Botantastic

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Fact: There was a point when I was thinking I’d like to be a botanist.

Fact: I was in 8th grade.
Fact: That is just weird.

First of all, what 8th grader would ever think they’d like to do that when they grow up? Second of all, you’d think that if I liked botany I’d be able to keep my plants healthy. Heck, I’d even be happy with alive!

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So even though I’m not a natural gardener, I truly have such respect and awe for nature. I feel so comfortable in it. I relish in studying the details of every species of plants I come upon. I adore photographing them.
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We happen to be in Denver during free day at the Denver Botanic Gardens. What a joyful evening we spent wandering in acres of beauty! Rob and I both felt like this was a highlight of all the times we’ve visited Denver and we could have literally spent all day there.

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All the different gardens were unique and severely wonderful but I very much loved the Japanese Garden (it was so serene and easy on the eyes with the simple plantings and curving lines.

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My favorite, though, was the tropical (or jungle) atrium. I was stupefied by the strange varieties that I’ve never seen before. They are all about survival of the fittest yet so many of them rely on each other to do it.

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I was smitten with the larger-than-me palm leaves that creased like a fan and then separated at the ends.

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We didn’t have our Nikon with us so you get to enjoy phone pics. We will return (with a real camera)!

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