Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden is different to most Botanic Gardens. It is more like a forest and has many different paths and areas of interest. I enjoyed wandering around this peaceful space. Near the carpark there is a sculpture garden with some interesting pieces.
I was also very happy to find some Kookaburras, and was able to get very close.
I recently decided to participate in a Pinterest project called #VantagePoint put together by Light, a compact camera maker. I have chosen to write about my favorite photography location, and how my equipment plays a part in how I photograph. Well it was easy for me to choose Alowyn Gardens as my favorite photography location. I am a regular visitor there for multiple reasons. Firstly it is such a peaceful place, with beautiful gardens. Very relaxing. Secondly, there is always something new to photograph. No matter how many times I go, I always find something inspirational.
The camera I use is a Sony RX100. This is a fixed lens compact camera, with full manual functionality. I chose this camera because it allowed me full control of my settings, has an excellent aperture available of 1.8, and is compact. I can easily take it with me.
Full control of the settings in my camera is important to me, as I like to take close up macro shots of flowers and insects, so shutter speed and aperture is very important to get the shot just right.
Here are some of the photos from my recent visit to Alowyn Gardens, as you can see I was excited the insects were out!
It was a lot of fun writing this #VantagePoint post, and I must say I am interested in their cameras given they too are compact! I look forward to finding out more about them soon.
On our last day in Apollo Bay, we visited Otway Herbs Nursery and Cottage Gardens. A lovely garden nestled at the top of quite a large mountain. This is their private home and backyard. We had a lovely chat with one of the owners, and purchased some nice plants.
The gardens can be a little steep, so you need good mobility! Very lovely though. I found some insects to photograph too, so was extra special 🙂
The trip home was a good one for photography! We also stopped in at Kennett River, which is known for its Koalas and Birds. The birds are so used to humans, that they fly down and land on you! The koalas are in the trees but very close and easy to spot.
On our way home from Apollo Bay we stopped by Aireys Inlet to view the Lighthouse. Called the Split Point Lighthouse, it was used in the Australian kids TV show Round the Twist. It was not open when we went past, so I captured some photos from the outside.