Sunday, January 2, 2011

cactus country

This cactus garden at Strathmerton, Victoria is full of inspiration - there were lots of flowers and wonderful spiky plants to provide a great kick start for some textural fiber art and painting involving modelling paste. I have linked the post title to Cactus Country's website - click it for a virtual visit.

Our visit was full on for sensory effect - fragile looking flowers in the heat of the mid day sun and birds flitting about. The strong sun goes without saying and we were thoughtfully provided with an umbrella by Julie when we started out on our walk around the gardens.

I can't imagine cactus without heat but I was surprised where many of the plants came from - some from very high altitudes which I imagine would have issues with the cold rather than heat.

Here are a few of the many photos I took:

And yes - the sky was that blue!

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