hawken’s explains this is a result of clearing forests at a rate of 500,000 per hour.  Which is insane.

We live in the city.  It’s not easy to just pluck some lettuce or carrots from the veggie patch anymore, we literally are surrounded in concrete.  The best choices we can make are to purchase from a farmers market, or identify locally grown produce at the super market.  I’m going to try harder to do that…because I’m pretty sure I’ve never really stopped to make sure I’m making good choices.

A few months ago, I went through our possessions and decided I’d like to own less stuff.  I made the decision as a result of thinking about the above.  I no longer own hard copies of dvds, nor do I own a mountain of books.  They were easy to sell, and put a little change in my pocket.  I donated clothes that I haven’t worn in months.  The cleaning products we use at home are a mix of eco friendly and harsh/toxic, and I always use the same rags to clean up to avoid wasting paper towel.  In an effort to stop contributing to pollution, I’m going to fill our emptied bottles with non toxic, environmentally friendly options.

We’re share a home with two other people, and while it’s not solar powered, we all take public transit (or in my case walk) to work.  Mike is an exception, as he flies to and from work every other week.

This book had a huge impact on me the first time I read it, and I believe it’s had an even more substantial impact this round…as I feel accountable for my actions.

I’m going to try a lot harder.

I swear it.

Are you conscious of sustainability?  What do you do around your home to help out?

Have you read “The Ecology of Commerce”?  What are your thoughts?

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Saturday Sounds.

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Mr. Little Jeans – Good Mistake  – The intro to this track will lull you in… I’m obsessed.

Rudimental – Free

Tycho – Montana

Tycho – Spectre

Joywave – Tongues (feat Kopp)

London Grammar – Strong  This song is beautiful, and so is the singer.

Ultraista – Our Song (Zero 7 Remix)

Tomas Barfod – Pulsing (Featuring Nina K)

Heartless Bastards – The Mountain