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Birmingham Botanic Gardens [20140313|10:44]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I paid a visit to the Birmingham Botanic Gardens a few weeks ago. It’s about a half-hour walk from the University. The weather had started off dry, but it began to drizzle after I arrived and had my lunch and a large cup of tea.

The Botanic Gardens, in addition to several fine glasshouses, features an aviary and a children’s garden. At this time of year and in that weather, the outdoor areas don’t attract many visitors. Humuhumu was in nursery, so my 100 mm macro lens and I had plenty of time and no crowds to contend with. This is my way of warning you that there are a lot of pictures in this post.

Birds
Week 10: Pheasant: Temminck's tragopan
Pheasant: Temminck’s tragopan.

Week 8: 'Ello.
Inquisitive parakeet.


Peacock.


This finch put up a horrendous fuss when we entered the aviary.


I finally got a peep at the nest beneath him and discovered why.

Sculptures

Animal sculptures. I particularly like the tilty-head boar. “Nur?”


I like the way this bust looked in the rain.


And this couple.


Kissing bird sculpture.


Fountain.

Fruit and flowers

The only succulent in bloom in the desert glasshouse. (Sturt peas, identified by [personal profile] ironed_orchid and [personal profile] rinkle)


Strange fruit. (Buddha's Hand fruit, identified by [personal profile] redsixwing)


Cyclamen.


Hellebore.

The Children’s Garden

The paintings were pleasantly arranged.


More paintings.


And more paintings.


Apple sculpture.

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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-03-13 11:08 (UTC)
What a lovely spot!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-03-13 13:47 (UTC)
It is! There's another, smaller botanic garden (Winterbourne) that's between Humuhumu's nursery and the university. I tend to visit that one more frequently. But when I have time, the big one is worth the extra hike.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2014-03-13 23:57 (UTC)
How fun to have that so close for lunch!

Does Humuhumu do anything artistic yet? She seems like she would be creatively blessed like her mom :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-03-14 09:48 (UTC)
It's very nice indeed! Although when we take Humuhumu in to nursery, we're lucky to get half an hour in total for lunch. Except for Fridays, we both tend to bring sandwiches and eat at our desks.

I've tried her on some of my broad-tipped pens and pastels. She's enjoyed them both. Everything she does is still pretty abstract though. :P
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