Day 112 - In Ames - Two Far 2021 - Sooo... Far - CycleBlaze

July 29, 2021

Day 112 - In Ames

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Today we took a short ride to Reiman Gardens, a botanical garden on the campus of Iowa State University.

The gardens are adjacent to the football stadium.
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The first place we saw at the gardens was the butterfly conservatory.  We didn't find the names of most of them, but I put the display cases at the bottom in case you wanted to try to find each one.

Yellow edged giant owl
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We've seen this at several butterfly places - feeding on oranges
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Giant wood nymph
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Michael and Diane RuddockAppreciated the beautiful photos.
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Outside were several different garden areas.  

The rose garden displayed cultivars created by an ISU professor, Dr. Griffith Buck.
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Colorful flower beds 

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This little yellow bird was walking around in the flower bed.
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Scott AndersonAmerican goldfinch. Nice that you got one to stay still for you!
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A rabbit in the garden who doesn't eat the plants
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We've seen many "world's largest" statues this summer.  We found one in the garden.

Elwood, the world's largest gnome was very popular with the visiting kids.
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I don't have much else to share from today, but we did leave with one unanswered botanical question I'm sure someone out there can answer for us.

What is the purpose of these "hairs" on the leaves of the fan palm?
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Keith A. SpanglerSame purpose as nose hairs!
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We're back on the road in the morning with a forecast high of 78.  Sounds perfect!

Today's ride: 6 miles (10 km)
Total: 4,160 miles (6,695 km)

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Rose SamsonAll the pictures of the Butterflies, Roses and the Flower gardens
are beautiful
















All the pictures of the Butterflies, the Roses and Flower gardens
are beautiful. I believe you enjoyed your day.
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