Still in Brisbane (hot and so very steamy), I had the great pleasure to meet a longtime blogging friend, and fellow member of the artists book collective Book Art Object, Amanda Watson-Will.
Yesterday Amanda, Leone and I visited Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens for a walk in the shade followed by a welcome break in the coffee shop. There was lots of artist book talk and I felt more inspired to get back into making books than I have for a while. I would like to combine my new interest in rusty things and assemblage art with my old love of book binding - which will entail a complete reorganization of my studio. Organization is not my strong point, let alone reorganizing anything... Anyway, back to the Gardens.
Always a reptile lover, I was delighted to see several lizards crossing the paths or sitting statue-still in the shade. There is a large colony of Water Dragons in the Gardens so I am assuming that's what they were. Brisbane is home to Bearded Dragons too, so perhaps we saw both. Whichever they were, they were completely uninterested in the human invaders, barely giving us a glance.
Pictures follow, I suppose in whatever order Blogger chooses to place them. I apologize for the blurry dragon. He (I think "he" because he had a reddish underside) was a bit too far away for the iPad to cope with. The photos are of one of the ponds, a cycad, a lily I haven't yet identified, a charming koala sculpture, my blurry lizard, and Amanda and Leone by the river.
When I return home to my desktop Mac I'll try to improve on the dragon pic, and I'll add links. I love being able to use the iPhone and iPad to blog but it's just not the same as the full Blogger. If you have any hints I'd love to hear them.
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