Just back from a delightful break in life. I went to Mexico for a rest from the cold weather and was surprised by a special garden. Cenote Jardín de Edén (translation – the “Garden of Eden Cenote”) was unimaginably beautiful.
Above you see a photo I am entering in the Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest. It shows the semi-tropical jungle as it connects with an open cenote, which is a sink hole that has collapsed, exposing the under ground cave water to the open air. This collapse allowed the ferns and other vegetation to grow into an amazing garden. Park managers tend the plants that surround the cenote and have added significant flowering varieties, but I enjoyed this more natural setting of ferns touching cenote water. Gorgeous light reflects off the leaves and the water in the above photo – you can imagine the 80 degree warmth and slight breeze if you look close enough. I think there’s something magical that happens when you see plants touching water. Beautiful!
Below is a photo and video of what else you can do at the Cenote Jardín de Edén – frolic in the water. Here is my 10 year old daughter jumping off the edge of the collapsed sink hole roof into the crystal clear water below. My husband awaits her below. They spent the day jumping and swimming. If you watch the video at the bottom of the page you can see what snorkeling at the Garden of Eden Cenote is all about – I took the video last year.