Spring Outings – Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens

Sundays are my days off to play or catch up on family stuff, occasionally when I am really busy, editing and client stuff too. But recently I have been finding a slightly better work/life balance (well so I keep telling myself). So last Sunday we headed off with one of our photography groups to the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens, formerly known as the National Rhododendron Gardens. I think the name change is recent, but not sure.

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) is host to brilliantly coloured blooms of over 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias, 250,000 daffodils and countless cherries. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around.

I had recently bought a new 50mm macro lens for my Sony camera and was keen to begin practising with it. You can use a macro lens to shot non-macro (Up close) stuff too! It started off cold and foggy, as it often does up in the Dandenong Ranges, but by lunchtime, it was blue skies and sunshine.

We had just had two days of rain, so everything was lush and green, sadly we were too late for the cherry trees, I only found one single blossom left, perhaps next year. I certainly got my fill of rhododendrons and azaleas, they were everywhere in every colour, size and shape you could think of.

One of the problems with visiting gardens in Spring and Autumn, I find you have to keep going back, first few weeks of either season you get one lot of plants/colour, then a few weeks later a different set, they keep changing, making it a difficult choice on WHEN to visit, unless you plan on going every weekend, which is not always an option. I had other friends who went chasing wisteria in the Yarra Valley, I hope they had good hunting too.

~ Julz