Tree silhouettes in Hobart
and at Eggs and Bacon Bay, Tasmania
My place in the world is Tasmania and it looks spectacular now, in autumn.
These trees on the bank of the River Derwent at Bushy Park show their autumn glow, even on a grey day.
A unique deciduous beech tree, “fagus” (nothofagus gunnii) changes colour at this time of year. The trees grow to about two meters. The leaves are the size of my thumb nail. We visited the “fagus festival” at Mount Field National Park a couple of weeks ago.
The Japanese Garden within the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart has a range of red maple trees.
Last weekend we enjoyed a day out at Mount Field National Park, here in Tasmania.
The landscape changed with altitude as we hiked from Lake Fenton up to Seager’s Lookout. The rocky path climbed higher. We passed snow gums and yellow gums and had glimpses of the lake through the trees.
A few photos from my lunchtime walk yesterday.
Eucalyptus trees fascinate me. They are so different to the majestic oaks, elms and other northern hemisphere trees that I grew up with. These “gum” trees must have seemed so alien to the early European Settlers, trees that kept their leaves but shed their bark. Trees with such a distinct scent and unique flowers and seed pods.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens have a story to tell. They are celebrating their 200th anniversary this year.
This delightful “lily pad” platform is the latest addition to the gardens. What a wonderful place to sit and relax, a place for the kids to get down to water level to watch the ducks.
The Gatekeeper’s Cottage now houses information about the gardens, their history and their current purpose of conservation.
Formal gardens, a conservatory, a Japanese garden, lead to oak woodlands and eucalyptus woods. Footpaths meander through regional flower beds, with plants labelled to inform and educate.
It’s a joy to observe the changing seasons at these gardens. As summer ends, there are fewer colourful flowers than at other times of the year. However, there are vibrant greens, hints of autumn and views of Hobart’s harbour location.