A selection of images taken in the Connections Garden, a small section of the Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan, NSW. Features of this visit were the wildflowers and a terrapin wandering across the road!
Water Cascade: plant reflections in the Connections Garden
A view across the road towards the Connections Garden, much of which is included under the trees in the background.
Reaching out: ancient roots spreading down the slope from an ancient figtree.
Connections Garden: a road view of the native flower beds.
A rocky water feature, with an artificial cascade beyond.
Red and yellow Australian native flower display.
The Garden Pool and water feature in the Connections Garden.
The native flower beds, looking towards Lake Sedgwick.
There are seats in the sun……
…..and there are seats in the shade
The “Horsehead” log. It can also look like a bird or aircraft,in flight, depending on your own imagination and point of view.
The famous Wollemia nobilis species (Wollemi Pine) was known only from fossil records until recently. It was common throughout eastern Australia until around 40 million years ago but declined and was believed to be extinct. However, a small population was discovered in the NSW Blue Mountains in 1994. Above is one of several propagated Wollemi trees now growing in the Australian Botanic Garden.
Wildflower Field: the paper daisy beds between Lake Sedgwick and the Connections Garden. The flowers are grown from seeds which originated in Western Australia.
On the way out, we stopped at a small unnamed pond, which I call the Wayout Pond.
The reason we stopped was because a terrapin was slowly crossing the road.
We pulled up to avoid running over this little turtle (terrapin?) which was slowly ambling across the road with an eye on the traffic, after a swim in Wayout Pond. With more vehicles approaching, we lifted it gently to safety, so it would not get run over.
Terry the terrapin now safely relocated onto the grass away from the road – but he still took refuge from the camera, inside his mobile home.
The speed limit on roads in the Australian Botanic Garden is 30 kph for a reason.
Many drivers believe it is ok to go faster than that – but they put the wildlife at risk by doing so.
Please slow down!
Way Out Pond Reflections. This is where Terry the terrapin was swimming, before risking his life crossing the road.
The Upper Canal passes nearby this spot.
The heritage listed Upper Canal still carries Sydney’s water supply from Cataract Dam to Prospect Reservoir. It was built between 1880 and 1888.
Images © R.Powell.