Weekend Wandering – Abbotsford Convent
On Thursday was another Social Snappers excursion, this time we went to Abbotsford Convent, an old place that was once the home of the nuns that belonged to the Order of the Good Shepherd. It is quite an amazing place. The nuns sold it in 1975, and today it is more an art precinct, with many artists having studios there. It is nice to have a place that you can just wander around.
The buildings are much what you would expect a convent to be. They are large, but they aren’t grand. Of course they are beautiful, but they don’t have the ornate details that buildings of this size would often have.
“If the walls could talk?” It must have been an incredible place at one time. It is a very busy place now.
There are some amazing out buildings, and if you are going to go there, then you have to walk around the outbuildings as well. This one is quite popular and a lot of people have their wedding photos taken in front of this one.
I had been there before, but not for many years. The last time I was there to take photos I was using a compact camera and the photos I got were not very good. I am much happier with the images I got this week. I also don’t remember how the gardens were, which could just mean that I didn’t pay attention. This time we were pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful garden and many flowers blooming in them.
We chased this butterfly around everywhere. It didn’t stay still for long. We finally got it on a plant and it just stayed for a while. I got out the Tamron 90mm macro lens and had fun taking photos of the flowers in the garden. I really do enjoy using the macro lens.
I have a gallery of images for you now. We had a great time at Abbotsford Convent, and I could happily go back there another time. I would like to explore the inside more, the public spaces. I love buildings with lots of history. I am going to have to go and do some research now.
On a side note, before the gallery, my daughter got her license yesterday. She said she will still go out with me to take photos, I hope she does. We need to plan another trip. What are you planning this weekend?