A World of Wonder: IGersBirmingham Instameet at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

A dazzling array of plants of all shapes, sizes and colours? Check

A beautiful collection of butterflies, bees and birds? Check

A riot of colour that couldn’t be missed? Check

Cameras and phones fully charged and bags packed? Check

150 keen IGers? Check

And 30 large animatronic dinosaurs…..? Check!

On Saturday 28th May IGersBirmingham descended upon Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Lucky enough to have gained special early access before the Gardens opened to the general public, we were able to explore to our hearts’ content. Despite a wet and grey start, we were rewarded with beautiful blue skies at almost the exact moment that the instameet started. An added bonus of the earlier rain were the water droplets that glistened on many of the plants, providing even more photo opportunities. 

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This was a first visit to the Gardens for many members of the community. The site encompasses a 15 acre botanical gardens and educational charity situated in the heart of Edgbaston, Birmingham. There was plenty to photograph: a variety of outdoor gardens, four glasshouses, aviaries, wildlife trails, ponds, a rather shy peacock, a children’s play area, and a butterfly house.

As if that was not enough – the gardens were also hosting the first outdoor dinosaur festival of its kind in the UK, Jurassic Kingdom.

The Gardens, Fraser and I were incredibly impressed by the colour, creativity and quality of the images that were captured that morning.

The winners:

James, CEO of the Gardens has picked his favourite shots from the instameet (do visit each IGers’ page to see the high-quality originals).

In first place, and winning a year’s family pass to the Gardens is @jrewillis, with this simple yet beautiful shot:

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In second place, and winning a year’s adult membership is @urban_savage_photography, with this fantastic macro shot, which the Gardens have dubbed “carnivorous smile”:

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Highly commended:

The aptly-named @lobelialupin with this shot of a poppy head:

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A water droplet about to fall from a pitcher plant by @iansawyer1947:

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And finally, this shot of a butterfly by @urban_savage_photography:

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This must have been an incredibly tough decision for James, as there were so many fantastic shots on the hashtag #igb_meet_BBG (do take a look if you haven’t already). 

Thank you to Birmingham Botanical Gardens for their warm welcome. I’m sure that many of us will be back again!

Words & cover image by Beth Astington