Holiday photos:#2

While I was in Sydney (New South Wales) staying with my cousin (once removed) Clara we visited Lake Burragorang which is in the Greater Blue Mountain Area.  The photos below are taken from one of its lookouts and it was most certainly very impressive to look at.  The lake is 52kms in length and has a shore line is 354km so it is quite big. At its deepest point it is 105 metres.  This water is very precious as it provides one of the water sources (for drinking) for the people of Sydney. When we saw the lake, it was almost full.
 Clara and her children at the lookout. Danny was a little nervous being so close to the edge.
 There are some magnificent rock formation within the Blue Mountains, many look like this.
 Dolly (above) wanted me to take a photo next to these yellow flowers.
Danny (below) balancing along one of the walls with a stick he found.

As we were travelling back from Lake Burragorang we noticed all sorts of flowers growing on the side of the road.  Fortunately there were no cars around as we kept stopping to take photos.  Here is a selection. They may be considered "weeds" by some, but these are still as beautiful as any flower in my garden.  Isn't God's garden just so lovely. 
 Scottish Thistle
Some sort of Iris gladiolas (thanks Val!) - saw lots of this growing along the road - all in red
We saw butterflies everywhere, 
in particular on the blackberry bushes
Three butterflies on the blackberry bush
I don't know what type of flower this is, 
it was very tiny and growing close to the ground.
 Likewise this pretty pink flower, also growing close to the ground and very tiny.



  1. Those red flowers looks like gladiolas. They are a garden flower here in the States....interesting to see them growing wild in Australia!

    Incidently, is the Scottish thistle native, or is it a transplant that came with the Brits?

  2. Val, you are completely right, they are indeed gladiolas and not iris as I said. I assume someone brought the Scottish thistle to Australia to put in their garden and like so many garden flowers, they went feral and are now considered a weed. We have quite a few that fall into that category.

    As the gladiolas, I hasn't seen them wild either until the other day. I assume someone throw away some bulbs and off they went.

  3. Check my Facebook photo's and tell me if the last picture in your series is the same as one of mine!!Lovel photo's by the way! LL S

  4. Darker pink, same five petals, and about the same size, just a wee bit different in petal shape, but as they are gowing 1200 kilometres apart, could be the same family.

  5. Compliments to the photographer - your photography skills are excellent, Jo; these photos are beautiful! Dolly wants you to know that she really likes your photos, too! :)

  6. Jo, isn't it great to see our dams so full after the drought!! We spent yesterday driving through water in places that have been bone dry for years; while we visited Wyangala Dam near us. The Mountains look great. We used to have land in Leura :-)
    I LOVE the thistle!! Thanks to the rain, wildflowers are sprouting up that haven't been seen in donkey's years!
    Such great photos of your holiday.

  7. Beautiful photos of God's creation. The lake, the mountains and the flowers!

  8. Jo,

    It looks like you had a splendid time with Clara and her children! I really enjoyed the photographs, particulalry the flowers.

    Also, I'm not sure if those flowers could be classified as "weeds." They look too gorgeous to be "weeds," at least in my opinion. :)

    -Lady Rose

  9. How beautiful....and even more so since we are in winter! God's creation is always beautiful! I took pictures of the "weed" this year colorful!
    Thanks for sharing!


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