Just 4 short weeks ago, Hurricane Irma hit Florida. The county has just started picking up debris piles and we have much more to go. Many of our parks, gardens and even Zoo Miami, remain closed. Fairchild Tropical Gardens, however, opened a couple of weeks ago. To make matters worse, we've had non stop rain here. The heat and humidity are almost unbearable and it still feels like summer. I did go prepared this morning wearing my hiking boots and carrying a bottle of bug spray. I wasn't sure what I would find when I arrived, but I was impressed how fast Fairchild was able to get the gardens back open and walkable. There is extensive tree damage and there are bare spots where foliage and trees once stood.
I took more landscapes than usual, as I really wanted to show the devastation. The water levels were already high from rain, but the peak of the King Tides also occurred this past week. Water is overflowing onto walkways and the oversaturated ground has become a muddy mess. Those of you who know Fairchild like I do, will be sad and shocked to see the gardens like this.
Although one of my favorite lily ponds was bare, the other ponds did not disappoint. I found plenty of beautiful plants and flowers among all of the destruction. If you would like to see all of the images from today or revisit any of these, please click on the gallery link: Beauty Among Destruction