These are from a walk I did earlier in the week & it was a strange place to be, Hyde Park, filled with works and diggings. It’s impossible to take photos in some areas and they still have no idea what they are going to do with the island they have razed in the middle of the eastern pond. It remains a terrible eyesore and must bewilder the birds that used to shelter there.
They are digging up near some of the paths – the intention is to install a bio-remediation area – a reedbed to you & me. This will clean the water that comes down from the roads into the ponds and help remove the toxicity from the mud which poisons the birds. A good thing. But the park at the moment is very difficult to walk around – bobcat tractors and cars and mechanical diggers, piles of sand and dirt, workmen and utes and trucks and cars, neon orange plastic fencing.
It’s a mess.
Yet the trees rise above it all, mostly. The plane trees have suffered, their lower limbs lopped off, surrounded by the piles of sand and the plastic fencing. I did get some reasonable shots. In the 1st two, this is obvious, but I still love the strength in their trunks:
& in these, replete with leaves, glorious in sunlight:
This guy is so massive he rises above everything:
Shapes of trees. I don’t know what the first is, but I love the shape of the peppermint tree next to it, & I’ve posted photos of this tree before. Possibly not from this angle:
The bush – paperbarks and tangle – on the western island:
& here are the willows they wanted to remove. They have been saved, but are going to be ‘managed’ – I don’t really like the sound of that.
Finally, the Moreton Bay figs – nothing seems to bother them – though there were a few I couldn’t photograph because of blocked paths, etc:
& one of the few paths still untroubled by ‘works':
I didn’t make it for a walk this morning – got up too late and then it was too hot. Hopefully Wednesday. Tomorrow, I think it might be Matilda Bay… in the heat.
The river will, at least, make a semblance of cool…