A Perfect Bloom in Our Pittsburgh Garden

Each year I photograph the blooms in our garden and at other gardens around Pittsburgh. My trained eye can usually find a problem with the bloom. Part of the leaf is missing, it has a spot, a bug is eating it or the weather got to it before I did.

This one looks like a pretty good daffodil to me, close to a perfect bloom.

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A Perfect Bloom

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Today’s Daffodils in Regent Square

It was raining so much the other day I thought our daffodils would get beaten to a pulp. In today’s warm sun they look just fine however.

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The 57th Carnegie International Exhibition

Unfortunately we did not make it to the museum to see the 57th Carnegie International Exhibit until yesterday. It really needs to be seen more than once.

The use of video and music in this exhibition is truly amazing. There is one 8 minute video in which each scene was painted by hand. And another that has videos of varying lengths for over three hours. Just a few days left so go if you are able it will not be disappointing. It’s at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.

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Young Art Lover

Coming Soon to a Pittsburgh Garden Near You

In some parts of the United States you can’t grow daffodils outside. Bulbs require a period of cold and in warm climates they force them to bloom inside and they can be purchased as annuals. In the northeast though, they begin to poke their heads out of the grown and as Spring arrives pride fresh color reminding us of the circle of life.

I love the change of seasons and each Spring I find fresh hope by watch our city change from the drop of winter to the bright colors of Spring.

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Coming Soon

A Brace of Pigeons at The National Aviary

The National Aviary always has surprise for me. Every time we go we try to spend time talking to the docents and staff who are full of interesting information.

Pigeons to me are the squat grey birds you see eating trash in ever city in The United Sates. Yet the aviary has many varieties of pigeons. Last week I posted an image of a nesting blue pigeon. This pair is maybe not quite as stunning but beautiful birds in their own right.

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A Brace of Pigeons

The Phipps Orchid Show #5

Nothing is better when its freezing outside than visiting The Phipps Conservatory Orchid Show. The orchid room is full of blooming orchids and so warm and moist you won’t want to leave.

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The Phipps Orchid Show #5

Polly Has a Friend at The National Aviary

Every time I go to the The National Aviary I take pictures of the large blue parrot who I affectionately call Polly. She has always been a solo act and too beautiful not to photograph. However this time she had a friend.

There are more birds in the private part of the Aviary than there are on display. I found that out this visit, unfortunately you can’t visit the other habitats. This explains though why you might see different birds each time you visit. Rotating them helps keep the animals from stressing out.

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Polly has a Friend