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.

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