Mount Tomah Botanic Garden (2013)

Little wattlebird Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

If you’re making your annual trip to the “Plants With Bite” Display and Fair at the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden in the Blue Mountains, you really should take some time to walk through the gardens as well, especially if the weather is good. The place is beautifully maintained and full of interesting plants and wildlife.

These photos are the result of an hour’s walk-and-stalk. Weather: warm and very slightly hazy, with high cloud and bright sunlight.

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Bee with Grevillea

Bee (Apis mellifera) with Grevillea rhyolitica ssp. rhyolitica

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Bee (Apis mellifera) with Grevillea rhyolitica ssp. rhyolitica

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Bog garden with carnivorous plants

Bog garden with carnivorous plants

Bog garden with carnivorous plants

Bog garden with carnivorous plants

Sarracenia purpurea

Bog garden with carnivorous plants

Bog garden with carnivorous plants

Bog garden with carnivorous plants

Sarracenia flava

Bog garden with carnivorous plants

Bog garden with carnivorous plants

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Mount Tomah Botanic garden

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Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Mount Tomah Botanic garden

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Juvenile Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

I hid in the bushes to get this series of Wattlebird shots, holding the foliage away from the lens with one hand and operating the camera with the other.

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

English walnut (Juglans regia)

English walnut (Juglans regia)

I had no idea that walnuts looked like this when still on the tree.

Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii)

Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii)

Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii)

Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii)

The skinks were out, basking in the evening sun as closing time approached. The snake was still asleep.

Diamond python

Diamond python (Morelia spilota spilota)


Date: 10 March 2013
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF]
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Bright, slightly cloudy.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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