Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Warm Trees 2017

Each year, our National Arboretum, has an exhibit called 'Warm Trees'.  Selected trees are given winter woollies to combat the cold - and entice more visitors to the arboretum.  The woollies are knitted by volunteers.  This year we are told that when the exhibit is over the woollies will be repurposed, and washed (repaired if necessary before being given to cold humans and/or animals.  Which is lovely. 

We headed off on a chilly day last week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Given the number of people there I think the inducement was successful.  The arboretum is still a baby and I will be long gone by the time it reaches its peak, but it is a lovely idea and I am always happy to visit.  More forests are planted each year, which I love.  I enjoy the colourful quirkiness of the warm trees exhibit too.
 













Not all of the trees are decorated.  While we were in the area we stopped at the Dragon Tree forest.  And at last some of them are being released/escaping from their cages.  And fruiting.




This is how they looked in previous years.




I look forward to the year when they are totally uncaged...  In the meantime we wandered off to the visitors centre.




Some of the bonsai have also been rugged up.  Just a teeny bit.  And some, despite being tortured were in beautiful bloom.





Looking out the windows there were more woollies to see - and a kite.  I do love kites.




I like the inside of the visitor's centre too.  I think it is stylish.  Lots of light, lots of natural materials. 




Just a few more photos now.





At one stage someone mooted the idea of using the arboretum for eco-funerals.  No coffin, no headstones.  I would very happily sign up to feed the trees. 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sunday Selections #336

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 

Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week? Not so much a theme as snippets from our week.


Starting with early sky shots.



Then to the National Arboretum on a chilly, but lovely day.  The visit will probably get a post of its own when I get off my lazy behind...







This is a Californian Fan Palm - and those hooks were vicious.



 The sign was correct.  It was definitely a steep descent.


And reverting to type I am going to finish with birds.  A currawong and the kings who visit most days.






I do like my city.  Perhaps because it is quite possible to forget that it is one...

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday Selections #335

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 


Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week?  Early morning.  And I think the early morning is beautiful.  Dawn is a gentle time of the day here and there is frequently a layer of cloud lying in the valley beneath us.















Much as I appreciate the soft pinks, and greys I do think they are a bit incongrous.  Our mornings are chilly at the moment - always in the negative and the colours somehow seem too soft for the temperature.    Which might just be me.