FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY

While I love my current home location, I can’t deny that it’s not as ‘colourful‘ as when I lived next to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne (up to May 2015).

I was also a short bus ride away from some of Melbourne’s other main public gardens and The Conservatory (in the Fitzroy Gardens) at that time.

After walking the Royal Botanic Garden’s many paths for over 25 years, it really was fun to capture some of the beautiful flowers through the seasons when I bought a DSLR in late December 2010.

While I do have a relatively small Edwardian public park a bus ride away at the current time (images above), somehow it’s not the same as the diverse range of flowers, grasses and old trees of the RBG (Royal Botanic Gardens) which was first planted in 1846.   Quite a few of those old trees were uprooted or severely damaged in a storm in 2009, but other 150+ year old trees, sourced from many countries around the world, remain a backdrop to some of the RBG’s beautiful paths and avenues.

One of the main drawcards to the RBG is the wide variety of formal garden beds, informal planting of native plants as well as a rich variety of grasses and trees.  It’s variety is constantly being updated and replanted to maintain a lovely array of foliage as well as flowers.

Melbourne is known as the Garden capital city of Australia and its many public parks and gardens are a living testament to the wisdom of some of the early settlers in the area who made the effort to surround the first white settlement with gardens.

While recent years have seem much re-landscaping from English cottage garden plants to more drought-hardy natives, South African and South American plants, some of the 55,000 plants are bound to be in flower in any season.

The Treasury Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens on the eastern perimeter of Melbourne’s CBD (Central Business District) together with many National Trust Properties make for a wealth of photo subjects to entertain and enchant the Garden Lovers among you.

So to cheer up those living in the northern hemisphere, which is still under storms and/or snow/wintery chill, here’s a colourful array of some of my early flower images – mostly made between 2010 and 2013 (combined with a few butterfly images from the Butterfly House at Melbourne’s main zoo in North Melbourne).

NOTE: As always, if you see a misspelt name, blame the Auto Spellcheck which keeps changing my typing OR if you see an incorrect name, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section.  There are 3-4 flowers which have several common names, but I’ve only listed one to save space.

 

28 thoughts on “FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY

    1. In that case I calculated correctly that you could do with a few colourful flowers to brighten your day 🙂 The U.K. bloggers seem to be still ‘in the cold’ too, although a few have posted some early Spring wildflowers.

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    1. After living next to them for 25+ years (on and off), I guess I must be one of the most familiar with their layout and flower beds too.
      I would have volunteered to be a guide, but my short-term memory is so intermittent and I really don’t have the reliability in health to make a commitment.
      Thanks Peggy.

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  1. A beautiful selection of flowers, although I love the insects best, oh, and that fun guy😁
    I remember the first time I saw the golden chalice vine in flower – it was so blatantly rampant it took my breath away. As a teenager on Sunday I’d ride my horse around north Adelaide and admire the gardens. It was quiet and peaceful in those days long ago….🤔

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  2. What a selection! And I did spot our gaillardia in the midst of all that beauty. Your photographs of the various flowers are just stunning, but I must admit I really was taken with the last photo of the back lane. I could be happy living in a place that had little roads like that!

    The Cairns butterfly just above is so unusual. I know someone who has family in Cairns, so that’s even more special. It’s such fun to see these names that I’m just becoming familiar with popping up in different contexts.

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    1. I was thinking of you when I included the gaillardia, Linda. That back lane is the lane I used to get from my (old) apartment to the Botanic Gardens south-eastern entrance. Exactly 5 minutes door-to-door. That little cobblestone lane would have been from the mid 1800s when the coach and horses used it. That area I lived in still had many old Victorian homes and lovely verandas from the early white settlement in Melbourne.

      The lane is so pretty in Autumn, but not necessarily easy to photograph. I used to end up stepping back and forth, left to right and forward a few feet trying to get the best amount of Autumn leaves and the right amount of sharp focus and slight blur in the distance to create that atmosphere. You also have to pick the right day in Autumn when the leaves are at their brightest colour.

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  3. So many beautiful flowers! I can imagine you miss being close to these gardens.
    Re Corrections: I noticed that some of the camellias have been marked ‘cyclamen’ – and the ‘dogwood’ looks like a double flowering quince (Chaenomeles).
    I loved all the butterflies and the Burrawang – what an unusual plant!

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  4. Wow! No wonder you miss the botanic gardens. I couldn’t pick a favorite among all the beautiful flowers and compositions. Ok -tulips and blue bitterly bush. And the statues in the pond. The unidentified vine leaves are likely grapes, at least they looked like the ones in my back yard…. keep up the good work!

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    1. That Blue Butterfly Bush is really pretty…..even from a distance. When in full flower, its so hard to isolate just one bloom to photograph. I’ve photographed so many different flowers, but always end up posting my favourite images – usually the shots that are very clear and up-close.

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  5. Ah Vicki… these are all so gorgeous. So many in my favorite shades or colors. and such marvelous bright and beautiful captures. Not to overlook the perfect butterflies. Thanks for providing the cheer during our cloudy days.

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    1. They’re mainly non-indigenous species, Gunta. Many of our natives are more subdued in colour. The natives, of which I have few photos, ARE worth looking at though. I’ll post some more of the natives in the future.

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    2. Not an easy job to get rid of the non-indigenous plants – they self-seed everywhere. Our local council spent most of 2017 getting rid of the non-indigenous trees in the nature reserve behind my apartment building. Seemed to take them a whole year, but I think they’ve finally eradicated them in that small reserve.

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      1. It’s not only the self-seeders, but the worst ones are those that spread by rhizome (underground roots). Worse yet, I don’t use herbicides… only Eric with a machete! 😀

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  6. What can I say except that that is a fabulous collection of flower photos, Vicki. I’m with Shoreacres on the lane photo. It’s absolutely charming.

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