Botanical art – November 2017

Some sketches from a weekend at Auckland Botanic Gardens, a repeat of a weekend course I did last year. It was a necessary motivation to get me producing, but I hope that self-motivation might kick in from here. I’ve got plenty of sketch books to fill… The weekend was a perfect example of Auckland Spring, with rain for…

Coral Bay

Gateway to the Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage Site, Coral Bay is a tiny settlement existing almost solely for tourism, primarily diving and snorkelling on the reef. It’s world famous for snorkelling with whale sharks, something that seems to have made most things to do before you die / people’s bucket lists over the past…

Shark Bay

The first place in Australia to be designated a World Heritage Area (in 1991), Shark Bay is a pretty unique place, home to the oldest lifeforms on earth, 10,000 dugongs (sea cows), shore fed dolphins, and beaches made entirely of shells. Eagle Bluff was a beautiful lookout over shallow waters inhabitated by a few sharks…

Murchison Gorge, Kalbarri National Park

One of my favourite types of landscape to explore, Australian gorges with their wonderful rock formations, colours and reflections. Murchison Gorge looked pretty spectacular from on high through the aptly named Nature’s Window and further along at a lookout. Down the road at Z-Bend Gorge were more views, and a fun boulder strewn track down…

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, Dongara and Kalbarri

A few hours up the road from Perth, The Pinnacles are some pretty unusual and striking rock formations, for their shape, number and colour. Whether they formed through rock erosion or forest fossilisation is a mystery, either way they’re pretty beautiful. Two and a half hours drive later more yellow sand along with blue waters…

Perth street art

Perth, like most places to be honest, has gained a lot more street art in recent years. I remember none from my previous trip seven years ago. Most of these examples came from the The University of Western Australia campus. It was also home to these rather wonderful houses on legs, bringing back childhood memories…

Perth

It’s been seven years since I last visited Perth, and while there are more flash buildings and more obvious wealth around, there are also definitely more people living on the streets, as the boom times come to an end. As a tourist though it was a more enjoyable place to explore than I remembered, in particular…