Traveling to faraway places I enjoy seeing the various types of flora and fauna of a region. I have seen Impatiens growing wild along the mountainside of Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. I was reminded of Texas when I saw endless fields of wildflowers while on a train journey from Casablanca to Marrakech in Morocco. Traveling around the world provides the opportunity to explore what is different about a location as well as finding the commonality.
Given the opportunity I always stop to take photos of the flowers during my travels. Here are several flower photos from my solo travels over the last few years.
I haven’t identified all of the flowers yet, please help me out if you know any of the names.
I saw the ceibo flowers blooming near the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires. I had never seen this flower before. They bloom on the ceiba tree which is found in the tropical climates of South America, Central America, Southeast Asia, and West Africa.
I loved the contrast of the bright yellow flowers against the blue sky in Sao Paulo. I walked past this tree several times each day along the street where I stayed in Sao Paulo.
While visiting Montreal Botanical Gardens in 2013 I enjoyed the massive exhibit known as Mosaicultures Internationales which has been hosted by Canada, China, and Japan in the past.
Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is a short taxi ride from the medina (walled city) and also features a Berber Museum. The gardens were first planted by Jacques Majorelle who initially purchased land in 1923. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge purchased Jardin Majorelle in 1980.
My mother and grandmother always had gorgeous flower gardens and my mom’s garden provides enjoyment to plenty of people and bees and butterflies.
Springtime in China – beautiful magnolia blooms!
Taking the cable car up Montserrat in Bogota is the best way to have view of the city. There were flower gardens at the top and I loved the silvery leaves on this plant with the bright yellow flowers. I must remember to ask my mother what is the name of the flower because I am certain she will know – or she will find out for me!
I enjoyed my week in Manzanillo Costa Rica immensely – the variety of flora and fauna is amazing! Every day I would see something new, from toucans to a Jesus lizard on land and brightly colorful tropical fish to the surreal sight of a manta ray while snorkeling off the beach.
If you want to see thousands of tulips in bloom visit Istanbul in April. The streets are lined with tulips of all colors and April is still a little cool in the evenings but usually warm during the daytime – a perfect time to visit the only city in the world that is part European and part Asian.
Spring is my favorite season in Austin Texas because there are several flowers that only bloom during the springtime such as bluebonnets, wisteria, and red bud. All are a friendly reminder of warmer days ahead.
I hope you have enjoyed touring these gardens and flowers from faraway fields.
Have you visited any botanical gardens while traveling? What is your favorite place to enjoy nature while traveling?
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