a new york state of botanic mind

We visited the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens yesterday with our son and family in from Australia, and our daughter and kids from NJ. I was surprised to see that it was called that and not Botanical. Apparently, the words are identical in meaning, but botanic is the older phrase. Newer gardens are more likely to be called botanical, at least according to the Grammarist. It comes down to just paying attention, I guess. In fact, when I Googled Brooklyn Bota–it auto-suggestedly filled out Botanical. And, of course, it is the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. So this is curious and just a bit confusing.

But before we got to the garden, we had to stop outside the Brooklyn Museum to see the water fountain. You can see and hear some more about that here–then click on Creations, New York, and Brooklyn Museum.


Is water botanical since it’s part of the botany cycle? I still haven’t gotten to writing that post about nature. But here is a great example of how people in cities need to escape, even within the confines of their surroundings. Oh I am such a country mouse. So grateful not to have to escape.

But if you have to live in the city, any city, at least take advantage!

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The best for last–Bluebell Wood!


And because Tuesdays are free, and because the weather was so perfect, tons of people were enjoying the wonderful bluebells.

Maybe because I know that their beauty passes, and so I’m learning to savor the moment, it fits how I have to acknowledge that’s how spending time with my family all over the world has to be.

At least I’ve got the pictures.


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