Last time we explored our city's Botanic Gardens, at Mt. Coot-tha in Brisbane, it was Summer time. Our visit this time, during our recent school holiday break, was an Autumnal one. On our wanderings around these sprawling gardens, that encompass a water-lilied lake, Japanese garden, tropical dome, rainforest and more, we found a Chocolate Tree (that I wrote about in my last post) and many other amazing plants, animals, sculptures and spaces. These were some of my favourites:
An unfurling magnolia bloom.
A soft, delicate pink & open bloom.
The beautiful roof of the tropical dome reflected in its pond.
Lush planting in the tropical dome.
A towering cactus in the arid garden.
Vibrant red flowers reflect the heat.
Carefully shaped azalea shrubs in the peaceful Japanese garden.
A tranquil trickle into a Japanese water bowl.
A panda sculpture in the bamboo grove.
A mother ... and her cub!
A pretty, deep pink salvia.
A sweep of deep purple salvias.
Tiny native bees at the "door" of their hive.
A honey bee & native bees working on a sunflower.
A mass of lily pads floating upon the lake.
A sleepy turtle sunbakes on a warm rock.
And ... a gorgeous camellia flower.
I can lose myself for many hours in these gardens. Wandering from plant to plant, picnicking under a tree, breathing in deeply the scent of flowers and herbs, listening to the trickle of water or the call of ducks. They are a peaceful, green haven and a soothing contrast to the constant bustle that is our city.