Postcard from Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

October 12, 2011 in Australia,Places,Tasmania

This is my perfect spring afternoon: sun shining, flowers blooming, an endless park of green lawns and ponds with ducks to feed and countless varieties of flowers and trees and ferns. My camera in hand, fully-charged iPod earbuds tucked in, good book in bag.

Red tulip at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, Tasmania

Flowers are the one thing that I never tire of photographing, enough that I can spend an afternoon and fill a memory card without even noticing the time passing. Because of this quirk, I headed to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens as soon as I spotted it on my Hobart city map.

There was a veggie patch, a Japanese garden, a pond dotted with ducklings and broken up by a little white bridge. The engagement photos and wedding reception taking place against a backdrop of grass green and daffodil yellow and rose pink were more than enough to remind just how romantic gardens in spring can be. But mostly, there were tulips bursting into bloom, my favorite flower in every vivid hue.

The joy of fresh flowers simply can’t be matched. There’s the promise of something new in every blossom, the sneaking reality of impending death, the truth that beauty comes first from the earth. I reckon a day in a garden in full bloom does more to uplift your soul than any spa treatment or therapy session: it certainly rejuvenated me.

Purple flower at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, Tasmania

Purple and white flower at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, Tasmania

Pink buds at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, Tasmania

Pink blooms at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, Tasmania

Duck pond at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, TasmaniaView from Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, Tasmania

 

 

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  • http://www.eurotriptips.com Marie @ Eurotriptips

    Lovely photos! :-) Have you ever been to Keukenhof gardens near Amsterdam? It is simply too marvelous to put into words. 

  • http://twitter.com/100Mileshighway Katherina

    What a beautiful garden! I’m so jealous of your Australian spring… Europe’s getting into deep cold autumn!

  • http://twitter.com/100Mileshighway Katherina

    What a beautiful garden! I’m so jealous of your Australian spring… Europe’s getting into deep cold autumn!

  • http://oneika-the-traveller.blogspot.com Oneika the Traveller

    Pretty photos, Christine!

  • http://idrinkmyteasweet.com Abhijit Gupta

    Beautiful photos Christine! :)

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo

    I love taking flower photos — these are gorgeous!

  • http://notinthepink.com Ceri

    Tulips are my favourite flowers too. And these photos are so beautiful. Like a dream garden.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely gorgeous! How lucky you are to have been there! 

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t–when I went to Amsterdam, it wasn’t tulip season unfortunately! Definitely on my list if I make it back to Scandinavia–I have a feeling I would absolutely LOVE it!

  • Anonymous

    I have had two winters in a row, so I’m more than ready for summer–be prepared for lots of sunshine and flowers pics in the coming months :)

  • Anonymous

    Muchos gracias!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks–it’s not too hard to take nice photos when you’re in front of something so beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    I would love for this to be in my backyard–how could you ever be unhappy with flowers like this?!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! I think the gardens in Australia might even beat France–mostly because you’re allowed to walk on the grass :)

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  • http://notinthepink.com Ceri

    I’m grateful that such talented photographers like you go to these places and take such beautiful photos. I’d love to visit them but I’m allergic to so many different types of pollen and it triggers my asthma so it wouldn’t be a very good trip. :S

  • camorose

    Oh goodness! Well then, I will keep going to gardens and taking plenty of flower photos for people like you :)

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