The Bloedel Conservatory is part of Queen Elizabeth Park, an oasis in the middle and highest point of Vancouver. It is a dome that contains tropical, subtropical and a small desert climate. 500 varieties of plants and over 100 free-flying exotic birds.
Coming into the warm, humid air from the grey, chilly winter day fogged up my glasses (and my camera lens - be prepared for that). This place always fills me with a calm that I can only attribute to the dense, beautiful nature in the conservatory. Aside from being a place of beauty, it's an gem architecturally:
The Conservatory dome structure consists of 2,324 pieces of 5-inch diameter extruded aluminum tubing and 1,490 plexiglass bubbles set in aluminum glazing. It measures 140 feet in diameter, 70 feet high and covers 16,386 square feet (nearly ¼ acre) of display area. The Bloedel Conservatory was the first large triodetic dome conservatory in Canada and remains this country’s largest single-structure conservatory
It is also a great place for a photographer. A macro lens is good to have here, and a flash since some of the lighting is a bit low for macro work.
You have to constantly watch what's under-foot since the birds are everywhere! And mice - mice scurry here and there.