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Weekend Wanderings – Fitzroy Gardens Part 2

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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.

miniature village, Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. Thank you for sharing, it is great to visit new places with a good guide:)

    June 21, 2014
    • That is an interesting way of seeing it, I like it, thank you.

      June 21, 2014
  2. da’ fairy tree is very kewl :)

    June 21, 2014
  3. Great photos!! Im especially fond of the Fairies :)

    June 21, 2014
    • The fairy tree is amazing, so many things to look at. Thank you Suz.

      June 21, 2014
  4. what a beautiful place! I love how you can take a simple shot and make it have so much impact! The tree trunk for example. And the beautiful, huge trees! Just wonderful.

    June 21, 2014
    • Thank you Laura, it is such a beautiful place, everyone, I’m sure gets wonderful images.

      June 21, 2014
      • Not everyone, trust me. You have “the eye”. ((O_O))

        June 21, 2014
      • Love your graphics, LOL, it is a lovely thing to say, thank you.

        June 21, 2014
      • You’re welcome :D lol

        June 21, 2014
      • :D

        June 21, 2014
  5. This looks like a wonderful garden, where it is allowed to dream. Great photos :-)

    June 21, 2014
    • I love that Irene, yes, I believe dreaming is encouraged, thank you. :)

      June 21, 2014
  6. My favourite is the Temple of Wind!

    June 21, 2014
  7. That fairy tree is just delightful. What a treasure to find. :)

    June 21, 2014
    • It is Suz, you can spend so much just looking and you keep discovering new things. Thank you. :)

      June 21, 2014
  8. What a fun looking place to go and photograph

    June 21, 2014
    • It is Nora, especially on a gorgeous day, I really want to go back. Thank you.

      June 21, 2014
  9. Wow Leanne I LOVE the fairy tree. And the Temple of the winds is gorgeous. What a lovely place. Thank you! Have a super weekend:)

    June 21, 2014
    • Thank you Eily, it is an amazing place, and I really want to go back, might wait for Spring. You have a great weekend too.

      June 21, 2014
  10. Wonderful photos Leanne and such a beautiful place.
    That fairy tree is amazing. A real tribute to the artist…its still going strong.
    Another great post. Have a fabulous weekend :)

    June 21, 2014
    • It is Robyn, it is gorgeous.
      That tree is so amazing, she must have sat there and did it all, I hope it lasts forever.
      You have a great weekend too, lots of photos. Thanks Robyn.

      June 21, 2014
      • I hope it lasts forever too Leanne :)
        Such a rare precious thing. Never seen anything like it.
        Have a wonderful w/end.. Yes lots of photos! :)

        June 21, 2014
      • It looks like when it was first done the tree was alive, but it looks like it has since died, and they have taken the top off it, and put a fence around it to protect it, so I think they are doing a lot to it to make sure it survives. Take care Robyn, still no frosts here. :(

        June 21, 2014
      • Good to hear they are doing all they can and they would of course, with such a treasure :)
        Isn’t it a weird winter so far? The frosts must come :D We’ll be ready!

        June 21, 2014
      • Yes, so strange, too confusing all round. Lots and lots of rain, which is nice, but I want fog and I want frost. LOL
        I got some new extension tubes yesterday, so I am more than ready. :D

        June 21, 2014
      • Maybe tomorrow? :P

        June 21, 2014
      • Not here, I fear, maybe fog. :)

        June 21, 2014
      • Fingers crossed for one or the other… Or perhaps the spray bottle? Lol

        June 21, 2014
      • Haha, isn’t that cheating, LOL. Well we didn’t get one, but looks like a lovely sunrise, not that I went out to get it. Going in to inner city this morning with a friend to see what we can get.

        June 22, 2014
      • Enjoy your day… and yes its cheating…lol

        June 22, 2014
      • YOu too. LOL

        June 22, 2014
      • :D

        June 22, 2014
  11. I love the details of the fairies’ tree. Would match well with a childhood favourite called The Folk of the Faraway Tree.

    June 21, 2014
    • It is amazing Colline, I can only imagine how children would find it. Oh yes, I thought of it as well, I did look for the door, the slippery slip door, have expecting someone to come swooshing out.
      Thank you.

