Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, post #2

The Cloud Forest was the highlight of Gardens by the Bay for me; It is a gigantic conservatory, with the climate kept cool for the plants! It also houses the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. I really loved the large variety of beautiful flowers and in amongst them were a large number of unique sculptures. It specifically houses tropical highlands plants, so it is appropriate that there would be a 35 meter tall “mountain” in the center. The outside of the mountain was covered with vegetation. Inside of this mountain are the elevator which you ride to the top level, then the escalators and stairways to work your way back down. There are also numerous exhibits and viewpoints from inside of the mountain.

When you enter, you have the waterfall in front of you and can feel it’s mist in the air. Everyone seemed to be getting their picture taken here! Off to the right side was an area with different types of pitcher plants. I’ve not seen more than one kind at a time, so hadn’t really noticed how different various species are! Pitcher plants attract and “eat” insects!

 One species of Pitcher plant

One species of Pitcher plant

As we started along the path, it seemed that our timing coincided with “misting time,” which made photography a little more challenging. Looking up, you can see the bottoms of the various levels of walkways.

 Dragon Sculpture

Dragon Sculpture

 Misting in the Cloud Forest

Misting in the Cloud Forest

 Another dragon sculpture

Another dragon sculpture

 So many beautiful flowers!

So many beautiful flowers!

 An amazing sculpture!

An amazing sculpture!

 The Cloud Walk

The Cloud Walk

 Loved this leaf!

Loved this leaf!

There was an interesting exhibit of carnivorous plants made from Lego blocks. Surrounding the Lego creations were a large assortment of actual carnivorous plants. The only one that didn’t have a real-life counterpart was the the Rafflesia, which is the largest flower in the world, native to southeastern Asia, but…. known to have a terrible smell!

 Lego Garden of Carnivorous Plants

Lego Garden of Carnivorous Plants

Once you take the elevator to the top, you are in what’s called the Lost World and from here you can access the Cloud Walk. We had a special treat of getting to see three window washers working, what a job that must be at a place like this!

 Lost World

Lost World

 The Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk below

The Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk below

 Window Washers

Window Washers

The other walkway with nice views, the Treetop Walk, was down a couple of levels. Here again, you can see fantastic views of the gardens outside of the dome as well as close-ups of the many plants and flowers.

 Treetop Walk

Treetop Walk

 Looking up at Cloud Walk from Treetop Walk

Looking up at Cloud Walk from Treetop Walk

 More beautiful flowers!

More beautiful flowers!

 View of Marina Bay Sands from inside of Cloud Forest

View of Marina Bay Sands from inside of Cloud Forest

The last main area was the Secret Garden, actually below ground level, and representative of a ravine. There was a small river running through and a much different feel from the upper levels.

 Fish Sculpture

Fish Sculpture

 Secret Garden

Secret Garden

 I LOVED this piece of artwork! Every time I thought I had finally seen everything, I realized there was something I had missed... unfortunately, one picture just can't do it justice!

I LOVED this piece of artwork! Every time I thought I had finally seen everything, I realized there was something I had missed... unfortunately, one picture just can't do it justice!

I realized once we were inside that you must be able to rent headsets with information, as there were numbered signs…maybe next time! This is one of those places that are so hard to show in pictures, especially so few! I have about 250 pictures, after cleaning them out! I hope you enjoyed the highlights :-)