It’s that time of year again: when children go back to school and summer fades away. In my little corner of the world, however, we’ve been enjoying a few blessed days of sunshine recently. I will let those days pass before I allow myself to concede that summer is indeed over. It’s the last chance for us all to top up on our vitamin D levels before the coldness closes in. With that in mind – and knowing that it has been quite a while since I wrote a nature photography post on this blog – where better to go than than my much-loved Botanic Gardens?
Every September, a sculpture exhibition called Sculpture in Context takes place in the Gardens. As the title of the exhibition would suggest, all of the sculptures featured have been designed with their surroundings in mind: they all blend into the Gardens’ beautiful environment in some way. When I was there last weekend, I spotted these little beauties below (teardrops, a turtle, enormous bubbles rising above the pond). They did not yet have labels attached to them – I need to go back and check the artists’ names, now that all of the labels have been affixed to their sculptures. The exhibition was officially launched this evening, Wednesday the 5th of September.
This video, which features interviews with exhibition organisers and artists, does a great job of explaining what Sculpture in Context is all about.
In a few months, the Gardens will be bare, but I have enjoyed witnessing the subtle changes that took place during the warmest part of the year: the plants bursting forth in all of their glory, the young fish giving way to the older ones, the male ducks’ heads turning from green to brown.
The rose garden – always slow to bloom during the summer – has at last come into its own, offering a wonderful display of colour and vitality.
The autumn equinox approaches in just a few weeks – bringing with it the certain knowledge that the seasonal pendulum has swung towards winter – but for now, sunlight reigns supreme: giving us one final blast of warmth and light. I intend to enjoy it to the full!