If you are ever in Denver, spend a relaxing day wandering through the Botanic Gardens. Every kind of landscape imaginable is just a few yards in any direction, from Kakaw trees with cocoa beans in an enclosed jungle, hot desert landscapes, to a well manicured Japanese garden, Denver has it all. And everywhere you look, interesting art by some of America's best sculptors, like Alan Houser from Santa Fe.
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While visiting the Denver Botanic Gardens this spring, there was a Stephen Talasnik installation that consisted of all these woven sculptures floating on the ponds. It was a little surreal and very mesmerizing.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is filled with lovely, lovely plants and always worth a visit!
I love the play of dark and light that you get when you are in a tropical rain forest and the Denver Botanical Garden has managed to recreate that sensation. I could almost convince myself I was back in Hawaii!
The light hit this plant so that some of it was brilliantly exposed and some was completely shrouded in darkness. I wanted to keep that sense of mystery in the photo.
I love cacti of all sorts, but I especially love them when they are in bloom. That's something I don't get to see very often, living in Minnesota, and I've never done very well at timing my trips to Arizona to catch the cacti in bloom there.
Imagine my delight at finding all the cacti in bloom when I visited the Botanical Gardens in Denver! What an unexpected treat.
Ok, so it wasn't hard to stop this wave in action, as a bamboo wave isn't going to go very far. I still love the feeling us suspended movement.
The Denver Botanic Garden has been hosting an installation of enormous bamboo structures by Tetsunori Kawana - all of which look like so many different giant waves frozen in time.