When You Go Out Walking

I saw some great things out on my walks this week.

One thing I love about this time of the year in Sydney is that all the magnolia trees begin to bloom. If there is anything more elegant or striking than a magnolia blossom, I don’t know what it is. The deep pink ones are simply stunning.

I saw some jugglers in the park a couple of weeks ago and lo and behold there was another one in the park today. Is there some juggling trend going on that I don’t know about? I remember when I was in the 6th grade and the big trend was Yo Yos. Everywhere you went people were making their yo yos walk the dog. Jacks and those really big cat’s eye marbles (called bonkers) were also very popular at the time. Maybe juggling is the new yo yo-ing. Allez oop!

I do love a good, slightly humorous shop sign and this surfwear shop in Brighton really fits the bill. Bottoms up, indeed.

This heart is painted on a garage door in a nearby laneway. I think it’s pretty cool. Love is all around, and that’s the truth.

One of my favourite birds is the Willie Wagtail. They are very cheeky, known for their agility and if you’re lucky, will put on a show when you get your camera out. This little guy entertained me for over fifteen minutes. He was adorable.

It is no secret that I love the bay in the evening. The cranes, so functional and busy during the day, turn to etchings at night, still strong and sure but settling into the skyline. Slowly, as the colours of the night sky deepen, they fade until the only thing that reveals they are there at all is the passing lights of a car on the bridge.

There is always something to see, something to think about, when you go out walking.

24 thoughts on “When You Go Out Walking

  1. Going on walks with you is so de-stressing! I love that your eye spots such a variety of fun images, not just all one thing! The magnolias are indeed gorgeous, and the little Willie Wagtail adorable. The garage door painter has a wonderful sense of joy, and even the cranes take on a beauty at night, as do our oilfield pumpjacks here! If I tried juggling I’d have lumps on my head for sure I can barely catch a ball tossed directly into my hands!


    1. There is so much to see, Josie – I can’t keep up. I am so glad you said that about the cranes because I saw the kind of beauty too. Night has a way of softening things!


  2. Willy Wagtail lol How cute is he? even his name sounds saucy. Oh I LOVE magnolia trees!!! When they start to bloom here in the spring, there’s nothing like them! To see that gorgeous burst of colour after the drab brown of winter lifts my soul up!
    Great pics Selma!


    1. He is a saucy little guy, Cathy. Very cheeky. I love magnolia trees too. The colours just inspire me. I would love a garden full of them!


  3. I once escorted a group of senior educational administrators from Laos on a study tour that included Sydney at magnolia-blossom time. The men all loved the trees so much we made a detour to a garden centre on the last day, and several of them bought young trees. These they stripped back to bare roots and squeezed into their suitcases for the trip home (there being virtually no restrictions on what you could bring into Laos at that time). I believe one or two trees flourished in the cold northern province of Xieng Khouang. A nice thought.


    1. What an amazing story, Chartreuse. It just goes to show how enchanting the power of the magnolia is. I hope one or two of the trees flourished – that makes me feel really good to think of it!


  4. I suppose the thing with juggling is you don’t have to buy anything … you can use tennis balls, cans of beans, beer bottles or anything that comes to hand,

    These things come and go, though … or sometimes (like the hula hoop and the Twist) just go! Latest thing here at the moment seems to be cycling, thanks to Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy et. al … and a lady who runs a rowing club near here reported on Twitter there’s been a sudden upsurge in membership there, too. I wonder how long it’ll last?


    1. What? No increase in interest in artistic gymnastics or high jumping? LOL.

      I remember hula hooping being popular too (and it has had a few revivals.) It is always fun to pick what people are keen on, Travelrat!


  5. Nice & beautiful set of pics. Love the little birdie, I bet he was in love with u and his dance was for ur benefit only. I could never make a yo-yo walk the dog. All I remember doing was hitting some lady on the head with it when I was about 8 years old. No more yo yo!


    1. I was good at the yo-yo for about 2 weeks and then I lost my coordination. Some of my friends were amazing, though, and my sister was so good she could have gone in the yo-yo olympics. Those were the days, Roshan….


  6. I love your walks through Sydney. I always have. Maybe I should do that – walk with my camera in hand and see what the lens sees. You inspire me – I think I’ll give it a go. 🙂


    1. AINE!!!! It has been far too long. How are ya? I have missed you. I would love love LOVE to go on a walk through your town via your camera. That would be awesome!!!!


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