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Weekend Wanderings – Royal Botanical Gardens

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On Wednesday my photography friend and I headed into the city to go and take photos of the Royal Botanical Gardens.  I have to tell you, that while I had a rough idea of where it was, we had trouble finding it.  Signs, they would have been good, you know little ones that would “Royal Botanical Gardens this way”.  I don’t know how visitors to Melbourne find it.

LeanneCole-royalgardens-20130911-0570I thought for fun I would take the camera that the Living & Learning Nillumbik have purchased to check it out and see what I could get.  Of course the Macro setting on the camera was a bit of an attraction.

This above image is not part of the gardens, but part of one that we walked through to get to main one.  All the bulbs are coming out and there were tulips everywhere.  I think this was planted for the exhibition that was on recently at the National Gallery of Victoria, Monet’s Garden.

LeanneCole-royalgardens-20130911-0584We found this little pond around the back of the Myer Music Bowl.  It was very peaceful, well sort of.  It is near a freeway and a busy road, but it looks peaceful.

LeanneCole-royalgardens-20130911-0596This was in the Botanical Gardens.  It is such a great structure and I have no doubt that it is likely to be a replica of something that is in England.  We did that a lot here in the 19th century.

LeanneCole-royalgardens-20130911-0625I had fun taking Macro shots of the flowers.  I wasn’t sure they were working, but I was happy to see when I got home that they had.  The camera is the Nikon D3200 and I used the 18-55mm lens.  I don’t think the images are perfect, but I did enjoy playing around.

On the same note I went to the Digital Show/Exhibition yesterday and Canon were running a special on a small compact camera, the IXUS 510 HS, so I got one to play around with.  I have been playing with the macro on that, I hope you have figured out you will be getting some photos from it soon.

Here is a gallery with more photos from the Botanical Gardens.

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  1. I love botanical gardens. Lovely pictures, Leanne.

    janet

    September 15, 2013
    • They are wonderful, so cool. Thank you Janet.

      September 15, 2013
  2. Absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful garden.

    September 15, 2013
    • Botanical gardens are often so amazing, and this one is one of those. Thanks

      September 15, 2013
  3. Your photos are lovely. I especially like the purple flowers, but I don’t know what they are called. Because I’m a novice photographer, I can’t comment on your use of macro! It’s just another thing I need to get the hang of. Thanks for educating me and sharing these nice pictures! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

    September 15, 2013
    • I am not that experienced at macro, I just play around with it from time to time. You are welcome Rusha, the purple flowers, are wisterias. Thank you.

      September 15, 2013
  4. Wonderful shots!!!! I have D3200 as well and it does a great job.

    September 15, 2013
  5. What a lovely place to roam – with a camera of course.

    September 15, 2013
    • Absolutely, best with a camera. Thanks newsferret.

      September 15, 2013
  6. Lee #

    What a lovely place. Nice photos.

    September 15, 2013
    • Thank you, it is great place to stroll around.

      September 15, 2013
  7. Superb photos

    September 15, 2013
  8. lovely gardens and lovely photos, Leanne.
    groetjes, Francina

    September 15, 2013
  9. Wow! Gorgeous shots Leanne! It’s so beautiful there! :D

    September 15, 2013
    • It is beautiful Sonel, quite amazing, thank you, :)

      September 15, 2013
  10. Beautiful images, so many colours and details.

    September 15, 2013
    • Gardens like this are wonderful for that sort of thing. Thank you.

      September 15, 2013
  11. Macros are addictive, especially when they’re digital, and you can switch quickly and compare…Lovely gardens and photos – looks like Spring has arrived!

    September 15, 2013
    • I am starting to find out how addictive they are, haha. It is a magnificent gardens, been there for over 150 years, which for here is an eternity. Spring has arrived, not all the trees have their leaves back, but it is happening. The snakes are out too, unfortunately. Thanks Marie.

      September 15, 2013
  12. It’s really beautiful. I myself was there in 1995.

    September 15, 2013
    • Thank you, I wonder if it has changed much since then.

      September 16, 2013
  13. Lovely photos and beautiful colours

    September 15, 2013
    • Thank you, certainly a good time of the year for colour.

      September 16, 2013
  14. I like the low POV shots with the tulips! That domed building is called ‘The Temple of the Winds’ – I think you’re right about it being a copy of one somewhere else.

