Foster Botanical Garden

Day 10

Destination: There are five botanical gardens located in different ecological settings around the island of Oahu, all of which I hope to see this month. First on the list is Foster Botanical Garden, the oldest of them all and the only one which is right downtown. It began in 1853 as a 5.5 acre site and has since grown to cover 13.5 acres. It’s a glorious refuge from the hubbub of the city.

Focus: Urban Garden

Soundtrack for the drive: Krishna Das, Pilgrim Heart

Quote of the Day: Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes ~ Author unknown

I spend a lot of time in the woods staring up at trees. What a treat to be able to do so in the heart of downtown with the sound of Buddhist chants emanating from nearby Kuan Yin Temple. This garden is an oasis of tranquility and serenity and I’m thankful upon entrance to have discovered it.

I also spend a lot of time photographing flowers. I’m no professional when it comes to composition, it’s just a matter of letting the flowers speak for themselves. Each and every image brings me a feeling of peace, of time well spent.

In Hawaii if you look up at enough trees you’re bound to come across something like this with a sign that says, “Watch Out For Falling Cannonballs.”

Lesson to remember: Be thankful and say Oh my god I actually live here every time I look up and see this:

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