In Hermann Park, there is a small Japanese Garden that you can visit. It is a nice spot and home to several special plants, gold fish, and turtles. I was thinking that it would be great to visit in the springtime when everything is in full bloom.
This place is relatively small, but full of wonder. My favorite creatures today were the two free range turtles. One was “running” laps around the gift shop and the other one was having his way with the kids birthday area. They were both pretty large and not at all shy when it came to bumping you out of their way if you were caught in their path. The San Antonio Aquarium also had a Mermaid, Dinosaurs, Lorikeets, Seahorses, Manta Rays, a Pacific Octopus, Jellyfish, and plenty of other cool stuff. It is a great place to spend an afternoon.
The Mayfield Nature Preserve is home to the Mayfield-Gutsch Estate, and they take pride in their gardens. In 1971, Mary Mayfield-Gutsch left the Estate to the City of Austin for use as a park. There are several volunteer gardens to see, along with a few lily pad ponds and an old dinner bell that hangs from an archway in the stone wall.
I had an event in downtown Austin again today, so afterwards I went for a long walk on the relatively new Boardwalk Trail . These photos are mostly from the East side of the trail (East of I-35). As you can tell, it is still cloudy and a bit rainy in Austin.