Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Raindrops on roses

Today we visited Boboli Gardens in Florence. The gardens are placed right behind the Pitti Palace and to my surprise have no natural water sources. There are a couple grottos throughout the gardens as well as a large fountain system. The fountain system is placed in a pretty remote part of the whole layout and was used for hunting. Since, for example, the ancient Italians didn't have supermarkets or a place to go buy food they came up with a way to attract birds. The fountain ran all the way down a long hill and on the other side of the fountain was lots of vegetation. The water would attract birds for people to hunt and eat. I found this extremely innovative and not only that the fountain was beautifully chiseled. Along with the fountain, on my way out i noticed a lot of white flowers. They turned out to be wild roses with only 5 petals.

Never having seen wild roses, I was quite surprised that they did not look like the ones you buy at a store. It had just rained and all of the petals had little raindrops on them. It was so beautiful. Along with that, there were an enormous amount of bees pollinating there and there were an endless amount of flowers. All in all it was a wonderful day and I can't wait to visit them again one day!

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