Sundial, Christchurch Botanic Gardens© Michael Evans Photographer 2015

Christchurch Botanic Gardens…

Having wandered through the remains of the city, we decided to head into the beautiful Christchurch Botanical Gardens in the late afternoon. Perhaps it was because we were on the first day of our holiday or the effect of the superb weather, but I really felt such a relaxed ‘vibe’ everywhere we went …

Pavilion in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Pavilion in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens – © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Poppy at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Poppy © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Punting on the River Avon, Christchurch© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Punting on the Avon..! I lived for a few years in Cambridge, so am more used to saying ‘punting on the Cam’ in my head,,, © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Entrance to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
This lovely café was located at one of the minor entrances to the gardens… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Sundial, Christchurch Botanic Gardens© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Rose sculpture, Christchurch Botanic Gardens© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
The entrance to the lovely rose garden © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Rose arch, Christchurch Botanic Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Sundial, Christchurch Botanic Gardens© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
As the crow flies… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Roes, Christchurch Botanic Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Roses with the 17mm TS-E..!? I just wanted to see how close this fabulous lens would focus… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Sundial, Christchurch Botanic Gardens© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
As would be obvious by now, I have always been fascinated by sundials… probably because I could never imagine a use for them growing up in England..! This image shows some softness on the left side, which is attributable to my not ‘locking off’ the shift lever properly while hand holding this shot. Certainly this 17mm TS-E lens requires a little more thought and care when using, but it still remains my favourite…© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Pavilion in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Part of the visitors centre…© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Christchurch Botanic Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015

Naturally the next main concern was where to dine that evening..! Our host at the motel recommended Sala Sala, a Japanese restaurant not 10 minutes from our accommodation, and it proved to be as good as it’s reputation. Japanese is probably one of my favourite cuisines anyway, so I was certainly happy to take local advice. I did decide to leave the heavy camera gear behind on this occasion, and as such all the following images were captured with the very basic Canon IXUS 125 HS…

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Sala Sala …excellent Japanese in Christchurch © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
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Sushi / sashimi has to be one of my absolute favourites… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
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Middle Earth indeed..! © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
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© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
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© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
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© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
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Can’t remember what this was, but it was excellent! © Michael Evans Photographer 2015

A great way to end a first day in New Zealand…

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3 thoughts on “Christchurch Botanic Gardens…

  1. Let me call it a “mouthwatering post” 🙂

    You can take it literally for the second part of the post anyway 🙂

    The botanical garden looks a great place through your images.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Michael…

    Hope you are having a great time 🙂

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