Well, here I am back in Oz and feeling the jet lag blues, after our amazing Banff / Portland experiences.
Contrary to the blues skies overhead whilst we were away, the past few days have seen heavy skies and drizzle, with heavy rains forecast for the weekend. Today was 'Walking Wednesday' and rather than be deterred by the poor weather we adapted our plans - spend the morning exploring the Sherwood Arboretum and catch a movie at midday.
Sherwood Arboretum had been on my bucket list to visit for some time. Today seemed perfect to tick it off. Travelling to the Arboretum, we went in and out of showers and sunshine. Drizzle greeted our arrival, so we were grateful for a covered shelter to warm ourselves with a cup of coffee. The drizzle didn't let up, so we donned coats, hoisted our umbrellas and set off exploring.
This beautiful parkland was established in the early 1920's and is unique as it has 300 species of almost entirely native flora. We discovered that the wetland area is a well recognised bird watching 'hot spot' thanks to its protected islands. The parks grassy slopes sweep down to the Brisbane River and a boardwalk, adding to the enjoyment of our visit to this heritage listed parkland.
Setting off in the drizzle.
I was missing the soaring Douglas Firs of our holiday, but these Giant Red Gums reminded me that Oz has a lot to admire.
A moody Brisbane River and boardwalk.
An unusual find - the native Burdekin Plum.
An avenue of Queensland Kauri trees honour fallen soldiers, and were planted by local residents. Sadly quite a few of these trees were lost in the bad storm of January 2013.
Is it a competition?
Purple swamp hen.
Little Pied Cormorant
As we returned to the car, the sky appeared to be clearing, but alas, it was just teasing.
Not to worry, the morning spent in this parkland was quite enchanting and it was great to be back in Oz's great outdoors,with my hiking buddies.