Looking through the Botanical Center's dome you can see the clouds and one of the bridges that goes over the freeway in Des Moines.
Looking to the south of the Center you can see a small portion of the downtown area. The large gray roofed building is the Arena where the NCAA basketball games are being played. There are eight different college teams playing, none of them from Iowa. We have three college teams playing in that tournament but each one is playing in other states. I think one is out east, another is in Oklahoma and one is in Colorado.
Back inside the dome is this water feature that reflects the ceiling. The water runs over the edge and down a tall water fall. The water goes into the water stream that holds the koi and other small fish.
The temperatures at 84 degrees F. and the high humidity makes the orchids grow abundantly. I keep getting teased to by one at all the lumber stores and Walmart, but I know better. I guess if I had a room humidifier to run next to one I could keep them going. A lot of the store orchids end up in the dumpster as once the blooms are spent, no one buys them.
On one side to the giant greenhouse is a desert display. They remodeled this area and removed large cautus and replaced them with smaller specimens.
The birds won't like the rain but once it stops they will be back at it. The house finch is a rare sight for us but welcomed to join the goldfinches.
I hope all will have a good weekend. Tomorrow is the first day of spring. Thanks for stopping by today.