Missing the Phipps

I miss my friends and relatives but also just miss people in general. Each season we would make a visit to the Phipps Conservatory, The Aviary and Pittsburgh Museums. As members you begin to recognize the staff members. I hope they are all OK. Here are some pictures from previous visits to the Phipps Conservatory of Pittsburgh.

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Phipps Spring Flower Show

The Phipps Summer Garden

A Perfect Bloom

The Phipps Summer Garden

Summer Sunday at Jardin du Luxembourg

I miss traveling so I have been been looking through old files for summertime images. This was taken in Paris at the Jardin du Luxembourg in 2009. Every time I visit Paris we go to this garden. Paris is like any other major city, things slow down on Sunday. In the summer people have a lot of Parks to choose from in Paris. Parc Monceau,Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin du Palais Royal are some of the better known spots. However, my favorite is the Jardin du Luxembourg adjacent to Luxembourg Palace which is the center of the French Government. It is very large with many different spaces and you can see lovers kissing, joggers jogging and some of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

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Sunday In Paris


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Bleeding Heart from Our Pittsburgh Garden

There is something delicate and perfect about bleeding heart. The blooms are small but beautiful and have a unique shape. This one is our garden in Regent Square. It is about 5 years old and quite robust and safe from rabbits and deer.

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Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

Quarantine Iris Pittsburgh 5/6/2020

Normally this time of year we would be headed to the Phipps Conservatory to see the Spring Flower Show. Sadly though it is closed due to the global pandemic. Our Pittsburgh garden doesn’t have the quantity or diversity of the Phipps but still some wonderful blooms to soothe the soul.

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Yellow Iris

A Moment of Hope #8

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

As the pandemic continues so does Spring. Time to be looking for tulips as the daffodils begin to fade. Each flower is a moment of beauty and joy and provides hope. These are from are garden in Pittsburgh a few years ago before the deer ate them. Tulips are like candy for deer.

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First Tulips of Spring

A Moment of Hope #2

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

This is a pond in the spring. Pond are full of hope and new life in the spring. You can hear the peepers and see the baby turtles on their banks. Sitting and gazing into a pond and listening to the sounds provide and uplift to the human spirit.

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Reflections of a Pond

A Moment of Hope #1

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

Here is a daffodil from our Pittsburgh garden. You have to have hope to plant a garden.

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A Perfect Bloom

Hummingbird Vignette

Hummingbirds are difficult to photograph. They move very fast. Also to get them in the wild, away from a feeder presents an optical challenge. They tend to disappear in to the foliage of the plants they feed on. In this case I used a vignette to make the bird stand out however you still can’t see the fast beating wings.

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Hummingbird

A Lily Found

I haven’t been able to shoot much this summer being hobbled by a bad back. I have been spending my time instead editing and reimagining old images. I shot this lily years ago at our house in the Pocono Mountains. I remember thinking when I took it that I was treating this like a portrait with a key light. The shadows on the leaves of the stamen create a certain drama to the image.

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A Lily Found