I was walking through the Family Recovery Garden on Manchester Street (opposite the Margaret Mahy Playground) when this bunny came hopping towards me. I had heard there was a tame rabbit in the area but hadn’t given any thought to trying to find it or photograph it (or going on a ‘wild bunny chase’), so it was just a happy accident that I got the photo.
I continued on my walk around the city taking various photos. On my way back I stopped to photograph some of the blossoms – and captured the bee on the pink blossom.
As I was walking back to the car on Cambridge Terrace (opposite the Margaret Mahy playground), I noticed a protected badge on a very large tree. Then I spotted some movement coming from the tree and imagine my surprise when I discovered it was a New Zealand Wood Pigeon. I don’t recall ever seeing one in this area before – usually, I just see them around the Botanic Gardens. If these wonderful birds are moving into the wider city this is a wonderful thing – and a sign that the city is becoming a better habitat for these amazing native birds.
The beautiful botanic gardens are a beacon of serenity and loveliness any time of the year, but surely few would argue that during Spring the gardens go to a whole other level of stunning. I’m always particularly impressed with the tulip beds.
These stunning orange tulips were very tall – I’ve captured the normal sized ones in front to give you some scale.
The tulips just before the azalea walk.
One of my favourite spots in the garden in Spring – it’s full of azaleas, bluebells, magnolias and tulips.
How stunning is this tree!