San Antonio Botanical Garden - January 2015

San Antonio Botanical Garden - January 2015

It's been about a year and a half since I last visited the Botanical Garden of San Antonio, and there were many more things for me to discover this time. The Gardens occasionally rotate out their floral exhibits, so this year had different plants for me to photograph.

The first series of photos were cacti; some were endangered, many could easily fit in the palm of your hand, and some signed their own death warrant when they stabbed my knee.

Amongst the cacti were similar exotic plants that flourished in the arid climates of Texas. Many of them were vibrants and elegant:

Even amongst the cacti and arid plants, there were flowers. Most of them are drought tolerant, so they continue to bloom bright when no water can be found:

The Garden also had a designated area called the Grotto, which was climate controlled and had enough moisture to house ferns:

In addition to the plants, the water features ranged from underwater decay, fountains, and lilies:

Near the plants grew the forgotten lichen, which found their homes on rocks or branches:

There were also a lot of birds that occupied the garden, and I managed to photograph a few (except for that elusive Finch):

Oh, and I also found a tiny frog roaming in one of the floral houses! It thought it was so clever and could easily hide its green body on a green leaf, but this allowed me to nearly stick my camera in its face while it thought it was hidden:

The other tiny things that were hidden in plain view were the acorns, which gave the ground another dimension:

And last but certainly not least, there are these trees in Texas that have an odd mass of tentacles on its branches, almost like weird flowers? Anyways, they are dull to photograph because the trees are usually barren, but there was one opportunity of a sunlit tree that was filled with these interesting appendages:

San Antonio Botanical Garden - March 2015

San Antonio Botanical Garden - March 2015

Dad's Garden - 2015

Dad's Garden - 2015