Day 27 of our Visit to Australia and New Zealand

January 5th, 2012

Today we visited the Botanic Garden in the morning and explored the city in the afternoon


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We passed by a lot of student housing on the way to the Botanic Garden. I am guessing this is one. It was rare to see dandelions, except in this yard.
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Speaking of nature getting her way, here a plant is escaping the Winter Garden Glasshouse.
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The Glasshouse has an awesome collection of hibiscus flowers.
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Here is an amazing tree named Cyphostemma juttae, but also called "bastard cobas, wild grape, tree grape, Namibian grape, and Droog-my-keel" as per wiki.
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A really big tree (camera case for scale) labeled as an Oregon cedar tree, but is actually a cypress per wiki (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, family Cupressaceae as per wiki). This tree looks a lot like the trees at home that we also call cedars, but are likely cypress trees.
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A New World market as discovered from the Gardens. We frequented the other New World Market in Dunedin. This picture serves as a placeholder to bring up how interesting it is to grocery shop in other countries. We did not explore a lot of restaurants on this trip, but I think might have a better view into the local culture in grocery stores. One of the interesting aspects is how expensive some foods were. We were in Australia and New Zealand in the middle of their summer; and, in the middle of our summer, I am used to paying about 1USD per pound for in-season fruit. Most fruits were 2-4x this amount (after converting to USD's) and other foods were correspondingly more in other grocery stores in NZ and Australia. Here are a few recent articles that Peter found on this topic (1 2).
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Kids enjoying the garden.
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The Dunedin Botanic Garden has an amazing Aviary which includes over 200 birds, mostly exotic according to the Garden's web site. I am not sure, but this might be an African Grey. What a beautiful bird! I know that this is a very "conservation-minded" operation, but it is still heartbreaking to see these magnificent creatures behind a fence.
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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Here, Spencer is photographing a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. Just after taking the last picture the Cockatoo tried to bite the lens of Spence's camera - that was exciting.
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