Category Archives: Sculpture

Missouri Botanical Garden 7.27.15

Lanterns

Lanterns

The Lantern Festival is going on now (through August 23rd) at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The lanterns are best enjoyed at night when they are all lit up but it was cool to see them in daylight too!

Many of the lantern displays are huge!

Many of the lantern displays are huge!

The lanterns are made of silk, steel and porcelain

The lanterns are made of silk, steel and porcelain

The Spy liked this elephant fountain

The Spy liked this elephant fountain

Galloping horses in front of the Climatron

Galloping horses in front of the Climatron

These lizard lanterns fit perfectly in front of the Linnean house (the oldest operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi)

These lizard lanterns fit perfectly in front of the Linnean house (the oldest operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi)

At theĀ children’s garden…

We cooled off in the fountains (I did too!)

We cooled off in the fountains (I did too!)

The kids in the maze...

The kids in the maze…Hmmm where are they?

Hi!

Hi!

And there's the Spy!

And there’s the Spy!

These "pincushion" gardens were very cool.

These “pincushion” gardens were very cool.

Definitely something to consider if you have a lot of succulents/other little plants!

Definitely something to consider if you have a lot of succulents/other little plants!

This nearly black elephant ear plant is like a sculpture

ThisĀ dark elephant ear plant is like a sculpture

The children's garden is set up like an old west town. I saw so many beautiful hanging baskets!

The children’s garden is set up like an old western town. So many beautiful hanging baskets!

Through the foliage, looks like a forbidden city! (A large porcelain lantern)

Through the foliage, looks like a forbidden city! (A large porcelain lantern)

That huge tree is an...

That huge tree is an…

Osage orange!

Osage orange!

Duck

Duck

Peacock

Peacock

Rope...

Rope…

walk

walk

Staying soaked was the key today! It was hot!

Staying soaked was the key today! It was hot!

Showing off a big tortoise shell!

Showing off a big tortoise shell!

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

The lanterns were very detailed; and amazing that all that silk and porcelain holds up in the elements!

The lanterns were very detailed; and amazing that all that silk and porcelain holds up in the elements!

Beautiful hand-painted silk! I bet this one looks really cool at night!

Beautiful hand-painted silk! I bet this one looks really cool at night!

Lily pads

Lily pads

Detail

Detail

Haha

Haha

Reflection

Reflection

Fuzzy stalk

Fuzzy stalk

Huge koi

Huge koi

This one had some weird eyelash-like things

This one had some weird eyelash-like things

A tiny glimpse of fall! But DEFINITELY did not feel like fall today!

A tiny glimpse of fall! But DEFINITELY did not feel like fall today!

Of course, we had to get a few...

Of course, we had to get a few…

Souvenirs! The coolest one being...

Souvenirs! The coolest one being…

A Venus fly-trap!

A Venus fly-trap!

Watch out flies!

Watch out flies!

Happy Monday friends!

Harvests, Art

Celosia (related to amaranth the leaves are edible and can be used like any green)

Celosia (related to amaranth the leaves are edible and can be used like any green)

The blackberries are nearly as big as baby's palm!

The blackberries are nearly as big as baby’s palm!

Missouri River sunrise (taken from the Daniel Boone Bridge)

Missouri River sunrise (taken from the Daniel Boone Bridge)

Plum! (the first of this tree; we only got 3 of them, but it was still exciting to finally get fruit!)

Plum! (the first of this tree; we only got 3 of them, but it was still exciting to finally get fruit!)

Corn (Kulli Black Incan)

Corn (Kulli Black Incan)

Check out these corn "feet"

Check out these corn “feet”

So cool!

So cool!

Busy bumblebees in the milkweed

Busy bumblebees in the milkweed

Sikkim cucumber (wet with rainwater) has a cool orange color and a crackle finish! (tastes the same as regular cucumbers)

Sikkim cucumber (wet with rainwater) has a cool orange color and a crackle finish! (tastes the same as regular cucumbers)

Our awesome new eno hammock! (thanks Nana & Pop!)

Our awesome new eno hammock! (thanks Nana & Pop!)

