Light and dark at Leeuwin’s lighthouse

The Tuesday photo challenge, light and dark, from Dutch Goes the Photo, had me instantly think of this shot from inside the lighthouse. It occurs as you climb the stairwell and looks out onto the tiny graveyard.

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Cape Leeuwin is the most south western point of Australia and is named after the vessel upon which the Dutch first sighted the cape in 1622. It was more than 100 years later that Australia was ‘claimed’ by Europeans.

WA Wildflower

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From the Coral Coast, Western Australia, and growing in sand, it’s for Cee’s flower of the day. There are so many wildflowers (more than 12000 species) during the season and very hard to find all the names. This year is set to be a bumper year, with above average rainfall, so if you’re heading to the west, make sure to visit one of the wildflower trails.

Safe travels. Take water and a hat, and your camera.

Mulla mulla

Botanical name Ptilotus, this mulla mulla carpet of wildflowers we found in the Coral Bay area of Western Australia, unexpected on the red dirt.

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zoomed in on the purple seed heads
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the fluffy balls are evident
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just an unexpected white carpet on the red dirt

Mulla mulla is a regular inhabitant of the Pilbara region in Western Australia and found across the mainland.

See more flowers in Cee’s flower of the day.

A sunburnt country

Dorothea Mackeller, 1885 – 1968, described Australia as “…a sunburnt country…” in her poem, My Country. The weekly photo challenge this week involves choosing your favourite sunrise or sunset photos, and there are plenty of opportunities, here. I noticed that most of my sunrises are over land and my sunsets over water. I’ll be interested to see if that’s common for most photographers in the challenge.

I wake early, so I see many sunrises from my backyard and from farther afield.

In Australia, the redder the sunset, the hotter the next day will be. Although I’m not a night owl, I also see lots of sunsets.

My father used to say,

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a girl healthy, wealthy and wise.”

I achieved the first and in my definition of what is valuable, I am rich beyond my dreams. There’s still time for the wisdom.

Safe travels, whatever you do between sunrise and sunset, this week. Take your camera!