Indoor Nature

By Carol at 4:59 pm on Thursday, September 29, 2011

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San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences is inviting, even on an overcast day. This was our third visit to see the reptile collection, the aquarium, the rainforest, the planetarium, and the excellent indoor/outdoor cafeteria restaurant ( I recommend the veggie spring rolls).

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The living roof offers a great view of the city and the feeling of visiting tele-tubby land. The surface is planted with natives that host butterflies and other beneficial insects.

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The indoor rainforest is home to several species of birds, butterflies and amphibians. The interior is kept warm and humid, equipped with entrance and exit chambers to prevent the accidental escape of the inhabitants.

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Brightly colored frogs hide in the tropical foliage.

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This frog stares right back at visitors parading by his enclosure.

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Tender tropicals bloom in profusion, encouraged by warmth and humidity.

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Aquarium waters are visible below the column of rainforest.

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Look who’s here: a tiny poisonous frog rests on the coil of a large snake.

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The Academy is home to a large collection of reptiles.

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King of the water garden.

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Ghost fishes.

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A collection of carefully displayed jellies mesmerizes the viewer.

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Native giant kelp from nearby Pacific waters.

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Beauty and poise!

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