Wrecks and Weeds

I haven’t been up to much over the last week, just mainly catching up on processing some photos and distributing them. The other evening the light had a beautiful delicate quality to and I knew that I must get out and take some photos. The thing was that the evenings are very short here, twenty or thirty minutes and it is all over. So I decided to just walk out of the front door and see what I could find.

Wrecks and Weeds #2. Old car wrecks being over run by weeds.

Western Australia has seen very little of the events of global slow down caused by the GFC. China’s insatiable demand for the minerals that can be found here has meant that the economy has been going gangbusters. Well up until now that is. Five minutes walk from my house is the town’s industrial estate and up until very recently it was a hive of activity, but now it is a very different story. Most of the units and yards are now up for either sale or lease and the first mortgagee sales are happening. All that is left is a couple of car wrecking yards and even they are showing the effects of the economic slow down. The weeds are slowly, but steadily, reclaiming the yards and the wrecks are starting to disappear under the vegetation.

Wrecks and Weeds #1

The light was a beautiful counterpoint to the decaying cars, such potent symbols of our consumer culture, and the flowers showed that everything can become new and alive again.

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The Spring Flush Continues

Jug Orchid, Pterostylis recurva, Mount Observation, Western Australia. Canon EOS 550d, Sigma 105mm macro, I/125 sec at f8, ISO 1600 with fill flash.

My shoulder has recovered well from the recent surgery and I’ve been able to get out and about round York. The other day I took a speculative drive out looking for dancing spider orchids¬†when I found this solitary little jug orchid. Normally not seen up in the wandoo forest and when found they are usually in largish colonies. So it was a nice little find and compensated for not finding the others.

Parts of Mount Brown, in York Western Australia, are covered in a carpet of pink everlastings ( Rhodanthe chlorocephala ssp rosea ). Panasonic Lumix LX-5. Exposure: AE priority 1/250 s at f/8.0, ISO 80 with -1 stop exposure compensation and -1 stop flash exposure compensation. Focal length the equivalent of 24mm lens on full frame

Every other day I’m walking up on Mount Brown, which is in York, with the dog and it is now covered with a carpet of flowers that are a riot of pinks and yellows. Even the weeds are looking fantastic!

Non-native yellow daisy Arctotheca calendulae. Mount Brown, York, Western Australia. Panasonic Lumix LX-5. Exposure – aperture priority 1/640 s at f/8.0, ISO 80, with -1 stop exposure compensation with fill flash with -1 stop flash exposure compensation.

Of course me on my hands and knees crawling among the flowers created a lot of amusement for Frida, my bull terrier. It took ages to clean the dog slobber from off the front element of my lens.

Frida running through a meddow of pink everlastings on Mount Brown in York, Western Australia.

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