Crystal, Marcus, and I visited the BBG one more time for Mother's Day, along with another small family that Crystal got to know via an online mommy group. Needless to say, a wonderful time was had by all (Marcus ran his little legs off on the Cherry Esplanade), and I got to explore the indoor conservatory where all the tropical flowers and rare blooms are grown.
Naturally, I photographed everything else but the flowers, and the photo above is one such example.
In 1933, the compass and armillary sphere were added to Magnolia Plaza, the bequest of A.W. Jenkins, a member of the Garden's governing committee. The sphere is made of bronze bands representing the principle celestial circles and constellations. A thin bronze rod, or gnomon, passes through the center of the sphere, pointing north and casting a shadow on the inside of the sphere, which can be used to tell the approximate time.
-- sourced from bbg.org
By the way, the B&W treatment and toning was inspired by the excellent imagery in Wade in Tulsa's photostream.