      June 21, 2014
  12. Love these faerie and elfin images. Magical!

    June 21, 2014
  13. Magical :-)

    June 21, 2014
  14. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    The Fitzroy Gardens are beautiful! The Fairy Tree looks like it has been that spot for hundreds of years. It looks like you could look at it every day and find new things – simply enthralling!

    June 21, 2014
    • I think you could Jackie, there is so much on it, and it goes almost right around too. I suppose it has been there for over 80 years, hopefully it will be for at least another 80. Thank you Jackie.

      June 21, 2014
  15. Wow Leanne you truly have some spectacular gardens down there.! Just Beautiful !!

    June 21, 2014
    • That is something Melbourne does very well, there are so many beautiful gardens around here. Thank you.

      June 21, 2014
  16. Pat #

    Beautiful gardens. Love the miniature village.

    June 21, 2014
  17. The gardens look magical and your photos really convey the sense of fun in discovering all the details.

    June 21, 2014
    • Thank you, glad you can see that, it is a great place to visit.

      June 21, 2014
  18. The carved tree is amazing! Have they had to repaint the carvings I wonder?
    I also thought the paths-lanes lined with those tall trees were wonderful. What a great day!

    June 21, 2014
    • I don’t know if they do or not, sorry.
      I love the lanes or paths with the big trees too. Thank you.

      June 21, 2014
  19. So enchanting!

    June 21, 2014
  20. delightful!! I do love the temple with the late afternoon shadows and the city in the background of the fountain shot – and of course the tree lined path. All beautiful! I know you’d never know but i’m awfully fond of fairies.

    June 21, 2014
    • I would never have guessed that Cybele, you would love these gardens, I imagine you would never want to leave, just the type of place that you would love, did I say that already. Thank you Cybele.

      June 21, 2014
  21. Oh, I love love love this!!! Yaaay!! :-D

    June 21, 2014
  22. Amazing photo Leanne and such a gorgeous place. That tree is so amazing; she must have sat there and did it all, I trust it lasts perpetually. UK Photo Booth provide the best quality photography.

    June 21, 2014
    • Yes, she must have sat there for a long time. Thank you.

      June 21, 2014
  23. I’ve been to Melbourne so many times, but I’ve never been there. Definitely on my list now. Thanks, Leanne. :)

    June 21, 2014
    • Well worth the visit, definitely go next time. Thanks. :)

      June 21, 2014
  24. Lovely tour, thanks! The Temple of the Winds puts me in mind of the Temple of Ancient Virtue at Stowe Landscape Garden in Buckinghamshire… Must post some images one day!

    June 21, 2014
    • I don’t know that one, will have to look it up. Oh yes, do post some images Sue, would love to see them. Thank you.

      June 21, 2014
      • Will do… Don’t know when!

        June 22, 2014
      • Please send me a link when you do so I don’t miss them.

        June 22, 2014
      • :)

        June 22, 2014
      • Hi Leanne…here’s the temple at Stowe http://suejudd.com/2014/06/23/a-landscape-garden-temple-stowe/

        June 24, 2014
      • I already left a comment on your blog, thank you so much for the link back Sue, it is wonderful, the temple I mean, it is incredible.

        June 24, 2014
      • Stowe is a great place, plenty of interesting follies in a huge landscape garden. I must go back, I was amazed to see it’s nearly six years since I was last there (but it is about 60 odd miles from me)

        June 24, 2014
      • I love that word follies. It sounds fantastic, oh yes, Sue, you must go back, you must, LOL. Well, when and if you can, I would love to see the photos.

        June 24, 2014
  25. That Fairy Tree! I could look at it forever….so lovely.
    You *did* have fabulous light that day :)
    (YAY! I got to make a comment before the grandkids woke up and spoiled it!)

    June 21, 2014
    • It is pretty amazing, I am sure that children must love seeing it.
      I did have exceptional light that day, it was a perfect winters day. :)
      Thank you Marie, so glad to hear from you.

      June 21, 2014
  26. Awesome shots as always! That tree is amazing!!!

