Leaving Williamstown Beach, I headed back to the pier passing through the Botanic Gardens opened in the 1860s. Most of the trees were unnamed, but walking between the avenue of palms and by giant Moreton Bay fig trees created a peaceful end to my hour long hike. Continue reading Beyond the beach
Brisbane’s newer botanic gardens near Mt Cootha were no match for the city gardens with one boundary against the Brisbane River. I wandered under an old banyan fig tree planted in the 1870s, savouring the shade. It may have been a native of India, but its expansive foliage was perfect under Brisbane’s heat. Continue reading Where did it go?
On a walk down George Street towards the Brisbane River, I kept my eye out for the city’s older buildings. There was the men’s club opposite the Botanic Gardens and Parliament House diagonally across from this graceful building. Continue reading The old face of Brisbane
The Tan Track was established in 1901. At that time, it comprised of four lanes: a path for horses, one for carriages, a bicycle lane, and a pedestrian path. The name Tan, was derived from the type of bark that covered the equestrian track. Over one hundred years later, only one track remains that is longer than the original. Continue reading Melbourne’s Tan
The Botanic Gardens were full of giants, not only along the rain forest walk, but throughout the gardens.
Holtam Hall was once the office of the Assistant Director of the Botanic Gardens until 1925. On my visit, the building had become the Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum. Within the two storey building, was a history of the gardens as well as displays on different plant species. Continue reading Buildings within Singapore’s Botanic Gardens
Singapore’s orchid garden was a photographer’s delight. Most of the varieties grown in the botanic gardens were in flower so there was one beautiful specimen after another — over a thousand species according to the brochure. Continue reading Orchids, Orchids and more Orchids
I didn’t expect to spot anything beyond birds in the Botanic Gardens, but as I passed Eco Lake, there was something ominous swimming with its head above water — a lizard. Another dark outline swam closer. It was time to move on. Continue reading Creature of Singapore’s Botanic Gardens
Like all botanic gardens, Melbourne’s had fine examples of trees from around the world. Continue reading Melbourne’s Botanic Garden’s Tall Trees
Near the water in the children’s section of the Botanic Gardens was a hoard of three to five year olds. They were memorized by moving water that meandered near the edge of the bamboo forest. Continue reading Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens for Children