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When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

— Wendell Berry

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I was taking pics of trees in the Botanic Gardens when I came across these guys. Actually, I didn’t notice them at first, as I was busy taking pics of the tree they were sitting under, from a distance. Then when I came closer, I noticed they were gawking at me , like wondering what on earth is she doing? !… So I thought I ‘d get my own back. Hehehe. (Sorry guys if you happen to stumble across this post. All in good humour.)

 

Cute intellectual types, having a study group session in Spanish judging from the books on the table.

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A lovely place to study or read a book. This is how the view looks like from where we were. 

 I love the way the mangrove tree grows slanting up from the river bank.

 

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The famous landmark Storey bridge in the distance where they organize climbs to the top if you’re into that sort of thing.

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I took some pics of the Greenfest when I went to the City Botanic Gardens , though my primary intention was to get some pics of  some trees. It was happening when I was there with lots of tents, people in green t-shirts and green environmental stuff on display. The Greenfest will be on til tomorrow.

There was a band playing when I entered the grounds at the side gate along the river. A large group of high schoolkids entered the same time as I did , they played some music which made us feel quite special :). They were also distributing stuff to people , which the teenagers grabbed enthusiastically. I didn’t take any, I thought they were tickets to see a football game or something.

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One of the cars, a TESLA (whatever that is), displayed at the fest.  Looks cool.

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Solar cooking anyone?

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You can rent bikes here to go for a spin around the city.

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An innovative transport thing that powers on electric battery or something.

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Large tent .

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And a view of the Brisbane River next to the Botanic Gardens.

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Here is a photo I took of a weeping fig tree in the Botanic Gardens. It is a tall, shady tree. I wanted to take better pics but the tree was near a wedding lawn and the bride had arrived all made up with the bridemaids . I could even  hear the sound of the bagpipes playing at many points of the Gardens after I left.

Apparently, this tree is a native of Malaysia. I liked the silhouette of the fig tree against the sun. (I adjusted the d-light for this pic so it looks lighter than it was. ) There is also a weeping fig tree avenue in the Botanic Gardens near the CBD and one in the CBD near the drinking fountain. See here.

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*Update  6/6/09 –

I thought I’ll update with a pic of the weeping fig trees avenue at the City Botanic Gardens. There is a Greenfest this weekend, that’s why you can see some tents in the background, lots of green environmental stuff on display.

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When I wrote about the baobab tree 2 month ago here, I hadn’t photographed the tree in detail. So when I went back to the Botanic Gardens I decided to take more photos of the baobab tree close up and at different angles.

Here are photos  of the leaves and trunk the of the baobab tree of the Adansonia Grandidieri variety from Madagascar.

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Then I thought I was done for the day and about to leave the Gardens, when I read the sign “Adansonia Digitata”  on a little bump of a hill. It was the African baobab tree! It looked more mature than the tree from Madagascar and one of them was actually bearing fruit.

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And close up of the fruits, leaves and trunk.

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I have a whole backlog of photos that I had taken in March but haven’t really gotten down to uploading on the blog.  Here are some I took earlier at the Botanic Gardens.

I’m not sure what the red flowers are called . I was trying to take a close up/macro  shot of one but it kept swaying in the breeze.

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The next one has to be my favourite flower/s in the Botanic Gardens . I came across it when I went to check on some tall Eucalyptus trees next to the flower patch. A father and his boys were playing football on the lawn next to the patch and I accidentally got hit while I was walking away . They should forbid playing football at the Gardens! It’s okay if I got hit but it would be a pity if the lovely flowers are damaged by them !  Quiet activities like picnicking and reading books are fine by me.

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One flower head is made up of many different flowers . I never seen anything quite like it. It has to be the prettiest flower I saw in the Gardens that day.  They are called Golden Hurricane Lilies and are native to China or Japan.

Here is another shot of the flowers.

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Last but not least, some sweet white lilies.  I really need to make a note of their names, next time I visit the Botanic Gardens. I think I was mainly concentrating on plants and trees that day.

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