Monday, April 26, 2010

Gargoyles and Dragons and Awesome, Oh My!

Yesterday morning we took the kids to Phipps Conservatory - always a popular destination in our house.  We missed the spring flower show but as we walked in the door to the Conservatory we were greeted with this:

(is it just me or is that Gargoyle well endowed?)

They're setting up for an exhibit featuring gargoyles and dragons and it is going to be very, very cool.  I am so excited to see it completed.  They hadn't finished setting up everything so we'll be going back in the near future so we can see the whole thing.

But, even without all of it being set up, they had a TON of cool statuary and topiary and what not in the various room of the Conservatory.  Check it out!

A topiary Sea Dragon! (and it spits water, too!)

This dragon (and two more like it) is made of wood and tree parts.  Incredibly cool in person.

Also, the agave plant is blooming.  It only blooms once every 50 years or so and the flower stalk can grow up to a foot a day.  It's already gone through the roof of the Conservatory and hasn't yet produced the flower.  It's really cool - look closely at the pictures for the stalk going right through the glass roof.

I also got a few cool pictures I wanted to share.  The first two are of a wreath made out of succulent plants that was hanging on the door of the room the agave plant was in.  The close up is one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken there.

This one is a random succulent that was also in the agave room.  I just loved how it looked in the sunlight and how it looked like flower petals but wasn't.

Last, I wanted to share two pictures of the family.  The first one is of Scot and Liam being gargoyles in front of the cathedral tower.  The second is my new favorite picture of Jamie.

I swear, the Conservatory gets cooler and cooler every time we go.  If you have a chance to see this exhibit, do it because it is not to be missed.


  1. Oh, how fun, Cari! I haven't been there in about a year, but always love seeing the new stuff they have going. I recall them doing a mythic monsters piece a while ago, and that was a blast, too.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, I bet that one was cool - I think I missed it. They usually do really fun stuff around Halloween.

  3. I'm totally naming my band "random succulents." hee!

  4. That would be an awesome band name. :)