Sunday, May 20, 2007

"Once Upon a (second) Time ...."

(blogger seems intent upon either devouring the photos or squeezing out the comments - maybe I'll have another go tomorrow!!!)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hunter Valley Gardens

In the heart of the Hunter Valley wine growing area of New South Wales is a newly established garden. The garden stretches over 25 hectares and has 12 themed garden rooms, each one reflecting a different style which has been influenced by gardens from around the world. The design vision comes from Bill Roche and his family who form the Australian-owned company Roche Group and the garden has been constructed within the last decade.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Farewell Townsville from Castle Hill

Castle Hill and Mt Stuart dominate the skyline around Townsville, towering over the city. Prior to heading to the airport to begin our journey home, Tanya kindly drove us (she didn't make us walk) to the top of Castle Hill for a panoramic view of this lovely city.
1. Magnetic Island.

2. Over the city and the wharf.

3. Harbour views.


5. Looking north towards Thuringowa.

6. Castle Hill.

7. Side view gives an indication of how overwhelming this hill is.

8. Queens Gardens.

9. City towards the south-west (I think).

10. And again ..

11. Almost in the clouds!

12. "Do you really have to take my photo?"

13. Townsville Airport.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Queens Gardens, Townsville

Queens Gardens are yet another delightful spot in this Northern Queensland city.
1. Some trees just don't know when enough is enough.

2. This Pandanus Palm is not being propped up by poles, as I thought at first glance. They are roots growing in reverse - shoot from the trunk and then grow down and embed themselves in the earth.


4. The endless variety of flora is inspiring, even to the tree-smothering creepers.


6. Massive fig tree literally raining aerial roots.




10. Up the garden path to Castle Hill.


12. The welcoming shade.

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