A Disappointing Trip to the Botanical Gardens

@sgbrown (1642)
United States
February 7, 2016 7:36am CST
On Friday, hubby had to make a trip up to Oklahoma City, so we decided to go by the botanical gardens while we were there. We had our little granddaughter, Jazzy, with us and thought she would really like to see all the flowers and butterflies. We were a little disappointed. I know this may not be the best time of year to visit a botanical garden, but I really expected to see more! Of course, everything we saw was inside but there was not a large variety of flowers nor were there very many butterflies. There was only one species of butterfly and they decided they were not going to be still long enough for me to get a picture of one. The lighting was terrible there too. I did get some pictures, but I have to say that I was rather disappointed.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Feb 16
Your photograph is outstanding. Do you know what kind of flower this is. You will have to take your granddaughter back in the spring.
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@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
7 Feb 16
Thank you, @fishtiger58! I am not sure what kind of flower this is, but it looks like it might be a Bird of Paradise. I wanted to jot down the names of the flowers I was taking pictures of, but that was too hard to do with a 4 year old tugging at my arm! Yes, we may go back in spring, hopefully their outdoor exhibits are better!
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@JudyEv (134907)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb 16
It looks to me like a Bird of Paradise too - also called a strelitzia.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Feb 16
@sgbrown I think you might be right about the name of the flower. Seems to me I have pics of this flower that I took at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. So beautiful.
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@JudyEv (134907)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb 16
We went to a butterfly house in England but found it very difficult to get good photos. Although the butterflies themselves were beautiful, the minute they landed they closed their wings and hid most of their lovely colouring.
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@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
7 Feb 16
These never seemed to land and when they did it was for just a second, then they were off again! I tried to take a few pictures, but none of them came out.
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@JudyEv (134907)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb 16
@sgbrown They're harder to photograph than birds I think.
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@LadyDuck (176819)
• Switzerland
7 Feb 16
As you correctly say, this is not the best time of the year to visit a Botanical gardens, but I understand that you would expect something more interesting inside.
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@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
9 Feb 16
The main reason I wanted to go there is because Jazzy loves butterflies and I thought she would be able to see many of them there. That was a big disappointment for both of us. I may try to go back this spring or summer, but I won't make a special trip, I will have to be in the neighborhood!
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@marlina (78066)
• Canada
7 Feb 16
It looks to me like a Bird of Paradise. Beautiful.
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@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
9 Feb 16
Thank you, @marlina I think most here agree with the flower being a Bird of Paradise.
@DianneN (85144)
• United States
8 Feb 16
I love that flower photo you posted. I know that visiting botanical gardens depends so much on the time of the year and where they are located. All I remember from my visit to Oklahoma City were the amount of beetles. That was one summer many years ago.
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@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
9 Feb 16
Oh no! That is a really creepy thing to remember Oklahoma City by! LOL There was one year that we had lady bugs everywhere! There were hundreds of them in the eaves of the house and around the windows, it was creepy!
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@DianneN (85144)
• United States
9 Feb 16
@sgbrown Too much of anything is creepy!
@GreatMartin (5786)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
8 Feb 16
Unless a botanical garden is aimed at growing/showing winter fauna I wouldn't go.
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@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
9 Feb 16
You are probably smarter than I am, @GreatMartin ! I just figured that they would have a larger indoor exhibit than what they had. I will have to find some place else to go until spring arrives!
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
9 Feb 16
@sgbrown But the saving factor is that while you were disappointed but all your granddaughter knew was that she with her grandmother having a great time!
@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
7 Feb 16
It is still a good outing. At least you do not get drenched in the rain! If you have the opportunity to visit us in Singapore, be sure to visit our Botanical Garden.
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@sgbrown (1642)
• United States
7 Feb 16
I would LOVE to visit Singapore and I am sure that your botanical gardens are breathtaking!
@Hannihar (42166)
15 Jun
@sgbrown That is too bad. What did your granddaughter say?
@ramapo17 (25614)
• Melbourne, Florida
27 Nov
That is to bad as a botanical garden is so beautiful to see. I have been to a few in New Jersey and loved them.
• United States
11 Mar 16
hmm, i thought those places'd controlled environments to ensure the proper needs'f the butterflies?? saddened that'cha were disappointed. perhaps next trip yer gonna be dazzled :)
@snowy22315 (52867)
• United States
28 Feb 16
aww, I guess winter is the wrong time to visit.
@mom210 (6771)
• Atlanta, Georgia
8 Feb 16
I would expect more as well, did you leave a comment for them? Maybe some feedback would help them upgrade.
@Scindhia (1943)
• Chennai, India
8 Feb 16
That's a great photo. My native is famous for its botanical garden. It is the most beautiful place there. We have flower shows and fruit shows in the summer. Maybe you can visit the botanical garden at some other time of the year.
@UncleJoe (10872)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
8 Feb 16
We went to the local botanical gardens but couldn't see much. Too many flowers were in the way.
@Corbin5 (116283)
• United States
7 Feb 16
You really did share a lovely photo with us. At least there were a few butterflies and flowers, but not enough to really enjoy and I know you wanted your granddaughter to get see more of the beauty.
@louievill (19708)
• Philippines
7 Feb 16
Sometimes things just don't come up as expected or we somehow already know or have a hint what to expect but still hope for the best,think that's life though there maybe disappointments at times, poor Jazzy but at least just to be there with her is already a blessing.