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Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne’s Own Monet’s Gardens

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This week I have had to look at many architectural buildings and one that came up that I realised I had never been too was Ripponlea.  It is a National Trust site, and a really spectacular building.  So I went there to check it out.  We walked around going, OMG, OMG, OMG.  We hadn’t planned on staying long, but after being there for only 15 minutes we knew we would have to come back and visit again when we had a lot more time.

I took many photos, but today I am going to show you the photos I took of the gardens, and tomorrow the photos I got of the house and buildings around it.  I couldn’t believe how gorgeous the gardens were, and as soon as I saw the lake, all I could think of was Monet, and his garden.  I thought to myself, we have our own here, I don’t know why there aren’t lots of en plein air painters around the lake painting.  It was so beautiful.

A very busy weekend for me, so please enjoy the photos I have prepared for you from the gardens of Ripponlea.

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  1. Ive heard of it but never been either. On the to do list perhaps ;)

    October 12, 2013
    • Well, we are planning on going back, guess you will have to come with us. ;)

      October 12, 2013
      • Haha sounds good!

        October 12, 2013
      • :) I might have my new camera by then too.

        October 12, 2013
  2. Your blog is one I really look forward to. Thank you for your beautiful work!

    October 12, 2013
    • What a beautiful thing to say, thank very much.

      October 12, 2013
  3. It’s one of my ambitions to visit this gorgeous garden one day. In the meantime I will enjoy your photos Leanne. I’m looking forward to seeing your next post.

    October 12, 2013
    • Thank you Carol, perhaps when you next come to Melbourne, maybe this is the place we could go and visit. I can’t believe I’ve been in Melbourne for 27 years and never been to it before.

      October 12, 2013
      • That sounds like a great plan. You’ve got a date! I’ll let you know when I am coming down…

        October 12, 2013
      • Cool, I look forward to it.

        October 12, 2013
  4. I think I’d be running around saying OMG too if I was there.

    October 12, 2013
    • Oh yes, we said it so many times. It was a beautiful place to be.

      October 12, 2013
  5. Fantastic Leanne! I like to photograph gardens as well so its great to see an Aussie one especially in the opposite season. I long for spring and the sight and fragrance of wisteria. Love the arum lilies around the lake as well.

    October 12, 2013
    • Thank you, this one was looking fantastic for spring, you have a way to go before your spring, but I am sure it will be there before you know it. I liked the lilies around the lake as well, they gave it a very nice edge.

      October 12, 2013
  6. What a beautiful place … I can see myself enjoy hours here in company with my little camera too. Your gallery is just amazing.

    October 12, 2013
    • Thank you Viveka, it is a pretty amazing place, I can’t wait to go back and do what you just said.

      October 12, 2013
      • My little town is spoiled with beautiful parks … always amazed about what I find to capture – the whole year around.

        October 12, 2013
      • Melbourne is much like that too, Victoria used to be called the Garden State.

        October 12, 2013
  7. Those gardens look beautiful!! Peaceful, elegant!

    October 12, 2013
    • I would say they are 3 perfect words to describe them. Thanks Lisa.

      October 13, 2013
  8. What beautiful photos, a good reminder of Monet’s paintings, Thanks!

    October 13, 2013
    • Thank you, I couldn’t stop thinking about him when I was there, just gorgeous.

      October 13, 2013
  9. Beautiful!

    jant

    October 13, 2013
    • Thank you.

      October 13, 2013
      • Wow, didn’t even spell my name correctly!

        janet

        October 13, 2013
      • Haha, I have to admit I though Jant was a funny name, so glad it was a typo. :)

        October 13, 2013
      • The flying fingers flew too fast.

        October 13, 2013
      • I have that problem too, I always have to have several attempts at typing photography, that was my second.

        October 13, 2013
  10. I saw a snippet of your post early this morning, and couldn’t wait to get time to come back and see the whole thing…Oh MY, what a fabulous place! I’m enraptured…can’t wait to see more!

    October 13, 2013
    • So glad you found the time, I thought you would like these, it is a fantastic place, I could spend hours there, and hope to do so in the future. Many happy hours with my camera. Thank you, another post today on the outside of the house.

      October 13, 2013
  11. This is a place I would love to visit. I love Monet’s paintings and it would be beautiful to experience a recreation of the setting found in his paintings. Beautiful photos Leanne.

    October 13, 2013
    • I don’t know if it is a recreation, but it gives you that idea of what his gardens must be like, I have never seen them, but this is so pretty and here, I can’t believe how long it has taken me to go there. Thank you Colline.

      October 13, 2013
  12. Really lovely gardens!! Thanks for sharing :-)

    October 13, 2013
  13. Splendid! Dreaming of visiting some day.

    October 13, 2013
    • Thank you, it is really worth a visit, so lovely to walk around.

      October 13, 2013
  14. What a lovely place! It’s a photographer’s dream! Can’t wait to see the buildings too.

    October 13, 2013
    • I have to agree with you have said, it is a photographers dream, the buildings are up now, I hope you managed to see them. Thank you.

      October 13, 2013
  15. Once again, beautiful images. :)

    October 13, 2013
    • Thank you Catherine, it was a great place to photograph.

      October 13, 2013
  16. Beautiful spot to capture.

    October 13, 2013
    • Thank you, it was so easy to photograph, all you had to do was point your camera and you would get a great shot.

      October 14, 2013
  17. gr8….:)

    October 13, 2013
  18. LB #

    Beautiful series of photos!!

    October 14, 2013
  19. Leanne – these pictures are gorgeous!!

    October 14, 2013
  20. It looks lovely. I’m looking at your posts in reverse order, so I saw the buildings first – they make even more sense in the context of the gardens. Again, beautifully shot.

    October 14, 2013
    • Thank you, the gardens were so amazing, I can’t wait to go back.

      October 14, 2013
  21. This is a truly beautiful garden and very well done photograph too.

    October 17, 2013
    • It is beautiful, I think anyone could photograph it well, it is that wonderful. Thank you.

      October 17, 2013
  22. WOW! What an amazing place! Great photographs :D Someday when I come to visit your country you’ll have to take me to this place so I can get awesome pictures as well! HAHA

    October 20, 2013
    • It would be a pleasure to show you around Amanda, would love it. This place was a real surprise, great one though. Thanks

      October 20, 2013

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