The Academy of Sciences captured our first tourist dollar but clearly I found the Steinhart Aquarium and other exhibits so completely new and exciting, after the extensive remodel since my last visit, that I forgot to take any pics at all of the alligators, fish, African (stuffed) animals, South African (LIVE) penguins, not to mention the FABULOUS tropical rainforest exhibit complete with birds, butterflies, poison dart frogs, leaf cutter ants, and lush flora. The rainforest was my favorite exhibit . . . alas, no pics. : (
and ventured across the park to
The Japanese Tea Gardens.
This Friendship Gate ushered us into lush and tranquil gardens,
Peaceful coves inviting personal reflection (*snicker*),
And quiet meandering walks among the well-tended woods.
Brilliantly-hued pagodas . . .
. . . And hillside beauty complete with waterfalls enchanted us.