    September 15, 2013
    • They were doing so much work around that part of the gardens, there was that orange plastic fence stuff everywhere, and it was the best POV to use so I didn’t get that, worked out rather well. That sounds like an appropriate name for that, especially for where it is. It is a shame that it is surrounded by asphalt.

      September 16, 2013
  15. Love gardens such as this thanks for sharing!

    September 15, 2013
    • I wish someone would come and make my garden like it, haha. Thank you.

      September 16, 2013
      • :) mine suffered this year hoping for better next year :)

        September 16, 2013
      • Mine suffers from neglect, unfortunately, I must try and get out there more. :)

        September 16, 2013
      • :) I need to CONTROL the WEATHER :)

        September 16, 2013
      • I think we would all like to do that. :) MY husband would like to stop it raining when he has to ride his bike to work.

        September 16, 2013
      • Yes and I want the world to suffer less USA is under siege with horrific weather events so sad to watch all the loss of lives and things :(

        September 22, 2013
      • We are seeing that more and more these days. It seems to be a common event, so common that the news don’t report it much anymore. One thing about living here in Melbourne, is the weather, while annoying, we don’t get things like other places. The closest disaster that has come here were the horrific fire storms of 2009, which were a little too close for comfort. Our climate is definitely changing. :(

        September 22, 2013
      • Sadly you are right I know it as well without any reports of doom and gloom I swear we are getting slammed for the tyrants we are seen as by our leaders we must be kind to the earth and animals and the worlds people it is more important than all the OIL in the world :(

        I have friends in NZ that have seen horrid stuff this year :( Stay safe.

        September 22, 2013
      • I couldn’t agree with you more, have you heard what the Australian government has done, our new Prime Minister? Of course, if you don’t have a climate minister, or someone checking it out, you can pretend nothing is going to happen. I just don’t know how all those scientists have got it wrong when our PM says it is crap. Drives me nuts, by the time someone acts it will be too late, though it sometimes looks like it already is.
        Yes, New Zealand has had really bad, scary. Then look at Japan, a double whammy.

        September 22, 2013
      • I know it is so scary and we know we are not the first to inhabit the earth and at this rate we well maybe the last. I am glad you and I can grab a camera and still find a way to show the beauty we still have.

        We have so much squallier then the filthy rich and I know I can survive on my own for awhile but so many would not last a day.

        So I dwell on pretty things and share things to help make people aware. Love your posts. Now I have a Nikon need lens for cool stuff then a computer fast enough to play with light room and PHOTO SHOP 1, 3 4 5 ? lol

        September 22, 2013
      • I totally agree with you, we could well ruin it for everyone. That is true too, it is nice to capture the beauty of it while we can.
        I think the rich think their money will save them, but eventually, money won’t matter, as all their lovely homes along the coast go under water.
        It will all come, patience, though I am not very good with that. I love beautiful things too. Thank you so much nft, I don’t know what to call you.
        Great discussion, we should do this again sometime.

        September 22, 2013
      • Anytime! Eunice is my real name you are on my Facebook pages as well Folsom Mill Studio and Eunice Miller :)

        September 22, 2013
      • Oh yes, now I can make the connection, well it is lovely to meet you. I know who you are now on facebook. Thank you Eunice. :)

        September 23, 2013
      • You are welcome friend :) lol We are NUTS for Treasure though :) real TREASURE
        :)

        September 23, 2013
      • :)

        September 23, 2013
      • :)

        September 23, 2013
  16. lovely pics :) amazing colors

    September 16, 2013
    • Thank you, there were quite a few flowers out which was nice.

      September 16, 2013
  17. lovely!!!

    September 16, 2013
  18. Lovely gardens and very pretty flowers. I’m fond of taking macro shots too, and have a Nikon D60. Still a learning process but I seem to have more success with macros than other photos. Enjoy your spring.

    September 16, 2013
    • It is a great garden Chris. I love playing with macro, I don’t think I will ever be a full on macro photographer, but I do like playing with it. It is a bit of a hobby. Thank you, spring has certainly arrived.

