Jacaranda mimosofolia, well, there’s the extent of my botanical knowledge for the day. It’s spring Down Under and the Jacarandas are in full bloom, and I have to say I love them. The beauty of their blooms far outweighs the mess after they finish flowering. I took this picture in Queens Park, Ipswich late in the afternoon. I’ve lived in and about this old town since 1964 and have probably climbed every tree in the park, except the pines. I went for a vivid setting on the camera and I feel this is a picture I’ll print out for display. Remember they look much better if you open them in a new tab or window.
This view is on the far side of the top picture.
Believe it or not I do get out at night, I had some fun scaring the crap out of drivers going past when I used the flash a few times. ‘I told you to slow down Derek, look at that light, another blasted speeding ticket.’ This is on the main road side of the park. The step pyramids are built out of limestone. Convicts dug the rock out of the small hills behind the structure in the early 1800’s. this link will save me typing.
I know some people don’t like my composite pictures but I have so many to share. The main one was taken heading out of Laidley, bottom left a Jacaranda peeking over the roof of an abandoned cottage. The bottom right pic is from the garden in the next picture. ‘Okay already, I’m not perfect.’
The main picture is a small section of what used to be Toowoomba‘s first Courthouse. It is now a private residence and the owner has done a beautiful job on the gardens. I could only get a long shot of the roses by putting my vitals on the line to lean over the spear point fence, it was worth the risk. A close up of a nymph from outside the front door.
In the botanical gardens, Queens Park, Toowoomba. They have just finished their spring carnival and I have *lots* of pictures.
Obviously a lover’s walk type garden.
The background for this picture is the sea at Ballina. Clockwise, a gazania, a mixed offering, the long purple flowers are Salvia Rat tails. me being very clever with PhotoScape and hmm, azaleas I think.
There must be columns, big columns actually, the fluffy looking shrub next to them is from China. I can’t remember its name.
Still in Toowoomba, the main picture is one of over a dozen beds, petunias and snap dragons seem to be the plant of choice in this bed. Then a hydrangea, daylily and a beautiful rose.
Finally something nautical, this lighthouse in Ballina is the oldest in New South Wales, being built in 1866. The seagull had some fishing line on his leg and the others kept chasing him away.
That’s the lot for this week. I feel your pain and I know you want more, there is always next week. I have many pictures and a desire to share them with everybody. If you wish to use any of them feel free, I would appreciate it though if you linked them back here or acknowledged me as the photographer. Thank you, I hope you have enjoyed the visit, if so tell your friends, like or leave a message. I’m always up for a chat.