Why We Chose Perth

Why We Chose Perth

As the daughter of an ex Pat I have lived in various places around the world so why we chose Perth as the place to live.

Perth City from South Perth, Western Australia

Perth City from South Perth, Western Australia

When you arrive in Perth and take your first walk through the city you will be amazed how clean the city is! It is a relatively small city so you can pretty much walk to everywhere, although there are CAT buses that you can jump on and off and its free ?

 Elizabeth Quay & The Bell Tower, Perth, Western Australia

Elizabeth Quay & The Bell Tower, Perth, Western Australia

Some people say WA stands for Wait Awhile but that is another of its charms. You are never rushed its a more laid back style of living.

Once you have your own transport a whole new world opens up for you. Within 30-40 minutes drive the vast array of experiences waiting to be explored are amazing.

To the west we have some of the best beaches on offer,

Our Beaches, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia

Our Beaches, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia

east we have wineries, the hills and farmland,

Entopia Wines, Swan Valley, Perth, Western Australia

Entopia Wines, Swan Valley, Perth, Western Australia

to the north we have the Yanchep National Park, a natural bush experience

Natural Bush Experience, Yanchep National Park Perth, Western Australia

Natural Bush Experience, Yanchep National Park Perth, Western Australia

along with pristine beaches and some of the  biggest sand dunes you’ll find anywhere outside of the sahara desert

Fun in the Dunes, Lancelin, Perth, Western Australia

Fun in the Dunes, Lancelin, Perth, Western Australia

to the south we have Mandurah and Rockingham, large coastal communities with a large variety of ocean based activities.

Fun on the Ocean, Indian Ocean, Mandurah, Western Australia

Fun on the Ocean, Indian Ocean, Mandurah, Western Australia

If you are prepared to venture further a field there are many more adventures waiting.

Places to Explore, Murchison River, Kalbarri, Western Australia

Places to Explore, Murchison River, Kalbarri, Western Australia

Our fair city is growing at a rapid pace and new and exciting things are being added all the time, we will even have a Ritz Hotel in the not too distant future ?

Water Park, Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Western Australia

Water Park, Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Western Australia

So I choose Perth because it doesn’t feel crowded or overly busy, because there are endless natural experiences on my doorstep and the food and drink offerings are expanding all the time ?

Ocean Tranquility, Yanchep, Perth, Western Australia

Ocean Tranquility, Yanchep, Perth, Western Australia

What are your favourite Perth experiences, or if you are moving here what are you most looking forward to?

Thanks for reading, Maggie 🙂

The Most Important Ingredient for Photographing Nature is …

The Most Important Ingredient for Photographing Nature is …

Glen Brook Damn, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Glen Brook Damn, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Obviously the answer has to be “A Camera”, right?

Sure, a camera is pretty useful (for obvious reasons) but it’s certainly not the most important ingredient. I believe we first have to answer another question.

“Why are we photographing the Natural World?”

Twenty-Eight Parrot, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Twenty-Eight Parrot, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

If you want a piccy of what everyone else sees then charge on out there with your camera, grab your snaps of what you see on the way and head back home before the rush hour.

But that’s not really how you experience nature or, for that matter, get the most out of life.

If you really want to experience and photograph nature then the most important thing to have available is “Time”.

Without spending Time you’re simply experiencing an unreal snapshot of the Natural World as you rush through and scatter all living creatures to the four winds, that’s not exactly natural now is it?

Soldier Ant, John Forrest National Park, WA

Soldier Ant, John Forrest National Park, WA

Stop by that brook that you have walked past dozens of times or under your favourite tree or off the beaten track of a popular bush walk though a National Park. Sit on the grass or set up a chair then grab a book or just sit and meditate, but make sure you take Time and use lots of it.

You’ll be amazed at what happens around you when you just sit quietly and relax.

The birds get used to you being there and stop by for a visit, you start to notice their behaviour and patterns, you even get to predict when they will give you a great photo opportunity.

You’ll also start to notice things around you that never stood out before, the patterns in the branches above you, the subtle textures of the leaves and how the light shines through them, or maybe just that enormous Soldier Ant that is out scouting the forest floor for some sinister reason!

This is a good time to grab your camera and start experimenting, some of your best photos will come at a time you least expect it.

Everyone has their own answer to my second question “Why Photograph the Natural World?”, my answer is “Because of how it makes me feel”. I want to share those amazing moments in time when we are surrounded by nature and observe some of the most wondrous events that we never expected.

I would love to hear why you “Photograph the Natural World?”

And don’t forget that spending Time in nature is a great way to de-stress from the hectic world man has made.

John Forrest Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 1

John Forrest Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 1

The Photo Walk – Part 1 (read part 2)

Environment ~ Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Links ~ Directions

About 6 months ago we were at John Forrest National Park to see if the waterfall was as lively as Lesmurdie Falls had been and to enjoy a day out in one of Perth’s most beautiful and oldest National Parks.

Water Ribbon, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Ribbon, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

First, A Little History

Forest Path, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Forest Path, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

John Forrest National Park was the first area to be given National Park status in Western Australia in 1900 though it was originally named Greenmount National Park until it was renamed in later years to honor Lord John Forrest, the first Premier of Western Australia.

During the Great Depression sustenance worker’s built gardens, picnic shelters & even swimming areas which can still be seen around the visitor area. Sadly most of the bridges built across Jane Brook are in need of repair and not currently usable.

There also used to be a railway line to the Park which was part of the original route of the Eastern Railway that now runs from Freo to Northam. In the early 1900’s visitors regularly traveled out to the Park from Perth by rail for a day out in the forest. Sadly this is no longer possible as the rail link was rebuilt through the Avon Valley but you can now walk much of the abandoned railway line by following the 59km Railway Reserves Heritage Trail which passes through the Park.

Before heading out on any of the trails it’s worth having a look around the picnic area and seeing the landscaping that was done, it is a unique piece of history and an interesting place to explore with some amazing photo opportunities.

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