Featuring a DNA helix tower, my sister and I scrambling on ancient animals, and at least one duck.
Welcome, to Kings Park*.
*if anyone can explain to me why exactly this name does not have any apostrophes in it, please, please do.
Anyway. Kings Park is a huge parkland situated in the middle of my city, Perth. And I really do mean huge- at 400 ha (nearly 1000 acres) it’s one of the largest inner city parks in the world (Central Park in NYC is only 300 ha)… although maybe it’s a bit of a cheater as far as ‘parks’ are defined, given that two thirds of the park is native bushland.
When you climb the hill from the city you’re hit with a long promenade bordered by towering gums. Ahead and to the left is the park. To the right, are killer views over the Swan River and our city skyscrapers:
…. the general aim is to display our magnificent wildflowers.
Even though I missed the peak wildflower season (late winter- around September), I was lucky enough to still get to see a few of the brightly coloured blooms. Australia is a pretty harsh place to be a plant, particularly the west. Not only is it insanely hot and dry, but the soils are some of the oldest, and therefore the nutrient-poorest on the planet.
This guys, pictured here, is in fact not a real dinosaur, but instead is a giant wombat. He’s a representative of several kinds of megafauna which used to roam the lands. This one in particular is a Diprotodon, a name I remember from a Conway Brothers song which goes:
Diprotodon, diprotodon, where’d ya get, where’d ya get your pouch from?
Apparently this CD, which my sister and I listened to fairly often as young kids, is not a common part of Australian culture: literally noone I’ve talked to has ever heard of the Conway Brothers.
If you have heard of them (perhaps you know the song about Filbert the dinosaur who had a runny nose, or are familiar with that old classic about how dinosaurs didn’t wear sandshoes?), hit me up.
(Disclaimer, this is actually a/several different ducks. But you know, for the point of narrative flow…)
But also, steps, ew.
I’m going to be honest. I did not climb it. I used the ‘I will photograph you from the bottom for Drama Reasons’ excuse.
But you have to agree, she DOES look kinda dramatic!
Very King- Like, no?