Butterflies and Flowers: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…


Miro and I spent the day at the Botanical Garden in Medellin. The gardens are almost 40 acres of green space. With an enormous wealth of flora native to Colombia, the botanical garden boasts more than 5000 individual plants with contributions from more than 1000 different species. The gardens are free to enter and provide a community retreat in the middle of the brick city. In addition to a pond filled with turtles and lilly pads, a desert cactuses, orchid gardens and lots of green space for lounging, the Botanical Gardens of Medellin have a wonderful mariposa casa filled with hundres of my favorite  flying beuaties.

History of the Medellin Botanical Garden

This green belt area of the city has a long history associated with a central park theme dedicated to the natural aspects of the urban location and Aburra Valley in general. Almost a century ago the area was a private farm that was owned by Don Victor Arango and his sisters. They collectively operated the area as an estadero and bath house to a city that then had a population of only 40,000 people. Most recently in 1972 the Medellin Botanical Garden became formally known as the Joaquín Antonio Uribe Botanical Gardens. Joaquín Antonio Uribe was a well respected and accomplished writer, educator, artist, naturalist and botanist during the latter part of the 1800′s and the early part of the 20th century. It is in tribute to him, his scientific vocation and his efforts to make knowledge accessible for all audiences to experience, that the gardens and park bear his name.

Quoted from this site:

I think I find the most peace an tranquility surrounded by beautiful flowers and butterflies. I hope you enjoy my images.

Lainie Liberti
Lainie Liberti is a recovering branding expert, who’s career once focused on creating campaigns for green - eco business, non-profits and conscious business. Dazzling clients with her high-energy designs for over 18 years, Lainie lent her artistic talents to businesses that matter.  But that was then.

In 2008, after the economy took a turn, Lainie decided to be the change (instead of a victim) and began the process of “lifestyle redesign,” a joint decision between both her and her 11-year-old son, Miro. They sold or gave away all of of their possessions in 2009 and began a life of travel, service, and exploration. Lainie and her son Miro began their open-ended adventure backpacking through Central and South America. They are slow traveling around the globe allowing inspiration to be their compass. The pair is most interested in exploring different cultures, contributing by serving, and connecting with humanity as ‘global citizens.’

Today Lainie considers herself a digital nomad who is living a location independent life. She and her son write and podcast their experiences from the road at Raising Miro on the Road of Life.
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