|Emerald is (naturally) at the end of the green arrow, Goondiwindi is indicated by the red one.|
|Some of the central shady lawns, well used by visitors and locals (the latter including many birds).|
|Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae, utilising the facilities.|
|Rainbow Lorikeets Trichoglossus moluccanus attracted by scattered seed. Not such a great idea, |
as they are very pugnacious and will drive other birds off, but they really are gorgeously coloured.
|Yellow-throated Miners Manorina flavigula are aggressive, colonial inland dwellers.|
|Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis, a striking big honeyeater of the inland east and the tropics.|
This is a young bird without a strongly blue face.
|Welcome to the gardens, on the northern edge of town.|
|Queensland Bottle Tree Brachychiton rupestris.|
Labelling is generally excellent.
|Weeping Myall Acacia pendula; a very elegant wattle of the western plains.|
|River Cooba Acacia salcina, a wattle mostly associated with watercourses.|
|Wilga Geijera parviflora, Family Rutaceae. A beautiful spreading small tree, the appearance of whose |
delicate small flowers bely the fact that they are pollinated by blowflies, and smell accordingly...
|Senna sp.; there are many species, and within some species a bewildering array of sub-species |
with different leaf forms. I don't blame them for not labelling this one, and I can't help!
|An Eremophila garden is always of interest to me; the signage is broadly informative, well beyond|
just identifying plants.
|Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus, a smaller and relatively demure relation|
of the raucous and pushy Rainbows (see above), feeding on eucalyptus blossom.
If you're passing through either of these towns - and many people do - please make the time to visit their gardens. You won't be disappointed.
(Any hints for gardens, especially native ones, that I should visit would be gratefully received.)