Just when I thought I’d explored every inch of the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, I discovered the lush rainforest.
It is truly an enchanting place, especially first thing in the morning when there isn’t another soul on the trails, giving you an entire rainforest to yourself to explore.
Such solitude lends itself to observation, allowing you to notice treasures like this.
The trails lead up, up, up through fern grottoes, palm groves, and beautiful waterfalls.
I stood here a long time, lulled into reverie by the water and wind through the palm fronds.
At first glance the rainforest is a sea of greens – lime, Kelly, emerald – but if you move slowly, you discover stunning blossoms in colors and shapes straight out of Dr. Seuss stories.
The trees are like marvelous sculptures with their incredible above ground root systems and wondrously textured trunks covered in stripey layers and spiky knobs.
The rainforest is a wonderful place to amble through, quiet, utterly serene, and astonishing.
It is the colors that delight me the most with their strange shapes and dazzling hues.
And I love the rough stones steps that make the rainforest look like the setting for an Indian Jones movie.
Aren’t these blooms amazing? Looking at the simple green leaves you’d never imagine that such beauteous flowers would emerge.
My favorite trees were these ones, hung with oblong gourds that dangled like otherworldly Christmas ornaments.
It is the bobbing gourds and enormous pods resembling pine cones that turn simple bushland into something exotic.
I’d never seen anything like these luminous blue blossoms almost hidden in a profusion of glossy green leaves.
And I loved these ones that look like purple tipped flames. Wondrous.
What is the last place that awed you with its beauty? xo