Pull up a seat – in Botanic Gardens

I’ve recently visited both the National and Adelaide Botanic Gardens and, of course, due to Xingfumama’s challenge, I couldn’t help but notice some special seating options.

At the National Botanic Gardens:

At Adelaide Botanic Gardens

This long brown seat is at the end of…
A very long water feature, that children play in (hence I couldn’t capture it all).

SquareOdds#5 – windmill collection

For Becky’s SquareOdds challenge, this quirky collection of windmills from Penong, in the far west of South Australia.

The outdoor museum features around 20 windmills that have been restored, including the Comet, the largest windmill ever built in Australia. Some have been donated from around outback Australia and as you drive through and past the town you can see more than is usual in properties.

Signboards give information about each one as you walk around. Odd, but enticing.

Murphy’s Haystacks

About 40km south of Streaky Bay, on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, lie the inselbergs known as Murphy’s Haystacks.

Local legend has it that coach driver Charlie Mudge named Murphy’s Haystacks following a remark by a Scottish agricultural advisor who saw the landmark in the distance while travelling on the mail coach. Shimmering like haystacks in the hot afternoon sun, he was very impressed with the sight before him and remarked, “That man must harrow, look at all the hay he has saved.” (https://southaustralia.com/products/eyre-peninsula/attraction/murphys-haystacks)

The pink Hiltaba Granite, which is 1500 million years old, has been weathered in such a way as to produce these landforms, which are believed to be 100 000 years old in their current form.

Initial erosion by water and wind would have formed upright stacks or inselbergs and plains. Over thousands of years, sand was deposited on, and around, the granite hills of the region, burying the prolific structures. Further erosion has revealed the forms on Murphy’s land.

The different formations indicate time periods and methods of erosion, and lichen now thrives on the exposed granite, adding more colour. It is a great place to photograph and only costs a small donation to walk around an area the size of a paddock.

Safe travels. Take water, hat and sunscreen.

SquareOdds#3 – haystacks

My third entry in Becky’s SquareOdds challenge, is Murphy’s haystacks. Located in the west of South Australia, it isn’t too hard to see that they are not, in fact, haystacks.

The crystaline rock has been weathered into these formations, but the story displayed at the site is this:

A Scottish agricultural expert who advocated that, to produce good hay, farmers should harrow their land for the best results, was travelling with the coach when he noticed the rock formations in the distance. He informed the coach driver and passengers that this farmer harrowed his land to produce so much hay and fodder.

Murphy was the owner of the property and I hope his stock received better fodder.

I will include more photos and detail about these ‘haystacks’ in a later post.