Daily Post Photo Challenge: Vibrant

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Seen in the Winter Garden, Auckland Museum Domain. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

In need of a change of scenery after days of trying to bring order to the chaos of stuff we’ve accumulated, I sneaked off to the glasshouses of the Winter Garden at the Auckland Domain.

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Seen in the Winter Garden, Auckland Museum Domain. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Bold, vibrant, cheerful; the best kind of colour therapy.

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Seen in the Winter Garden, Auckland Museum Domain. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

This post was written for the Daily Post Photo Challenge. The theme is vibrant.

Wordless Wednesday: having time to stop and look

Taken in the temperate house, Wintergarden, Auckland Domain. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Taken in the temperate house, Wintergarden, Auckland Domain. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Waiting for the boy-child to complete his last exam yesterday, I visited the Wintergarden at Auckland Domain. The temperate house in particular was full of colour and scent – and tourists. And why not; it’s a wonderful place.

The architecture of stillness

Central fountain and glasshouse; Wintergarden, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Central fountain and glasshouse; Wintergardens, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Having an hour to spare the other day I went to one of my favourite places in Auckland; the Wintergardens of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Two barrel-vaulted glasshouses constructed in the 1920 house colourful displays of exotic and everyday plants. Between the two glasshouses – a formal garden and arcade of classical statues.

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Although the Wintergardens are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Auckland, and are often quite full of people, there is something about the architecture and general design of the buildings and gardens that makes them seem quite peaceful even when busy.

I’ve photographed the Wintergardens many times, but with these shots (from my iPhone) I’ve edited them to try and capture the sense I always have of stepping into a past era of glamour and gentility. They were edited with Photo Editor by Aviary.

Thanks to Sally at Lens and Pens by Sally for her weekly phoneography challenges. You can see her photos here, and some others you might like below:

http://weliveinaflat.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/dog-walking-hungry-ghost-festival/

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/wordless-wednesday-phoneography/

http://watchingthephotoreels.com/2013/08/26/phoneography-challenge-challengers-choice/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/phoneography-challenge-still-life/

iPhoneography Monday 8-26-13

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/phoneography-challenge-street-photography-architecture-stairway-to-heaven/

Streets of Livingstone

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/phoneography-challengers-choice-still-life/

http://photobyholly.wordpress.com/