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.
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.
Notice the Salvinia on this part of the lake? It could easily be mistaken for an extension of the lawn area.
Further round the water was clear of the weed and look at the reflections.
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