New Farm Park, Brisbane

Sunday, August 9, 2015

DON'T DRINK AND BLOG

When we were on Bribie Island we visited the Art Centre. Unfortunately, they were in the process of changing the exhibition. However, there was a nice collection of crafts by the enthusiastic locals. After browsing, Mary, TOH and I went for a short nature walk  through the adjoining park.
Don't you just love his shirt?

 We walked past this big, old, gnarled Banksia Tree. I love this rustic, ugly wild tree with its.........

huge flowers and leaves and its......

scary seed pods. Scary because I always think of the Australian children's story, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, where one of these seed pods was characterised as a big bad Banksia Man.

 I had never seen one of these seed pods before.

Another big tree was covered in these pretty, wild flowers.

At the end of the track was a little water hole, dark with tannin from the trees and reflecting the lovely blue, winter sky.

31 comments:

  1. Great nature photos. I need a shirt that says "Don't drink then come home and order stuff online".

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  2. I am always interested in native plants .. I wonder what those red seeds are and the pretty white flower.

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  3. This T-shirt is great ! and your photos too !

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  4. I can see how those seed pods might be seen as anthropomorphic and scary. Weird.

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  5. First let me say, i was a tad disappointed when your post was not all wonky from drinking while blogging. LOL.. yes i like the shirt and that tree is wonderful. I saw one of these out at Emerson Preserve, these same pods and tree, but did not see the beautiful flower you got. now i want to see one. i love the photo of the flower.
    PS... please drink and blog so i can see what happens.....

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  6. Hello Diane, the T-shirt is funny. I love the tree and its huge flowers and scary seed pods. Great series, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  7. The banksia tree's blossom is so unusual to my eyes! And the seeds could be scary...but I don't know the story. Love the t-shirt!

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  8. I need that tee shirt Diane :) we certainly do have some of the oddest trees and flowers here in Oz, the Banksia definitely being one of the oddest!

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  9. Well that is some T Shirt!
    Nice photos...the people next door live on the island, a house on the side of a canal.

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  10. Those red and black beans look like the ones we have in South Africa. The make bracelets from them but they are very poisonous!!

    Latin Name
    Abrus Precatorius
    Description
    The pods of this slender vine split open to reveal attractive scarlet and black seeds which are known as Lucky beans. They cling to the plant for a long period, being conspicuous during winter. Pod size
    Fruit
    The pods can be seen from June to October in RSA. Each pod is triangular in shape, 30 mm long and splits open to reveal the shiny red-and-black 'lucky bean' seeds. The seeds are poisonous and contains abrin, which is released if the pod is eaten.

    Love the T shirt. Note to self. leave that glass of wine where it is! T'other Diane

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  11. Banksia trees fascinate me. They look a bit prehistoric. The t-shirt is excellent, an instant classic.

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  12. The nature of your place is so original and completely different from Europe

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  13. This is such an interesting post. The flowers are so unusual and pretty. And I must say, you have photographed them perfectly!!

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  14. What interesting seed pods. Your photos are wonderful. I spent an hour photographing butterflies with a new camera and they are very challenging to focus on, so I was very aware of how clear your photos are.

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  15. Beautiful! Those pods are definitely a beauty by themselves :D)

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  16. I've never seen a tree like your Banksia tree -- the seed pods are amazing. I really like TOH's shirt.

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  17. Amazing park and plants! Love the T-shirt - Mrs Britain is often telling me to stay well away from the computer after a couple of beers...

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  18. diane, I DO love that T-shirt ! And I love your pictures. You absolutely lead the most interesting life of anyone I know. Forget that guy on the TV advertisements who is supposed to be the "most interesting man in the world." Nonsense! He just hasn't met you, yet. :) Meanwhile, I'll watch the tippling while blogging. - Marsha

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  19. Love the shirt and the trees. Those seed bods do look like faces with beaks open! Very cool and what a fun place to go walk!

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  20. Love bills shirt ...I've heard about that drunk blogging ))). You or the Birthday Bear picked a great spot to celebrate. L

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  21. Haha, I love that shirt too. There should be one that says, Don't Drink and Facebook or Text. Those seed pods are scary looking things. I wouldn't have known what to make of it if you hadn't enlightened us.

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  22. Great photobombing by The banksia tree :-) How lovely is The tannin pool I wonder how it effects The wildlife

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    1. I don't think it bothers them. We used to swim in tannin coloured rivers when we were young.

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  23. I think I may have to get one of those shirts!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  24. It is lovely seeing this window into your part of the world. I'm with Stewart, I would love that shirt.

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  25. Great seed pod. I've never seen anything like that.

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  26. Australia has such unique fauna and flora! It looks like your weather is warming up beautifully! I am beginning to see some signs of autumn coming here. Our summer in Colorado is very short!

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