MOBOT Camera Hike

2 Jun



MOBOT stands for Missouri Botanical Garden, which is located in my hometown St. Louis. It is one of the city’s finest assets, and as a resident I get in for half price ($4). My hike today was partially a hike workout, but more of a finger workout as I went a little crazy snapping photos and exercising my “camera eye”.

The Rose Garden was a bit shabby after the terrible storms which came through Friday evening. A tornado in the area. The sirens went off four times that night. The fence around the rose garden is a work of art in itself since Dale Chihuly came and planted some of his unique glass-blown art.




There are many paths and themes in this spacious city garden. One of my favorites is the English woodland garden.

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The diamond among all the jewels in the garden is the Japanese Garden. It circles a small lake which is stocked with koi, which visitors love to feed from the bridge. In any season the Japanese Garden is a delight for the eye. No matter where you stand, you are treated to a beautiful view. Here are a few I captured today.

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That turtle practically posed for the camera. My daughter called me and I sat by the lake for a long time talking with her and enjoying the peaceful setting on a calm and overcast day. A single orange koi was leaping from the water, frolicking in his own unique fish-y way.


Enjoy a few more scenes from other sections of the garden including the Chinese Garden.

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There are fountains and streams throughout the Missouri Botanical Garden. Here are a couple of fountains to refresh the spirit.

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Don’t worry about Burnie. I took him for a 50-minute hike this morning on the trail.


20 Responses to “MOBOT Camera Hike”

  1. mamacormier June 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    Beautiful photos. What a great place to hike through.

    • Rosemarie June 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

      It is. There were quite a lot of people there today, but the garden is so spread out, it did not feel crowded. Of course, I didn’t go into the Children’s Garden. That would have been a different story.

  2. Linda Arthur Tejera June 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    Rosemarie, I love all of these pictures. I must say that perhaps my two favorites are the old tree with all the limbs and roots and the Chihuly art glass.

    • Rosemarie June 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

      Thank you. The Botanical Garden Is just a great place to have a camera day.

  3. Angeline M June 3, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    Lovely photos, Rosemarie. I think that turtle is a little camera ham. It’s a good thing to go out and exercise that camera eye too, in prep for your trip. This looks like it was a wonderful day.

    • Rosemarie June 3, 2013 at 12:44 am #

      It was a great day for a walk. In the upper 60’s. I don’t like heat. If it’s hot, I want to be inside.

  4. Kat at travelgardeneat June 3, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Reminds me I need to get back to the Minneapolis Arboretum again some day — it has been years, and your photos are a peaceful reminder of what wonderful places botanical gardens can be.

    • Rosemarie June 3, 2013 at 1:32 am #

      I’m glad I have inspired you.

  5. Enigma June 3, 2013 at 2:35 am #

    Excelent perspective, closing to masterpiece.

  6. The Palladian Traveler June 3, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    Rosemarie — As a fellow St. Louisan, I always referred to it as Shaw’s Garden. One of my sisters lives just around the corner from MOBOT in one of the old gated streets in Tower Grove. Nice post and photos. Thanks for taking me back home for a moment.

    • Rosemarie June 3, 2013 at 3:52 am #

      You’re welcome. It is a beautiful place to be on a weekend, or anytime.

  7. Imelda June 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    It’s a beautiful place ad your photos show that beauty well. 🙂

  8. Ron Byrnes June 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    A beautiful pictorial. What kind of camera?

    • Rosemarie June 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      A little Casio Exilim point and shoot. And thank you very much.

  9. colormusing June 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Gorgeous gardens!!

  10. Photography Journal Blog June 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Can you believe I have yet to go there? Lovely photos.

    • Rosemarie June 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Thank you. It really is a lovely place to spend some time. There are a couple of early mornings each week when you can get in free too.

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