|Location of Alice Springs, Northern Territory.|
|Alice Springs looking south from Anzac Hill to Heavitree Gap in the MacDonnell Ranges. |
The Todd River - nearly always comprising dry sand - passes through the Gap.
|Red Cabbage Palm, Livistona mariae, which grows naturally only in nearby Palm Valley.|
|Eremophila christophori, Christophor's Desert Fuchsia or Dolomite Fuchsia Bush, grows only in the Alice Springs area.|
|Eremophila polyclada, 'Flowering Lignum' for its superficial resemblance (at least when not flowering) to the entirely unrelated sprawling lignums, Muehlenbeckia spp. Its natural occurrence is a little further to the east.|
|Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula, a ubiquitous colonial honeyeater, |
taking advantage of a little pipe-fed pool by the cafe.
|Male Western Bowerbird displaying to a rival male, showing off his normally hidden pink nape (it is only conspicuous when the neck feathers are raised).|
|The extraordinary bower, his display arena, decorated with bones, shells, flowers and plastic scraps.|
The remarkable bowerbirds deserve, and will receive, their own story here one day; for now, just make sure to look them up when you visit!