I’ve just returned from an extended trip to the US east coast, traveling by train all the way. It is my preferred way of traveling, as I get to see exclusive landscapes not accessible via other means of transportation. I prefer to travel via the Amtrak Empire Builder train, which originates in Seattle and travels along the northern states, eventually ending in Chicago. The trip takes 2 days. From Chicago are connections to available trains to most parts of the country. I departed mid April, when there was still much snow on the ground in Montana and North Dakota. By the time I returned, much of the snow had melted, leaving behind large lakes of water. Here are a few pics taken in April from the train window, outside the Glacier National Park area in Montana.
And now to the gardens! The New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx, is on a 250 acre site. It consists of many individual gardens of different plant and flower species along with many trails to explore throughout. I think I spent about 3 hours there and still did not get to see many areas of the garden. It is huge! And, of course, in springtime, the garden is chock full of blooms. The Cherry blossoms and Magnolias were magnificent!
Check out these gorgeous Magnolia blooms of various varieties and colors!
The Bronx River runs through the garden as well.
The Haupt Conservatory grounds were adorned with gorgeous Weeping Cherry trees.
In front of the Mertz Library in the garden is the beautiful Fountain of Life.
I highly recommend visiting the New York Botanical Garden, when in NYC. Visit their website for more info. https://www.nybg.org/visit/
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