I grew up on a farm in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia. We had a number of very interesting sheds on the farms, many of them built by my father. While I wasn’t interested in becoming a farmer I do remember the many pleasant hours spent poking around in the sheds at home. Now in my more mature years I enjoy travelling throughout Australia, observing the many and varied types of sheds that can be found on farms and within view of the road.
The shed shown in the photo above has been amusing my family every time we drive past. It is on a farm near to the township of Tungkillo in the eastern Mt Lofty Ranges here in South Australia. I’ve never been to Pisa to see their leaning tower so I can’t make comparisons about grace and beauty versus function. This shed is still used on occasions to store hay bales, but it is obvious that it is threatening to finally collapse in a puff of straw and dust.
But not yet.
This shed has been leaning like that for at least ten years, though the list seems to have been accentuated by recent wild stormy weather. It will be a sad day when it finally concedes to gravity because it makes me chuckle every time I see it.
Over recent days I’ve shared some photos of flowering Australian plants. These photos were all taken in the native garden of friends of ours who live near Adelaide in the Mt Lofty Ranges. They enjoy collecting and planting native Australian plants as do we. Many of the plants found in Australia are very colourful, as illustrated by the photos I have shared in this blog.
On a visit to the Wittunga Botanic Gardens in the Adelaide Hills last year I managed to get some lovely photos of the various plants which were flowering at the time. This was early spring last year and many of the plants were already in full bloom.
On the downside, I didn’t see many birds. Admittedly it was around midday and one of the hottest days we’d had since the winter. I guess the birds were feeling the sudden burst of heat.
My wife and I always enjoy wandering through botanic gardens when we are away from home, travelling or visiting places where there are gardens open to the public. My main interest would have to be the bird life, but I also enjoy taking photos of the scenery, especially the plants that are flowering.
With plenty of lawn areas and picnic tables, Wittunga Botanic Gardens are an ideal place to relax. On my visit late last year I had a picnic lunch in the shade of one of the lovely eucalypt trees prominent in the gardens. Unfortunately I ate alone; my wife was unable to come with me on this occasion.
After lunch I strolled around some of the gardens trying to photograph some of the local birds. They were being shy and I didn’t see many. So I managed some lovely shots of trees, plants and flowers instead.
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