Walking around downtown Portland, exploring the banks and bridges of the Williamette River, I wasn’t expecting to come across a walled Chinese Garden. Enclosing a full city block in the Chinatown area the garden is influenced by many of the famous classical gardens in Suzhou. As you can see from this photograph, the dominant feature of the garden is the artificial Lake Zither in the centre. Only having one full day to explore Portland I didn’t spend very long in the gardens but with the reflection on the lake this turned out to be one of my favourite photographs of the day.
Fountain Statue in Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Botanic Gardens has a mix of native New Zealand plants, modern sculpture and traditional English influenced formal gardens. This statue is surround by a small, circular pool. As you can see the small frogs on the edge. The statue depicts a young child with three birds sitting on her. The bright colours of the flowers behind the statue caught my eye. Sadly, I don’t know anymore about this statue than what we see here.
Lady Norwood Rose Garden Fountain
A large area of hillside in central Wellington (some 25 hectares) is gardens. In fact this is the Wellington Botanic Garden. Just in front of Bergonia House and its lovely Picnic Cafe is a rather formal rose garden. Pictured here is the fountain in the centre of the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Although the Botanic Gardens were created in 1868, it wasn’t until 1950 that this rose garden was first established. Obviously roses are not native New Zealand flowers, the formal layout of the garden and the smells of the flowers reminded me of an English garden.
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
Exploring new cities with my camera is one of my favourite things. Especially finding interesting buildings or beautiful parks to walk through. This was taken on my first day in Australia. On an afternoon walk I was walking through the City Botanic Gardens and came across this small pool and fountain. Being new to the city and country there were many strange plants, trees and even birds around me. A great introduction to Australia.