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Photos of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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On 10/16/08, we went to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virgninia. I took over 100 pictures. I uploaded 40 of those photos, the ones showing various ponds, koi, turtles, and animals. I did not include regular garden and plant photos because it would require too much work and space (and is not relevant to ponds).


Aquarium - this large aquarium had a lot of huge goldfish and a red-eared slider. It was way overcrowded so the water was murky. The little girl is my niece.

Big Pond 1 - this was the first big pond we encountered. Since it was fall, most vegetation had died back.
Big Pond 1
Grasses - these huge grasses were growing at the edge of the pond. I am not sure of the species but perhaps they included pampas grass, rice, and/or papyrus.
Grasses
Big Pond 1
Fake Dragonfly - in Big Pond 1
Grasses - I am standing by them so you can see how huge they are!
Big Pond 1
Big Pond 1

Big Pond 2 with Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Big Pond 2 - note the gazebo on the water; it is from those walkways that the next photos were taken.
Massive Snapping Turtle - this guy was at least 1.5 feet long not including the long tail! He was covered in hair algae.
Massive Snapping Turtle
Massive Snapping Turtle
Turtle - maybe a cooter?
Canada Goose
Turtle - these next few photos, I cannot tell from them what species the turtles were (I knew some of them at the time but am writing this more than a month later).
Turtle
Turtle
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Koi - we saw this one koi in the water. There were also a TON of huge channel catfish and lots of sunfish. Photos of them did not come out at all and were barely visible in person.
Red-eared slider

Big Pond 3
Big Pond 3
Horsetail Rush
Big Pond 3
Big Pond 3
Horsetail Rush
Big Pond 3
Big Pond 3

Big Pond 2 from the other side

Cottontail Rabbit
Cottontail Rabbit - close-up of the previous photo

Dragonfly Topiary - this small pond had a wire mesh dragonfly planted with succulents like hen and chicks and ice plant.
Small Pond
Mosaic Frog sitting by the small pond.

Indoor Pond


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