On prior visits to Lotusland I've taken rather random routes through the garden—traversing back and forth across the main drive as I explore the various gardens and follow whatever catches my eye. However, when arriving for the Bromeliad Summit last April, we all headed straight for the house, walking along the main drive (highlighted below in orange) with purpose and a destination. The circle at the end of the drive is where these photos were taken.
The circle is where the cactus start to march along the drive, towards the house.
Many of us stopped to snap photos. How can you pass by a beauty like this and not stop to record it?
It was still early enough the bright sunshine was rather forgiving, not too harsh.
And the fuzzy cactus were showing off their special effects.
I should explain that I'm alternating back and forth from the right side of the drive (new world cactus) to the left side (old world euphorbia) as these photos change from back-lit cactus to blue sky and cactus-like euphorbia.
Approaching the house itself...
Here I'm standing with my back to the house and shooting towards the parking area and the dragon trees (Dracaena draco).
Now we've jumped ahead and I'm back outside on a break. Rather than organize these photos like a single walk through I thought it would be more interesting to arrange them as I took them throughout the day. The light has changed (it's almost 11 am, it was just after 8 am when we arrived), but the cactus still look mysterious.
So many barrels!
Now it's after 1 pm and the sky has clouded up.
Thankfully the cactus flowers don't seem to care.
After 2 pm and the sun is out again. I would have liked to see the view from the balcony.
The staff at Lotusland was so very welcoming to our group.
Believe it or not I still have more photos of Lotusland to share so stay tuned!
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