Our Special Interest groups have been in hiatus during the COVID 19 lockdown, but many individuals have been busy with their artistic pursuits. The Friends in Focus convenor Judith Cooke returned to the Australian Garden within a few days of the re-opening and took a collection of photographs illustrating the effects of COVID and the work that has been accomplished by staff during our absence.
She reports that Friends in Focus members’ skills and interests are wide-ranging and we all help and support each other. We seldom go anywhere without our cameras! We aim to record and document the history and ongoing changes taking place at the Australian Garden. Topics include landscapes, flowering plants – including macro images, fungi, local wildlife and more.
Members recently contributed photographs to a display book which formed part of the 250 Banks and Solander Anniversary Exhibition at Karwarra Gardens (March-April) until unfortunately it was closed down by COVID. It is hoped that the exhibition will be rescheduled.
Two issues of a special lockdown newsletter, the ‘Cranbourne Lens’, designed to keep group members in touch with each other, have been created and distributed. Two members report they have taken the opportunity to learn more about their photographic equipment and to practise their skills by watching online tutorials provided on YouTube during lockdown.
One member, Amy Akers has taken up the BGANZ #plantchallenge by posting a video of herself on Facebook describing one of her favourite plants, Calothamnus pinifolis. See Amy’s favourite at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1498178923696941. The BGANZ #plantchallenge has been popular with RBGV staff, as well. Friends members will have seen several videos posted by John Arnott and other staff in the May Quicklink.