Weekend Wanderings – Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne
Recently Miss Rosanna mentioned that I should try going out to Cranbourne, to the Royal Botanical Gardens there. I had never heard of the place. I knew there were Botanical Gardens in the city, but not out in Cranbourne. So I googled it, found the website and decided to see if my new photography buddy wanted to go along. So last Monday we went to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Cranbourne.
This desert garden is one of the first things you see. It is quite incredible and is meant, I believe to represent the Australian Outback. This garden is the Australian section of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Cranbourne is all Australian, from what I can make out. The Royal Botanical Gardens in the city have more exotic and foreign plants.
The weather was not great when we went, but it did mean we got some fantastic skies. The clouds were spectacular, but it did make photographing some of this stuff really hard.
There are a lot of water features all around the gardens. This is the biggest landscaped garden I’ve ever seen. The area above had flags at either end saying you could paddle in here, as long as it was between the flags. I took my camera and tripod out onto the areas with no water to take this image, then came back. Just after I got back, the water was turned up and a lot of those areas that have no water were covered in it, including the place I was standing. Lucky I got the shot when I did.
Here is another water area. I loved this image, I loved the sky in it. There seems to be so much mood in it. Does that make sense? It is moody. I took quite a few images from this place, which I am going to include in a gallery.
We spent a few hours here, we did have to run for cover once when it started raining. That was okay, we just had an early lunch. The sun didn’t come out a lot, so while I was there, I tried to use the clouds as much as possible in my images. I don’t think it made the day bad. In fact, it was nice to not have to worry about the sun and getting sunburnt.
Taking photos didn’t seem to be a problem. I used a tripod quite a bit, and no one told me to stop. We did stand on some seats to get up a little higher to take some photos. I don’t think it is strictly allowed, so probably best not to do it.
I will include the above images and many more in a gallery for you now.
Entry is free to the gardens, and it is open almost every day of the year. There was a link at the top of the page to the gardens, so you can get more information there. One thing that was disappointing was that there weren’t a lot of flowers out, but hardly surprising when you consider we are heading into winter. We think we might have to go back in Spring.