10 October 2014

Spring comes to Wellington {landscape photography}

It's no secret I feel naturally drawn to the waterfront or the coast for early morning photo shoots. But knowing that the tulips and spring bloom are at their colourful best in the Wellington Botanic Gardens right now, I thought I'd better seize the moment on this occasion as by the time we get back from our Nelson holiday I knew it would be past its best.

wellington botanical gardens entrance


The weekend wasn't holding much promise but the morning at least still heralded blue skies. And getting out as early as I did meant I almost had the place to myself.


antique seat and tulips Wellington botanic gardens



yellow tulips in bloom with gatehouse and lamppost


Nothing says Spring like tulips en masse.

White tulips Wellington botanic gardens



white tulip bed close up



yellow and red tulip bed wellington gardens



orange poppies wellington gardens

 

black and white wellington gardens tulips
 
 
 



feathered white tulip beds wellington gardens



fountain purple tulips wellington gardens


The magnolia were also stunning, especially with a field of daffodils growing wild and free to frame the shot from behind.

magnolia wellington gardens



view to gardens entrance wellington botanic gardens

 
It wasn't long before the sun began to reach the highest tree tops.


magnolia in bloom at wellingtong gardens
 

I do love this view looking down the avenue of seats towards the Garden entrance.


Wellington botanic gardens entrance


These blooms caught in early morning sun flare my favourite glower shot of the day.


white tulips sunflare wellington gardens


And somehow this view is incredibly tantalising.




It's the lamppost and the gnarled trees that does it I think.


magnolia trees disappearing path wellington gardens


And the disappearing path......hints of something worth visiting waiting just around the corner.




Down at the duck pond, the water was remarkably still given the blustery wind about in the tops of the trees.


pergola duck pond wellington gardens



pergola ducks duckpond Wellington gardens


Calm enough for a reflection or two at least.


duck pond reflections pergola botanic gardens


And below one of my favourite views of the Gardens. This is so Narnia-esque don't you think?! It's the lamp-post and the towering trees spreading their cloak over the path that does it for me.


lamp post trees shadows wellington gardens


Even more so in dappled light.


sun and shadows trees botanic gardens


Can you see it? There's a magical world just waiting to break through.


sunflare behind lamp post wellington gardens



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