As we came up to the Grotto Cave there were a group of young Vietnamese girls practicing a sort of dance routine with colored scarves, the younger ones were having a hard time paying attention.
Behind them you can see the cave. From their website: “The Grotto cave is approximately 30 feet wide, 30 feet deep and almost 50 feet high. It was carved out of the face of the cliff in 1923"
The chapel of Mary….
And the austere looking elevator that would take us up the side of the cliff. Interesting placement of the wishing well don’t you think? I wonder how many people have wished for a safe elevator ride.
Remember….no pointing at the flowers! It makes them nervous.
Holy Battlestar Galactica Batman! What have we here!??? The mediation center looks a bit like a spaceship landed.
I was sure the doors would be locked but we were in luck and able to go inside. The white cone shape you can see through the door on the right is Mt. St. Helens…she’s got a flat top due to her little eruption back in 1980.
The view from inside was amazing. Unfortunately it doesn’t really translate here.
Back outside, even the landscape around the Battlestar looked rather futuristic compared to the rest of the property.
The monastery was gorgeous, in a deco influenced castle sort of way.I have to admit when I saw these potted plants for just a moment I thought they were having a plant sale! (I got excited). No…just working on a new planting.
At least they shop at the best nurseries!
I love the combination of actual fern fronds and the one carved into the marker.
Someone needs to tell the gardener that yuccas need sun! This poor guy is suffering from a dense canopy of trees blocking out the suns rays.
And as soon as I snapped that last picture I turned around and saw this little yucca bathed in a pool of sunlight. Wow. It gave me goosebumps. My eagle eyed husband spotted these Monotropa uniflora (Ghost Plant/Indian Pipe/Corpse Plant). They are able to grow in the dense canopy of a forest because they don’t rely on the sun (no chlorophyll) to produce energy. They have a parasitic relationship with the photosynthetic trees they grow under.
I’m a sucker for great old iron work. I love this fence/railing…
and the cross.Can you see the tall Monkey Puzzle Tree on the left?
What about the little red schoolhouse at the end of the path? Okay…it’s not really a schoolhouse it is St. Anne’s Chapel.
And they want to be sure that you do not use it until Sunday!
In addition to the Corpse Plant the most interesting plant I saw in the garden was this Euphorbia. It was growing all alone. No clump.