Friday, January 16, 2009

Blooms At Queensland Amusement Park

With GBBD and floral thoughts still on my mind, I'm
posting photos of more blooms taken in this beautiful
amusement park on the Chennai-Bangalore highway. While
the children freaked out on the rides, I went berserk at
the sight of hundreds of trees, flowering and non-
flowering shrubs, birds, butterflies and dragonflies.
All this, and a water body, spread over an area of 70 acres!

The Orchid Tree (on the left) is popular in the East. So
called because the blooms resemble orchids, the tree can
reach heights of 20-35 ft. The botanical name is Bauhinia
Purpurea. The tree blooms in the winter with the blooming
period lasting till January.

Three different varieties of hibiscus. I simply ignored
the common red ones.

Although I coudn't get good shots of butterflies, this
little dragonfly showed me what camouflage was all about!

Wild grass blooming in white abandon.

A fountain amidst all that verdure.

Late afternoon...the sun turns a brighter shade of orange.

I hope you enjoyed going through these photos. I wish everyone
a wonderful weekend!


Carla said...

What a beautiful amusement park! I do the same, kids enjoy the rides and activities, I'm busy looking at the flora!!!

tina said...

Good thing for the dragonfly you did not step on it! I bet it was a fun fun day for all and looks like a great vacation.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a wonderful park. I love seeing new blooms. The sunsetting through the trees is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Anonymous said...

I did enjoy this tour very much Kanak. What a thrill for you to see all the lovely trees and plants and what a dramatic sunset photo you shared. I'm sure you have so many memories and a WISH LIST from your visit to that park.

Susie said...

Loved the pics of the hibiscus especially the white one. At first I couldn't find the dragonfly. You are right, he's got great camouflage.

Have a wonderful weekend Kanak!

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Yes, I most definitely enjoyed my visit today:) Loved every bit of it...even the gray of the sidewalk with the little dragonfly:) Great camouflage indeed:)

Wendy said...

Yes, I did enjoy your garden tour. It is nice to see some greenery and flowers, since we are in the midst of an arctic freeze. Minus 28C or 30 at night. There is even ice on the inside of our windows!
Oh, I love all hibiscus. I'd even take pics of the common red ones too.
Have a good weekend too!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the lovely tour of your amusement park. I always notice the landscape myself in public places like this. :) The sunset photo was a great ending to the day.

Chandramouli S said...

I know how mad one can go on seeing the blooms in that park. Unfortunately, I've never been to that park but heard that it's a lot more fun than VGP! Wonderful photos, Kanak!

Q said...

Such a lovely amusement park.
I do love bugs and the Dragonfly is one of my favorites.
Looking forward to reading your journal and getting to know you.

Anonymous said...

Me again Kanak, On my sidebar, click on Zaroga's Nook and look at her bald eagle photos today. So pretty! Hope you enjoy!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Carla and Tina, a real fun day indeed!

Hi Lona, thank you. And I'm so glad you stopped by.

Mildred, thanks. Glad you liked the sunset photo.

Susie and Jan, thanks you so much!

Wendy, the cold sounds frightening! We can't bear even bear 6 degrees. Glad you like hibiscus(es).

Thanks Racquel. One does tend to become more observant in new places.

Chandramouli, glad you liked the photos. My last was at MGM where the plants are amazing too! I'm not sure about VGP. It isn't the same...maybe...

Namaste Sherry, thank you so much! Glad you stopped by.

Mildred, beautiful. Thanks for telling me about Zaroga's Nook.

Roses and stuff said...

What a great amusement park with plenty of lovely plants! Thanks for the tour - it was very nice!

Titania said...

This must be a fantastic park. I was intrigued when I read Queensland where this park was because I live in Queensland. The sunset is beautiful and the camouflage of the dragonfly is perfect.

Michelle said...

Thanks for the tour of the park and your lovely photos. It looks like a wonderful place to visit. I always find the flora to be the most exciting part of places like that (I'm not one to go on rides). Thanks also for leaving a comment on my blog!

easygardener said...

What an ideal park - rides for the kids and flowers for you!
Beautiful flowers and I am glad you enjoyed your trip.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Katarina, glad you liked the tour!

Thanks Trudi. I wasn't too sure about the way the name's written. Could've been with an apostrophe too. But it does sound the same when one says it!

Hi Michelle, I'm glad you feel the same way as I do about rides. So glad to have you here.

Thanks Easygardener...great place for garden bloggers, I must say!

Sue said...

Thanks for sharing the pics of your fun time. I love that sunset!