Moody Garden’s Pyramid Rainforest


The Pyramid Rainforest at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas

There are many levels of exotic plants and animals and birds on the walk

through the pyramid.

Charlie, do you remember the butterfly enclosure?  You were walking behind me when you kept telling

me to touch one.  I didn’t think you were serious since I never saw a tame butterfly.

When I looked back, you really were touching them!

I never paid much attention to butterflies.

They remind me too much of the ugly, dusty gray moths that I thought were creepy as a child.

I don’t remember whether you were with me when I saw these monkeys.

The keeper was trying to get them to go back in the building.

They were running around among the guests and causing a bit of a stir.

Some people were frightened of them.

I was fascinated by their incredible faces and hands.

Now they are the ultimate exotic animal, but I think they could be aggressive,

and they may be endangered as are many of the animals in the exhibits.

I asked the keeper about the species, but I am so deaf that I couldn’t hear what she said!

I did not linger long at the Dragon exhibit.

I noticed that the dragons were behind glass and wire.

Ugh!  These guys are scary.

When that curious big Komodo started checking out the lunch menu,

my own lizard brain kicked in, and I moved right along!


The Scarlet Ibis and the Macaws were the only birds that I saw in the Rainforest Pyramid.

The two sitting together are said to hold hands!

I saw the odd bird’s nest, but I have to ask Rob Ainslie of The Photographic Journey of Bulldog.

If you haven’t visited his blog, you are missing some of the very best wildlife photography

and informed, humorous narrative on South Africa to be found anywhere!

This Blue and Gold Macaw does not live in the Rainforest Pyramid.

He is displayed in the biggest dome cage I ever saw

in the San Luis hotel.

I encountered him on my search for a bar.

I was in desperate need of a fountain coke, but I stopped to visit with him.


27 Comments on “Moody Garden’s Pyramid Rainforest

  1. I won tickets to the Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX in 2016. Oh my…what a wonderful place. I’ve been going through my photos and they make me want to revisit and take more. I loved your account of the visit you made and your photos are awesome!


  2. I had no idea that you weren’t a fan of Butterflies. But – I can see how you are not.
    I used to think that moths were ugly butterflies.
    Please don’t tell them that I said that. 😉
    Such great captures of beautiful creatures.


  3. These are absolutely amazing photographs. They reveal you close affinity for your subjects. Truly amazing. I wish I’d had you as a role model when I was Charlie’s age.


  4. What a fantastic adventure for you! The photos are stunning! I have to admit that I have never been to the Moody Gardens even though they are so close.


  5. I started out to say “awesome perspective of the pyramid, but then I kept scrolling down and each photo is fantastic… really. Which camera were you using? You’d better not say “just the Lumix”… 😀


    • You can see the pyramids (the rainforest and the aquarium) from blocks away. They are huge, tall structures. Thanks for the kind words about the photos. I never use the Lumix. It was the D5200. I simply cannot “get into the frame” without a viewfinder. I feel as if I can’t “see” what I want to see. I feel separate and awkward using it. There wasn’t much light in some of the areas. That is a really interesting place to visit. 🙂


  6. I was surprised to read that you didn’t appreciate the dragons George … what gives? I assumed a Dragon lover like yourself would quibble … a dragon is a dragon … No? D

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    • I never much liked reptiles. I don’t like frogs except in cartoons or stuffed animals. My babies are the exception…and the only one. Well, that really isn’t true. I like the green anoles a lot…Mr. Anole, you know. I don’t dislike the Komodo dragons. They are huge relics, and as such, they are fascinating. Dirty, dangerous, huge lizards that they are. The big guy must have been ten feet long. Obviously, they are sentient creatures. They stare into your eyes without moving, just as my dragons do. He looked very curious. Either that, or he was considering me for lunch! My little dragons walk, move and behave in precisely the same ways. I suppose a dragon is a dragon, as you said. However, size does matter… Chuckle…


      • I appreciate that you saw the ‘wheels’ turning inside the head of the Komodo and realized that they were thoughtful creatures (in the literal sense). So many folks believe that only we humans are capable of thought. I hope you are well today. D


    • Thanks, Mr. Craves! I just saw some wonderful flowers on your blog. I loved the last one, especially. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂
      Happy Day to you too!!


    • Thanks, Sylvia. I would guess that the big Komodo must be ten feet long, at least. He’s impressive, especially when he stalks over as if he’s spied lunch… He looked directly in my eyes. I knew instantly that they are sentient creatures. And, I moved on shortly… How big is the lizard in your garden? There are all kinds of big lizards around. We had a rock lizard get into our house once. It scared me to death. They are big, gray, ugly things. I figured he must have been somebody’s escaped pet. Dean caught him on a sticky trap and disposed of him immediately! Poor Rocky! 😉


    • Hi, Joseph! The pyramid is a huge hothouse and very tall. Haha! No, I don’t think the monkeys would have enjoyed the ride home! They were frisky little guys who looked very strong. I doubt they’d be easy to keep! Thanks for the kind words about the photos!


  7. Moody Gardens is a fascinating place; I went there years ago so I’m sure much has been added. The photographs are marvelous…as usual!!!

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    • Thanks, Linda. I was just walking and snapping. I had no idea how the photos would turn out. It is an interesting place. I think there are many species of birds and other creatures that you can’t often see through the foliage. The monkeys were my favorites. 🙂


  8. Wow I love this pyramid… the birds nest could be one of many which normally fall within the group of weavers and can be extremely intricate in their construction… I am not immediately struck with a name for the bird of this nest as the nest is not all that familiar in construction to those I know…. but I would definitely say a weavers nest… As for the promo to my site… wow I’m so thankful… got a note from wordpress that my site was receiving a high visit rate and I was wondering why… must be because of this advert on your site… thank you…
    I love the look of those monkeys…

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    • The pyramid is huge and very tall. You can see it from many blocks away. It’s a giant hothouse. I remembered your hanging bird’s nests and looked for them on your blog, but couldn’t find them again. I knew they were made by some species of weavers. You know what I think about your blog… 🙂 I loved the monkeys too. They look so harmless, but I’d bet the farm they are not! Thanks for stopping by, Rob!


    • Yes, they are comodo varans. In the US, they’re commonly called comodo dragons. They are absolutely huge relics!
      The big guy looks as if he is wearing chainmail on his head and neck. it’s obvious that they are sentient creatures. That’s what makes them scary. They look directly into your eyes… Creepy… Chuckle… He stalked toward me as if he were stalking prey and came very close to the glass to stare at me. I felt a bit like a lunch item…



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