Alice Springs holds a special place in my heart. It is a
town of beauty and contrast, a place I could very easily call home.
Four days after arriving in Alice Springs I had made plans to visit the Olive
Pink Botanic Garden to give my camera a little workout. I awoke early to find
it was raining, but a little rain was not going to deter me from my plans.
Arriving at Olive Pink there were a number of other cars there. I opted to
walk up Meyer Hill hoping to be the only one on the track. Much to my surprise
and delight, there in front of me was a rock wallaby. I managed to get two
photos before the rock wallaby hopped away.
Continuing on the track, a short
distance later, I came across two Euros that appeared to be mother and son. They
were casually preening themselves on a rock that over looked the cafe. Several
photos later, I continued my ‘paparazzi by stealth’ mode, as I searched for the
rock wallaby. It seemed I would be out of luck, as I criss-crossed the summit.
Then I spotted my prey. Very quietly, I slowly closed in, getting a few photos
as I got closer. Then in my excitement I tripped over!!
As I was falling, all I could think of was my new Canon lens, in my valiant
attempt to protect it. As I dusted myself off, I looked down at the polarizer
filter, and smirking to myself, I thought ‘now the lens has character, with the
ding on the edge’.
Sitting up, I saw the rock wallaby was still there sitting on the rocky
slope. I was really excited to get many more photos, which I am delighted in
sharing some of them with you here.
For the people who have not been to
Olive Pink Botanic Garden,
it is a must visit destination, not only for the solitude and peacefulness the
gardens can give, but the flora and fauna as well.