Last Saturday I had a bad case of cabin fever. The best remedy for that was to be somewhere outdoors and pretty.
It was overcast but I felt that the rain would hold off - it did.
|Mare and Foal by artist Arthur Jacques LeDuc. (link in French, sorry couldn't find English version)|
What better place to be than in a beautiful garden - perfect remedy for four-wall-fever.
The Royal Botanical Gardens are in the area originally inhabited by the Cadigal people. After European settlement the first European farm plot in Sydney (and Australia really) was established there in 1788. The farm failed and then the Botanic Gardens were established by Governor Macquarie in 1816.
|Spoooky and abandoned looking Victoria Lodge|
In 1862 to 1883 the gardens held Sydney's first zoo, which was then transferred to another location.
The gardens are home to thousands of flying foxes which apparently have become a problem as they are thought to be responsible for killing dozens of trees. In 2011, a Federal Court ruling gave the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust permission to play recorded sounds in an attempt to drive the bats from the gardens.I'm not sure if the plan succeeded, but I didn't see any flying foxes on this visit.
|The Wall Walk - my favourite part of the garden - comes alive with colour in Spring.|
|Little buds getting ready for Spring|
|I was oddly reminded of Triffids.|
|I was amused by this cheeky little fellow|
|And was rather taken by these ummm dolphins? on a statue of a Governor whose name escapes me....|
|Cool Aboriginal art - but unfortunately I realised it was late and was hurrying back to the car - so didn't stop to read the plaque.|
|A peaceful scene.|