Weekend Wanderings – Fitzroy Gardens Part 2
Back to the Fitzroy Gardens today. It was such a beautiful day and I got so many great photos that day, that as I said in last weeks post I am putting them into two posts and the second half of images I am showing you today. It is so amazing how late Autumn is this year, we are almost through the first month of winter, but the leaves are still changing, Mother Nature seems so confused now.
In the gardens, near the coffee shop, is a miniature village. Lots of pretend houses and gardens. It is very cute. There is a fence all the way around it, but the fence isn’t that high that it disrupts your view. Really only does that if you want to take photos at ground level, so we found out.
Near the miniature village is the Fairy Tree. I had heard of it before, but never really took any notice of it. It is amazing. It was carved in the early 30′s by Ola Cohn, I believe the artists name was. There is a plaque underneath it and I will put a photo of it in the gallery for you. There is so much detail in the tree that we spent ages just looking at it.
This is behind the coffee shop, and I have taken the words from the website,
The “Temple of the Winds” rotunda is located north west of the kiosk and was constructed in 1873 under Bickford’s curatorship. The building consists of a domed concrete roof supported by ten Corinthian columns. The temple was erected by Thomas Julian and Co. at a cost of £275.
It is very similar in conception to the “Temple of the Winds” dedicated to Governor LaTrobe and erected by William Guilfoyle in the Botanical Gardens. Both temples are composed at 10 columns instead of the normal 8 or 12 which are more easily divisible by the four points of the compass.
I think that explains what it is better than me. I just loved the way the light was hitting it. I intentionally put the sun right behind it so I it would be blocked, but I love all the shadows coming my way. I really like the contrast between the “Temple” and the bright green as well.
It is one of those gardens that you have to keep your eyes open, you just never know what you are going to see or where. There are fountains and water features through out. Though some we saw when we first got there had no water in them, so it will be nice to go there again sometime.
Technically this image was taken in the Treasury Gardens, which are right over the road from the Fitzroy Gardens. We walked through as we were heading into the city. We thought we were done with taking photos, but we found ourselves taking out our cameras once again to get more shots. I love the idea of the garden with the city in the background.
If you missed Part 1, then click here to see the previous photos, Weekend Wanderings – Fitzroy Gardens Part 1 I am going to put the rest in a gallery for you now. I hope you enjoy my wander around the gardens, and get to do some your self this weekend.