Photo Essay: Oaxaca’s Ethnobotanical Garden

by Ekua on December 18, 2011 in captured on memory card,Mexico,the natural world

Like a plant photography nerd rebel, I snuck into a botanical garden. Except at the time, I didn’t know that I wasn’t supposed to be there. When I walked up to the entrance, there were two security guards chatting away. I made brief eye contact with them and they didn’t say anything so I kept on walking. I walked pass a few people who looked like they worked in the Santo Domingo complex where the garden is located. They also said nothing. So I took out my camera and started taking pictures of a few of the 1,300+ varieties of plants that are housed there.

Then out of nowhere, a woman came into the garden saying I wasn’t allowed in without a tour and I had to leave. Oops. I knew there were free tours of the garden, but I didn’t know that you were required to be on one to go in. But I made the most of my short visit while it lasted:

So much creativity went into the design of the garden.

Love this shot, only wish that the bird hadn’t decided to leave a present on the cactus that it’s perched upon.

Really great placement of a reflecting pool.

In more rural semi arid parts of Mexico, sometimes you’ll see houses with landscaping that include a fence of of cacti like this.

After the woman kicked me out of the garden, I took one last picture of a huge agave plant before I left.

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