botanical colours galore

My Walk this Week 159 – Botanical Beauty

My walk this week looks and listens to some botanical beauty in Swansea’s Singleton Park. It is late Spring and new arrangements have been made in the formal garden and the colours abound in the less formal areas.

Swansea Botanic Gardens

Swansea Botanic Gardens

The hot-house is exotic with the blooming of enormous bright flowers and the sound of running water accompanies the humidity in one section while fading away in the cactus house. The twisting paths both inside and out give a sense of exploration and discovery as you round a corner or enter a “tunnel” and find another colourful viewpoint or vista.

Swansea Botanic Soundscape

Sitting in the peacefulness of the arranged beds, listening to the birds and the gentle hoeing of the gardeners, or wandering around those twisting paths on a beautiful sunny Spring day, there is a sense of separation from the hubbub of the world.

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Swansea Botanic Gardens

Swansea Botanic Gardens

wisteria

wisteria

sundial

sundial

leaves

leaves

natural tunnel

natural tunnel

close up

close up

twisted tree trunk

twisted

pretty border

pretty border

colour gradation

colour gradation

apparently fluffy cactus

apparently fluffy cactus

round cactus

round cactus

big red exotic bloom

big red exotic bloom

botanic hothouse

botanic hothouse

colour in the hothouse

colour in the hothouse

botanical colours galore

botanical colours galore

Swansea Botanic Gardens

Swansea Botanic Gardens

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5 Comments

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the serenity and beauty of this visit to the Swansea Botanic Gardens, Alastair. I always appreciate the numerous dimensions you bring with the visual and sound, and the arrangement that you present. Enjoyed the rushing water, the hoeing sounds, and in the last 15-20 beats I was delighted to hear the melodic bird songs. Your keen sense of texture came through as an additional dimension, with the overview of the spikey round cacti, the fluffy too; the twisted tree trunk. I found the photo of the sundial especially attractive, the shadow of the dial so clear, the angle that you took it, the curve. Always a joy to be here, Alastair, thanks so much.

    • Thank you Jet, as always I am so pleased you enjoyed it. Now I have to admit to a small cheat – the sound recording was done the day after the photos were taken! This is something I try hard to avoid because things can change so much, but that’s just the way it worked out this time. It also meant I got the sound of the gardeners hoeing, which I love and wouldn’t have heard the day before thanks again

      • Your confession brought a smile to my face, Alastair. I loved the hoeing too and think your day-after recording is fine and I don’t think it’s a cheat, my friend. It was lovely.

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