      September 16, 2013
    • Lovely setting for a photo essay. I find landscapes best when overcast so you can play with exposure/brightness settings on the laptop afterwards. Sunset gives great colour and contrast with stronger shadows. My Nikon D90 has a white balance review function so i have a good idea immediately as to likely quality. The 18-55mm lens went away in early July for repairs to two of the three thin plastic rails that lock the lens in place, as it took a bump to discover they were breakable (the only thing to happen to it since I bought it for a round-the-world trip 3 years ago) which left me with a 55-200mm zoom lens to play with at the Byron Writer’s Festival. great for distance shots but then I had to get used to stepping back 10m to get people in frame! Never thought I’d be so glad to have the smaller lens back!

      September 16, 2013
      • I love overcast days, actually my favourite type of weather is sunny, but also overcast, I love that. I must admit I don’t play with white balance much in camera, but I do like to play with it on the computer.
        That is terrible about your lens, I hope it can be fixed. I have a wide range of lenses, so pretty much covered for most things. Though I can remember a few years back have to do the same thing with a 80-200mm zoom. It was when I decided I needed a second camera. Good luck with it all, thank you.

        September 16, 2013
  19. Have fu shooting with your new toy! Look forward to seeing your shots!

    September 16, 2013
    • I can’t wait to get out in the garden with it, seeing how good the macro is in it. Haha, Thanks.

      September 16, 2013
  20. What a beautiful gallery. With spring headed to your part of the world, the splashes of color must be nice to see.

    Signs pointing to botanical gardens seem to be the same everywhere. The signs pointing to the Denver Botanical Garden are quite small and so few. It’s very easy to miss. And, don’t get me started on parking. :)

    September 16, 2013
    • Thank you David. One of the lovely things about our part of the world is that while there are splashes of colour everywhere, it isn’t only spring that it happens. Many of the native plants to Australia flower in winter, and then with the introduction of plants from overseas we pretty much have colour all year round. Though, summer, at its peak is often brown. Too hot.
      What is it with bad signs, maybe they don’t want you to find these places. :) We didn’t even attempt to find parking, we caught the train in and walked, and walked, and walked. :)

      September 16, 2013
  21. The spring flowers are beautiful.

    September 16, 2013
  22. What beautiful pictures, Leanne. The colours and shapes are stunning :)

    September 16, 2013
    • Thank you, the gardens are a great place to take photos.

      September 16, 2013
  23. Wow that brings back memories… I saw them on a business trip 8 years ago… Only had a film point and shoot, and a 2MP camera on a borrowed company phone… Things have changed a bit since then :)

    September 16, 2013
    • I hope nice memories. I hope you still got some great shots. The gardens are gorgeous. Things certainly have, the little compact I bought is 10MP, pretty huge for a compact, if you ask me. Thanks

      September 16, 2013
      • Very nice, yes. 7 rolls of film over a month in Melbourne, probably one of the events that drove me towards photography :)

        September 16, 2013
      • Melbourne is a great place for inspiration, well I think it is, and that is great that helped you to start photography, brilliant really. I love Melbourne, and I am always finding new things to photograph. :)

        September 16, 2013
  24. Beautiful photos! I especially love the first one.

    September 16, 2013
    • Thanks Nia, I like that one too, was so happy I got that one.

      September 16, 2013
  25. Love your new masthead photo! For want of a better word, it is timeless, and the colors are superb.

    September 16, 2013
    • Thank you, I only just did it, so really pleased you noticed.

      September 16, 2013
      • You’re welcome. Your previous masthead was also very good, but I like the new one more.

        September 16, 2013
      • That is great to hear, thank you.

        September 17, 2013
  26. So much beauty in these photos!

    September 16, 2013
    • Thanks, the gardens are looking so good at the moment.

      September 16, 2013
  27. I love the photos, especially the deep purple flowers.

    September 16, 2013
    • Thank you, I am not sure what those flowers are, I just wanted to take photos of them, LOL.

