Monday, November 30, 2015

The Toledo Zoo - Feature #5 & Name That PLANT

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo Zoo_zpsxsfr8jab.jpg


The Toledo Zoo - Feature #5 & Name That PLANT

The Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio has been voted one of the top 10 Zoos in the country!  I have lived in this area for 20 years and this past September 2015 is the first time that I have ever visited this special place.  Now I am asking myself: "Why did it take me so long?".

I had the pleasure of visiting the zoo with my sister & brother-in-law and my precious twin nieces.  It was such a blessing to experience this amazing zoo with my 10 year old nieces.

Each week I will feature one animal and one plant (asking for your help in identifying some of the plants) - ENJOY!

Earlier this year the Toledo Zoo finished the expansion or addition to the Aquarium and it is amazing! 

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0048_Sept 27 2015_zpss3xuvgx0.jpg

Feature #5 - JELLYFISH

Life in the sea is so mysterious and this Aquarium exuded that feeling.  I was especially mesmerized by the Jellyfish.

I have to admit that my knowledge on jellyfish is almost non existent so I decided to paste the information from Wikipedia below:
"Jellyfish or jellies are the major non-polyp form of individuals of the phylum Cnidaria. They are typified as free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles.  They have soft bodies and long, stingingvenomous tentacles that they use to catch their prey, usually small plankton animals or small crustaceans or tiny fish. Some jellyfish hunt other jellyfish. Venom is injected by stinging cells called nematocysts. A jellyfish is 97% water.  Some jellyfish glow in the dark (this is called phosphorescence)"

Checkout these spectacular pictures taken by my sister:


by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0350_Sept 27 2015_zpspv3tweum.jpg
Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0349_Sept 27 2015_zpstf1usqb8.jpg
Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0343_Sept 27 2015_zpsj2s9vt5i.jpg
Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0341_Sept 27 2015_zpsqm7z3y01.jpg
Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler

The weirdest of Jellyfish were the type that glow:
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0304_Sept 27 2015_zps2hsfwnlt.jpg
Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler
The city of Toledo is known as The "Glass City" because for many decades the Owens-Illinois/Libby glass Company called Toledo home with factories, offices and outlet stores.  That is why there are glass jellyfish hanging in the Toledo Zoo Aquarium made by local glass artists.
  ENJOY the following glass jellyfish pictures! 
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0340_Sept 27 2015_zpsoicck1te.jpg
Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0344_Sept 27 2015_zpsiahcyknf.jpg
Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0342_Sept 27 2015_zpskje0ozkt.jpg
Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0347_Sept 27 2015_zpsle3h6uc1.jpg
Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower




by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo ZooPlant_zpsr65gpd2s.jpg


I went to the zoo to look at animals but found myself mostly taking pictures of plants.
Many of the plants around the zoo exhibits and buildings I had never seen before (and unfortunately they were not labeled), so I decided to include a section asking for your help.  The featured plant today is bi-colored with light green and burgundy foliage.  Do you know the name of this plant?

Please leave your answer in the comment section below & have fun!
Identify the plant below:

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo 0203_Sept 27 2015_zpsxpvhxpql.jpg
Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

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