The images in this collection were taken during my visits in spring and then in summer. White flowering trees by the Lake Burley Griffin were a delightful sight, and the Reconciliation Place featured unique artworks. Canberra is a place of national politics but also of science, research and art. Many buildings, including those of the Australian National University or the Canberra Airport, are modern and often set among the native vegetation.
1. A lake panorama, Canberra, ACT. A view of the shores of lake Burley Griffin and the hills beyond.
2. Questacon, Canberra, ACT. The National Science and Technology Centre as seen from the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. The Centre has a large number of interactive exhibits, a great attraction not only for adults but also for children.
3. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT. The National Portrait Gallery houses a collection of over 450 portraits of those Australians who became famous in their areas of interests
4. James Turrell Skyspace, Canberra, ACT. In the gardens of the National Gallery of Australia is the artwork of an American artist, James Turrell. The pictured grass covered mound and the trees around reflect in the still waters of the pond. Inside is a viewing chamber surrounded by water. Depending on the weather and time of the day, the light inside changes its intensity and colour.
5. The bottle tree, Canberra Botanic Gardens, ACT. Native to Queensland, its botanic name is Brachychiton rupestris.
6. The Shine Dome, Canberra, ACt. The pictured building of the Australian Academy of Science opened in 1958 is the first one added to the National Heritage List
7. School of Medical Research, Canberra. ACT. A part of the main facade of the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra.
8. Frank Fenner Building ANU, Canberra, ACT. Named after Prof. Frank Fenner, a top microbiologist and environmental scientist, the building houses the Fenner School of Environment and Society, which offers the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The pictured part of the building is made of bricks to test factors such as comfort, sound insulation or energy efficiency.
9. John Curtin School of Medical Research, Canberra, ACT. John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra occupies an elegant modern building. The pictured is a part of its western wall.
10. Banksia, Canberra Botanic Garden, ACT. This young plant was photographed at the Australian National Botanic Garden on a summer day
11. A gum tree, Canberra, ACT. When walking along the streets of Canberra one can encounter such old trees. There are also many of them on the Australian National University grounds (pictured).
12. Hotel Hotel, Canberra, ACT. The facade of the Hotel Hotel was photographed from the small square in Acton on a summer morning.
13. Hotel Hotel, Canberra, ACT. Entering the Hotel Hotel - the recycled timber staircase is made of more than two thousand pieces forming a unique complex.
14. Fountains, the National Library, Canberra, ACT. The pictured are the fountains located on a small square before the National Library of Australia in Canberra.
15. National Library of Australia, Canberra. The building houses the National Library with its great collections of the Australian and international materials including the Asian collection of books and other media in the Asian languages.
16. Reconciliation Place, Canberra, ACT. 'Fire & Water' sculpture by Judy Watson stands just opposite the National Library of Australia marking the start of the Reconciliation walk.
17. The grass tree, Canberra Botanic Gardens, ACT. The botanic name of the pictured plant is Xanthorrhoea Glauca
18. Native bush, Botanic Gardens, Canberra, ACT. The pictured Feather-Heads plant grows in the Red Centre part of the Botanic Gardens
19. Casuarina seed, Canberra Botanic Gardens, ACT. A seed of Allocasuarina torulosa or forest oak as seen at the Australian National Botanic Gardens
20. Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory. Arriving at the new airport terminal in Canberra that was opened in 2013