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WHAT THE HECK IS A CLIMATRON?

Well, the CLIMATRON is a multi-level greenhouse enclosed in a geodesic dome that is a featured attraction at the Missouri Botanical Garden.Climatron

Or to put it simply, it’s a tropical jungle under glass. And on my recent visit to the garden, I went through it to see a special exhibit featuring some very unusual pieces of sculpture.

They were all constructed out of LEGO BLOCKS!DSC00256

A MAJESTIC BALD EAGLE

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A MENACING GIANT PRAYING MANTIS

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A GIANT MONARCH BUTTERFLY ATOP A HYDRANGIA BLOSSOM


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A SOMEWHAT UPSIDE DOWN LOOKING FLOWER

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A SQUIRREL AND A BLUEBIRD EYEING THE BIRD FEEDER

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A BLOOMING CACTUS?

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A VERY UGLY BUG THAT WAS REAL!!!

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AND WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS IS?

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AND A REAL SPATHIPHYLLUM TO CLOSE!

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Drop by and see the show yourself.

ONE OF THE MANY GREAT SIGHTS OF SAINT LOUIS!

THE DELAYED DELIVERY OF MY HENRY SHAW BIRTHDAY PARTY VISIT

Ok, I promised to provide coverage of my visit to The Missouri Botanical Garden for the celebration of Henry Shaw’s birthday.

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I don’t think he would have been upset, since it was his 214th celebration. Anyway, it was an almost spring-like day that showed up at the end of July. So my friend Bill and I decided to meet for lunch and then head down to Mr. Shaw’s Garden Party.

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Lunch was the Taco Salad I had been craving for the past several weeks, and I was half way through it before I realized they had failed to put the salsa on it. My bad!

Anyway, once we got to the garden our first stop was the CORPSE FLOWER.

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It’s not a very attractive looking plant, and it rarely if ever blooms. And when it does bloom, you’ll understand how it got the name Corpse Flower. I actually smells like a rotting corpse. Lucky us, it didn’t bloom until the week after our visit.

Our next stop was the historic Museum/Library Building.DSC00245

The building is only open to the public on special occasions. It’s main feature is the fresco ceilings.DSC00246

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Sadly, the Saint Louis weather has affecting the aging plaster in the last several years.

Henry Shaw built his garden around his country home.DSCF0698

 

And that was the next stop on our tour.ShawCountryHome

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And the breakfast room that overlooks his herb garden.DSC00249

The dining room, bedrooms, parlor and office were filled with visitors which made photography impossible.

A visit to the garden is like stepping back in time to a Saint Louis of yesteryear, and you almost expect to see Mr. Shaw strolling around his garden.DSCF0697

Tomorrow, I’ll take you on our special visit through the Garden’s Climatron.DSC00271

 

 

 

 

But to be really honest …

This is the photo I really wanted to post for SUMMER LOVIN’ …DSC00252

But I figured too many people would find it obscene.  I don’t know why, it has been sitting in a sunny spot on the lawn of the Missouri Botanical Garden for as long as I can remember.

DAILY POST Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

THIS WEEK, SHARE A PHOTO THAT SAYS SUMMER LOVIN’ TO YOU! For more information click here!

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SUMMER’S FINEST BLOOMS DAY LILIES

And yes the peach one is my favorite.

 

31 DOC – Ornamental Butterflies … Day 24

Today, I took a break from folding an origami butterfly, and took the opportunity to enjoy the cool July weather that returned overnight. I went trekking and used my camera to capture images of butterflies I spied on my trek around town. 

FIRST LAWN ORNAMENTS I DISCOVERED IN MY OWN NEIGHBORHOOD …DSC00229

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They both have a center fan segment that catches the wind of twirls. The wind also rotates the butterflies to keep in the direction of the moving wind.

On a somewhat grander scale there was this giant Monarch Butterfly and Blossem made from a multitude of Lego blocks.Monarch

It was part of a special exhibit in the Missouri Botanical Garden in the Climatron which is a multi-level tropical greenhouse encased in a giant geodesic dome. I’ll cover more of my  TREK to the Garden in tomorrow’s and Saturday’s posts. In other words, that means I took a lot of photographs that I have to go through before I can post them. By the way, have you ever seen of CORPSE FLOWER? You will in one of my next posts.

30DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 6

Sunday is the sixth day of July and I’m still folding a paper butterfly in my 30 Days Of Creativity.DSC00101

THE BUTTERY YELLOW JENNY FLUTTERBY

Since I fold them, I get to name them. And please note that the names have no relationship to any butterfly living or dead.  Some I name on whim, some for a friend and this one for my niece and godchild who called butterflies FLUTTERBYS.

And here is a photo of a real butterfly that actually can be seen flying around Missouri.MoBut1

THE BLACK SWALLOW

I’ve actually seen these in my backyard. But not often.

And where would the butterflies be without the blossoms in my garden. Here’s what was blooming today …DSC00090

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – JUST ORCHIDS

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MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN 2014 ORCHID SHOW

WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS: Winter Break

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Missouri Botanical Garden – Orchids

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

This week, show us a photo of whatever you’d like, but make sure it’s saturated. It can be black and white, a single color, a few hues, or a complete rainbow riot; just make sure it’s rich and powerful. 

CLF2CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL – MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN

(Click on photo for larger brighter image.)

WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS – CUDDLY CACTI

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