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

Croton at the Phipps Conservatory

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.

I assume that everything in The Orchid Room is an orchid but that is not so. Fortunately I always visit with my wife who is somewhat of an expert. There are many succulents and tropical plants like this beautiful croton.

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A Tropical Croton

The Phipps Orchid Show #4

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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Orchid #4

The Phipps Orchid Show #3

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.

The color of this one is just amazing.

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Orchid #3

The Phipps Orchid Show #2

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.

This one is hard to photograph because it is so white it can be difficult to capture the detail in the white leaves. I needed to adjust the highlights and white in photoshop but I think the result is stunning.

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Orchid #2

The Phipps Orchid Show #1

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.

This one is hard to photograph because it is so white it can be difficult to capture the detail in the white leaves. I needed to adjust the highlights and white in photoshop but I think the result is stunning.

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Orchid Number One

Phipps Conservatory Roof Reflections

One of the most wonderful things about the Phipps Conservatory is the construction of the many roofs. The entry is special and beautiful but the real art is in the computer control of the windows, fans and louvers. This allows them to create different habitats for different exhibits in every season.

The reflection of the roof in the pond is a reminder of how the roof and passive solar environment allow this room to be used in all seasons. Even winter.

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Roof Reflections

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

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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Life Finds Away

If you rent a car and drive about 45 minutes south of Cancún you will come to the wonderful little town of Puerto Morales. More on that in the future. Outside of the town off the highway is a hard to find botanical garden Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin It is a fascinating visit and stroll through the Jungle.

It is not an easy hike, the ground is quite uneven in spots and you either have to cross a suspension bridge or hike up a steep hill. Well worth it though. There is allegedly a lot of wildlife but we only saw birds. Of course there were some ruins but also examples of how ancient Mayan’s lived. Inexpensive, uncrowded and very unique. Bring bug spray, it is the Jungle!

All through the park there were examples of species survival as this little tree tries to grow out of a mangrove root.

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Life Finds a Way

Life Finds a Way