|Downtown Buenos Aires|
Things here are similar and yet so different from our life in Florida. I've been especially interested in the flora and fauna (no surprise) and stop at every chance to see the butterflies, flowering trees and backyard birds of Buenos Aires. In fact, I was planning on writing my next entry about urban wildlife. And then I found the Botanical Garden! A student in the lab of the professor who invited my husband to teach shares my interest in insects and he told me about a lovely garden on the UBA campus. I decided to scope it out today and was overjoyed to find this wonderful little sanctuary in the midst of the big city. For all its interesting and wonderful points, Buenos Aires is a big and dirty city, not at all unlike New York. The noises of cars and trains and the general dirtiness can be a bit taxing. But if you've got a quiet green spot to turn to for a break from the grit, it's also very bearable. This Botanical Garden proved as much for me today, and I have a feeling that I will be a frequent visitor over the next few weeks.
To enter the garden, I first walked several blocks along a busy, sunny street.
|Outside of the Campus|
But then I turned on to the campus and found a pretty wrought iron gate, with a handle.
|The Secret Garden|
|Stray Cat Drinking at Pond|
I walked past the young lovers embracing on the grass and went down along the bamboo lined path. Among the rows of beautiful flowers, I saw tropical butterflies and even found a toad.
|Yellow Lazy (Actinote carycina)|
|Butterfly on Heliotrope|
|Great Kiskadee sitting on a Sculpture in the Pond|
When I return I also hope to find hummingbirds. I saw several amazing birds with long tails and head tufts. I don't know what they are yet, but will figure it out. (NOTE: I later learned that this is a Guira Cuckoo!)
|Mystery Bird (Guira Cuckoo)|