I don’t know how many times I have been to Rio’s botanical gardens, ‘Jardim Botanico’. Walking over from Ipanema several times a year, lugging my Nikon D40x in a small backpack and carrying the point and shoot in my handy pocket, my purpose focused on a brisk walk, on exercise, on calories and fat loss. Seeing interesting sights but not stopping, not giving up on my exercise. As in all change, slowly the purpose of the walk has become a stroll to see; to see the birds, to see the leaves, and to see the flowers that are prominent during my walk: stopping to watch a child play, to find the birds in song, so walk down the slope for a closer look at a flower.
I can’t say that yesterday I jumped eagerly out of bed, it was more of a slow roll and groan, but I did wake with a determination to walk to the gardens to see what was blooming. I managed to leave the apartment a little after ten, walked to the Lagoa, partially around it to the little street that cuts beside the Jockey club to Rua Jardim Botanico.
Along the walk were young boys playing soccer, a class of rowers, a tennis match, a small construction on the path, and the usual bikers and joggers. A small tree was in bloom showing me, for the first time, its abundant, bright red, waxy leafed flowers. Anyone know the name of this tree / flower?
A crane wading gracefully among the reeds.
and bright yellow birds hidden among the red leaves of the fig trees.
It took me a good 40 minutes to get to the gardens. I must have been looking up or sideways, detracted or something, because I missed the shortcut that runs along the water. I ended up walking along the street, surrounded by cars, busses and speeding motor bikes – not the best way to go if you want peace and beauty.
It now cost $R6.00 to get into the gardens – a bargain for sure, but another change. I always promise myself that I will walk the trails to the right of the entrance but when I arrive – I go left (because I know where the bathrooms are!). Yesterday, I changed to my bigger camera and went to the right.
Good choice! Along the outer edge of the gardens are huge old trees. I will put those photos into an album for you to see.
There was not much in the way of flowers this time of year, but there were a few surprises to take pleasure in.
More Later !