    June 21, 2014
    • Thank you Jessica, it is a pretty amazing piece of art.

      June 22, 2014
  27. Wonderful garden, Leanne! Loved all the photos, especially the ones with the trees! Thanks so much and enjoy the Sunday! Take care. :)

    June 22, 2014
    • Thank you Fabio, that is wonderful to hear. You enjoy your weekend too. :)

      June 22, 2014
  28. You always bring such a different perspective to the images…it is a delight to see.

    June 22, 2014
    • Thank you Laurie, I hadn’t never thought of it like that before, great comment.

      June 22, 2014
  29. Great shot. Excelent light.

    June 22, 2014
  30. I couldn’t quit looking at the carved fairy tree! Awesome. And thanks for liking my post “Do Tell” with it’s sky photos.

    June 22, 2014
    • That is fantastic Shirley, it is quite amazing. You’re very welcome and thanks for stopping by mine as well.

      June 22, 2014
  31. Loredana Isabella Crupi #

    Great post and great photos of my favourite gardens in Melbourne. They are beautiful anytime of year! As a child these gardens were my playground! :)

    June 22, 2014
    • Thank you, they are wonderful gardens, looking forward to going back in Spring. How wonderful, what a fantastic playground, so do you remember the Fairies tree from then? :D

      June 22, 2014
      • Loredana Isabella Crupi #

        I do indeed. I remember the tree before it was taken out of the ground and remounted on concrete to preserve the wood which was starting to rot… and the tudor village…..My brothers and I used to catch yabbies in the pond nearby and then throw them back in. I don’t think you would get yabbies there today!.

        June 22, 2014
      • I didn’t know that, but it makes sense that they would do that. I think you are right about the yabbies, don’t think they would still be there, and if they were you would probably get into trouble for catching them. What great memories.

        June 22, 2014
  32. Another very unique place. Many thanx for sharing these photos and info.

    June 22, 2014
    • My pleasure, glad you enjoyed them, it is such a gorgeous place, thank you.

      June 22, 2014
  33. wow.. how do they do that on the tree? what a skill!

    June 22, 2014
    • I think it is all carved into the wood, pretty amazing.

      June 22, 2014
  34. Great images Leanne, did you use a tilt shift lens in some of them?

    June 23, 2014
    • Thank you James, no I didn’t use one, I don’t have one, would come in handy sometimes.

      June 23, 2014
      • One of the images in particular looks like it, too expensive for me :)

        June 23, 2014
      • They were all shot with a 24-70mm lens, and I’m with you, too expensive for me. :)

        June 23, 2014
  35. All great photos like always! The little village looks very interesting and I think you did a nice job at capturing it. I think part 2 was better than part 1 and well worth the wait.

    June 23, 2014
    • It was hard doing that little village, always a challenge when something is surrounded by a fence. I think Part 2 was better as well. Thanks Justin.

      June 23, 2014
  36. Great gallery, they are all excellent but for me, the city in the background of the garden shot is stunning.

    June 23, 2014
    • Thank you Stever, it is a shot I would like another attempt at, maybe at a different time of the day.

      June 24, 2014
  37. Wow, what a fantastic looking place – beautifully photographed.

    June 24, 2014
    • Thank you Richard, it is pretty amazing, I don’t know why I haven’t been sooner.

      June 24, 2014
  38. Well I love walking around a garden, so this was a real treat Leanne. I have a couple of photos of a similar rotunda in Petworth Park, West Sussex: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ilovebeach-huts/3621924823/in/set-72157619690077346/
    Jude xx

    June 24, 2014
    • That is wonderful, I love walking around them too, especially with a camera in my hand, thanks for the link, I will take a look.

      June 24, 2014
      • Wow, what a place to take photos, brilliant.

        June 24, 2014
  39. what a beautiful garden, I can live there :) I loved it so much. Thank you dear Leanne, Love, nia

    June 24, 2014
    • Not sure you can live there, they probably wouldn’t let you, but it is a great place to go to all the time, I am going to visit a lot more I think. Thanks Nia.

      June 24, 2014

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