Weekend Wanderings – Gardens Near the Treasury
Yesterday I went into the city on an unofficial Social Snappers trip with a friend. We wanted to see how the Fitzroy Gardens were now that it was spring. Can I tell you, we didn’t see much, it wouldn’t stop raining. To the weather man, scattered showers is not where it eases a little but basically keeps going. We did get some photos around the big pond in the Treasury Gardens, before it was too hard to be outside.
As you can see it wasn’t a really good day for photos, it was a bit dark, then again, I really like the way the rain saturates all the colours. Gives some great colours,
Once we had taken lots of photos of this we went over the road to the Conservatory, but again, it started raining, so indoors for us.
We were blown away by the conservatory. We were there about two or three months ago and the only thing that was the same was the four walls and ceiling. It looked completely different and it was a sea of flowers. It was like a bubble of beautiful spring in a rainy wet world. It was really nice.
They had these bird cage things hanging up over the flowers. They looked really good over the top of the flowers. I think one of the things I love about this conservatory is that it is free, a rare thing these days, somewhere where you can just walk in and look. We walked in and stayed for quite a while. My friend loves photographing flowers, so we stayed there for quite a while while she took lots of photos.
I was standing at the door watching the ducks swim and waiting for the rain to stop.
I took photos of the flowers, but it was hard without a macro lens, though I have to say, I know have one, well, for a couple of weeks. Maxwell International Australia have lent me a Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro lens to try out. It arrived while I was here, shame it didn’t get there earlier in the day. I am looking forward to trying it out and letting you all know what I think of it. So far, I’m happy.
It really starting raining so we abandoned our visit to the gardens, and decided to head into the city, then my friend pointed out the reflection on the footpath. It was really interesting seeing how the water on the footpath turned mirror like with all the reflections.
One of the things that both of us did was to take photos with our DSLRs, but also compact cameras, though my compact cameras battery died so I used my phone to take some. I did a blog post on the Social Snappers site with the photos I took with my phone if you are interested, Fitzroy Gardens with the Samsung Galaxy S3, and I have done a post for the art blog on my website on the photos I got with the compact camera. It was fun using the different cameras and seeing what worked and what didn’t. I might have to do it more often.
I have a gallery for you now, and despite the weather there were some lovely spring colours. I hope you enjoy the saturation of the wet environment and have a good weekend. Happy snapping.