Monday, September 22, 2014

OUR WORLD TUESDAY - Port Augusta Arid Lands Botanical Garden


Second instalment of my trip North.

Not too shabby looking at this during breakfast
at our cabin in the very corner of the caravan 
park with the best view and no passing traffic


nothing like being greeted by a prehistoric 
reptile, a sleepy lizard
when we hit the gardens 


the light was stark but the flowers prolific
I will be posting lots more for
TODAY'S FLOWERS


grasshoppers of every type were thick
as flees on a mangy dog,
banging into unsuspecting visitors 
from all sides


with the unusually good spring rains
Sturt Desert Peas were flowering in 
the entrance area


India Flint and her very appropriate sculpture
for this arid region
of found cattle bones


vegetation nearby
I have been visiting these gardens since
the time of their planting
it has been a long and arduous process
to establish all the seedlings


Roz Hawker from Queenland
with her sculpture of a 
primitive bush tent.
Things were very rudimentary in the early days.


Quandongs  or bush peaches, were ripe
in this perfect habitat for them.
There is not much flesh on them 
but what there is, is edible 
and was a good source of vitamins 
for the early settlers


if you enlarge, you will see the red berries
on the green tree in the middle


I wonder who stuck it to the end of this looong post?
I just have so very many photos to share.

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58 comments:

  1. Of course I stuck it to the end, for it was an interesting post! Was that really a croc in the botanical garden? The girl who was camping is also doing intriguing things!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Fascinating place - so different from our world.

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  3. keep 'em coming! such beauty and neat critters, too!

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  4. Fascinating and different indeed, Arija!! Yes, do keep the photos coming! I really enjoyed your post for the day!! Hope you have a great new week!!

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    1. Thanks Sylvia, I fully intend to have the best week of my life!

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  5. Just gorgeous - from beginning to end. Megathanks.

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  6. Arija! I love roadtrips and I love your posts; of course I am still here at the end. (And boy oh boy do I understand about having so many photos.!). wonderful flowers beautiful scenery ... I did not know you were in a Caravan on this trip ... as were we on our recent one! You see so much more of the country that way. (I wish we could go on a caravan trip alongside of you ... but traveling virtually is the next best thing. Thanks for sharing!)

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    1. Not travelling with a caravan, just staying in a cabin at the park. I'd like to travel alongside of you too.

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  7. What a great place to explore. Wonderful shots.

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  8. Great photos and a very interesting post. I especially like the Sturt Desert Pea flowers.

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  9. I loved this park when we visited in September last year. The wildflowers were wonderful. I also enjoyed their examples of garden layouts using native plants. ANd their cafe is great! A wonderful must do place to visit at Port Augusta. Have a great trip.

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    1. Thanks Jill. Unfortunately that trip is over but there is another one coming up next month where we will drop into the gardens again.

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  10. i did and loved seeing it all--and am wishing YOU a happy birthday!

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    1. Geez guys, who let the cat out of the bag about my birthday? Thanks Velma, all good wishes much appreciated.

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  11. Happy birthday for Thursday and may you have many more.

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    1. Thank you so much Ro, but how did you know??

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  12. Followed this sneaky little trail that a birdie left to wish you a very happy early birthday for Thursday!
    Samm (via India!)

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    1. Thank you for the wish and for letting the cat out of the bag Samm. I was starting to scratch my head.

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  13. What a lovely botanical garden, and very nice shots of it.

    If 1,500m is your maximum elevation, you couldn't visit our house, at 2,286m above sea level!

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    1. Looks like you are safe from me Al.

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  14. Lost my comment... I love to visit the Nature Notes bloggers.... You and your daughter are so,talented.... Michelle

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  15. I stuck with it too….blown back to memories of that stove above and the peas for sure…..Happy Birthday by the way….

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  16. OH and I forgot to say... BEAUTIFUL photos!……tuned in and precise. Tells the story perfectly.

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  17. Best wishes for your special day....enjoy!

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  18. I loved all of these shots - so interesting!

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  19. Lovely photos that remind me of growing up (in WA) as I'm living in distant climes. And happy birthday for Thursday :-)

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  20. Very nice photos of a very interesting place!

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  21. Wishing you a Beautiful day on Thursday, thought I would float in early…..but a bit slow on the whole net thing it seems…best wishes Tarla

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  22. A very different landscape (and critters) to see...

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  24. I am a danish women love nature and ecco print Indias universe , have the luck to be together with here twice in scotland . happy birthday on thursday where the sun still are shining, i will follow your blog .enjoy your day

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  26. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, I was thrilled to see the photo of the peony! It's name is 'Kronos" , at least I have the same one and that's what the tag said. The most spectacular big flowers.I hope you have a good crop this year. A birthday in springtime is lovely.
    From Claudia ( a student of India's)

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  27. Hello Arija, I enjoyed your post from beginning to end.. What a neat place to stay during your travels. Love the berries and interesting critters.. The Desert Peas are pretty. Happy Birthday to you, have a great day!

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  28. I too followed the breadcrumbs to your lovely blog. Thanks for sharing your photos and adventure. Happy birthday on Thursday!

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  29. I too followed the breadcrumbs. What a beautiful blog. Hope your birthday is a grand one.

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  30. Happy birthday and tanks for THE great post

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  31. What a great trip that was. Happy birthday

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  32. Happy Birthday from across the ocean. Many thanks for sharing your adventures and love of Mother Earth's gifts with us all. Vicki

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  33. I made it to the end! That grass hopper is a strange looking beast!

    I think if I stayed in the Bishops Palace the place would be struck by lightening!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  34. I love this wonderful botanical garden, very interesting, great photos!

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  35. I had never heard of Quandongs before so looked them up. How interesting that they have more vitamin C than oranges.

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  36. Happy Birthday, Arija! Thank you for an illuminating and beautiful post!

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  37. What a beautiful landscape and plants, the critters are a bit ugly, lol !

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  38. A beautiful variety of shots of that area! Loving the red sand and the desert peas.

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  39. Happy birthday this week from someone whose birthday was yesterday. I wonder if we have anything in common? Autumn equinox here....Spring equinox down under

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  40. Joining with the throng, Arija, to send cheerful greetz from Pacific Northwest, USA ... HApPy bIRthDaY !! All best wishes for a splendid one,

    Christi

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  41. Beautiful place with so much to see all around.

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  42. Happy Birthday, Arija. What a wonderful world you live in! They say the fruit does not fall far from the tree. You must be a most amazing woman, role model, and mother. Last year I took a workshop with India and Violet and they are the cream of the crop. Thank you for them and the gifts they offer the world. I wish I could share a cup of tea with you and experience first hand India's mom and Violett's grandmom. Birthday blessings for many more years of health and good cheer.

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  43. Hi, this is Eva from Germany - India let the cat out of the bag, that someone special to her is celebrating her birthday...I am a huge fan of India's art and still feel priviledged, that I was able to attend one of her classes in Scotland last year.
    Here are my good wishes for your birthday!!! eva

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