Thursday, September 1, 2011

SPRING in reverse!

Unlike many other countries, Australia being in the Southern Hemisphere, gets its seasons "reversed". Today marks the first day of Autumn for most countries but its the first day of Spring here in Perth. We celebrated that with a nice bike ride to the beautiful King's Park, and it was special as they had an opening of a grand Spring Festival.

I rode my Brompton which had been out of action for a while due to a broken seat shim. As usual, my wonderful buddy CW sprung into action and got one posted to me, thanks to his private bike parts store that never fail to disappoint. This would have cost me 17 pounds if I had to order it from the UK for just a piece of plastic!

King's Park is one of the largest park within any city and offers magnificent views from its high location. The impressive war memorial is here and the Garden of Contemplation to honour the fallen is a good place to reflect on the sacrifices that were made yesteryears so that we can enjoy peace today.

Of course, the park is also famous for all sorts of West Australian native flowers and fauna. It takes a lot to keep this place so pristine and a chat with the landscapers revealed that they mow the lawn 3 times a week! We enjoyed a very moorish morning tea with a priceless view, and that made for a very delightful moment.

I was particularly impressed with the board walk section of the park where a bridge path at tree top level was build. Spectacular views were offered and the chance to ride through it was absolutely heavenly.

I hope these short Go Pro videos, shot from a reverse angle, will give you a sense of the amazing beauty of King's Park especially this first day of Spring.


omegaforest said...

Guess u are hooked to video!
Time to get a external harddisk! Love Kings park. U can spent a whole day there!

Darren Siow said...

I lived in Perth from 1997 to 1999, along The Avenue, near UWA. Love the place to death, was very sad to leave. I used to do nearly daily walks to Kings Park from my apartment. Where do you stay?

Oldyonfoldy said...

Hi Darren. Thks for visiting LTF. Glad to meet a fellow Perth-nite. Im staying near Shelley Foreshore down south 10km fm city. Great bike paths!

Al :)