Day 14 of our Visit to Australia and New Zealand

December 23rd, 2011

Went to the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens


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We are walking to catch a bus and see Spencer Lane.
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Our bus went passed Epic Cycles. Stephanie especially appreciated this name as it relates to Greek literature. The wiki page on Epic Cycle explains the significance.
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We are at our destination, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, on the top of Mount Coot-tha. These gardens are huge - located on 52 hectares. We wondered around for several hours, through the Japanese Garden, the Tropical Display Dome and many of the other features of the park, eventually making it to the lookout at the top of the mountain. After winding our way back to the park's entrance, we had a tasty lunch at the cafe overlooking the Bamboo Grove and Temperate Garden lagoons.

I am not sure what Peter is looking at here, but I think it is amazing that this lizard has stayed so close by. Usually, it seems, the lizards have a personal comfort radius of about 8 feet.
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A black bamboo, possibly Phyllostachys nigra.
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A great picture of the reflection of the glass dome as seen in the pond below. Goes well with Steph's skirt.
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Great patterns.
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My best golden silk orb-weaver.
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There were many, many different types of Bougainvilleas at the top of Mt. Coot-tha.
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Magnolia x soulangiana - "late deep pink" according to the plaque.
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Amazing tree roots here. I am not sure what these are yet, but here are some possibilities:
  • Moreton Bay Fig - per Wiki: "Ficus macrophylla, commonly known as the Moreton Bay Fig, is a large evergreen banyan tree of the Moraceae family that is a native of most of the eastern coast of Australia";
  • Ficus microcarpa - per WIki: "Ficus microcarpa, also known as Chinese Banyan, Malayan Banyan, Indian Laurel or Curtain fig, is a banyan native in the range from Sri Lanka to India, southern China, the Malay Archipelago, the Ryukyu Islands, Australia, and New Caledonia."
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I think this is a female mallard. Mallards were introduced here. (wiki)
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View Larger Map
Here is a map of the Gardens. If you have Google Earth, you might enjoy taking a tour. For the best viewing, try it after selecting the "View Larger Map" link above.
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Happy Holidays from the top of Mt. Coot-tha.
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