My Town: Botanical Gardens
Rain forest walk
On Monday (New Year Day public holiday) DH and I went for a stroll through the Botanical Gardens in Canberra. After a few hot days, Monday was very cool and overcast and it couldn't quite decide whether to rain or not.
This particular Botanical Gardens does not grows pretty roses, rather has a focus on native Australian plants. At this time of the year very little is in flower but that was ok as I had plenty of other things to look at and photograph. As for wildlife, we saw kangaroos, different varieties of birds, 100's of butterflies and the cutest little bunny ever (which of course is not an Australian native and can be very naught indeed). It was a very enjoyable walk, quite romantic in fact and we left just as the crowds started to arrive. We then enjoy a hot chocolate (me) and a coffee (DH) at a local coffee shop.
I think this belongs to the Banshia family?
Hidden paths to discover
Somewhere to sit and contemplate
We use to call these Blackboys (because they looked like an Aboriginal boy holding a spear) but I believe their correct name is Xanthorrhoea or Grass Trees. Very difficult to grow domestically.
Reflections in the pond
A flower from the Grevillea, a native of Australia
Finally . . . at the end of our walk we passed this sign that informed us that the Eastern Brown Snake . . . the second most venomous snake in the WORLD may be roaming around the Botanical Garden. The advice on the sign reads "don't approach the snake. If you encounter a snake STAND COMPLETELY STILL and then move slowly away". Yep. . . not sure about the slow part . . . more like a rapid run with arms waving violently in air screaming loudly (as I use to do as a child). You may be pleased to know that we did not see any Brown Snakes as it was too cold.
Confession - DH walked in front of me on the narrow paths in case a spiderweb was across any of our paths, therefore he could "tackle" the spider and not me!!!