After the Storm

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Entrance to the Japanese Gardens

This past week, here in Australia we have had some wild weather. The worst hit Hobart the other night. I finished work late and had to drive through some of the mad wind to get home. There were trees on the road, branches flying across the road in front of my car and all sorts of other debris that seemed to be aiming for my car. I made it home safely, but when I arrived there, the power in my area was out and I had to find my way in the dark. I lit all of my candles and sat with my music playing on my computer, trying to drown out the sound of the howling winds outside. The winds peaked at 170km per hour at four am. Approximately the time a friend lost the roof on her apartment block, and another friend had a tree uprooted from her backyard to land on her clothesline, luckily for her, she had wanted to remove both of those things from her yard for some time.

The Japanese Gardens

 

The day after the storm, the Royal Botanical Gardens closed its gates due to the terrible damage it received during the storm. I decided to go and have a sticky beak at the gardens the next day, to see how bad the damage was with my own eyes. There is good news and bad, the gardens lost three of the biggest trees, including the oldest tree in the gardens. The good news is, the reports on the radio said the gardens had been decimated, so of course, I expected the worst, but the gardens still looked good, just a little messy. The gardeners had already done a wonderful job of tidying up the majority of the mess, and it is still a beautiful garden, with many beautiful trees.

 

I spent a few hours browsing through the gardens, the conservatory, the subantarctic plant house, watching the ducks, sitting on the benches and pondering life. It was already late when I arrived at the gardens and by the time I left the sun was sinking behind the mountain, leaving a stunning sky in its wake.

 

Enjoy :)

tvillingmarit says:
Your friend did the right thing waiting to remove the tree. As usual you have lovely photos.
Posted on: Apr 12, 2008
Sunflower300 says:
Thanks for the well wishes folks.
Vance, other buildings lost rooves and a caravan parks was flattened, the whole place was a mess, but nothing too serious. The bad winds hit Melbourne earlier in the day, and there was quite a bit of damage there and two people were killed, one squashed by a tree while driving and the other an emergency worker. It was pretty bad. We were very lucky here in Hobart.
Posted on: Apr 07, 2008
vances says:
dang, that sounded pretty intense. Glad that you and the Gardens came through okay, but any major damage anywhere else???
Posted on: Apr 07, 2008
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Entrance to the Japanese Gardens
Entrance to the Japanese Gardens
The Japanese Gardens
The Japanese Gardens
A pretty spot in the Japanese Gard…
A pretty spot in the Japanese Gar…
Red bridge in the Japanese Gardens
Red bridge in the Japanese Gardens
View through the bridge
View through the bridge
I was just sitting and pondering
I was just sitting and pondering
Oh, look, Mount Wellington
Oh, look, Mount Wellington
There are not usually this many le…
There are not usually this many l…
A friendly little duck
A friendly little duck
Water feature
Water feature
Water feature
Water feature
Secret Garden
Secret Garden
One of the uprooted trees
One of the uprooted trees
Archway
Archway
Grasses
Grasses
Water fountain
Water fountain
Flowing water
Flowing water
Japanese Gardens water fountain
Japanese Gardens water fountain
Water Fountain
Water Fountain
Serenity through the rocks
Serenity through the rocks
The subantarctic plant house
The subantarctic plant house
Penguines in the subantarctic plan…
Penguines in the subantarctic pla…
One of the fallen trees
One of the fallen trees
Clouds
Clouds
Fountain outside the conservatory
Fountain outside the conservatory
Inside the conservatory
Inside the conservatory
Brick wall and pretty sky
Brick wall and pretty sky
Red berries and a blue sky
Red berries and a blue sky
Um, Fuchsia House?
Um, Fuchsia House?
Fuchsia, like a dancing ballerina
Fuchsia, like a dancing ballerina
Frilly Fuchsia
Frilly Fuchsia
Dancing flower
Dancing flower
Bell-bottom Fuchsia
Bell-bottom Fuchsia
Dancing girls
Dancing girls
Orange berries
Orange berries
Some of the debris
Some of the debris
Still standing
Still standing
Garden path
Garden path
Leaving the gardens
Leaving the gardens
Magnificent view
Magnificent view
Orange Berries and Blue Sky :)
Orange Berries and Blue Sky :)
Looking at the herb garden
Looking at the herb garden
Berry nice frame
Berry nice frame
I love this tree
I love this tree
Can anyone guess what season it is?
Can anyone guess what season it is?
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens,…
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens…
Autums leaves
Autums leaves
Looking through the trees
Looking through the trees
Fallen leaves along the path
Fallen leaves along the path
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photo by: Sunflower300