I mentioned the Hortus Botanicus earlier and I just wanted to share a few pictures from a (way too) quick trip there last week. The Leiden ID card grants students free entry, so once it’s in my hands, I’ll be heading back over. I can see the outdoor gardens from the end of my street.
Anyway, in one of the Botanicus’ conservatories, a walkway is suspended from the ceiling. You climb a spiral staircase up into the air (strawberry plants hang from the railings) and can then walk the length of the room next to these crazy things: Carnivorous Plants. Maybe I’m late to the party, but my jaw was slack the whole time. Carnivorous plants – for real. You’re not allowed to touch them, obviously, but oh! how I wanted to. There was framed article+photo of a bird that had recently flown into one of the flowers pictured here. It got caught, needed rescuing, and then some sort of recovery therapy. Poor guy, but pretty cool, right?