A sea of colour, blossoms and happy snappers

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a ten day festival held during the month of September each year, celebrating the Garden City and the start of Spring with a program of events and activities that attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the city. During this time Toowoomba is awash with a sea of colour, all of the parks and gardens have been primed and everything is in bloom. Local residents and keen gardeners have also been working hard preparing for the garden competitions that include a variety of categories such as Australian native plants, annual flowering bulbs and small gardens.

Local parks in full bloom
Local parks in full bloom

My friends and I, lovers of flowers and accomplished gardeners themselves (notice I say them, not me) made the trip up the range to Toowoomba to explore some of the private gardens open to visitors.  Lunch was a picnic in one of the many parks with hundreds of other people doing the same thing, if you didn’t want to pack a picnic there were food trucks and coffee vans aplenty. Accompanying us on our garden tour was Wooloomooloo the bear, Wooloomooloo has his own facebook page: A Bear on a Journey, on which he shares his adventures as he explores the region with his family. Wooloomooloo happily posed for photos, for us and for a few tourists who seemed smitten by this handsome bear.

The private gardens we visited were a sight to behold, garden beds filled with too many varieties of flowers and plants to name, the creation of ‘rooms’ in each yard providing us with something new and different around each bend in the garden border. Bridges, bird feeders, fountains, arbours and pavers decorated with mosaics were among the features used by gardeners to distinguish one garden from another. Some of the gardens were so full of plants and features that navigating each section with all the other garden tourists became a bit tedious and difficult, almost everyone stopping to take photos with their cameras, smart phones and iPads.

With so many beautiful and vibrant flowers to photograph, you can imagine that I went a little nuts and now have a large collection of flower photographs to sort through, some of which you’ll see in this post. The Carnival isn’t just about flowers though, there is a food and wine fair, an afternoon parade, sideshow alley for lovers of carnival rides and if you enjoy picnics in the park with background music from live bands then you will be as happy as a pig in mud.

Gerberas

sign

Daisies

Teddy bear in the garden

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Spring time photo walks

As many of you know, it is spring here in Australia and after a reasonably mild winter (for the most part) we are experiencing a sunny and warm start to spring with an extremely long and hot summer predicted. It has been several years since we experienced a ‘real’ summer on the Queensland coast, it has rained extensively each summer since the drought broke at the end of 2007 and everyone I know is keen to hit the beach and spend more time in the sun this year.

Although I am always dreaming of and planning our next holiday, at the moment I have to be satisfied with exploring our local region and experiencing life as a South East Queenslander. Lately our neighbours may have started wondering were I was going with Bundy and my camera in tow as I toddled off down the street, they’re used to seeing me walking our dogs however many probably don’t think that there is anything of great interest to photograph on our walks. They couldn’t be more wrong, spring is an excellent time to walk around local parks and recently we’ve had the pleasure of hearing and seeing a Koala in the bush next door to our house, as you can imagine, the camera was soon in hand.

Time to stop waffling and share my neighbourhood with you, I hope you enjoy the walk and if you’re sick of seeing photos of birds and flowers then look away 🙂