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Christchurch’s Botanic Garden‏

March 10th, 2010 · No Comments

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Graeme and I ate lunch Wednesday on the esplanade by the beach at Sumner Bay just down the hill from his home on Scarborough Road. The restaurant, Scarborough Fare, served me delicious fare of fresh Sumner Bay scallops.

Then I was on my way downtown, or to the city centre as the call it here. But I got hopelessly lost several times, finding myself again and again driving north when I should be driving south or the other way around. Since I pride myself on my good sense of direction, my difficulty in navigating the roads of Christchurch surprised me. But then I came to the conclusion that the problem was my being in the southern hemisphere. Somehow, like birds in flight, I was taking subtle clues from the position of the sun.

Eventually I arrived downtown, and right at its edge Christchurch has a huge, parklike botanic garden where I wandered for more than an hour.

A Pond and Flowers in the Botanic Garden

A Pond and Flowers in the Botanic Garden

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The Avon River Borders the Botanic Garden on Three Sides

The Avon River Borders the Botanic Garden on Three Sides

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One of a Pair of Different Ducks

A Male Paradise Shelduck

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The Mate

The Mate

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The botanic garden does, of course, have huge banks of flowers. But this little thistle-like flower shining in the late afternoon sunshine, was my favorite.

My Favorite Flower of the Day

My Favorite Flower of the Day

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