It's always a good time at the botany greenhouse!
At a comfortable 75 degrees, the greenhouse is paradise compared to Seattle's unpredictable bursts of rain and sunshine.
This little guy likes the tropical climate almost as much as I do.
This one likes ribs.
Life is everywhere.
Ever wonder what the inside of a cactus looks like? Well here you go.
(I think these were cut a couple of days ago, otherwise they wouldn't have that orange color on them.)
This is dendrobates leucomelas, a poisonous dart frog.
I was trying to take pictures of the frogs, which were inside a large glass case, when the greenhouse manager came over and asked if I wanted him to slide the glass door open so I could get better photos.
"Umm...aren't they poisonous?"
"Yes, but they tend to stay inside the glass."
(a long pause and a nervous chuckle later)
nom nom nom termites
See that one on the left? See how he's thinking about jumping out? %*#&@!!
Three feet away from death.
Worth it? Oh yeah.
[EDIT] These frogs aren't poisonous if raised in captivity. I don't know if these were brought over or bred in the greenhouse. So the question becomes: Was the manager joking when he said they were poisonous? hahaha. A cool experience regardless!
Frog photos by Kevin Holmes.