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One of the hidden treasures on our side of Sydney is “Elegans”, a private five acre garden, open to the public a few times each year.

Four man-made lakes are the central feature of this informal park-like garden, which has been the result of 20 years of labour by its owner, a dedicated plantsman who has transformed a bare five acre block into a garden of great distinction. Paths meander in all directions, leading to something new and unexpected at every turn.

The garden features 50 Japanese Maples and 150 camellias, and many citrus trees. Foliage and flowers are reflected in the tranquil lakes, with plantings of lilies and irises rimming the banks. Relax on the sunny lawns overlooking the lakes. Garden beds are overflowing with something new being added all the time.

A rainforest area contains many unusual native trees including rare grevilleas and a large tree waratahs.

(I think I feel another calendar coming on!!)

I suffer from viewfinder vision (find myself visualising a frame around everything I see) so my genre is “anything that moves and most things that don’t”!!

I don’t so much wish to document places and things, as to evoke feeling and emotion.

This leads to a diverse portfolio and constantly overloaded external hard drives…not to mention some burning of the midnight oil as I keep looking for that elusive perfect process for yet another ‘masterpiece’!!!

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  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomabout 6 years ago

    very pretty Rosalie :)

  • Thanks Kaz – the owner knows how to catch your eye – put this right inside the front gate!!!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • GailD
    GailDabout 6 years ago

    Looks like another great site Rosalie. Love the vibrant colour here.

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful work Rosalie – I just love the colours!

  • Appreciated Bev – thankfully there were these structures in the garden – it was a very windy day and nothing else held still for photos!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleabout 6 years ago

    Every time I think I’ve come to the end of the parks etc around here another one pops up!!! This has little bridges and arbours, plenty of benches too … need to pay another visit! Thanks Gail.

  • satwant
    satwantabout 6 years ago

    An eye catching picture. Nice shot Rosalie.

  • I do appreciate your visit and kind words Satwant – thank you

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Davies
    Daviesabout 6 years ago

    Wow this is just beautiful Rosalie. I think the colours are amazing.

  • This man did an excellent job of composing these gardens – so many nooks and crannies like this. Thanks for the encouragement Noelene.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 6 years ago

    This is a stand out shot. A wonderful arbour and somehow the perspective seems to drag the eye into the rest of the scene. A great piece of work mate! Peter

  • I actually did a horizonal flip on the origiinal Peter – just wasn’t happy with the lead-in the other way. I’m pleased it works for you.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • StuartR
    StuartRabout 6 years ago

    I cant place it, but it looks like a shot of a miniature. Very nice and great use of differing colour.

  • You have a good eye Stuart – I agree with the sense that there’s the ‘miniature’ feel and I suspect it may be something to do with the height of the shrub next to the arbour. Believe me, it is normal size!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Neil
    Neilabout 6 years ago

    Great photo and excellent narrative to go with it rosalie.

  • Thanks so much Neil

    – Rosalie Dale

  • SharonD
    SharonDabout 6 years ago

    The blue really stands out Rosalie. What does it look like in S/C.

  • That is a thought Sharon – an obvious choice for s/c I guess!

    – Rosalie Dale

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