Saturday, February 12, 2011

Botanical Garden in the winter

Yesterday I went to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  I've been meaning to go for a while to get snow pis. So here they are:

This is my typical Ottoman Garden shot, but this time in the snow:

I call this one "Robin in Tree"

The Climatron

Iris Garden: this sign is about the only interesting thing in the garden during the winter

English Woodland Garden

Icicles above waterfall

Japanese Garden - yes, that is a pond under that snow

That is an island in the middle of the pond-- the name of the island escapes me at the moment-- it's only open to the public once a year during the Japanese festival.

Here you can tell it's a pond! Some of the ice has melted.

The ducks enjoy the ice

I have a picture of this fountain at this angle last spring.

Duck prints? Maybe geese?

When I got home, the sky by my house was pretty amazing. The blueness, the clouds, perfect.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ice Day!

It's pretty icy and snowy out there today. I decided to go take a few pictures of the ice in my front and backyard. First up is a picture of my house in the snow. You can see ice building up on the mailbox (it was frozen shut! I guess no mail for us today!). Oh and I also took the address off the mailbox...can't take any chances.

Here is some grass stuff (no that's not the actual name of it). This one was actually in my neighbor's yard, but it's pretty close to my front yard.

Apparently there is a berry tree/bush? in our backyard... who knew? But the berries frozen in ice were pretty neat.

Even the tree branches are frozen.

The tiki torches on the back patio collected icicles.

Jerry's paw adorable!

I went inside and a couple hours later (after my workout and shower) birds started landing on the trees outside. I was a little upset because my hair was wet and I didn't want to go back outside(the birds probably would have scattered at my presence anyway). So I opened the blinds in the office and snapped a few shots.