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Alice Springs Desert Park

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Playing tourist today with my daughter and her partner who are visiting Alice Springs for a week. This morning we went out to the Desert Park. As always, it’s a beautiful and fascinating place to visit. One learns so much about the desert environments, of which there are many: the sandy, the desert rivers & the desert woodlands.

This photo (above) was taken in the woodlands, looking across the Park, towards the MacDonnell Ranges.

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Lots of wildflowers in bloom as we had rain fall a few weeks back. Beautiful and plentiful.

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Desert rivers environment.

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Western bowerbird.

The Desert Park has an enormous collection of birds displayed in numerous large (enormous) walk-through and walk-in cages.

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A white-faced heron. Found in the desert rivers environment exhibit. This is one of my favourite birds.

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Close-up of some healthy looking wildflowers at the Desert Park.

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Typical scene at the Desert Park today. Flowers and native trees blooming colourfully everywhere.

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And finally, some Desert Oaks. You see these trees out around Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and also around Arltunga (the old abandoned gold mining area, 130kms east of the Alice). They’re usually a bit more water deprived and subsequently look a bit more silvery-green-grey than this, but these are fine young trees nevertheless.

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  1. September 23, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Looks interesting, how lovely to have your daughter here and be a tourist at home. I love white-faced herons too – we have some nesting at the end of our garden so I get to see the babies grow up and learn to fly. No wonder I am so distracted!

    • September 27, 2009 at 3:57 am

      You have some herons nesting? Oh how utterly delightful! 🙂

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