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by Jane McKinnon (subscribe)
I am a mum who is learning how to use my camera. I post on Instagram janes_photo_gallery. Having so much fun.
Published March 17th 2017
The forest in the city
Autumn has arrived according to our calendars, but our Adelaide weather has had different ideas. So until the autumn colours come in abundance go for a "macro walk" around the gardens. There's still plenty of colour around, which means bees and lady bugs if you look hard enough.

Ladybugs in the rose garden

I use my Nikon camera and just change the setting to macro. I have a macro lens but it depends on the day and what gear you have. You don't have to spend a lot of money, just use what your camera settings allow, and enjoy. Always walk slow, I don't know how butterflies have seen me before I have seen them. The cactus area near the Palm house is beautiful when they flower.

Macro bee
Bee. Photo by Jane McKinnon

I usually put lunch in my backpack and find some nice in the shade to sit and decide my next area to investigate. When I take my photos, I try to remember to take a photo of the name of the flower or animal and keep it on my computer for reference.

Dragonflies, photo by Jane McKinnon

The ponds and creek through the gardens bring insects and ducks, so be ready to change from macro to a normal setting. It's a wonderful calm place to learn how to use your new camera or get back in touch with your old camera.

Pink flower
Macro by Jane McKinnon

You can get free guided walks or follow the map. A must is the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion. The lilies are beautiful with large

Lily pad
Waterlily Pavilion. Photo by Jane McKinnon wrap="0

The Bicentennial Conservatory is beautiful. The rainforest plants and canopy make for a good photo opportunity. It has wheelchair access. The paths take you through the canopy. Watch for insects and spiders for those macro shots.

Spiders web
Web. Photo by Jane McKinnon

The birdlife throughout the gardens is wonderful. It's a walk for all the senses. Give yourself at least 2 -3 hours to have a nice walk and take your photographs.

Macro photography
Macro flower,photo by Jane McKinnon

The Dahlia flowers are beautiful and there are many colours to see by late summer. And allow time for the International Rose Garden.
One thing to remember is to not feed the birds; a lot of people give ducks and birds bread and that's not real good for them. So just watch them look for their food, you may get that one great shot. Enjoy and relax right in the heart of our city.

Dark pink Dahlia,photo jane McKinnon
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Why? Nature walk
When: Mon-Fri, weekends and public holidays
Phone: 82229311
Where: Centre of Adelaide
Cost: Free
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Lovely article and photos Jane, welcome to WN!
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