Alexa, our former Plant Specialist & current farmer-at-large, shared some photos with us from her five week - nine thousand mile - trip across country. In hopes of making your Monday a little more pleasant, we thought we'd share them with you, too.
Go on and indulge your wanderlust...
"This was in one of the conservatories at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. The Garden has an incredible reputation worldwide. They do a lot of research there, and have great online resources for gardeners."
"This was taken in the Climatron (an enclosed greenhouse) at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It's absolutely gorgeous and huge. They have some birds and lizards living in there, too. It really does feel like a jungle."
"This was right at sunset in a Joshua Tree National Park campground. The sunset was the most spectacular thing I've ever seen. Everything turned pink. No filter necessary!"
"A view from the Lost Horse Mine Trail in Joshua Tree National Park. It's such a foreign landscape with the yucca and cacti - and humidity levels often only around 20-30%. It's very harsh for someone who's not used to it. Just driving through you need to make sure you're guzzling at least 2 gallons of water a day."
"This is the Cholla Cactus Garden part of Joshua Tree. These guys apparently hurt soooo bad. We saw some European tourists inspecting thorns embedded in their feet. I don't recommend wearing sandals here."
"This is a pencil cactus just living his big, beautiful life outside a restaurant in West Hollywood. So many New York houseplants live outside in LA and take over. Very cool to see."
"Bunny ears cacti! This is at the Berkeley Botanic Gardens. I have a weakness for those cuties."
"This is at the Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California. They're so big and beautiful, and the forests are so calm. There's something about the ferns and mosses that grow in these forests that make everything seem very still."
"I took this on a trail through the Columbia River Gorge - just east of Portland, OR. You can't tell because of poor camera quality, but the colors are really bright there. This is a slope of rocks completely covered in moss and ferns. The entire 7-mile trail looked like this - waterfalls, moss, ferns… just missing dinosaurs, really."
Alexa's exploration is continuing as she heads east to stay at a 500 acre farm in Virginia, close to the Appalachian Trail. She's promised to share more photos with us, so stay tuned!