Late yesterday afternoon Jock and I went walking in the Botanic Gardens. the reflections were lovely.
This is a photo of what the drain now called the Brigalow belt garden looked like just after planting seven years ago. The plants all came from the dry hinterland behind the coastal ranges just west of Mackay. Their natural habitat is in and around creek beds which are dry for most of the time, but have raging torrents rushing down after heavy rain. the annual average rainfall in that area is about 23 inches as compared with our average of about 65 inches.
Amazingly, the area has thrived as you can see from this photo taken yesterday. So far no brigalow trees have been planted, I personally doubt that they would survive the wet, but perhaps we should experiment - hat is what Botanic Gardens are for after all. Brigalow trees are an Australian native which grows in huge tracts (or used to) in Eastern Australia, particularly in Queensland. When the trees are felled, the land becomes very good grazing and cropping land, so is highly prized. So many areas have been cleared that there are now tight restrictions on clearing any trees at all.
I am off my soap box and had to show this serene picture of the Eulamer lagoon at sunset - so peaceful
This is looking the other way, and showing the old water tower from the other side than is shown on my header. There must have been a couple of hundred people walking in the Gardens late yesterday as the weather was so good. Fingers crossed it holds till Tuesday. Anzac Day on Monday is likely to be either wet or very hot!