BeautyScope 348: Aerial geometry

man's solid structures
strain upwards
effortlessly clouds float

Old stomping grounds

For our final Tassie adventure we head up Mt Nelson to visit our old stomping grounds.
When Aiden was 9 months old we lived here for 6 months while Cris did his Sabbatical.
We just couldn't get enough of the gorgeous views!
This is taken over the roof of our former house from the road.
We headed up to the top of Mt Nelson to the signal station which originally had a semaphore signal post, but now has a rather nice café with VIEWS!
We rang Miles for his 15th birthday from here, as we were bad parents and not at home. Tut, tut!
I just had to take a photo of the bumble bee who came visiting my flower. We don't get them in Canberra.
Afterwards we kept climbing and headed up Mt Wellington which is the tallest mountain nearby.
We were above the clouds. It felt like we were in a plane.

 Some rather interesting rock formations, a cute little hut and a phallic symbol!

And now, sadly, we must say goodbye. Cris looks rather happy to be going home to his boys.
He's such a cutie!
Jazzy Jack

Walk with me to the Hobart Botanic Gardens

G'day! Today I'm going on a walk to the Botanic Gardens in Hobart, Tasmania. Want to join me?
If you keep your eyes peeled you can see some gorgeous sights, including a little cute garden gnome peeping out of bushes ;-)
One thing we enjoyed in Hobart was seeing how they recycle artworks. I wonder if it is due to living on an island with limited resources.
The stone archway below was repurposed from a civic building. Doesn't it look grand in the gardens? How would you love something like that in your own garden! I'll be next in line if they want to hand it on again.
The floral clock is an iconic sight in the gardens, and I always love visiting the walled veggie patch. Don't those cyclamen look gorgeous in the wild? We too often only see them in pots.
On the right is a heritage wooden fountain. Quite unusual.
Another sighting of the garden gnome!
They also have a lovely Japanese garden section which houses this waterfall.

Goodbye Hobart Botanic Gardens
(with a final wave at the lily pond).
Hopefully we will return soon!
Jazzy Jack

Visiting the Apple Isle

Hold tight my lovelies! We are heading off to Hobart, Tasmania for a photovisit.
Cris and I had the opportunity to travel there for a few days around our wedding anniversary last month. So before it turns to May, I thought I would share some of our adventures.
Firstly we visit the point at Sandy Bay to see the old lighthouse and battery at Blinking Billy Point.
Cris was fascinated...there is even an underground secret passage.
This is a very posh area and big houses have sprung up around. But I'm not sure I'd like all and sundry staring in my windows.
 There are some interesting buildings in Hobart. Here  are a couple from the University area, one of some old silos which have been repurposed for apartments, and a fountain in a dugout roundabout which is as old as me (looks a bit UFOish to me!)

We saw some demolition, and this sculpture which hasn't made up its mind whether or not to fall.

 This is a heritage building in the city area, which they are demolishing. They have preserved only the façade of the first floor. The rear and the ground floor are gone. Surreal!

 As Cris is a Forester we have spent some hours in the Forestry Tasmania building. It is such an amazing space, with a forest and stream inside the foyer. We found out they are being moved out as the Forestry Department has been reduced and reduced. So now they have no one to manage their timber and their beautiful foyer will probably be made into offices. I took some photos for posterity.
One of the reasons we love Hobart is all the cool little sights around town. Here are a sample.
We were bemused by the steep ramp with little steps inside.
We enjoyed all the interesting boat and water views. This big catamaran heads out to Mona the modern art gallery on an island. We didn't make it there, but the boat with the sheep and cows on the back was very entertaining.
How do you like this garage door scene? What about the photo of the girl in front of the same building? And how is this for a light covering?
And of course we enjoyed walking around the water at night and seeing all the lovely reflections.

Ah Hobart, you are stunning.
Stay tuned for a couple more Hobart posts coming up!
Jazzy Jack