Thursday, March 27, 2014

A visit to the botanic gardens part 2

After viewing so many cactus, it was time for an early afternoon tea, so I headed for the Botanic Gardens cafe.

Why would someone sneak into the gardens at night and ringbark this gum tree? Ringbarking is chopping away a circle of bark which will cause the tree to die.


In the softness of the well watered green garden, the city buzzes away in the background.


A peak through the Moreton Bay Figs.


This is the Separation Tree, where the citizens of the newly proclaimed Colony of Victoria celebrated their separation from the Colony of New South Wales in 1850. It is not for the first time,  but again someone ringbarked the tree. It is such an important historical tree, staff have made a huge effort to help it in its distressed state.


A boat? For what reason?


Ah, Edwardian punting. You can see they are watching me taking their photo. I thought of hanging around and giving them my card and upon request, emailing the photo to them. But there was a professional photographer there to do that, for a fee of course.


While I had coffee, this bird drank from the milk jug at an adjacent and deserted table.


While I was taking the photo, another bird checked out my coffee cup, and ok, there was the remains of a muffin. Whose? Mine?


It was just a normal weekday, but plenty were out enjoying the sunshine, or seeking shade.




16 comments:

  1. Beautiful, but sad about the ring marking. Makes no sense except to say there's too much anger in the world.

    That's one of the things I like most about retirement; being able to do things in public space without being crowded on the weekends. Nowadays the weekends always feel like there's a carnival going on.

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    1. Rubye, it could be someone with a grudge. The trees were chosen, rather than it being a random attack.

      Yes, weekdays can be a much better time to be out and about.

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  2. Ring-barking is an obscenity - too often done to ensure that someone gets a better view.
    Love the serenity and beauty of the gardens - and am still laughing at the scavenging birds. Milk doesn't leap to my mind as bird sustenance though.

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    1. EC, seems the birds will eat whatever they can get. Yes, coastal ringbarking happens here where trees block a sea view. Mind, councils should show a little kindness when they are tree planting. Coastal bush is naturally quite low, I think.

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  3. Andrew, The beautiful bird and clever one. Can you write me what's kind of bird is it? These species don't exist in Poland.The Botanic Garden is well -maintained so it means local authorities take care if it.

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    1. Gosia, I think the bird drinking the milk is a purple swamp hen. If you can see its feet, it is adapted to walking on mud. The second one could be a speckled thrush, but I am not really sure.

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  4. I just don't understand the mentality of people who cause such damage to the trees. I am enjoying your tour of the Botanic gardens as I spent a couple of hours there when I was in Melbourne. How much more fun it could have been with you as my guide identifying all the plants for me especially the cacti.

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    1. Fun60, oh yes, I am ever so good at identifying cactus.....as cactus. There is quite a lot to see in the gardens. Next time you visit...........

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  5. There are tree haters in this world and you never know who they are or why they feel this way, maybe a tree fell on them in their youth and they now have brain damage but I do not understand this behaviour.
    Your gardens are beautiful.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, that is funny. Tree haters because they were hit by trees. Yes, it is sad that some people are this way. I love most trees.

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  6. It's such a pretty garden, well worth taking your camera.
    Ring barkers should be hung, drawn and quartered. Why would anyone do such a despicable thing?

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    1. River, either pure vandalism or as I suspect in this case, some revenge attack. It is a horrible thing to do to a tree.

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  7. It fascinates me why people would wantonly do this to a tree Andrew, morons. Love the city glimpses in many of the shots. Merci beaucoup for letting us tag along on your trip.

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    1. It is a pleasure Grace. I am pleased you enjoyed the photos.

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  8. Andrew, Ring barking sounds like a strange culture that often goes on in our parts. As you might know we have street, Park and garden competitions and the competitiveness can be quite fierce. Twice while staying down in Cornwall one of the local public gardens was horticulturally nuked by either vandals or competition rivals on the night just before it was known that the judges would be visiting on the following day.
    Just for a moment I had visions of Hell's Grannies from Monty Python.
    But that looks like a very nice and relaxing Park.

    David.

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    1. David, that is awful. So much work would go into the park and garden competition. It must be disheartening. It is a very nice park, of the English style but with touches of Australia.

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