Sydney Botanical Gardens

Mary Dougherty

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This is the time of year when I’m pining for summer to hurry up and get here already, and I start to look back at some of the adventures from last year to remind me of what I have to look forward to. I can’t say that I have another trip to Australia planned, but that doesn’t stop me from day dreaming about our time there every so often. It was such a great trip, one that I’m so thankful to have taken and grateful for Lynda + Keegan to invite me to photograph their day. The wedding was in Sydney, and that was where we spent our first week. We had a few days to explore, and enjoyed one afternoon wandering through the botanical gardens seeing exotic foliage, packs (? haha, I’m sure that’s not the right word) of cockatoos, and amazing city views. I didn’t bring my main camera with me everyday, sometimes opting for the Holga or just iphone to do the job. However, on this afternoon I documented what we saw with my 5dII and 50mm 1.2. So here’s a look back at our afternoon in the gardens…

We had to start things off with a delicious lunch, and on a slightly chilly day (I was also wearing shorts – the only person practically, wearing shorts because I was clearly a tourist) ramen sounded like just what I wanted. I ordered the butter corn ramen, Matt enjoyed the wagu beef bento box, and soon we were on our way.

the gardens were right in the center of Sydney, bordering the Harbor and giving great views of the opera house as you’ll see later.

I’m so unoriginal with my “I was here” pose, but since I was already wearing shorts I knew there was no mistaking me for anything other than a tourist :) Wouldn’t you love to go for a run through a park like this…

go matt, climb that rock. He misses life in the adirondacks…

cockatoos were everywhere! they wandered around, filled the trees, and called out in loud shrills to each other

… and finally the opera house. We walked a few miles that day through the city, gardens, to the train and back home. I would love to live in a walkable city, and Sydney is certainly that. Let’s go back.

take a look at one of our other adventures to the Sydney Zoo in this post!

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