Adelaide’s Elder Park with Zeb and Eider Duck

Our time in Adelaide is almost over, so we decided to take the free city bus to Elder Park.   This sign inside the bus shows the support for Adelaide’s athletic teams.

Support for the team and the fans.

Support for the team and the fans.

We left the bus near the Adelaide Oval.   This artistic design behind the stage caught our eyes.

Good art display

Good art display

Crossing the bridge, we reached Elder Park, on the River Torrens.

The Adelaide Oval, River Torrens and Elder Park

The Adelaide Oval, River Torrens and Elder Park

These boats look like fun and good exercise, but not today.

Maybe another day

Maybe another day

There were many friendly black swans in the river.

Graceful Black Swans are everywhere.

Graceful Black Swans are everywhere.

However, this may be a little too close to the swan.

Too close mom

Too close mom

We also saw some very curious pelicans.   This one wants to know what he purchased at the toy store.

Anything for me?

Anything for me?

These Australian pelicans are big.

Pelicans as tall as young humans

Pelicans as tall as young humans

Pelican appears to be taller than these young humans.    Again mom, maybe a little too close.

That is a long beak. We like the pink though

That is a long beak. We like the pink though

This fountain commemorates the visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in March 1954.

Commemorative Fountain

Commemorative Fountain

Nice gazebo.

Pretty gazebo

Pretty gazebo

These are lights on the river.

Lights on the river

Lights on the river

Very nice.    This is a tourist boat.   We are going on Pop Eye I.

We are going on this river boat.

We are going on this river boat.

We are traveling on the river.

Riding down the river

Riding down the river

We like river boats.   We pass the Adelaide Rowing Club.

Our first Rowing Club

Our first Rowing Club

Passing under the historic bridge, this friendly pedestrian waves to us.

Friendly pedestrian

Friendly pedestrian

We like this falling water.

Decorative falling water

Decorative falling water

If you have some time in Adelaide, we suggest a few hours or a day at this park.   Relax and enjoy your vacation, or your home town.

Zeb and Eider Duck Visit Bay of Fires and St. Columba Falls in Tasmania

Zeb and Eider, with the humans, visited the Bay of Fire.   This is near St.Helens in northeast Tasmania.   And there are so many rocks!

So many bright rocks

So many bright rocks

The Bay of Fires extends along the coast from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north.   The sand is so soft and white.

Soft white sand and clear blue water.   Perfect!

Soft white sand and clear blue water. Perfect!

If it were not winter and cool, we would be lounging on that perfect sand and testing the clear (probably cold) water.   The white sand is derived from the granite bedrock that is predominant in North East Tasmania.   The soft white sand is because of the high quartz content of the granite boulder.    First we visited a lookout platform and then walked to the rocks.

We were walking on these rocks

We were walking on these rocks

Then we drove to the The Gardens in the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.   Isn’t this beautiful?   Notice the lichen growing on the granite boulders lining the bay.

Bright blue water and orange rocks lining the bay

Bright blue water and orange rocks lining the bay

The bright orange is beautiful.   Hundreds of years ago the native aboriginal people burned this area of the island.  These Aboriginal fires were spotted by Captain Tobias Furneaux when he sailed past in 1773, so this area became known as the Bay of Fires.   The repeated burning kept the vegetation low, giving the animals fresh young plants to eat.   The low vegetation also made hunting easier for the aboriginal.   The fires could be seen from far away, giving this area the name, Bay of Fire.   While the Bay of Fires is beautiful and serene, it does have a darker side.

Sitting in soft white sand, near orange boulders and blue water.

Sitting in soft white sand, near orange boulders and blue water.

The coast is littered with shipwrecks.   A few being the schooner Mary Ann in 1850, the brig Dart in 1865, the barque Queen of the Sea in 1877 and the fishing boat Vagabond in 1950.   These unusual trees caught our attention.

Unusual trees

Unusual trees

There were many Australian Black Swans in this area.

Several beautiful black swans

Several beautiful black swans

These gorgeous black swans have bright red beaks.

Love the bright red beaks

Love the bright red beaks

So beautiful.   We were told that black swans are native only south of the equator.   Driving about 30 kilometers west, we visited St. Columba Falls, at Pyengana, Tasmania.

St Columba Falls

St Columba Falls

The falls are located in a rain forest.

We are in a rain forest

We are in a rain forest

This is the path to the bottom of the falls.

Path to bottom of falls

Path to bottom of falls

St. Columba Falls are said to be the tallest falls in Tasmania,with a drop of over 90 meters.

We can hear the waterfalls

We can hear the waterfalls

Aruba Hyatt

Last day in Aruba and we checked out of our condo.  They will store luggage until we need to go to airport for late afternoon flight.  A cab driver suggested we enjoy the gardens at the Hyatt.  We did that.

Hyatt in Aruba

Hyatt in Aruba

 

One evening during dinner at a Hyatt beach bar and grill, Soapy’s mom got hiccups.  Without a word, the waiter presented her with a small dish of maraschino cherries.

Cherries from the bar to cure hiccups

Cherries from the bar to cure hiccups

He suggested that she eat all of them rather rapidly and hiccups should stop.  She likes the cherries anyway, so she ate them and hiccups were gone.  Something we will remember in the future if they return.

Today we admired the black swans.

Ducks with a swan

Ducks with a swan

They are wonderful.  Since this is a tropical garden, this iguana joined us.

We welcomed the iguana

We welcomed the iguana

Also, we found whiptail lizards.

Think we have a pair of whiptail lizards

Think we have a pair of whiptail lizards

Love the colors.

Zeb and Soapy were happy to pose in front of another distant relative.

A relative in Aruba

A relative in Aruba

Our moms really liked the black swans swimming with the goldfish (or are they carp).

Swans swimming with fish

Swans swimming with fish

Here is a glimpse of the garden and river.  Our moms could not get a good photo.  Gardens are very extensive and create a wonderful oasis in this tropical paradise.

Beautiful landscaping

Beautiful landscaping

We stayed on the beach for a while, enjoying the water, sun and sand and beverages.

We will miss Aruba, but hope to see you there next time we visit the island.