February 20, 2011

Los Jardins de Centre de Documentació del Barcelona

photo by Styrous®

When I was in Barcelona I had the pleasure of photographing the botanical gardens for the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona.

The day scheduled for the shoot was dreadful, overcast & dreary. Not a great day for shooting but I did the best I could. I went back a couple of days later when it was sunny, did another shoot & the pix turned out great. Here is the link to a press release page for the botanical gardens with one of my photos (above). The text is in Catalan but the page can be translated into english if your browser has that option.

Located on Montjuïc, the gardens are beautiful, tranquil and the views of Barcelona are breathtaking; you can see the whole city from there.

The original gardens were created in 1935, headed by Dr. Font i Quer. The current gardens were created in 1999 and dedicated to the preservation of Mediterranean flora from around the world. They feature collections of Mediterranean plants distributed according to geographical areas (Australia, Chile, California, South Africa and the Mediterranean), see map below, and at the same time, grouped according to the landscapes in nature. There are about 1,500 species of plants.

map from Wikipedia

It's a part of Barcelona that many miss but shouldn't.

Click here for hours and admission and here for contact information.

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