Last spring we visited the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. This was after attending a food fair in a suburb a few minutes to the east. After our pleasant stroll through the gardens we stopped for a cuppa and picnic in Botanic Park. This open public area is between the gardens and the Adelaide Zoo.
Botanic Park is popular with families having picnics, for playing simple games with children and generally having a relaxing time. Throughout the year some major festivals utilise the area for displays, musical presentations and even drama. Today I share some lovely photos taken while we were have our picnic.
Over the last few days I have shared some photos I took last spring on a visit to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. It was a delightful sunny day with many trees and other plants in flower. We had just come from a food fair so we really needed the walk before heading off on the journey home to Murray Bridge.
I managed to take quite a nice little collection of photo despite the batteries on my camera going flat – and the spare batteries I had with me were also flat! Never mind – I did get some.
My wife and I enjoy visiting botanic gardens whenever we travel. On an interstate holiday recently we visited all the major and few minor botanic gardens along the route. In fact, I especially chose the route to include as many as we could see in the three weeks we were away.
My wife enjoys looking at the plants, especially the native Australian plants. I enjoy looking for the bird life and botanic gardens with their abundant plant communities are ideal for this. I also love taking photos of the spectacular plants in flower.
Yesterday I shared a few photos taken on a recent trip to one of our nearest gardens, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens here in South Australia. They are about a fifteen minute stroll from the CBD of our capital city. Today I share a few more photos taken there last spring.
Late last year we attended a special food fair in Norwood in suburban Adelaide. After sampling the various wonderful Chinese and southeast Asian food on offer we decided to visit the Adelaide Botanic Gardens for an hour or so. It was a sunny spring afternoon and just right for some photography. I thought I’d share some of my photos today and over the next few days.
I would have liked to have taken more photos but the batteries in my camera went flat. When I went to replace them I found that the spare batteries were also flat. You have days like that! It forced me to relax and enjoy the beautiful environment.
Over the last week I have travelled three times to Adelaide to attend the 2010 Adelaide Writers’ Week. This is an integral part of the biennial Adelaide Festival of Arts. Writers and readers come here from all over Australia for this important festival, one of the best of its kind in the world. A fine array of talented international writers are also on the speakers’ list or on panel discussions on books and writing.
The sessions run from 9:30am to 6pm every day for six days and admission is free to all sessions (except the evening sessions in the Town Hall). Sitting there all day is a marathon effort for both organisers and audience members. The audience would have to number well over 500 at any one time, often swelled for popular or well-known writers, or during the lunch break of workers in the nearby CBD, a five minute walk away.
Three large marquees are set up for the week in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Gardens located beautifully between the CBD and the River Torrens. The East Tent and the West Tent host the writers’ talks and panel discussions, while the central tent is the Book Shop. The shop stocks many of the books of the visiting authors as well as stocks of new books launched during the week. Every guest speaker is encouraged to sit at tables in front of this tent for book signings, and to meet their readers.