Thursday, July 18, 2013
We headed back after lunch to visit the second conservatory, the Cloud Forest.
“The Cloud Forest is higher but slightly smaller than the Flower Dome. It replicates the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain regions of South-East Asia, Middle- and South America. A 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000-metres above sea level.”
A huge dome with a single massive mountain that greets you at the door. Mist from the waterfall envelopes you as you make your way inside.
Looking up from the bottom: You can see the lower Tree Top Walk where you can get a bird’s eye view of the treetops. Then there is the higher Cloud Walk where you can get a closer look at all the epiphytes (plants that grow on on other plants (non-parasitically) or objects) growing on the side of the mountain.
More views of the mountain and the walkways
Right along the base of the mountain, you can immediately find all sorts of wonderful plant life.
Lots of interestingly textured and wonderfully designed leaves I’ve never seen before…
Tons of beautiful flowers, especially orchids of all types and colours
Some hidden views
My favourite part of visiting Cloud Forest: seeing the carnivorous Drosera (aka Sundews) and Venus Flytrap and Pitcher Plants in real life!
The Sundews and Venus Flytraps we saw were tiny though, I always imagined they would be monstrous for some reason.
Had fun tickling some of the Venus Flytraps to see them snap shut! Hopefully we didn’t starve them…
So many Pitcher Plants of all sizes
The Waterfall View!
Inside there is the Crystal Mountain Cave where you can see the many interesting shapes of real stalactites and stalagmites.
On the Cloud Walk!
Taking a picture of us taking a picture of us…
We left via an escalator… that had fun lighting…
And that marks the end of our visit to both conservatories of Gardens by the Bay!
We would be coming back for the night views of the Supertrees later tonight!