Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jardin Botanique Deshaies

Le Jardin Botanique Deshaies.
The Deshaies Botanical Garden.
This is one of the most beautiful gardens we've toured in the Caribbean, not to be missed if you are visiting Guadeloupe.

The welcome center opens on to a beautiful Koi Pond.

Even the fretwork on the building has been designed to reflect the garden's name, Le Papilion, the Butterfly.

Feeding the Koi.  It's a feeding frenzy when the food shows up!

What you looking at!

A beautiful old tree with a trunk that looked like a sculpture.

The photographer at work.

There is an aviary where you can feed the Swainson loriquets.

Quit hogging the syrup!

Magnificent colors!

This visitor was surprised and delighted when the loriquet decided to ride on top!

These three were rolling around on the ground.  Love the one on the right with his feet in the air....

...and holding a red flower in his beak.
Now say with a Pepe Le Pew French accent, "Baby, I pick zee flower for you."

Banyan Tree

Flowers and air ferns grow on the branches of trees.

Here's a small sample of the flowers in the garden.

Red Ginger

Ornamental Pink Bananas

Water Lily


Shrimp plant

The Kashmir Bouquet

Torch Ginger

The Torch Ginger towers over my head!

Walking the grounds...

Restaurant above the waterfall.

Flamingos catch a one-footed nap.

Yawn, stretch, boy that feels good!

Au revoir de Guadeloupe!