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Botanical Gardens - Part II

If you missed part one, here is a link to the Migrant Butterflies

...to continue with our little time we spent at the Botanical Gardens, before we arrived there, as we drove down the back way to avoid the heavy traffic flow, we went through a residential area. There, in a field yet to be developed with homes, we spotted three coyotes. Being that it is a boulevard with absolutely no place to pull over, we whipped a u-turn and stopped the car in a turn-around spot. I took these from the car window so not all that clear....



...when we arrived, we paid our entrance fee, and began walking the grounds. Many acres of open field to search for birds. And to enjoy the many points of interest along the way. For some time now, the Gardens has had a special showing of a Texan Artist from Houston scattered strategically in areas with such awesome, yet bizarre works of art. All his work is made from scrap metal and junk yard items. Some even are animated - one I read, even shoots fire. I will share the photos of his works that I captured in the concluding post.

But for now, I share THIS bird [one of his works]  I may be cheating a little bit on the "WILD" bird for Wednesday, but it's wild in a whole 'nother sense.   It's entitled FREEBIRD In a way, I really like the shadow it cast on the lawn just as much as the sculpture...


This freebird was positioned and anchored just a few feet from the rose pavilion. Roses of every kind and color were opened into full bloom and buds [photos 1 and 3]!! And a bush [photo 2] that was heavily shrouded in blossoms was gorgeous. The Plumeria [photo 4] wasn't all that showy this time of year. In fact, the Garden's staff store these somewhere in the cold months and bring them out the the Plumeria Garden again in the Spring when threat of cold nights no longer exist.



...other than the wildlife that shares the property like birds and coyotes and snakes and lizards [the Garden does have indoor exhibits of tropical birds such as parrots and cockatiels, they also have lizards and turtles]. Just adjacent to the children's playground, they had a tortoise behind a fence. This is my Good Fences for the week!


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  1. Junk art is one of my favorite things. Will be anxious to see your other pictures. We hardly ever see coyotes at the ranch anymore. The last one was road kill near the gate onto the place.

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    1. This is the 2nd time we've seen 'em in 10 years.

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  2. I so love your nature photos! We have a bad coyote problem here, and they are killing cats for food (which makes me shudder!). The tortoise sure does look like a wise old fella! Thanks for always sharing the beauty you find all around you!

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    1. Oh my....that is not good. The families losing their pets to coyotes? Thanks for the compliments Terri.

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  3. so exciting to see those coyotes, they are beautiful to me and i love the roses, the freebird is not to my taste but took a lot of talent to create it. the odd thing is my favorite photos today are of that tortoise. i just love those and the tortoise.

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    1. ...thanks Sandra. Some of that junk art is sooooooo weird.

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  4. Great post Anni! I have never seen more than one coyote at a time and that was a very long time ago. The sculpture is a neat work of art, I loved the flowers and the close-ups on the turtle. He has such a cute face.

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    1. giggle....cute....maybe to its mother?!! Not that I'm calling YOU the mom, but you know what I mean.

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  5. What a face on that turtle! Very nice set of pictures, and I also look forward to more junk art! :-)

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  6. Great shots, Anni. Those coyotes are such pests for the farmers and goat herds.

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    1. neighborhood cats, now goats....nasty boogers then.

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  7. hungry hunters returning home for the day, maybe. love the tortoise!

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    1. ....they do look a bit bloated...from their hunt.

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  8. Beautiful pictures Anni
    All perfectly photographed, my compliments.
    Best regards, Irma

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  9. How wonderful that you have a botanical gardens to visit. How do you do, Mr. turtle? I sure do love the Freebird shadow. (My daughter's horse was named Freebird.)

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    1. What a neat name for her horse. Love it.

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  10. As one who gets excited about seeing a boring old fox I would be totally over the moon about seeing a real live Coyote - fantastic. Even better to photograph one or three.

    Now about your new friend behind the fence Anni. Well he's not exactly good looking is he although I guess his momma loves him?

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    1. LOL...you're so very right. Only a face mamma could love. As for you and coyotes, I WOULD go bananas over seeing a fox!!!

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  11. What wonderful captures for the day, Anni!! Love seeing coyotes!! The Free Bird is awesome -- particularly it's shadow! Such lovely flowers and Sir Turtle is a gem!!! Doesn't get any better than these! Thanks for a great start for my day! Hope your week is going well!

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    1. ...it's always good to read your positive feedback Sylvia. Thanks.

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  12. That's a great sculpture for some gardens...the perfect place for it actually.....

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  13. The coyotes are a treat! I used to see them in Texas all the time; not so much here. This botanical garden looks like a gold mine for wildlife.

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    1. To be honest, this garden area is more beautiful flowers and greenhouses that I enjoy more. But it's a great place to walk around for birding too. The snakes spotted all too often is a booger for me. lol

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  14. All great photos but I especially like the coyotes and the wild bird!

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  15. I love that bird sculpture and of course the roses. Roses are my favourites and enjoy seeing them wherever they pop up,even on the blog.

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    1. ...glad to know you enjoyed the sculpture and roses Ruth

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  16. you've got it all today. Those roses are beautiful and I really like the close up on the turtles face

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  17. Love your photos! The sculpture is very cool and the roses are beautiful!

