On a particularly bad day, The Boyfriend cheered me up by accompanying me to our school's greenhouse. I had been there many years ago--in middle school(!)--but he had never been before. It was a very fun experience, and we saw many beautiful and cool looking plants. Here is a tiny sample of them. Enjoy!
This cactus (I think) was outside the greenhouse. I like the contrast of the milky gray and the dark tips of the edges. I tried to avoid as much of the green grass in the background, but this is as best as I could get. The other picture was a little too zoomed in for my taste.
Fuzzy cactus! I have a special place in my heart for cacti. Maybe it's the thought that they are so poky yet so cute! Their little armor brings to mind the image of a little kid trying to brandish a weapon to protect himself. So little, and yet so hopeful.
But my goodness, these lily pads are freaky. They have SPIKES on the bottom! It's like those people you meet who you think are nice and innocent, and then they turn out to be all claws and biting. For some reason I only remember these lily pads from the previous time I visited those 8 years ago. It's probably because of the scary spikes...
I'm sure I've seen these fragile little flowers before on cacti. But what is interesting about this picture is the line of spikes hiding on the right. Such an unexpected image...
Isn't it interesting how some cacti have flowers that bloom in a ring around the top? I like this contrast between pink and white.
It looks like a pokemon!
This little guy was growing off the side of another cactus. I'm not sure why the cactus looks different though...
This was in the rain forest section of the greenhouse. What an interesting flower...
The rest of the pictures were form the tropical section.
I like the soft washed out color of this flower coupled with the water droplets. But the background washes it out a little, I think.
The flower of a lily pad. It looks a little creepy...But a beautiful color.
This reminds me of a caterpillar. They are tiny little flowers all bunched together. The Boyfriend thought they were cool looking.
The colors remind me of a more delicate poinsettia But I find the shape of the right flowers intriguing. They look like origami balloons.
This pink little ball was really unexpected.