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With the city of Sydney shrouded in the smoke that was a by product of back burning, it was a strange warm day. But the Pok was itching to get out and go for a ride on his bike, so I decided to go for a walk with him and bring the camera in tow. Spring is very much in full bloom with Summer only one month away now. It is going to be a scorcher (hopefully) and the local fauna is putting on its annual show in the rev up for the beach months.

The urban landscape can’t hold back Mother Nature, this flower was definitely not planted.

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This bottle brush, while a native plant, was showing its wares at the park near the harbour. A tiny insect was playing the pollination dance.

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I don’t know the name of this one, but it looks a bit creepy with its blooming claw like petals.

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The eucalyptus tree bark was healthy and lush, a far cry from the dry tinderbox in the mountains and national parks surrounding the Sydney basin.

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Of course the Pok (AKA my son) wanted to pose for the camera while he was “mountain biking”.

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The Ocean Shield was docked again around our way, and it looked like it was taking on board specialist supplies.

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The Pok was pushing hard on the switchbacks to attain that KOM.

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One last flower for the road.

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Sydney is starting to kick for the best time of the year. Bring on the balmy beach weather I say.

The weekend had arrived and I picked up my son – the Pok – from day care after I had finished work on Friday. He was looking forward to the weekend too, so when I asked him what he wanted to do on Saturday I was taken aback by his response – “the Zoo!”

So with sunscreen liberally applied, and hats donned, we trekked over to King Street Wharf near Darling Harbour in Sydney. The Zoo we decided to visit was the Wildlife Sydney Zoo – which features a colourful cast of native Australian animals. We had never been here, and at first I was a bit sceptical that this would be a tourist trap but boy was I surprised. Housed in a large building enclosure that has been built over Sydney Harbour with a high netted ceiling is a wonderful small zoo within an easy walk of Sydney CBD. The proximity you get to the animals left our son in a bit of a fright at first – particularly when snakes drop down from their branches to within a foot of your face having only a sheet of glass separating you. There were plenty of open enclosures for you to get close to the animals, but also safely away from those that require distance. The one I am talking about is “Rex” the 5m Saltwater Crocodile – the prime example of an apex predator.

The zoo staff support conservation and animal care and you can see they spend a great deal of time taking care of the animals and their habitats. So with my Canon Powershot G15 in hand, I tried to see if I could get some shots as opposed to snaps. I was quite happy with some of the results, even the ones that were shot through glass. BTW all the photos link through to larger images on my Flickr photostream.

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Our 2 year old son had a great time visiting this zoo, and his fear of the reptiles abated ever so slightly by the end of the trip. The zoo also has plenty of other attractions to appeal to kids. In the end we all left extremely impressed, and I don’t think that this will be the last time we go here. If you visit Sydney, and only have a day or two up your sleeve, skip the tacky tourist traps like the Madame Tussauds next door and check out some of Australia’s native fauna here.

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