Nicola Moss is Artist-in-Residence at Mt Coo-Tha Botanical Gardens in Brisbane this year and on Wednesday a small group joined her for a 2 hour walk along the Australian Plant Communities Trail. 11am was just the time to set off... the day was perfect, a slight breeze blowing, warmth in the air and the garden just blissful. Nicola has familiarised herself with this part of the Garden in particular over the course of the year... working on paper in situ, photographing her discoveries and the changes, subtle and otherwise, through shifting seasons, times of day, and weather conditions. Many treats lay in store for us as she guided us to her favourite places along the trail, explaining her observations through her time here. Nicola has recorded the year to date on a fabulous blog dedicated to the garden residency with visits wonderfully photographed and details noted, along with posts on work that has evolved out of this experience. Nicola's website is equally current and has an excellent portfolio of her work.
'Pollen drift' - Acrylic and pigmented ink on canvas, 600 x 600 mls, is a work from 2009 which can be viewed on Nicola's website.
New growth on a small tree...particularly striking for its amazing colour.
Blue Quandongs - a native fruiting berry that is used in jam (amoungst other things) in Australia... although I must say I have never tried it. Non-indigenenous Australians have for the most part not been quick to try natives sources of food. Historically hardy cooks would not have turned up their noses at these blue beauties or the varieties of lilly-pillys available for jam-making! I was delighted to find these many-hued quandongs nestling on the brown leaves near a large tree. It was quite a sight ...all the variations of blue and blue-green!
My photo here does not do justice to this tree which was covered in a beard-like matted growth with green pea-like berries ...a wonderfully wild looking rainforest-type specimen. Where was my pen and paper?...I was too busy clambering around looking at things! Huge thanks to Nicola for a memorable and enervating experience... so willingly shared!