A Mid Winter walk in a Botanic Garden???…

On Jude’s second blog site, “The earth laughs in flowers” she has started a new series/challenge.

“Welcome to the first month of the Garden Photo Challenge. This challenge is designed to challenge ourselves with the type of photos we take in and around a garden.”

For January the theme is “Winter”. Now here in Australia we are in the middle of an unusually coolish summer (but this could change at any time). Even winter is warm. So I’ve looked through my archives and found that it was our mid-winter, July, when I visited the Botanic Gardens in my home town, the Gold Coast. So here is my interpretation of winter down under in a re-blog of a previous post.

I’m going to enjoy this series, pop over and have a look, you may have something  more traditionally winterish from your part of the world.

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The Gold Coast Botanic Gardens were established in 2003. When I first visited in 2006 it was still in the developing stages. Since then I’ve visited many Botanic Gardens all round Australia, so it is time I went back to see how our own Botanic Garden compares. 

I was disappointed. This is a lovely parkland with a large lake system and board walks crisscrossing them. But look closer and the water ways are clogged with the invasive Salvinia weed.

There were large grassed areas, ideal for picnics and play areas. It was the school holidays and families were enjoying the beautiful sunny day. Children were running, biking, riding scooters and having a great time.

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Notice the Salvinia on this part of the lake? It could easily be mistaken for an extension of the lawn area.

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Further round the water was clear of the weed and look at the reflections.

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Swans, moorhens…

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18 thoughts on “A Mid Winter walk in a Botanic Garden???…

  1. Love those captures of reflections… Beautiful share.. ❤

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  2. Love your reflections and the gorgeous black swans!

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  3. Such a pretty location. That first photo should be a movie setting – or at least on a postcard. 🙂 Very nice, Pauline.

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  4. Boy, would I love to have winter like this! Looks like a beautiful place!

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  5. I remember this one (the reflections) and as I sit here looking at the rain once more lashing down on my windows, I sigh. How wonderful to have a winter like yours. I just feel trapped indoors during our winters. Still, no bad thing at the moment. Things to do… 🙂
    Thank you PP for being the first one to enter the new challenge!

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  6. Goodness, winter in the Southern Hemisphere is to be envied!

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  7. The salvinia does look like its part of the lawn, what a difference where its clear of it. Such a tranquil place I’d be happy there.

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