Flamingo at The National Aviary

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.

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Flamingo and Roseate Spoonbill

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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

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

Roseate Spoonbill at The National Aviary

In 2014 while visiting the Ding Darling Preserve in Florida I photographed a flock of spoonbills which you can see here,

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.

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Roseate Spoonbill

Happy Independence Day at the National Aviary

I love my country and Independence Day. I don’t really like fireworks though. I worry to much about our veterans with PTSD and the dogs hiding under the bed. I like cookouts and barbecue and am not going to let the current political climate detract from celebrating our independence from Great Britain.

So what better way to celebrate than by visiting our national symbol at The National Aviary. Pittsburgh should be proud of having the largest aviary in the United States and it is currently having the tropical room refurbished but still worth visiting if only to see this nesting pair.

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Our National Symbol