Bees and blossoms instead of birds

Bees and blossoms instead of birds

Back in November I went to the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. I wrote a report for you about the not so swampy swamp on the west side of the park, and on reflection, it isn't very interesting. I will just save that as a draft in case I have nothing to post some day. Or maybe I will go back in the Spring and see if it is better. Just too dry to be a swamp. No birds.

But this report on the actual Gardens has lots of color and is a welcome change from our cold winter weather.

Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. It only seems like it is half-way to Dallas if you live in Sugar Land

Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. It only seems like it is half-way to Dallas if you live in Sugar Land

The east side of the park is a formal garden with brick paths and fountains. I think there is a gift shop, but I didn't bother with that as I have too much stuff already. After not finding any birds on the wild side of the park, I decided to console myself with the flowers. Surely there would be some birds amongst the plants I could watch and photograph?

I confess, I didn't take many wide range shots but it is a lovely place. I had birds on my mind and I was rather focused.

Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

But I noticed this strange purple spiked plant. It had such structure and I was practicing trying to fade out the background and ...

Purple spikey thing

Purple spikey thing

and... and...

OMG

OMG

I was rather surprised. There were butterflies and moths and bugs and all kinds of things just begging to be photographed.

Now, the day seemed a lot brighter and I started really looking at the plantings. This place was teeming with life if you just looked for it.

Color coordinated bug and flower with surprise Mosquito Hawk

Color coordinated bug and flower with surprise Mosquito Hawk

Yellow flower with bee

Yellow flower with bee

This turned out to be great fun. There is a butterfly garden as well and that added a lot of new subjects.

Yellow flower and butterfly

Yellow flower and butterfly

Orange flower and butterfly with eyes

Orange flower and butterfly with eyes

And I will leave you with this collection:

Butterfly drive-in restaurant

Butterfly drive-in restaurant

This post did not have a single bird in it! Do you like reading about subjects besides birds? Would you mind if I wandered off-subject and did a post about ... architecture or old buildings? As long as it had neat photos? What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Back to Back Brazos Bend

Back to Back Brazos Bend

Tastes like Chicken?

Tastes like Chicken?