Monday, I went with a friend to visit the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. I had a great time.
Unfortunately, my “real” camera tends to get a bit fussy when it doesn’t have an SD card.
Thankfully, my phone pictures turned out okay and I’ve decided to share a few of them with you for this week’s Five on Friday post. Be sure to check out all the other blogs linked up over at the F.A.S.T. blog, our hosts for this link up.
One: Monet At Work
Two: Another Statue
We took a wrong turn (our first of a few) and wound up on the Sculpture Garden Trail.
A few years ago one of the statues was at the center of a bit of controversy as the subject is a bare-chested female. If interested, you can read a bit about it and see a picture of the sculpture in question in this article.
I didn’t take a picture of that statue as it didn’t really intrigue me. It might be something that would give an immature teenager a few giggles but not much else.
This sculpture seemed far more interesting to me.
Three: Enchanted Forest Exhibit
Our main goal in visiting was to view this exhibit. Everything was done in a woodland style. I felt for children viewing this exhibit subjected to the “please, do not touch” signs as even as an adult it took a bit of self-control (see my Tuesday post for another photo) The end or beginning of the exhibit, it was a bit hard to find. While the exhibit was interesting and left me wanting to run home to get my dolls so I could play, it wasn’t as big as I anticipated. It also wasn’t exactly what I expected.
I had hoped to see more colorful fairy gardens stretched throughout the gardens. Next time, maybe they’ll ask for my advice, ha!
One final picture of this area, I must include this tree. Is this not the perfect place to build a tree house?
Four: Train Garden
Aside from the rather long journey to get there and the blazing sun, I found the train garden to be a bit more enchanting than the Enchanted Forest. Loved watching the train go through the town and over the bridge. Finally, I managed a photo of the actual train in action!
Five: Random Nature Stuff
We took a few wrong turns in our quest to find the Enchanted Forest as well as return from it. They could stand to mark their trails just a bit better out there.
Many, many thanks to my ever prepared friend for sharing her bug repellent with me! However, not all bugs were a nuisance.
We saw many different types of dragonflies while wandering. In addition to being grateful for my friend sharing her bug repellent (we also saw and heard many mosquitoes), I was also grateful for an air-conditioned visitor center!
This pretty bouquet of fresh-cut flowers graced one of the tables.
We only saw a small portion of the large area. Perhaps we’ll get back there on a cooler day and I’ll remember to pop the SD card into my camera when we do. Many thanks again to my dear friend for joining me on such a fun adventure!