On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

Submissions from commenters are welcome at tools.balloon-juice.com

We continue from last week!


Today, pictures from valued commenter Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes.

Short trip continued

Taken on 2018-12-31 00:00:00

Hickson Road Reserve, Sydney

They had some stunning yachts and boats in town. This was my favorite

Taken on 2018-12-31 00:00:00


Eagerly awaiting a show, and the end of rain.

Taken on 2018-12-31 00:00:00



Taken on 2019-01-01 00:00:00

Opera House

I rarely see photos of it from this angle

Taken on 2019-01-01 00:00:00

Total Botanical Garden, Sydney

You get everything in this park – amazing plants, screeching cockatoos, a kookaburra…


Thank you so much Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes, do send us more when you can.


Travel safely everybody, and do share some stories in the comments, even if you’re joining the conversation late. Many folks confide that they go back and read old threads, one reason these are available on the Quick Links menu.


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11 replies
  1. 1
    Elizabelle says:

    Did you ever tell us what that mystery mammal (aka “Sam”) was? From your previous photos submission?

    Great pics.

  2. 2
    JPL says:

    You sure did a lot for such a short vacation. Thanks for the pics.

  3. 3
    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:


    The one in the park? I think it was an opossum.

  4. 4
    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    Oh, and spell check got me – it’s Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

  5. 5
    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Great pics, Botsy! Thanks so much.

  6. 6
    Steeplejack says:

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes:

    Total Botanical: Dibs on that name for my cannabis company.

  7. 7
    satby says:

    Great pics!
    I think on the road may be the only sane thread on this blog any more.

  8. 8
    mrmoshpotato says:

    @satby: No love for pet threads or Cole’s ‘This Fucking Old House?’

  9. 9
    Spanky says:

    @satby: Until it turns into documentation of the BJ Diaspora. A “Road Warrior For Seniors”, if you will.

  10. 10
    Ridnik Chrome says:

    RIP Scott Walker (the good one).

    “The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore…”

  11. 11
    Steeplejack says:

    @Ridnik Chrome:

    I saw that earlier this morning.

    “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.”

    They also did a great version of “Make It Easy on Yourself.”

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