Sunday, February 25, 2007

A frolick in the park

The other day Christian and I went for a picnic in Hyde Park, a gorgeous park near the city that played host to out wedding. I took my trusty camera along for the ride and here's what we captured...

As we walked into the park, we saw this construction high on a power pole, obviously a sleeping hut for the local bats - or Batcave if you will :) We didn't see any others around so they must have to flip a coin for the right to snooze amidst it's battish comforts...

Living in the metro area I find that we sometimes forget about the drought that we're currently experiencing. Hyde Park has two lakes in it's centre, this one has completely dried up. I was very sad to see it in such a state.

The Black Swan is the emblem animal of Western Australia and is beautiful creature. We don't have native white swans here, I have grown up knowing only the black ones. Whenever I see a white swan I get very excited as it's so different to what the rest of the world knows. Despite their beauty, they're nasty little shits and can be the bane of any picnic. They have a tendency to bite and if you're not careful they can sneak up on you from behind!

Before we had our dinner we went for a walk around the park. Completely randomly we ran across our friend Jason who we hadn't seen in ages. He was stuck traipsing home with a bike one of his work mates had lent him and the unicycle he had gone to work with. Knowing he was going to practise on the unicycle after work, he'd caught the bus instead of driving, not knowing his friend was bringing him the bike that day too! When I told him I was taking pictures of weird and wonderful things (and that I considered his three wheel trek home to be weird in the least) he happily obliged me a photo!

We went to find ourselves somewhere to sit for dinner and we came across this palm tree and were rather surprised. The tree hadn't been there before! How do we know? It was in the exact spot that we exchanged vows! For some reason, the council had lugged by truck and then crane a twenty foot palm tree that does not fit in at all with the surrounding gardens. Go figure.

We finally sat down for dinner and we watching the large amount of avian life slowly gravitating towards us. There were an awful amount of ducks and I asked Christian what it would be like to die by duck. He said it would most likely be slow and painful as they have bills, not beaks so we wouldn't even get pecked to death. Suddenly a couple of coots scared off the ducks and advanced towards us. Obviously there was a bounty on our heads and the coots wanted to claim it. I took a photo of them so the authorities would have photographic evidence of our murderers. Look at them - pure evil!

I really like this lamp. It reminds me very much as the one in Narnia.
And finally, as we were leaving I snapped this graffiti on the lid of a bin. It was so happy!


smerk said...

Hyde Park is pretty. :) And I know what you mean about the swans!

oppiejoe said...

Photo journeys are fun with you :)

MadCarlotta said...

I just wanted to say that I love reading your blog :)

PS Swans ARE nasty buggers, I'd love to see a black one though.

ScarletManuka said...

Thanks Carlotta!