Today is one of those miserable, wet, gloomy Sydney winter weekends.
I couple of weeks ago, I went for a stroll through the Botanic Gardens.
Even in the middle of winter, it's possible to spot some colour.
My Top 10 Sydney guide says,
Located around Farm Cove on the shore of Sydney Harbour is the spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain. Established in 1816, this oasis in the heart of the city occupies the land on which the first crops were planted. Australia's oldest scientific institution is home to an impressive collection of native and exotic plants and trees. The grounds also house an art gallery and music school.
The Woolloomooloo Gate was erected in 1873 as the southern entrance to the Gardens.
During the building of the Cahill Expressway (1950's), it was moved to it's current position near the Art Gallery.
|Lewis Wolfe Levy Fountain |
Art Nouveau fountain by C.B. Birch surmounted with a bronze statue of a young girl
with a heron and reeds and frogs at the base. Commissioned by the family of
politician and businessman Lewis Wolfe Levy, 1889.
Botanical illustrators have been associated with research in the National Herbarium of NSW since its opening in 1901. One notable past illustrator was Margaret Flockton. Margaret Flockton was the first and most long-serving botanical illustrator at the Botanic Garden.
Botanical illustrators are invited to submit works of black & white scientific botanical illustration for the prestigious Margaret Flockton Award.
The Margaret Flockton Award for Scientific Botanical Illustration commemorates her contribution to Australian scientific botanical art.
The Margaret Flockton Award is open to Australian and overseas artists producing scientific botanical illustrations of a high standard. The judges select works for inclusion in the Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition to be held at the Red Box Gallery in the National Herbarium of NSW.
|Hongkong Orchid Tree (my new favourite tree!)|
The walk back to the ferry takes me past this little known building!
I can't walk by without taking a photo or two.
|Waiting for the ferry - too many distractions to focus on my book.|
|Finally the clouds part over the city as I head home.|
|Almost home - sunshine over Ballast Point Park.|
This post is part of Saturday Snapshot.