Today we went to the City Botanical Gardens, located in the heart of Brisbane, Australia. The purpose of this activity was to become more familiar with the local vegetation before we leave for the forests of Lamington National Park. The Gardens did feature some flowers, as we might expect from a garden, but trees were most prominent. We walked along the paths sketching enormous fig trees covered in vines, slender and papery Eucalyptus, and even exotic species like the sausage tree which produced hanging fruits that look like large potatoes.
After the activity, several of us went swimming in a pool that was right on the river and open to the public. We watched small children make sand balls from the sandy bottom of the pool and Ibis bravely scrounge for food. It was almost like a beach and we were thrilled to be in the warm Australian sun.
Sophomore Biology Major