Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

Within the gardens they had a Japanese Garden. Here is the requisite red bridge.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

A visit to the Gardens - Charles Darwin visited here on Sunday, 7 February and Friday, 12 February 1836. He saw sandstone quarries near where Government House stands today, walked south along the shoreline from Cornelian Bay, and rambled across the region now occupied by the Botanical Gardens. The gardens were then very small and only eight years old. It has taken a lot of hard work and time to turn them into the magnificent gardens that they are today. This gardener has been working at this so long he has turned into a bronze statue.


Monday, July 22, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

After crossing over to Tasmania we visited the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens which is Australia's second oldest botanical gardens, established in Hobart in 1818. The sheltered, landscaped grounds of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant trees, many dating from the nineteenth century. Today I will start your tour with this vibrant Sunflower.

Friday, July 19, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

Here is my last picture from Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Follies such as the Temple of the Winds were a popular feature of gardens during the 18th century. This is looking up at the ceiling. Next week - on to Tasmania!
 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

I heard him before I spotted him but here is the first Laughing Kookaburra Daelo novaeguineae that I have seen in the wild.  Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

Here is a Maned Duck or Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata - also a first for me.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

Here is another new one for me - it's a Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio.

Monday, July 15, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

Besides plants there were also birds in the gardens. Here is a Black Swan (Cygnus atratus), which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia.

Friday, July 12, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

Wednesday was three, Thursday was two, today is one. It must have been a countdown to the weekend.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

Here are two cactus flowers for today's enjoyment.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

Not one, not two, but three for the price of one.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

While reviewing the many images to try and decide what to post for the day I use the following factors; color, shape, uniqueness, cuteness, and/or strange. Today's picture fits all those factors.

Friday, July 5, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

Found within the Royal Botanic Gardens is the Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden. The Pioneer Women's Garden was created as a memorial to the pioneer women of Victoria, as part of the celebrations of Melbourbe's Centenary in 1934. Funded by the Women's Centenary Council with public donations, the garden was installed as a sunken "Garden of Remembrance" to the design of Hugh Linaker. It was designed as a sanctuary to represent the ‘old world’ that women pioneers sacrificed when they migrated to Australia.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

The flower trusses of this Lycoris aurea  remind me of a deciduous azalea on steroids! It is also known as the golden spider lily and originates from limestone areas of China. The spidery flowers face upwards and are a orange-cadmium yellow.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens was established in 1846 by Lieutenant Governor Charles La Trobe. Over the next 60 years this swampy site was transformed into the world-famous landscape that it is today. I entered the gardens thru the Lynch Gate and spent an entire day exploring. There are 26 plant collections on display, ranging from large trees to colorful perennials. The living plant collections are incorporated within the framework of a garden that has been skillfully designed in the nineteenth-century picturesque and gardenesque landscape styles. I could spend a year there and not see it all.

Monday, July 1, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

After Sydney I went to Melbourne. The Coat of Arms of the City of Melbourne, also known as the armorial bearings, on an old ornate light post. ‘Vires Acquirit Eundo’ which translates as ‘We gather strength as we go’.