Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cairns, Australia: Flecker Botanical Gardens

On our second day in sunny Australia, Nana and I struck out on a long walk to the Flecker Botanical Gardens in Cairns. This free public park is a great place to spot some beautiful Australian plant life. For this post, I'll let the photos speak largely for themselves. Enjoy!

En route along the Cairns foreshore.

The beach gives way to a big mud flat.

The Gondwanan Evolution Garden uses "living fossils" to simulate the evolutionary history of Australian plant life.

One expects to see dinosaurs.

(For a detailed explanation of why Australia's plant and animal life is so weird, check out this article by NOVA. Short version: before the arrival of Homo sapiens, Australia's biome was been isolated from the rest of the world for about 40 million years.)

1 comment:

  1. I love the picture of Nana in the hat. So adorable!!!!!

    I guess I can't make fun of her driving any more. Sighhhh one more joy drained from my sadistic life.