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Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Photographers at Work, Part 2

Above: Pro Sports photographer in action – Hockeyroos vs USA international

It’s fun to catch other photographers at work – I especially like to try to get them in action, with their subject matter in shot as well.  Here are a few which worked out pretty well:

Miss Eight, photographer at work, Botanic Gardens
Wedding pro in action
photographer at work, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

You might find the photographers a bit harder to spot in these next two ‘long exposure’ pictures.  Hint:  they’re the ones standing fairly still!

other keen amateur photographers at work, in my long exposure – The Wheel of Brisbane
extra hint: follow the line of the flagpoles in the above picture. ISO100, 45mm, f/8, 15s.
Miss Eight, photographer at work. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky statue stargazing in the background

This is my second “Photographers at Work” story – the other one is here: Photogs at Work 1



Pure ferniness, in the Fernhouse at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

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For other pictures taken at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, see my other posts:


Seussical Succulents



A trip to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

Magnolia grandiflora seedpod

We went to see the Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia’s annual show. (OK, it was a bit of an excuse to get out of the house and take some photos).

Cycad and ceiling; Palm & Cycad show, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Cycad; Palm & Cycad show, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

The show was underwhelming, but we also took a quick trip to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium (in the Gardens).

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian 'Father of Cosmonautics' - sculpture - in front of the curvy Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian 'Father of Cosmonautics' - sculpture

Also, many other photos were taken around the Gardens (see Seussical Succulents, Reflection and, hopefully, future posts).

Legacy Way structure, under construction (I assume!)

Seussical Succulents

Truffula cactus? ;)

Inspired by this post at (a wonderful garden / photography blog) enclos*ure: From there to here , and by Dr Seuss’s birthday.

While visiting the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens today, these plants looked positively Seussian (or should that be “Seussical”).

If you’re not familiar with his work, here’s what you’re looking for:

His strange plants and landscapes — tops of mops, spikes, and feathers; elongated, twisty trunks; improbable angles, odd hills and rocks — form a visual vocabulary that we all understand and use routinely.

Cindy @ enclos*ure

twisty trunk..... check!
Horton's ear?
improbable angles..... check!
feathery.... check!


 Chandelier, multiplied with old-school Fotar prism.



1. the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.

2. an image; representation; counterpart.

3. a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration.

I’ve had a lot to reflect on, lately:

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