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  18. Love the coyotes and the tortoise! Great sighting. The sculpture is so interesting too! I cover my plumeria on cold nights...it loses all its leaves and then starts fresh in the spring. Looks like the botanical gardens was a great place to vsiit between the butterflies, the critters and the flowers...oh, and the art! :-) Glad you enjoyed my post of Sabino Canyon. Have one more of that day to post.

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    1. I will look forward to more of Sabino Canyon

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  19. I don't think I've ever seen three coyotes in one place. I hear them almost every night, though.

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    1. We used to hear them a lot when in Tucson AZ, but not here. I would love to have them 'singing' to me at night.

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  20. Great creature photos and some beautiful blossoms, too. Those coyotes look large and well-nourished. Ours seem more long-legged and spindly. The tortoise seems to be smiling at you, Annie.

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    1. Nah....well, maybe laughing at me. LOL

      He showed me the inside of his mouth just before I took the last two photos. I think he was playing tricks on me.

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  21. Wow, such beautiful blooms and beasts... nice rest stop in my day.

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    1. {{{Shadow}}} It's been a long time. You've been on my mind a lot lately. Hope you're doing well. Glad this was a good restful stop on your blog-tripping.

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  22. Hello Anni, cool sighting of the coyotes! I love the tortoise! And the flowers are beautiful! Great post and images! Enjoy your day!

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    1. ...thanks Eileen, Hope you enjoy your day also.

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  23. Wonderful pictures Anni!
    I never saw a turtle from that close :))
    Thanks for sharing.

    【ツ】Knipsa

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  24. Great shots. I love art in gardens. It really makes the experience.
    Them coyote's look look kind of fat and sassy.

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    1. I think maybe they just finished dining?

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  25. thanks for linking, anni!

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    1. ...thank YOU Ms. T for hosting.

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  26. Great coyotes pictures and nice catch on the wild bird! Awesome turtle's face closed up and Pretty roses!

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  27. Freebird is an interesting sculpture and I too like its shadow.

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    1. ...me too. I think I like the shadow better than the sculpture

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  28. Great coyotes pictures . We have some but mostly wolves down the lane and Moose.

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  29. What amazing and lovely shots.

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  30. How neat to spot that many coyotes together. You did great getting photos of them. What a fun place this must have been. Those sculptures sound so interesting. I like the "bird" one, it is wild looking. Very pretty flowers and what a cool looking tortoise behind that fence.

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  31. Another patient turtle!

    I hardly ever see coyotes...
    ~

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    1. ...hope you enjoyed them!!

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  32. I love the coyotes. They're gorgeous animals.

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  33. I love botanical gardens; they are such pleasant places to visit! Neat that you were able to spot the coyotes. The Freebird sculpture is interesting, and I enjoyed the photos of the roses; they remind me of my visit to the rose garden in State Center, IA.

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    1. Everything and anything with roses are favorites of mine. Thanks Bethany.

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  34. A great spot at the beginning there with the coyotes....love the bird sculpture!

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  35. Beautiful shots of the coyotes!

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  36. Your contribution to SWF is great!

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  37. we have a metal bird too, but I like real birds. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Ann...your comment link takes me to a profile of yours with no blogs listed?!!!!

      I like the 'real' birds better too.

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  38. Oh my goodness, three coyotes at one time. Glad you got some pictures of them.

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  39. what a neat place to visit. I agree...the shadow of the metal bird is neat. beautiful flowers and the turtle is so homely he's cute.

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  40. Great collection of photos.

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  41. What a lovely place to wander round. I am sure you saw beautiful flowers and a lot of birds as well as the coyotes. that fellow behind the fence is certainly not pretty

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    1. LOL...as they say "only a face a mama could love".
      Thanks Margaret

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  42. I spent some time in hospital Tuesday and Wednesday and so trying to make some visits. Seeing Coyotes out like that is always still a surprise and yet intriguing to me, as I see them every so often and try to stop for pics too. It looks like you enjoyed a lovely stroll~

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    1. ...thanks Mary. Hope you're feeling much better and resting well, at home!!

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  43. Anni, let me clarify...the trucker who took out the overpass will most definitely be fined for taking out the overpass, and the company he works for will be, too. The trucker will probably never drive again, especially if he is a company driver. IF he survived the wreck...this kind of wreck is usually fatal.

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    1. Luckily it was the last section of the haul that was too high for the clearance - or it no doubt would have been serious or fatal.

      Thanks for the update.

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  44. P.S. Love the coyotes. They are a very favourite of mine.

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  45. Love that tortoise face!

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  46. Nice shots - and don't worry about cheating there is far more to WBW than just birds on twigs - well, thats what I'd like to think!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. ...thanks for the vote of confidence Stewart

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  47. Hi Anni, stopping back to say thank you you so much for linking up to my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

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  48. Your photos are fantastic. What an interesting place to visit. I enjoyed the tour of this place very much. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  49. I'd be over the moon to see a real live coyote! Glad you got the photos and shared them.

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  50. Looks like a great place to wander around for a long time! I'm with you, I like the shadow cast by the Freebird as much as the sculpture itself - maybe more!

    As usual, a wonderful post to enjoy!

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    1. ...thanks Wally. The shadow likeness...well, that makes two of us then.

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