Columbine from Our Regent Square Garden

One of my favorite spring flowers are columbine. There are over 70 species of columbines and innumerable hybrid species. They come in a variety of colors. They also seem to be deer and rabbit resistance allowing them to achieve a full bloom.

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Columbine

Pink Daffodil

Every year my wife plants additional daffodils. Living near Frick Park we like them because deer won’t eat them. In fact we discovered you can protect your tulips by surrounding them with daffodils. Deer and rabbits will stir clear.

She surprised me this year with these late blooming daffodils that have a pink fringe around the trumpet. I had never seen them before.

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Pink Daffodil

Bleeding Heart in Our Regent Square Garden

After my fourth year of photographing this plant I finally got an image I like. The trick is a bright overcast day without any hard shadows to ruin the delicate nature of the bloom.

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Bleeding Heart

The Spring Flower Show

This is the final in a series about the Spring Flower Show at The Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. It’s always worth the trip and a Pittsburgh Treasure. Here are a few more stars of the show.

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The Spring Flower Show

The Spring Flower Show

The Spring Flower Show

Perfect Bloom at The Phipps

I like photographing flowers and like all type of photography it is not without its own challenges. Is the bloom symmetrical? Is the lighting correct? does it have blemishes or has it been gnawed on by bugs? Your best chance of finding the perfect bloom is at a conservatory but even there they are rare.

This one is special and I believe a perfect specimen. What do you think?

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A Perfect Bloom

More from The Phipps

It’s time for the Spring Flower Show at The Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. It’s always worth the trip and a Pittsburgh Treasure. Here are a few stars of the show.

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Stars of the Show

Stars of the Show

Spring Flower Show at the Phipps Conservatory

The season has changed so it’s time for another visit to the Phipps Conservatory of Pittsburgh for the Spring Flower Show. This year we went early on my birthday and the show has only been open for a week. We will probably visit again in a couple of weeks which is the benefit of membership.

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Spring Flower Show

Spring Flower Show

Our Pittsburgh Garden– White Iris

White flowers are the hardest to photograph. Iris especially are difficult because they reflect so much light but are thin enough to also refract a fair amount of light and light therefore transmits through the leaves.

To compensate for this, you must use a tripod so that you can use a low ISO setting and achieve enough depth of field to capture the transmitted light as well as the reflected light. During editing in post production it will be necessary to reduce the highlights by at least one and a half f-stops to be able to see the texture of the bloom in the white area.

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White Iris

Our Pittsburgh Garden– Purple Iris

Regent Square is overrun with rabbits. Fortunately our dog raises the alarm
every time she spots one. However she is in an enclosed area and can’t lay chase. I can’t use my pellet gun like I did when we lived in the mountains so we try to control them with dried blood and pepper spray.

The have destroyed most of our tulips and some other flowers but they don’t like daffodils and they don’t eat Iris. I expect we will be adding more Iris in the future. This purple beauty is in our front garden.

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Purple Iris

Our Pittsburgh Garden– Columbine

My wife insists we had Columbine in our Pocono Garden and she ought to know. I think we might of had a taller species.

The one in our Pittsburgh Garden in Regent Square is a petite beauty. It is only about 5 inches high with beautiful giant blooms.

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Columbine