The Conservatory offered many vibrant colours punctuated by ear piercing screams.
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The incessant rain we have been seeing this year so far has made everyone in Vancouver more than a bit tense and irritable. I know I desperately want to get out into the back country but with this heavy continuous rain there was little point heading out there. So week after week of being stuck in doors was taking a big toll on my mood, I needed to do something. Then the idea of visiting the Conservatory came. It had been many years since my last visit and I was keen to see what new sights it may have.
So on the morning of March 3rd, 2007 Ethan and I headed out for Queen Elizabeth Park and entered the floral gardens. It was hot and humid but it was much more pleasant then outside in the rain. The conservatory was quite busy, It would seem many others were also needing just to get out and see something new. The many tropical flowers and plants were quite interesting. The number of varieties of Orchids was amazing and I know this sample doesn’t even start to provide a sample of those that are out there. I am quite amazed at the colour and beauty of plants; they are truly remarkable in their differences and subtle similarities.
While enjoying one small garden of flowers at the base of the resident Moluccan Cockatoo, "Charlie", I learned first-hand while these birds are regarded as one of the loudest around. He was a real ham and if you were not paying enough attention to him he would let out such a loud scream that my ears actually felt pain from the intensity. It made taking some flower photos near him extremely difficult.
The short diversion from the rain, while re-exploring an old adventure was a welcome break from the weeks of rain and snow. It was fun visiting the garden again even if my ears are still ringing from Charlie.