I visited the Twin Cities last weekend, and one of my stops was the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul. It was warm and humid inside, while the day outside was blustery and cold.
My friend Daniel and I spent some time in my favorite room - the fern room - ogling the staghorn ferns clinging to walls and the equisetum as tall as we were. What I happened to take pictures of was entirely different, however. It was the creatures in the Tropical Encounters Exhibit. The boa, the fish, and the sloth. They were captivating, especially the slowest moving one - the sloth. We watched it emerge from some sort of slumber and move for about 3 minutes. And then our patience ran out and we went back out into the blowing snow.
Read more about the corpse flower on Como’s garden blog here: http://www.comozooconservatory.org/blogs/a-blooming-voodoo-lily-amorphophallus-konjac/