Yesterday made it over the the Royal Botanical Gardens for a little walk to celebrate the end of February. I managed to remember my camera, Kevin's binoculars, the batteries for the binoculars, the parking pass, the membership card pass, tissues, extra gloves, my sunglasses, my regular glasses and reduced my wallet so that it could be sealed in one of my pockets. Unfortunately I forgot the birdseed - must have pulled it out when I was trying to make room for my wallet. Kevin & I have seen people hold out their hands to feed the birds and wanted to do the same. Oh well, next time. Lots of people out and about with their children. A good, not too expensive thing to do on a Sunday ($1.00 for parking if you're just walking the trails).
And, if you remember some of my other RBG trail posts - look at how the sight has changed in just a couple of weeks. This area had been covered in snow.
I was shocked to see that so much of the ice had melted.
From time to time, we'd hear a big snap. A little alarming when you're walking across an elevated wooden walkway - but the noises were just the ice buckling, breaking off to join the creek.Thank goodness for the blue sky, any colour that had been in these rushes has been frozen and dissolved in the melting snow.
Not a very glamorous photo - but just look at how the dogwood colour is starting to colour. Or maybe, I'm just imagining it really is starting to take on a spring-like hue.
I didn't realize how many little feeder streams there are leading into this wetland. We probably walked on this one a couple of weeks ago when it was snowy without knowing.
So it was back to the RBG to show Kevin the new atrium, the bugs and take a quick tour of the glasshouse in order to store up some green in the back of our eyeballs. Lots of children checking out the African Snail. Quite funny, the interpreter asked the parents to stand back and the children to come forward. The parents seemed more than happy to let their children come forward to pet the snail while they watched from afar.
They really were having a lovely time - the next creature was a little walking stick.
I missed the notice about the orchid show and unfortunately we had to get back home for Kevin to get to work, so we just did a little rubber necking as we were ushered through the paid area of the Orchid show. This is one of the plain vanilla orchids on the outside of the show. So sorry I didn't get a chance to check them out - just stunning. Will be sure to put it in my calendar for next year.