Sunday, April 8, 2018
We had a volunteer training at the Conservatory this morning. The old butterfly enclosure has now been converted into an open space with limited guest seating. The adjacent gift shop is as it was, for the most part. The koi pond has been moved into the gift shop area, and Frank, the ten-year-old resident koi, is still kicking. We were shown around the new space by the volunteer coodinator and also had the pleasure of taking a docent-led tour of the Conservatory. I've been on the tour before, but it's always an illuminating experience.
While on the tour, the little fella above attached himself to a fellow volunteer's leg. Initially, the gecko was as green as the leaves in the enclosure. Once he'd been coaxed to leave the leg for the plant with a wee brochure, the gecko turned quickly from green to brown. The brown color darkened over the period of a few seconds. It was a trip to observe. I looked away briefly to watch the docent talk about the merits of the pitcher plant, and our guy took that opportunity to slip quietly away.