Sunday, September 14, 2008

Heide love

I've been a little neglectful of my blogs in recent weeks - hope to be back in browsing, contemplating and general web-exploration mode again soon. In the meantime here are a few of the photos I took the other day at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. I'm writing a research paper on the social, cultural, architectural and scientific heritage values of the site for my final semester.

This River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) is thought to be 4oo-600 years old. It's a heritage-listed scar tree, considered sacred by generations of Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation:

Unfortunately it has a plastic possum guard wrapped around the trunk at the same height as the scar. I guess it's important to protect the tree from hungry beasties, but it's a shame the park managers haven't found a more respectful and less intrusive option.

These rustic iron sculptures mark the place where the estate's owners buried the ashes of their favourite cows:

These budding magnolia blooms reminded me of candles:

I love the messiness of these hellebores and forget-me-nots:

Countless aspects of the Heide landscape, architecture and history are beautifully dramatic, challenging, inspiring and invigorating. I love to go there to wander around the grounds, picnic under the trees down by the river, discover the many pieces of art placed in surprising locations throughout the gardens, or work my way through the galleries showcasing modern art.

It's all so la-la-lovely!

1 comment:

Bellgirl said...

Oh I love a visit to Heide too, especially for the garden! I must go out again this spring, it looks gorgeous.

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