Tropical Paradise in the Bronx

Baby, it’s cold outside. But every winter in the Bronx at New York Botanical Garden, you can experience a piece of tropical paradise inside even when it is 20 degrees outside. Last week we enjoyed milder spring and autumn-like weather while the forecast for tomorrow and Saturday warn us of possible snow. What to do?

Check out the Tropical Paradise exhibition going on from January 19th to February 24th, 2013. What to expect? While this is technically a permanent exhibit, the flora is labeled with bright, cheerful signage giving the name of the plant, as well as what the common use is. Chocolate? Vanilla? Bananas? Guava? It’s got all that and more!

An added bonus: fancy yourself a photog? Well, check out free photography classes given Sundays from 1 to 3 PM. Afterwards, you can upload your best shots and enter them in the Tropical Paradise Photography Contest.

Here are a few of mine for inspiration:


Still feeling cold? Take a trip to the Garden CafĂ© for some hot chocolate…or chardonnay!


If you’ve visited my website lately, you may have noticed some changes taking place. I have been reading a lot of books on HTML, CSS, and general web design. Although I only work on my website as a hobby at this point, I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve been having over the last year creating what I have now.

I ultimately want to revamp my altogether and give it a new look. As you can see, for example, in photography portfolio, there have been some errors that I’m trying to correct. I am test driving some photography plugins to see which looks the best. I am also downloading Artisteer as we speak so that I can create my own unique template for my site. If it doesn’t exist, that I must invent it!

Speaking of learning and websites, I’m sure that a lot of people would love to have and operate their own websites for either personal or professional purposes. I have been fortunate enough to have gotten a lot of support from others who have done it when creating mine, and I’d love to help other people get their blogs/websites going.

Feel free to e-mail with any questions. I am still learning, but love to share whatever I read or hear.