There is a London Plane tree in Rushcutter's Bay Park that has a cockatoo sized hole in it which is, funnily enough, the home of a very handsome sulphur crested cockatoo. I have seen him there most days as I walk past and have always thought, "Boy, I wish I had my camera with me". And then finally today I managed to remember take my camera with me which resulted in the photos you see here.
This attractive Art Deco seat (made from Bondi sandstone) was built in 1939 for the Australian poet Henry Kendall. It is in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia which I had a stroll through on the weekend. I had not heard of this poet, so I looked him up and here I present a the second stanza from his poem "Bellbirds":
The silver-voiced bell-birds, the darlings of day-time, They sing in September their songs of the May-time. When shadows wax strong and the thunder-bolts hurtle, They hide with their fear in the leaves of the myrtle; When rain and the sunbeams shine mingled together They start up like fairies that follow fair weather, And straightway the hues of their feathers unfolden Are the green and the purple, the blue and the golden.
You can read more about Henry Kendall and his poems here.
It is officially Autumn here in Sydney, although it is still quite hot and humid. However, the breeze is cool, so yes it is starting to feel a lot like Autumn. I say bring it on! Autumn means terrific walking weather, dappled afternoon light and the wonderful reds and oranges of deciduous trees.
I took these photos today on an afternoon stroll. Pictured above are magnolia seed pods, hibiscus flowers, a magnolia blossom, a cockatoo, tall Mexican fan palms, hoop pine trees, the purple (out of focus!) blossoms of the lasianda tree and a bracken fern.
I have been getting into bird songs lately. I live next to a park and there are many birds that sing songs in my street throughout the day. I noticed different birds sing at different times of the day and of course different birds sing in different seasons. It's actually pretty great that I am now starting to be able to identify birds when I go on walks by their calls. You tube has been particularly terrific in my new found interest! This morning we had a grey butcher bird singing for half an hour which was pretty wonderful.