Yet another visit to the gardens…

Spotrick and I were in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens because I insisted on checking the progress of the Amazon Waterlily. I had been there almost every day for 2 weeks and hadn’t caught it in flower. However, Victory! It was out, plus another half-open bud! In the arbour we both paused to do our Twitter365s before we went home to play with our pix. For my Twitter365 pic, I set the camera up on the seat on self-timer and hoped for the best.

Murf17-Twitter365Project

Murf17-Twitter365Project

There were people in all sorts of fancy outfits hanging about- at least 3 weddings were being held in the delightful weather. I sneaked a photo of one, but the others were difficult to approach.

A random wedding

A random wedding

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I loved the tall, flat Asian-style umbrellas they were flaunting at this particular wedding. All these parties certainly took over a fair bit of public space!

Mr Sneaky has entered the building!

Mr Sneaky has entered the building!

The real reason we went was to catch those gold-danged waterlilies! I adore them, but they have been mighty elusive lately- always flowering the day AFTER I go, or the bud just disappears without showing above water…or maybe Mr Sneaky goes in there and chomps it off! Remember him? He’s a blue heron (Aedea Sacra), I think and could take a sizable chunk out of a bud with that weapon!

OK, so we were pleasantly surprised to find a fully open flower plus a half-open bud in the pavilion and NO Mr Sneaky! We took oodles of shots, with Spotrick getting a fantastic set. I don’t think mine are quite as good due to my camera lens, but still:

Amazon Waterlily -Nymphaea Victoria reginae

Amazon Waterlily -Nymphaea Victoria reginae

It is so awesome in it’s size and the number of beautifully shaded pale pink petals. Plus the scent is good too when it’s not too sunny- like a cross between a magnolia and an orchid, I’d say. I still marvel at the great pavilion they built for it.

After this, we went south to the lotus pond, which is really a small, shallow lake with a sculpture in the middle. The lotuses are so huuuuge! Obviously we took far too many photos of these, also. Incidentally I’m terribly pleased because I just sold a copy of my ‘Sacred Contemplation’ lotus photo on RedBubble.com.au!!
href=”http://www.redbubble.com/products/configure/2687845″> Woot!! First decent-sized print I’ve sold there! Anyway- here’s another shot from yesterday:

Pinkelicious

Pinkelicious

After that we headed towards the duck pond to catch a few ripples and then via Murdoch (Rupert, that is) Avenue, the wisteria arbours and out to get a few shots through the fence railings (I like those) and a peek at the Bicentennial Tropical Rainforest Conservatory. I might finish this later with the appropriate pix! Or it might become part of my collection of unintentionally incomplete posts!

Bicentennial Tropical Rainforest Conservatory

Bicentennial Tropical Rainforest Conservatory

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