Quokka encounters

This little creature is so cute it could star in its own Disney film.

This little creature is so cute it could star in its own Disney film.

Many of you may not have heard of Quokkas. (WordPress helpfully highlights the word as a typo.) They’re a marsupial found only in Western Australia and primarily on Rottnest Island. A Dutch naval captain gave the island its name because he thought the animals were rats.

The photo below is my first one of a quokka. I had dumped my backpack on a bus stop bench and turned to look for the bus. Turning back, I exclaimed “Jesus Christ!” in the shock of seeing this guy, who had certainly not been there 10 seconds earlier. I quickly snapped a pic with no attempt at artistry, thinking it would dash off at any moment, and was quite pleased with myself for having captured it.

Little did I know the quokka would come closer …

… and closer …

… and then rear up and thrust its face against the lens so quickly that I had no time to refocus.

Here you get a better idea of quokka body shape. Definitely a hopper with those hind legs.

They are curious animals, and those in the settlement on Rottnest Island are very, very accustomed to people.

This one is doing a spot of dress shopping. It paid no attention to the people passing within a foot or two of it, or to the phone cameras thrust in its face, or even to the people who stroked it.

They are so at ease with people, in fact, that many shops have installed gates to keep them out!


The Mystery of The Yellow Bits

Walking down Fremantle High Street in Western Australia, you see these odd bits and strips of yellow on the buildings.

Aha, clearly there is some pattern taking shape here.

Look back at the street from the steps of the Round House, and it all springs into shape. Isn’t this amazing?

From a news story dated 25 Oct 2017: Arcs d’Éllipses is the work of Paris-based Swiss artist Felice Varini, who has produced geometric optical illusions around the world.
This latest work on High Street has been created for High Tide, the inaugural Fremantle art biennale.
“The colour is in fact very thin aluminium sheets, which are self-adhesive,” Varini said. “Because the artwork is of a temporary nature, the work has to be removeable and this is the material we have developed over time that best fits.”
Arcs d’Éllipses will remain in place until December 30.

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That was two years ago and the ellipses are still there, though looking slightly tattered. If you’re interested in how they created the ellipses, click the article link above.


Beyond the End of Time

Okay, so you know I said that my previous post was called the End of Time because I had no more time-themed photos? I came across this clock after I said that, and couldn’t resist sharing it. (I also found a floral clock in Perth’s botanic garden, but it’s so unspectacular it didn’t seem worth posting.)

This clock might not look too out of place on an English high street. On a shoppping street in Perth, Western Australia, it is wildly incongruous! On the hour, the jousters above the clock come to life and run at each other on tracks. The clock is part of the faux-Tudor facade of something called London Court, a shopping arcade built in 1937. “Tacky” is the only word I can think of to describe it. The motto beneath the clock (in the feature photo) reads “No minute gone comes ever came again, Take heed and see ye nothing do in vain.”

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The End of Time

The rather grand facade of the Fremantle train station (complete with swans!) could lead one to think the station is much more important than it is. But the time on the clock is correct, which is all that counts for the traveller scurrying to catch a train.

I doubt I’ll find another time themed photo for this challenge, so this post is indeed the end of “Time” … for me! Thanks again to Becky for hosting. 🙂

December Squares #timesquare


Serving time

The “Hougoumont” was the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle, Western Australia. Among its voyages was that in 1867 bringing 62 Irish political prisoners (Fenians). Hougomont is also the name of the hotel I’m staying at in Fremantle, and on a wall in the lobby it lists all 62 men, the court where they were tried and the crimes of which they were convicted, and how much time they would have to serve in this dry, barren, isolated outpost of England. Few would ever have returned home.

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