Howard Springs is a bushland oasis and family playground south of Darwin, just near Palmerston. It is in a really tranquil setting off the Stuart Highway. They were assembling sails over the swimming pool when we were there. I was really surprised they haven’t had them in the past given it is so hot. As well as the pool there is a playground and BBQ area.
Wattle trees are one of my favourite varieties of trees. It is the Australian floral emblem and it’s 1000 species can be found all over the country. They provide a spectacular contrast to the red dirt of the outback and are very popular in the gardens of our major cities.
For me, I love it when they start to flower towards the end of winter, signifying the season I don’t like is coming to an end. The beautiful yellow flowers provide some cheer against the grey skies.
The grass tree is an Australian native tree, most often found in eastern Australia. It is also one of my favourites because of the black trunk and grass-like leaves which can be up to three metres long.
For me, daffodils light up dull, dreary winters. I was walking past a florist earlier today and saw the displays of daffodils. They had a special for three bunches so I bought them. They are now sitting cheerily on my dining table. I have a blocked nose so I can’t really smell them but they look really nice.
We came across several of these strange tree trunks in the Kings Domain gardens in Melbourne. I’m not sure if they have a growth on them or if it’s part of the normal tree trunk but it’s quite interesting to look at.
Reflections are probably my favourite photos to take. There is something very special to me in walking past a body of water and seeing a reflection of a tree or nearby building. I have hundreds to choose from but have chosen just a small number of them for this challenge.
Here are a couple more photos I took at the Royal Botanic Gardens on the weekend. The first one shows up close two palm trees and their reflection. However when I zoomed out I lost the focal point. It’s a nice photo but doesn’t really have a focal point. Just goes to show how zooming in our out can produce a much better photo with a focal point.
I took these two photos on Saturday at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. I had this challenge in mind, having read about it just before I went to the gardens. There are so many opportunities to take photos from different perspectives in gardens.
I wanted to take the photo of the palm trees and their reflections in the Ornamental Lake. I took the photo as a portrait then wondered how different it would look as a landscape photo. I love both of them because they give such a different idea of the surroundings.