Although we are nearly at the end of March the weather has been very warm.
Most days have been close to 30 degrees which promises a nice Easter break ahead.
Tony has a new wide-angle lens for his camera bought in anticipation of fantastic photo opportunities on our holiday.
But first he needed a trial run to see how he will be able to use it so we decided a few cityscapes were in order.
The pedestrian mall was bright and cheerful after a month of rain in February
and Brisbane is looking more like a sub-tropical city now we have had some rain
with colourful plants brightening up the gardens.
We walked down to this lovely square.
This is ANZAC Square- a small oasis of green right in the heart of the city set aside as a War Memorial.
At lunchtime during the week it is crowded with workers eating their lunches .
This statue stands guard at the entrance to the garden with the path behind it leading to the Cenotaph and the eternal flame.
The soldier is Major General Sir William Glascow, a Queenslander born in Tiaro just north of Brisbane.
I didn't know anything about him so I did a little research and this is what I found:
On 25 April 1918 the 13th Brigade, together with
So there he stands and I'm sure that very few know anything about this fine soldier but I'm glad he has been recognised and honoured in this way.
Have you noticed the trees in this park?
Aren't they unusual?
They're Queensland Bottle Trees
The bottle tree has one of the most visually interesting shapes. It's botanically known as Brachychiton rupestris, and is also commonly known as the Queensland bottle tree.
It is an icon of the Outback and can also withstand temperatures of -8 degrees up to +50 degrees celsius.
It is so nice to see them featured here.
The path leads from the statue to the Shrine of Remembrance which is on a higher level
It is the centre of all ANZAC Day ceremonies.
(* images from the Internet)
From there we walked down towards the river past more lovely trees.
I love the way they have been left in their own traffic island amongst all the new skyscrapers.
They are Curtain Figs .
The wide angled lens was getting plenty of work and providing some interesting shots.
By now we were at the river.
Look at the colour of it!!
No lovely clear water for us.
The river is normally brown and murky but after all the rain and releases from the dam it is flowing very strongly and it is very very muddy!
These riverside bars and eateries have been cleaned up once again after recently being flooded and are back open for business.
You certainly have to be resilient to keep going in these businesses but luckily they are very well patronised in their lovely position in the heart of our river city.