Day Flying Moth at The Phipps

Day flying moths or butterflies come in a variety of colors and designs. This one was photographed in the butterfly garden at the Phipps. The color is unusual and I thought worthy of capture.

The humidity and warmth of this room is greatly appreciated in the winter but almost overwhelming on a warm summer day. Go slow and take some water with you. It is worth it.

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Day Flying Moth

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Visit Cuba at The Phipps

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.

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Cuban Taxi

Zebra Butterfly at The Phipps

Day flying moths or butterflies come in a variety of colors and designs. This one reminds me of a zebra and was photographed in the butterfly garden at the Phipps.

The humidity and warmth of this room is greatly appreciated in the winter but almost overwhelming on a warm summer day. Go slow and take some water with you. It is worth it.

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Zebra Moth

Garden Faces at The Phipps

I love having a membership at the Phipps because we can visited each season and see an entirely different garden. Each season brings changes and a new reason to visit.

This summer the Congo has turned in to Cuba and well there are also new faces in the garden.

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Garden Face at the Phipps

Garden Face at the Phipps

Smithsonian Candidate #7…Strasbourg France

I am thinking of entering the Smithsonian Photo Contest even though I have zero chance of winning. I say that not to denigrate my ability as a photographer, but each category already has over 50,000 entries. Sure a lot of them are crap but some, well follow the link above and see for yourself. Also you can only submit work from 1/1/2016 until the present and all works with people must have a model release.

If you are familiar with any of my work (e.g. Moment and Souls) you probably realize I don’t have a lot of model releases.

Fortunately I do have some images that may qualify in other categories and will be publishing some here to see if you feel they quality. Please comment and let me know your thoughts.This one is in the Travel Category and is a view Strasbourg France from Bassin de la Citadelle.

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Strasbourg France

Our Pittsburgh Garden– White Iris

White flowers are the hardest to photograph. Iris especially are difficult because they reflect so much light but are thin enough to also refract a fair amount of light and light therefore transmits through the leaves.

To compensate for this, you must use a tripod so that you can use a low ISO setting and achieve enough depth of field to capture the transmitted light as well as the reflected light. During editing in post production it will be necessary to reduce the highlights by at least one and a half f-stops to be able to see the texture of the bloom in the white area.

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White Iris

Our Pittsburgh Garden– Purple Iris

Regent Square is overrun with rabbits. Fortunately our dog raises the alarm
every time she spots one. However she is in an enclosed area and can’t lay chase. I can’t use my pellet gun like I did when we lived in the mountains so we try to control them with dried blood and pepper spray.

The have destroyed most of our tulips and some other flowers but they don’t like daffodils and they don’t eat Iris. I expect we will be adding more Iris in the future. This purple beauty is in our front garden.

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Purple Iris