How is that for a glowing red to kick off the month?
This red bridge, tucked away amongst the trees, is in Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, Tasmania. I learned of this garden on a TV program a few years ago and have wanted to visit ever since. However, I visited in March — early autumn in the Southern Hemisphere — and the rhododendrons were hardly at what you’d call their best. Nonetheless, the garden was delightful, and it was easy to see how stunning it would be in spring.
This photo was also taken in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, about 30 minutes after the mother duck and ducklings photo. The father (you can just see him on the right, holding a toddler in a matching red dress) was taking photos of his wife and daughters. Even as far away from them as I was, my eye was caught by the way the girl’s red dress captured the light of the setting sun, and by the glowing transparency of the mother’s floating green garment.
December, the last month of Jude’s Bench Series challenge, is given over to all those benches that for whatever reason were not included in the other 11 months. I had seen a photo of this bench on another blogger’s site (and I’m ashamed to admit I don’t remember who it was, although she kindly told me where to find the bench), so when I had to go to Melbourne on business a couple of weeks ago, it was on my list of things to find.