Orton Bradley Park – Friday 12th October 2018

Field-Trip Leader and Report – Diana S.

The weather on Friday decided to be rather Wintery instead of a beautiful Spring day, cold, wet and windy, just what nature photographers love! Eight hardy souls ventured to Orton Bradley Park at Charteris Bay out on Banks Peninsula to photograph the Rhododendrons and Azaleas in flower and all things in nature we could find. A hot coffee at the delightful Cafe was a great start to warm one up before heading out into the rain and wind. I take my hat off to all the members who participated, loaded up with cameras, tripods and umbrellas, everyone ventured out into the park. The Rhododendrons and Azaleas have just started to flower and the colours on show are absolutely stunning. The gardens around the Cafe are full of plants in flower, the Wisteria hanging along the veranda was just starting to open. A large family of Quail were spotted feeding on the lawn and the White Doves were sheltering from the heavy rain under a small Cabbage tree. This is a beautiful park and well worth returning to on a nice day.

Thank you to all who came along and made it an enjoyable mornings outing.

Photo credit Peter Hockley – Clivia flowers in the rain.
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