Monday, August 8, 2016
The Denver Botanic Gardens
My brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and niece are visiting from the Midwest. Yesterday we went to the Denver Botanic Gardens to enjoy the plant life.
We began with the tropical conservatory. To a rhubarb fancier such as myself, there were wonders to behold. Imagine the rhubarb-strawberry pie you could make from these beauties!
Another tropical plant had decorated itself with pink streamers.
The botanic gardens had four or five lily ponds scattered about. Here is a snapshot of the largest one. I was intrigued by the great "platter" at the lower left. On the far side I saw a few tiny ducklings, like fuzzy ping-pong balls, paddling around the lily pads while Mama kept a watchful eye on them from the concrete curb above.
Here is a look at a smaller pond.
I wandered back toward the Asian section of the gardens and found a Chinese pine tree with a festive multi-colored trunk.
The botanic gardens had a dozen or so sculptures on loan from Minneapolis. Here is a horse of scrap wood.
This bright sculpture seemed almost alarming to me -- like a very aggressive alien life form rising up.
The most surreal sculpture was The Hare on the Bell. I could imagine The Mad Hatter lurking behind the trees.