|Even the usually resilient native plants are showing signs of stress|
|Jumgliferous. What a difference a little water makes|
|Mostly though, gardens look more like this -(double click on these to get the effect!)|
....bare earth behind ornate gates and high fences
|Succulents, natives and rocks|
|Temple of the Four Winds? I fully expected to find a Greek temple at the top of these stone steps |
where cypresses whisper, but no, it was BBQ equipment and outdoor furniture.
WA is a hedonistic kind of place.
|Occasionally there's a dazzling burst of tropical colour|
From desert -hardy Bougainvilleas
Or more occasionally still, a touch of humour or whimsy
(Double click on the terra cotta sign to see what happened here in 1857)
|Public Service - This dog's dish is on the footpath outside for the benefit of passing dogs|
(there are a lot of dog walkers here).
|You may wonder why I have included this picture and the humble dog's dish.|
These things wouldn't be significant anywhere else. It's just that WA generally strikes me
as a hard -edged
materialistic place, that they come as a surprise.
There is certainly wealth here, but it usually doesn't translate into much public spiritedness.
There doesn't seem to be much soul. I suspect most people are too busy working,
wresting those riches from the earth