If you were to look at my phone, you would probably find a good 500 pictures purely of nature; plants, trees, flowers, leaves, ponds, the ocean and green sceneries. I am obsessed! I feel close to God in many instances, but when I am consumed by nature, surrounded by it, observing it, sitting or walking in it silently, admiring its beauty, listening to the quiver of the leaves in the wind, the birds chirping, the crashing of the waves, or a disturbance in the bushes - just me and my thoughts - that’s when I always feel engulfed by Him. I guess it makes sense: after all, God is the creator of it all. He commands the rains that nourish the soil and feed the plants, He raises the sun every morning for the flowers, He even commands the bees that pollenate new plants. It’s beautiful and ordered and living.
I say all this because when I was researching things to do in Melbourne, I could not turn down the opportunity to walk the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Victoria. The size of this garden is massive compared to the Adelaide Garden - it’s not even in the same ball park. Access to the gardens is free, which always amazes me, because I can only assume how much work goes into taking care of the numerous and diverse plants. I spent about two hours walking the grounds and there are different trails you can take. They even offer group tours on large golf karts, but that is personally not how I would want to experience this environment.
Below is a collection of the plants, trees, cacti, flowers, trunks, bodies of water and landscapes I viewed throughout my stroll. The pictures never do justice to what I see in person, but they’re probably a better description than my words. So enjoy the sights below, and if you’re ever in Melbourne, take the time to check out the Garden. I saw so many people who were planted on a bench with a book, kids playing with a ball and couples lying out near the water. It’s a blissfully peaceful place.
Don’t forget to check out Part 4, where I share the final few activities and sights I saw in Melbourne, including the Shrine of Remembrance!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless,