Weekend Wanderings – Fitzroy Gardens Part 1
Fitzroy Gardens are on the edge of the city, sort of behind Parliament House. They are quite extensive and beautiful. I haven’t been there for years, but I travel past them every time I go to the city on the train. It looks like these gardens are almost as old as Melbourne with a history going back to 1848. Melbourne is a young city, when compared to so many around the world, settlement started in the 1830’s.
There are lots of parks around Melbourne, at one stage we called ourselves the Garden State, but most of those are really parks, like the ones around me are more like what is naturally here. On the other hand you have gardens like these, designed by gardeners thinking of Mother England and therefore are very English in their design. They are the type of garden where you can see the four seasons, especially Autumn. I am sure that I have mentioned before that the trees in most of Australia don’t lose their leaves in winter. They stay green all year round, so trees that do, stand out so much.
Captain Cooks cottage is also found here. Of course Captain Cook never lived in Melbourne, doubt he even visited the area either, and why we ended up with it is anyone’s guess, you would think Sydney would have been a better choice. Captain Cook is the British Captain who apparently “discovered” Australia in 1770. This was his cottage in England and it was taken apart and brought here and reconstructed. I didn’t go in, they wanted money to go inside, and well, I get a little sick of the hand out for money all the time. I wish sometimes they would give the people who live here, the people who have paid for these things through their taxes, GST, etc, a discount. Like a loyalty card for repeat returns. I didn’t go, so only took photos from the outside. I have been in it before, a long time ago and well, you pretty much walk in and then straight out again.
I have seen this building on the train a lot, the Conservatory. I know it was one, but had never been in it before. Was so happy you could just walk in. I do love the style of the building from the outside.
There were lots of flowers, and water features inside, it was really nice. My friend and I just walked around taking photos of all the flowers. I was using my 24-70mm for these. I was really surprised at good they came out, and how close I can get with that lens. I might have to see if I can get some better extension tubes for that lens.
Back outside and back into Autumn, though it is now winter, it was one of those days where it felt like Autumn. The sun was shining, it wasn’t cold and as you can see the leaves are still changing colours and dropping. Autumn has been very late there this year, we didn’t think it was going.
The gardens were so big, and walked around most of it, but I got so many photos that I decided to divide this into two posts, so I will show you the remaining photos next Saturday. I do have a gallery for you, with more photos from the conservatory and a few from outside. Next week I will have more outside shots for you. Enjoy your weekend and happy snapping.