Pittsburgh Autumn

Pittsburgh is a city of hills and trees. The hills create the diverse neighborhoods that make up Pittsburgh’s blend of ethnic cultures from Germantown to Polish Hill. The trees are a wonderful blend of hardwood trees that make for amazing parks and spectacular fall colors. This view of downtown from Schenley Oval.

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Pittsburgh Autumn

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Finally Autumn

Finally, Autumn has arrived although the show from nature may not be as great this year because of the warm and dry weather. Searching the archives I found this. Taken a block from our old house in the Delaware National Forrest. The Pocono mountains are exquisite this time of year.

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Pocono Wetlands

White Lily

We planted our lilies with hope. They looked fine and healthy as they emerged from the ground. We noticed our pansies were being eaten and applied dried blood and the pansies survived. Our neighborhood suddenly seems to be overrun with rabbits. It rained for a few days and when we next looked outside the lilies all had a number of buds on each plant. We again applied the dried blood.

A week later we had a lot of rain and the next day after the rained stopped. There was not a leaf on any Lily plant. The buds were hanging off of green stalks. Damn bunnies! I was convinced they would never bloom. We again spread in the dried blood but it was too late I feared. How could they provide enough energy to bloom without any leaves for photosynthesis?

Life finds a way and the lilies survived!

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White Lilly

Survivor Lily

We planted our lilies with hope. They looked fine and healthy as they emerged from the ground. We noticed our pansies were being eaten and applied dried blood and the pansies survived. Our neighborhood suddenly seems to be overrun with rabbits. It rained for a few days and when we next looked outside the lilies all had a number of buds on each plant. We again applied the dried blood.

A week later we had a lot of rain and the next day after the rained stopped. There was not a leaf on any Lilly plant. The buds were hanging off of green stalks. Damn bunnies! I was convinced they would never bloom. We again spread in the dried blood but it was too late I feared. How could they provide enough energy to bloom without any leaves for photosynthesis?

Life finds a way and the lilies survived!

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Survivor Lily

Turtle Line Up

I first noticed this behavior in Florida when I would see turtles near alligators. I thought it was some sort of turtle defense system. But these turtles were hanging out at Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden without a predator in sight. Maybe it is just a form of social communication. I don’t think there was any hanky panky going on.

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Turtle Line Up

Jason Gamrath at The Phipps Conservatory Part 3

This summer is special at the Phipps Conservatory because there is a special exhibition of the fine art glass sculptures of Jason Gamrath.There are always a few glass sculptures in the eight rooms of the conservatory but this year the exhibition adds over 80 works from the brilliant young artist. Each room is dramatically changed by the addition of his artwork. The show is not to be missed and runs throughout the summer. This is my last post on this great exhibit, if you miss it, you can’t say you weren’t warned.

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The Art of Jason Gamrath

The Art of Jason Gamrath

The Art of Jason Gamrath

The Phipps Summer Garden

I love having a membership at the Phipps because we can visited each season and see an entirely different garden. In addition to the special exhibition of the fine art glass sculptures of Jason Gamrath there is a lot to see. Its the first time I have visited the Children’s Garden and it was fun to watch the kids at play.

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The Phipps Children Garden

The Phipps Summer Garden

The Phipps Summer Garden