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article imagePhoto Essay: Inside Cornwall's Eden Project Biome Special

By Tim Sandle     Sep 21, 2014 in Travel
Saint Austell - The Eden project in Cornwall contains two enormous biomes. One contains of the structures draws on colorful plants from the Mediterranean. Digital Journal paid a visit.
In a recent photo essay, Digital Journal examined the outside area of the Eden Project, showing how disused clay pit had been transformed into a beautiful complex of gardens, showcasing the best of south-west Britain. In a companion piece, we go "under the dome" to explore the Eden Project's magnificent biomes.
This photo essay focuses on the second biome, which has been developed to create a splendid Mediterranean environment. This biome houses warm temperate and arid plants such as olives and grape vines, together with cacti, and various sculptures.
An instant burst of color and pleasure: the  Mediterranean biome.
An instant burst of color and pleasure: the Mediterranean biome.
The biome is made up of a number of walkways, each leading to a central plaza. The walkways take the visitor through a a variety of regions. This picture captures some of the variety within the biome.
An array of different plants surround a twisting walkway that rises and falls within the immense bio...
An array of different plants surround a twisting walkway that rises and falls within the immense biome.
As does this second image:
A display of plants  trees and rocks inside the  Mediterranean biome.
A display of plants, trees and rocks inside the Mediterranean biome.
To get an idea of the scale of the biomes, here is a short detour to the outside:
A picture of the biomes of the Eden Project.
A picture of the biomes of the Eden Project.
The biome covers 1.6 acres and it measures 115 feet high, 213 feet wide and 443 feet long.
Now, back within the intriguing botanical wonder of the biome. Inside, there are several stand-out varieties of Strelitzia reginae, also known as Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise.
Bird of Paradise flowers are associated with liberty  magnificence and good perspective.
Bird of Paradise flowers are associated with liberty, magnificence and good perspective.
There are also other wonderfully colorful plants.
A blast of intense Mediterranean color.
A blast of intense Mediterranean color.
One of the standout colorful plants within the Mediterranean biome.
One of the standout colorful plants within the Mediterranean biome.
No Mediterranean setting would be complete without the ubiquitous cacti.
Mediterranean biome has hundreds of cacti inside.
Mediterranean biome has hundreds of cacti inside.
With the biome there is live music, a cafe, and a fascinating selection of chili plants. In other parts, various props add to the Mediterranean feel.
A classic motorcyle is situated up a hill within the biome.
A classic motorcyle is situated up a hill within the biome.
Featured within the biome is something unusual. A series of strange looking statues, engaged in various playful and warlike poses. These depict the feast of Dionysus, who is the Ancient Greek god of the grape harvest.
Dionysus. The Greek god of the grape harvest  winemaking and wine  of ritual madness  religious ecst...
Dionysus. The Greek god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, religious ecstasy and theatre
Close by to the biome is a smaller area, dedicated to education, environment and ecology.
This is  The Core . This area provides the Eden Project with an education facility  incorporating cl...
This is "The Core". This area provides the Eden Project with an education facility, incorporating classrooms and exhibition spaces designed to help communicate Eden's central message about the relationship between people and plants.
A third photo essay will reveal the intriguing delights of the rainforest biome.
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