Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Royal Botanical Gardens






In celebration of my first day of sunshine I wandered over to the Royal Botanical Gardens yesterday. This 75 acre (30 hectares....I know, what?) park is where the first farm was when colonists came over from England. Yes, I am copying that from my handy Sydney guide book. I really didn't know that. It was very pretty. Lots of flowers, palm trees, manicured lawns, ponds, even a cactus garden. As I soon found out, it is also home to a "wonderful array of Australian wildlife including fruit bats". Yes, bats. And not the small kind from home. These babies have wing spans of at least two feet. Lovely. If you all remember my last experience with a bat (flying around my living room) you know that I'm not fond of them. At all.

Once I walked more towards the harbor, I enjoyed the park even more. Great views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as well as the Navy yard. I took some pictures, and yes, those are bats hanging in the tops of the trees of the first picture.

4 comments:

Taylor & Jessica said...

How beautiful! (except for the bats...they must try to make the bats sound friendlier or a little more pleasant by adding the "fruit" to the beginning of the name, but, to me, it doesn't help.) I'm jealous of how warm it is!

Dave said...

Very cool! Cant wait to see it in person with you guys in a couple of weeks. Australia will never be the same again! You have to get it down so we dont have that same tourist stamp on our heads. Do you mind if I throw something at the bats and get them all stirred up?

c&v said...

What fun adventures you have! And in walking distance too:) even better! Enjoy the warm weather...and send some our way too.

Beavis said...

Somehow this blog keeps telling me my password is incorrect, so I'm having problems getting my comments through!!! I'll figure it out...the pics look gorgeous..wish I was there with you in that nice warm weather!! Everything looks amazing!!...Bats heh? Just can't get away from them can you!...I wouldn't walk under the trees! Love and miss you!! Beav