      September 16, 2013
  28. hadassaab #

    I love your post you have a nice collection…………….☺

    September 16, 2013
  29. Oh, that was lovely. I really enjoy a wander through Botonical Gardens, and your images certainly displayed Melbourne’s wonderfully. I’m inspired to go for a walk now through Sydney’s but today the weather is terrible, unlike the gorgeous day you had which brings out the best of a garden :)

    September 16, 2013
    • It helped EllaDee that it was a beautiful day. I have seen photos that you have taken of the one in Sydney and you showed it off really nicely as well. The weather is horrible here as well, I think your weather has headed south. Thanks

      September 16, 2013
  30. Hello Leanne -The wonders of WP. Seeing tulips and Wisteria from the other side of the world as our leaves are starting to turn colour… BW, Julian

    September 16, 2013
    • Oh yes, the wonders. We are seeing plenty of colour right now, hoping to show more tomorrow, if I can out with that new camera. Though, out world turns brown in summer, as everything dries out. I should take photos to show people. Thanks Julian, I hope you enjoyed the gardens through my images.

      September 16, 2013
  31. Truly beautiful gallery …. amazing that where you’re … the tulips are now blooming and where I’m the trees goes into their brunt strong colors. The header photo is brilliant. LOoOoOoOve it!

    September 16, 2013
    • Thank you Viveka, it is always strange, I always find it amazing that in summer when we are boiling, you guys are freezing. It is strange world we live in.
      I just changed the header too, thought it was time for a change. Thank you so much.

      September 16, 2013
  32. Lovely photos, thank you for sharing !

    September 16, 2013
  33. I love that place! Great day for these photos with those beautiful clouds :)

    September 17, 2013
    • I took many photos of those clouds, all for folder for clouds. It is a pretty amazing place, not as many flowers out as we had hoped, but can’t have everything. I think if I went back, I would not walk so far to get there, then I could walk around it so much more. Thanks Amanda.

      September 17, 2013
  34. Beautiful shots, Leanne. A very welcome sight – we’re most definitely in Autumn now.

    September 17, 2013
    • Thank you Richard, it is all happening here, haha, lots of flowers everywhere.

      September 18, 2013
  35. skateshindler #

    I really like your shots in this post! :)

    September 18, 2013
  36. Reblogged this on deejayiwan.

    September 19, 2013
  37. Jen #

    That looks like a marvellous place to visit—I do love gardens. Your macro of the orange flowers—the first photo of them—is a treat. The blooms look like little licks of flame running up the stem! The last shot of the hillside is lovely—like a living carpet, in a way.

    It is still a bit odd, though, to see tulips in late September. It’s quite autumnal here in the States now!

    September 19, 2013
    • Thank you Jen, the orange flowers are Clivias I believe. I like the way you have described, wonderful. You are really good at descriptions, I am so bad at them.

      Yes, we find really odd when Christmas is about summer, but for you it is about the cold. We live in a strange and weird, though wonderful world.

      September 19, 2013
      • Jen #

        Really, it is a sort of mental relief to read blogs such as yours and see the glories of summer while trapped indoors. :) We do live in a wonderful world indeed!

        September 20, 2013
      • I understand exactly what you mean, I find seeing images of other seasons that are coming here, great as it gives me inspiration and I look forward to seeing what I can go when it gets here. Though our winters aren’t that cold and you are never really trapped inside. Winter is the best time to take photos in Australia, summer is the worse.

        September 20, 2013
  38. Marvelous images, Leanne…and such a beautiful space! Can’t tell you how much I appreciate seeing the tulips, as they’ve been gone these many months here, and everything is ‘drying and dying’!

    September 21, 2013
    • They seem to be everywhere right now, if I see anymore I will take some photos just for you. The gardens are a fantastic space, I love it, though, I will get there a different way next time. Thanks again.

      September 21, 2013
      • It WAS interesting you had such a tough time getting there–no little signs?????

        September 21, 2013
      • I was really surprised about that as well, we were looking for them, but didn’t see any until we were almost there. Unless we were on the wrong path completely.

        September 22, 2013
      • Odd, though…something as important as that, you’d think there’d be directional signs all over the city!

        September 23, 2013
      • Yes, you would, at least when you leave the road. Maybe we went a way that no one thought anyone would go, though that is unlikely it was the most direct way in the end.

        September 23, 2013
      • Bureaucracy…STILL struggling to figure how to make life easier for tourists!

        September 23, 2013
      • That’s for sure, though you would think it wasn’t rocket science.

        September 23, 2013
      • I guess it depends upon what “their” definition of rocket science is? Sometimes, the simplest solution can be extremely evasive for non-thinkers!

        September 24, 2013
      • That is very true.

        September 24, 2013
      • ;-D !!!

        September 24, 2013

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