Danaus plexippus

As we continue our tour of Cox Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio, we come to the seasonal Butterfly House.  A wonderful example of Ohio butterflies and completely FREE!  The staff and volunteers were super at explaining and pointing out various stages of butterfly life cycles – which you will see in upcoming posts.  This photo shows a chrysalis studded with gold.  The top is actually a row of tiny dots merging into a golden line.  This very golden circle is how they got their name.  American colonists noticed this line, which looked very much like the crown of their king – thus Danaus plexippus is better known as a Monarch.

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Cyan

I climbed inside this Blue Spruce (edges of photo), hoping I could get a different view of the Monet Bridge at Cox Arboretum. When I went to photograph it from the front – water view – it was full of visitors, so I waited and walked.  I found this view just outside of the Crab-apple Allee and I rather like it. In the background you see the Education buildings and the ornamental grass display.  My regret of the day was never actually walking across the bright aqua structure!  Ah!  I reason to return.

Best for Last

Our day at Cox Arboretum had come to an end.  We had toured the butterfly house, hiked the yellow trail, raced down the Crabapple allee, gotten lost in the boxwood labyrinth and gazed upon the Treetops tower – wishing we could ascend. As we walked toward the parking lot, this Metropark in Dayton, Ohio had one last gift in store for me.  The combination of plants you see here…Castor Bean, Tiger Eye Sumac, annual Plumbago, Viburnum and Juniper.  What glorious color and texture surprise for the eyes.

Thank you Cox Arboretum for making my day!

Free to…

explore. Free to play.  Free to feel inspired.  The motto of Citygarden, a project of the city of Saint Louis.

Here you see the Splash Plaza with native Panicum (Switch Grass) at its peak in the mid September sunlight.  To the right the sculpture Voyage by Jean-Michel Folon floats. “Everyman” sits with raincoat and hat in a boat opposite a sleeping cat.  “Everyman” is about to embark on a voyage, but he is not the one rowing the boat.  Shall we call this life?