Crystal Palace in the dishwasher

"What's that!?"  My sister is pointing to the Infomart building, but I'm too freaked about the traffic and lane changes to give her a good answer.

That building is a Dallas landmark, but way out of my comfortable navigation zone. The INFOMART building is modeled after the Crystal Palace at the London Great Exhibition of 1851, also known as the first World's Fair.  It opened in 1985.

The Crystal Palace has a starring role in Tatiana Holway's book, The Flower of Empire. The Kirkus book review was intriguing. The Amazonian lily that inspired the design of the original Crystal Palace has pads over eight feet across. Check out the photos at Living Rainforest, and you'll understand the design of the building.

The building shimmering in the late afternoon sunshine makes me crave pretzels dipped in white chocolate AND it makes me self-conscious about the spotted dishwasher results on my glassware.

This flower is the bloom of a rubber plant in the United States Botanic Garden conservatory near the Capitol in D.C.

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder


Kathleen said...

Love the crystal and petals here and your great connections. I don't think I'd ever seen the rubber tree plant bloom!!

Kim said...

The kids and I are going to DC over spring break. We will definitely check out the botanical garden.

Collagemama said...

Very cool, Kim! A D.C. trip is so terrific for kids.