Bumming Around with Daisy 2011 travel blog

Richard Reynolds - Dahlia Cultivar

Richard Reynolds - Hartweg's Lupine

Richard Reynolds - Indian Paintbrush

Richard Reynolds - Lemon Beebalm

Richard Reynolds - Poppy 'Drama Queen'

Richard Reynolds - Sunflower

Stella Alesi - Left: Cicada & Shell. Right: Grasshopper Exo Skeleton

Stella Alesi - Pomegranate Blooms

Stella Alesi - Pomegranates

Stella Alesi - Pyracantha Diptych

Savanna Meadow - Red Flags - View from Tower

Savanna Meadow - Red Flags

Savanna Meadow - Cave

View from Wildflower Cafe Window

Possumhaw By McDermott Learning Center

Grasshopper Weather Vane

Today Virginia Staats and I visited the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It was cloudy when we started but it soon cleared up. The temperature was chilly and it was a bit windy but we had dressed for it. There was much to see today, with three special exhibits.

We went first to the Visitor's Gallery, where there was an interesting exhibit of tree, grass and other kinds of seeds. Then we went to the McDermott Learning Center to see the exhibitions of high-resolution composite floral photographs by Richard Reynolds and the botanical paintings by Stella Alesi. They were gorgeous!

After a delicious lunch in the Wildflower Café, we walked out into the Savanna Meadow to see the little cave (closed to the public for insurance reasons) and the site-specific sculpture composed of over 200 red flags made from salvaged wood and steel by Bill Ivey and Bob Taylor. They use such elements as distance, vantage and optics to engage the audience. I'll have to confess that this exhibit didn't exactly engage me. :>)

After this, we still had enough energy to walk on the John Barr trail. There were interpretive signs along the way. Before heading home, we went to the gift shop so Virginia could buy a book she had had her eyes on for a while.

We had a good time but we missed the rest of our group. They were unable to participate due to various reasons.

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