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By Tropicbreeze on December 18, 2011

For a truely amazing display of tropical plants you can't go past the Flecker Botanical Gardens in Cairns. Join me for a visit and experience a real tropical spectacular.

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Imagewcgypsy
Dec 18, 2011 8:23 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
I always enjoy your articles. I doubt that I will ever get to go there, but your writing and pics give me a great sense of, and appreciation for, Australia. Thanks....
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ImageSharon
Dec 18, 2011 7:24 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks, Zig. I loved this article.
ImageLarryR
Dec 19, 2011 12:54 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
I agree Your article brought back fond memories of our all-too-short stay in Cairns several years ago. My wife and I were there with a tour group, so we had little time to do much exploring on our own. One the things I regretted not seeing was the botanical garden. Thank you for showing it to us.

Cairns was also my first introduction to fruit bats. I was relaxing on our hotel balcony at dusk the first evening there when a creature glided past that took my breath away. It must have had a wingspan of more than five feet! Not knowing what it was, I bounded downstairs to the lobby to ask what it was that I just saw. I was informed that I had met my first fruit bat. Later on, while strolling along the shore, I also discovered what a raucous creature they are when they all get together in the palms and what messes they can make in the process. I wouldn't want to park my car under one of those palms!
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ImageSharon
Dec 19, 2011 1:25 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
. . . or walk under one bare headed, Larry Big Grin
ImageLarryR
Dec 19, 2011 11:01 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Hilarious!

We made wide berths around those trees!
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

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tropicbreeze
Dec 19, 2011 8:34 PM CST
Sherry and Sharon, glad you both enjoyed it.

Larry, you would have really liked the gardens. Flying Foxes (Fruit Bats) are fascinating creatures. Unlike bats that get around by echo-location (radar), Flying Foxes use eyesight. But they are really smelly, you notice the roosting colonies from a long way. Their colonies can number up into the millions of individuals. Here's a photo of the airforce using a chopper to scare a colony away from the base.
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ImageLarryR
Dec 21, 2011 12:56 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
WOW, that's a lot of bats! Interesting that they use eyesight instead of echolocation.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Website: https://cottageinthemeadow.plantfans.com/

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