Sheoaks in Hobart, looking like sketches in this stand. Allocasuarina are endemic to the south of Australia and today they are squarely in Becky’s challenge.
Under such a tree
And what a view
Head for Queensland, Australia.
For more “pull up a seats” see here.
Cee’s focus for those on the hunt for joy this week is light bulbs, so here’s what I took or found:
We started the day with a hike to Mount Ainslie Lookout. It begins gradually and is quite steep for the last 30m or so. Many good views are afforded along the way, but the best are at the top. It took about 90 minutes return and where I wouldn’t advise a wheelchair, I did see three people using canes and walking quite slowly. Many people are in training gear and run past slower people like me.
Remember it was bushfire season so excuse the misty photos.
Black Mountain Tower affords some fabulous views, we were told, but unfortunately with the fires the smoke haze made visibility poor. It is still an interesting building and an easy drive from the main sights.
There is a viewing gallery, a theater and a cafe, as well as a telecommunications museum. It is also called Telstra Tower and the actual tower rises almost 200m above the summit. Your visit wouldn’t be longer than an hour, I think.
Questacon is on the other side of Lake Burley Griffin and is an extraordinary collection of interactive Science and Technology activities (over 200 I believe) that are designed to entertain, educate and inspire schoolchildren to pursue careers in that area.
I have been there with my children, with school classes and this time it was just for me and I could have spent another hour or more there. We stayed 2 hours as it was, watching, trying, pressing, drawing, thinking, puzzling and marvelling. The free fall was fascinating, but I wouldn’t try it.
The National Gallery is very near here, so we walked there, along the Lake, enjoying the sculptures and what was on offer in the grounds, and not entering. There were a few reasons for this, among which was the advertising of the outdoor sculptures and the Skyspace. So that is what we spent an hour and a half viewing.
Staying in the region, we headed for New Parliament House. It’s an impressive building, right from its approach, and has a wealth of architecture and marble.
The House of Representatives has a green room, just as it did on the old P.H. and the Senate is red, as before. When parliament is sitting, between 4000 and 5000 people are employed there.
There are galleries of historical figures, current politicians and political cartoonists. Documents and decisions are displayed, as well as plans, models and protests. The view from the grassy rooftop is impressive and informative, with many structures to catch the eye.
One of these is the 81m flagpole, visible from many vantages in Canberra. Three locations form what is known as the Parliamentary Triangle and New P.H is considered to be at the apex. Dead centre of Parliament House is the flagpole and it is represents the intersection “of Australian democracy—the people, the parliament and the government—are all brought together under one flag.” (https://www.aph.gov.au/Visit_Parliament/About_the_Building/About_the_Flag)
It’s quite easy to spend 1-2 hours, here. Tours are available if you prefer.
Even in Canberra, where it can get very cold, always take a hat and water in Australia.
For Kammie’s challenge, at Nuthouse Central, this sign sprang to mind. It’s kind of odd, but pretty helpful. A man died, earlier this year, after being swooped while on his bicycle.
There’s no warning for your pets, and they are easy targets.
Australia is an island, so we have plenty of shorelines to share with Becky’s squares.
They can be found all over Australia, in cold, wet areas and in dry. Many flowers look quite similar to them, too.
For more flowers, visit Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge.
Cascading along pathways in The Grampians, these wattles, also known as acacia oxycedrus, are a brilliant decoration while you walk. They’re my entry in Cee’s FOTD.
This member of the heather family is endemic to Australia. I couldn’t resist photographing it, then had to find its name to include it in Cee’s FOTD.