By the calendar, here in the northern hemisphere, it’s the first day of Spring in two days which is why today’s weather forecast for Philadelphia is disturbing: snow and the dreaded “wintry mix” with about an inch of accumulation expected. Really? And those daffodils in Rittenhouse Square? What about them?
I’m using my store of memories from our recent trip to Hawaii to try to propel myself into a sunnier frame of mind. I thought maybe a blog post about the Tropical Botanical Garden outside of Hilo, Hawaii on the Big Island would help blast me from my “shouldn’t winter be over by now?” funk.
Dan and Pauline Lutkenhouse, the founders of the non-profit Garden, had the space hand-carved out of 37 acres of dense tropical jungle. Visitors descend down a steep hillside on a boardwalk and winding trails to the shore of Onomea Bay. Neither Steve nor I are ardent horticulturalists, so I expected the two hours our tour gave us at the Garden to be over-long, but we found ourselves captivated by the intense flowers, foliage and setting for the entire time. Here are some of our visual memories:
The colors are riotous.
Water is key to the environment.
At the bottom of the garden, awaits the seascape of Onomea Bay.
Okay. I feel better now. Outside my window, it’s gray. But, in my mind’s eye, I’m in a tropical botanical garden.
If you enjoyed this post, it is now part of a blog “round-up” about nature travel on the Green Global Travel blog. There you can find posts by other bloggers inspired by this theme. This post has also been shared on a German travel blog hop about “islands”, Travel World On-Line. This must be a popular one. I also shared it on Noel Morata’s photography blog.