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Darwin: Howard Springs Nature Park

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.

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Wattle flowers

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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring (3)

Here’s my final contribution to last weeks photo challenge. I could easily post a flower photo every day of the year.

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The thought of all these lovely flowers blooming again in the next 3-4 months will help me get through Winter which is looming large on the horizon.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

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.

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Pretty flowers

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I saw these really pretty flowers in the Botanic Gardens on the weekend. There are a lot of flowers that are dying in the transition to autumn and winter. That’s what made these ones stand out.

If anyone knows what they are, please leave a comment. I’d love to know what they are.

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Weekly photo challenge: Perspective (2)

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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.

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Weekly photo challenge: Perspective (1)

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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.

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Word a Week Photo Challenge: Yellow

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Yellow is one of the colours that make up the uniform of Aussie surf lifesavers. These are some of the bollards in Geelong on the bollards walk.

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I love the soft shade of yellow in this rose.

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