Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Arid Dome and a Teaser

After looking over all of my "Domes" pictures, I've decided that there must be 3 blogs on them since there is so much to see. I've put a little "teaser" at the end of this to show you what will be coming next.
First, I forgot to mention that there will be Chinese New Year's celebration at the Domes next week. Below you see what was set up at the entrance with a table nearby explaining the exhibits, workshops and performances that were offered. To the left of this was the Arid Dome.

This Dome housed many desert and semi-arid plants. You'd assume that there would be only cactus but there was all manner of plant life that could flourish in this habitat. And another surprise was that the temperatures were somewhat cool - not hot at all. Much more bearable than the ultra-humid Tropical Dome!













The next picture is of the palm itself.


















The parakeets especially liked to nest in the above palm.

Guy looking for parakeets ????









What is amazing to me are all the various adaptations to minimum water conditions that have evolved over the eons. Such diversities of form but all succeeding in the same function! Our world is truly wonderful!
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HOLY SMOKES!! WHAT IS THIS????
I will explain Gulliver in the next post . . . .
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Seeing my birth-cord
Kept at our old
Native place . . .
New Year's Day I wept.
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Basho

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!

(I know, Basho was Japanese, but it is still a lovely poem for Chinese New Year.)

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Bye for now,

Alyssa

10 comments:

alicesg said...

Wow very lovely cactus. I had some cactus plants in my flower blog too but I think yours are so lovely. You might like to view. http://alicesgflowersphotoblog.blogspot.com/

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great set of pictures here... the plants on view are stunning.. such shapes... I would be snapping away to the memory card was full.

Mary said...

It's amazing what grows in such arrid conditions. I enlarged that last photo - Wow! I'd love to see that up close. Can't wait to see more, Alyssa!

Alyssa said...

Alice - I will check out your pictures - thank you. Cactus are neat!

Tom - Thank you for the compliment. I did, in fact, take many pictures - over 250! I couldn't stop!

Mary - The last photo is funny and you will get a kick out of the rest of the pictures. It is a rather odd thing to have at the Domes but it put a smile on everyone's face.

Kerri said...

Oh you got some LOVELY shots! I wish we had "The Domes" around here!

kate said...

The Domes certainly have some large specimens, unlike the plant conservatory I was at here. I love all manner of cactus and succulents. They are amazing plants. Did they have any air plants - at least that's what I call them - I think they are epiphytic? It's too late to check them out because I'll get reading about them and forget to come back and post a comment.

You certainly covered a lot of terrritory on our outing! I'm looking forward to your next post, Alyssa!

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