Lemon Bee Balm

Lemon Bee Balm

(part of) the garlic harvest!

(part of) the garlic harvest!

Dragon Tongue Bean blossoms

Dragon Tongue Bean blossoms

Baby showing a dragon tongue bean. These are my favorite beans to grow: crunchy, fresh and very pretty too!

Baby showing a dragon tongue bean. These are my favorite beans to grow: crunchy, fresh and very pretty too!

Seed saving (Nigella)

Seed saving (Nigella)

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

The rose of Sharon flowers turn this pretty blue-purple after they're done blooming. Tons of the spent blooms fall to the ground...

The rose of Sharon flowers turn this pretty blue-purple after they’re done blooming. Tons of the spent blooms fall to the ground…

Enough to make designs with!

Enough to make designs with!

Coneflowers

Coneflowers

And a few shots from the St. Louis Art Museum…

Torso with Smoochie (I tried to get him to take off his shirt and pose next to this, maybe next time) Hahajahah

Torso with Smoochie (I tried to get him to take off his shirt and pose next to this, maybe next time) Hahajahah

Ancient...

Ancient…

Flip flops!

Flip flops!

Look! It's just like being at our house!

Look! It’s just like being at our house!

See Tonguey at the very top of the picture and Tonguey II peeking out of the hole?

See Tonguey at the very top of the picture and Tonguey II peeking out of the hole?

Tonguey II as it turns out is the female (she is bigger and way more protective of the nest). I figured the larger one was the male but I don't think that is actually the case.

Tonguey II as it turns out is the female (she is bigger and way more protective of the nest). I figured the larger one was the male but I don’t think that is actually the case.

Who needs TV?

Who needs TV?

and this is really gross but I want to share…

Snake Toilet. Seriously gross. But at least it doesn't smell.

Snake Toilet. Seriously gross. But at least it doesn’t smell.

Tonguey II looking quite small with just her head peeking out

Tonguey II looking quite small with just her head peeking out

Tonguey II going under the deck probably to hunt for mice

Tonguey II going under the deck probably to hunt for mice

I’ll leave you with a more pleasant image (not that snakes aren’t cool and all)…

This large painting was my favorite of our latest visit. So dreamy and peaceful. Interesting how every time you go to the art museum you may be drawn to different pieces.

This large painting was my favorite of our latest visit. So dreamy and peaceful. Interesting how every time you go to the art museum you may be drawn to different pieces.

Hope you all had a nice weekend!

Tree Pants

A giant passed out in our driveway!!

A giant passed out in our driveway!!

Oh wait, its just some tree pants!

Oh wait, its just some tree pants!

Unicorn Barn

Unicorn Barn

Building blocks, au natural

Building blocks, au natural

Photogenic Dexie

Photogenic Dexie

Successful Bear Hunt

Successful Bear Hunt

Fun with a fallen tree

Fun with a fallen tree

This big dead tree has been looming over our cars for months. Relieved that Smoochie took it down before spring storm season!

This big dead tree has been looming over our cars for months. Relieved that Smoochie took it down before spring storm season!

Hanging out

Hanging out

These look so much like maps!

These look so much like maps!

View of the garden from the front deck

View of the garden from the front deck

All that dirt: full of possibilities!

All that dirt: full of possibilities!

Lemon Balm and Sorrel

Lemon Balm and Sorrel

Spy Garden 3.28.15

Spy Garden 3.28.15

A row of yellow wonder strawberries; I'm thinking of planting cukes among these.

A row of yellow wonder strawberries; I’m thinking of planting cukes among these.

Asparagus harvest coming soon!

Asparagus harvest coming soon!

I love our garden living room furniture (made by Smoochie)

I love our garden living room furniture (made by Smoochie)

Springy green grass!

Springy green grass!

Log Balance Beam

Log Balance Beam

Another view of the tree pants

Another view of the tree pants

Pants become shorts!

Pants become shorts!

And a few unrelated photos of the Missouri River at sunrise…

SO vibrant!

SO vibrant!

Pastel Sky

Pastel Sky

Happy Spring!