Last weekend was another Social Snappers Photography Excursion, hard to believe they have started for Term 4 already. We were off to Heide and Banksia Park. The weather was gorgeous, and people were out everywhere. It was great to see how much our parks are being used. Heide is a great gallery, with a coffee shop and beautiful gardens around it. In stark contrast is Banksia Park, it isn’t sculptured and has been left pretty much to itself.
The gardens of Heide are full of sculptures and some are really interesting. I love this one, it was great to photograph, you could get some amazing effects. Every time I go there are new sculptures to see. It is nice that you don’t have to pay to go into the gardens, but you do have to pay if you want to see the art inside.
Some of the sculptures are very famous, My children used to love going here when they were little, they always had to visit the cows.
I took the macro lens with me and had to put it on when we were going through the kitchen gardens and then the gardens around the original house that the Reeds lived in.
Banksia Park was gorgeous and we wandered around on the paths to look at the bushland around it. The late afternoon sun was gorgeous, and I was trying to capture it as it was coming through the trees.
In some places flowers were growing all over the ground as the trees were getting their leaves back after the winter. As we were standing here, we heard something rustling in the bushes right in front of where I was standing. I saw a thin thing, with strips and thought it was a snake, so we quickly stepped back away, only to realise it was a blue tongue lizard. We were very relieved.
This was the last shot that I took for the day, just before we left. I couldn’t resist the long shadow with the sun hidden behind the trees.
We stopped at the coffee shop at Heide, the Cafe Vue, and had some afternoon tea. It was very busy, but the service was very disappointing, we couldn’t get anyone to take our order, and while others enjoyed what they got, I wasn’t so happy. I had the strangest chocolate milk shake I have ever had in my life. Sometimes I think they go over board with the fancy. It was also late in the afternoon and there weren’t many snacks left.
It was a great afternoon, and I am really happy with the images that I got. It is going to be very sad when I have to give the macro back. Here is a gallery for you now of more of the images I took there. I hope your weekend starts well.