The feeding areas were dominated by these big, kind of creepy looking butterflies. They have wings that look like owl eyes to scare off predators. It's a bit unnerving, actually.
We managed to get a selfie with Buddha in the background.
Hanging with the turtles and the macaw
Flamingo and waterfall selfies with the obligatory Stacy near the waterfall picture.
Amy in the plants and drying the camera lens on her cell phone.
We thoroughly enjoyed walking among the seamingly endless paths of flora!
We even discovered a few things I hadn't seen last time with Oscar, like this fabulous spitting dragon fountain, a super tall redwood tree, and these shrub bears.
Don't we look cute under all the arches?!
Amy was glad to see they require dogs to keep their owners on a leash, and I was glad to get some tasty gelato near the star fountain.
We wandered into their Japanese garden as well but didn't get many pictures (or any that we cared about) since both Amy and I are all about the blooms.
The dancing fountain was as beautiful as I remembered it being.
It's lovely and mesmerizing
We wandered a bit longer and climbed some stairs in the middle lookout of the main gardens
Obligatory rock photo!
My phone takes neat panoramas!
I came back after dark to check out the nighttime ambiance.
At night they light up the fountain in a variety of colors. I would have stayed longer if I hadn't needed to get back for fireworks.
Here's the one and only shot I got of the fireworks. They ask that you not take pictures, and I snuck this one at the beginning, but I realized they'd end up looking terrible anyway. The show was great (and very different from when we saw it last time), but the pictures are just a bunch of smoke. The music was Aladdin themed as well as some classical vocal stuff I'd never heard before. It's still bugging me to find out what it was from.
It was a long time before we could get out with all the crowds, so we took a few shots of the indoor garden and took our sweet time walking back to the parking lot.