We need some eye candy in the back yard and this would be perfect for the grandkids to climb on-maybe.
|The Royal Botanic Garden is backed up by the skyline of downtown Sydney. What a contrast!|
|There are always forks in the road and therefore choices to make. We are glad we chose the road to be senior missionaries.|
|The Australian White Ibis is seen everywhere. Apparently they are dirty birds and carry fleas and ticks. This one appears to have wing problems.|
Here's a beautiful tree called Frangipani. It has a pink and white variety. These beautiful trees grow to only about 5-6 feet tall but are much wider than that. The blossoms emit a wonderful fragrance and are used in the Pacific islands for leis. We see so many of the Sisters wearing the blossoms in their hair at church. It is supposed to represent love, among many other things.
A colorful Lorikeet above getting some food.
Left is the fruit of a palm plant. They believe these plants to be some of the oldest in the world, dating back to prehistoric times. We will memorize names next time so that this really can be a science lesson!
|We meet friends everywhere. Here's the latest bunch.|
This is some type of pine tree. Quite unique and beautiful.
Meow! Says the guard kitty.
This tree has colorful bell shaped flowers. Maybe Uncle Jay could find out what it is called. Every other plant in the area was marked except this one. We have seen other trees like this in our travels north along the coast, so it must grow easily here.
Behind this statue is the oldest bridge in Sydney made with bricks produced by convicts. It was part of the original aqueduct system and still survives here.
Being in the rain forest so close to the largest city in Australia is awesome! Every plant has the most unusual blooms, each more colorful and exotic than the last. The camera got a workout as we tried to get the perfect shot.
|These little pods taste like bananas but the little seeds are as hard as a rock. We got a testimony of that from a tourist who decided to try one. We were willing to take his word.|
We spent the last hour at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. We looked at an exhibit of Aboriginal Art. The view of the Harbour is pretty good too.
At the entrance to the Gardens is a large apple cactus - We have not seen one of these in Arizona, but maybe some of you have. Elder Feil is next to a Red Gum tree. We bought him a yo yo made of red gum wood so that he can entertain the troops (missionaries). We didn't realize there were so many varieties of gum trees.
Is this the fountain of youth? We hope so. If not, it's at least a work of art. Even the magpies find the fountain desirable. This drinking fountain was built for the Gardens in the late 1800's. The granite came from England.
|We finally made it to Bondi Beach - probably the most famous of beaches. There were more tourists around than Saturday night at the Ocean City Boardwalk.|
The pavilion houses changing rooms, showers, and lockers. There is also plenty of places to buy food - much like the Boardwalk, but it is all cement. :)
Bondi Beach is about the most popular we've seen. And the waves are great for those learning to surf. We have never seen a surfing class before, but that is what this picture is showing. They all paddled out, caught the wave and then rode it back in. The Aussies love the ocean and have a great respect for their clean beaches. They do not even allow smoking on the beach. The picture above is the beach patrol. They remind Sister Feil of long summer days at the shore, watching the kids play in the surf.
|This looks like the NJ Bird's garage! They seemed to all belong to the surfing class. After a jump in the ocean, they had to do warm up exercises. All along the beach were families playing and "working" together.|
Just like every other Aussie beach, Bondi has a rock pool for the little ones and even a smaller rock pool for the teensie tinys. We thought the water was a little on the cool side but there were plenty of brave people who did not have wet suits on, swimming in the ocean.
|Everyone else was oblivious to the approaching storm, but that is another lesson topic and we left the crowds and headed for home, only to drive in the torrential downpour on the freeway home.|