We began our tour of the Botanical Gardens with the Glass House, which was built in 2003 and has recreations of two very different environments.
The spiny desert of Madagascar exhibit contains a wide variety of bizarre plants from the island off the coast of Africa.
This thorny tree was blossoming with beautiful flowers.
The garden is home to three radiated tortoises from Madagascar.
From there we continued to the recreation of Costa Rica's cloud forest.
You can watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalis in this glass case.
Perhaps it was the lotion on my head, but these two butterflies were attracted to my bald pate.
(photo taken by Jeramie)
These beautiful birds gathered at the feeder. The birds nest, lay eggs, and raise their young here in the Glass House.
This dead tree trunk was covered with leaf-cutter ants.
It wasn't until later, when I looked at my pictures, that I realized that I had also captured a butterfly (or is it a moth?) at rest on the trunk.
Some close-ups of the tropical blossoms and foliage...
I believe that this is a Bird of Paradise flower.
From the Glass House, we continued to the outdoor gardens, but that will be the topic of another post.