Behold The Bilateral Symmetry

When our daughter was around 8 years old my wife took her to The Phipps Conservatory with her grandmother. When they got to this room my daughter proclaimed, “…behold the bilateral symmetry.” It is impossible for me not to think of that each time I visit.

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Behold The Bilateral Symmetry

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At The Root of It All

This time of year The Phipps Conservatory features Orchids and Bonsai. Some of the bonsai are very old. Tis year however I noticed for the first time tiny sculptures at the roots of the bonsai.

A great place to visit on a cold winter day.

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A “Hairy” Orchid at The Phipps

Since moving back to Pittsburgh we tend to visit the Phipps Conservatory regularly. In the winter they have the Orchid Show and each year I have taken photos of this spectacular orchid but the light has never been right to capture one of the visual details.

The orchid has tendrils that look like fine hairs. This year the light was perfect and I am finally able to say that this orchid needs a shave! These are the jokes folks.

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Hairy Orchid

Yet Another Beautiful Orchid

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden is one of the premier conservatories in The United Sates. We are members and visit a lot yet each time I visit the Orchid Room I see an orchid in bloom that I have never seen before like the one pictured below

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Yet Another Beautiful Orchid

Phipps Fall Flower Show

The Fall Flower Show at the Phipps had a little something for everyone. The model railroad and fairytale rooms for the children, halloween rom for the the ghouls and plenty of fall colors for plant enthusiasts. The show ended last week to make room for the annual holiday extravaganza. A few scenes below from our journey through the conservatory.

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Autumn at The Phipps

Autumn at The Phipps

Autumn at The Phipps

The Orchid Room at The Phipps Conservatory

We are members of the Phipps so we visit a few times a year. Every time I visit the Orchid Room I find something new. I have never seen this one before. It almost looks like the Fisherman”s Basket wildflower but is even more delicate.

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Spectacular Orchid

Our Pittsburgh Garden–Rembrandt Tulip

Our garden in Regent Square is starting to look good after three years of work. Each year the deer have come up from Frick Park and eaten our tulips. A few have survived their evil appetite. The trick is to plant them surrounded by Daffodils.

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Rembrandt Tulip