Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Down the Rabbit Hole

It has been more than a month and hundreds of pictures since I posted last.  I hope to do a series of just pictures of our month in Colorado soon, but until then I will start with today.

We went to the Albuquerque Aquarium and BioPark today.  The aquarium was amazing, as they always are.  Sea creatures swimming wall to wall, face to face.  Their gliding movements always seem to create peace.






But once it was done, I was a little worried because, as amazing as it was, it took up very little of our afternoon.  So we headed to the Botanic Gardens next door where we had been told was a children’s garden.  What I should have known but didn’t realize was what New Mexicans really mean by children’s garden.


They mean once you pass through the vine covered archway, you will enter  nothing less than a fantastical journey into Alice’s Wonderland, Peter Pan’s Neverland, and every princess and prince, dragon fairy tale you ever heard.



Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, one thing they have all had in common is these amazing playscapes filled with magic.  They are organic and intertwined completely with the natural world, making them all the more enchanting.


There are no primary colors staged audaciously against each other here.  Every space is a work of art, made to draw one in to the land and their own imagination. 


(The giant pterodactyl cave with eggs!)


When I see the flowing beauty I think,

this is what children are really. 

IMG_1550(Inside a pumpkin!)

They are not simple or loud or garish(well, maybe sometimesSmile), in need of crazy colors and themes.

  They are, quite wonderfully, beings who have not yet lost their enchantment with our world. 



(Enjoying  dancing butterflies and an apple from the  apple tree behind them)

And it is obvious some of them never grew up and instead came to design these beautiful spaces. 


I am in appreciation for these souls, being one of those who never wanted to grow up and appreciates a journey back into Neverland now and then.


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