Its a good time to visit The National Aviary. Although I was just there a couple of weeks ago I plan to return next week. They will reopen their remodeled Tropical Room and for the first time in decades the waterfall will be operational again.
Thanks to visitors and members they have also replaced all the glass in the room with new environmentally friendly glass.
In the wetlands room this flamingo and roseate spoonbill are friendly neighbors.
If you are a regular at The Phipps Conservatory you are familiar that for the last few years The Tropical Room has been dedicated to The Congo. Newly redone, the room now focuses on Cuba.
There are features on Cuban food. medicine and of course plants native to the island nation. I was also appreciative of another focus of the island. It has a fascination with old American cars represented by this beauty.
In our winter visit to the National Aviary I was pleased to see the pair of spoonbills were nesting. I couldn’t get a clear shot then but on our visit last week they were quite active and I managed to get a closeup image.
Traveling through Europe I became facinated with some of the ancient doorways of the cities. One of the first I ever published was in March of 2012. It was a doorway in Bruges that I photographed in the 1990″s while I was there on business.
The doorways of Prague (Praha) in the Czech Republic were some of the best I have ever seen. I published a few in 2016 but have since done some editing so that you can appreciate the detail and variety of these ancient doorways.