From the archives…

While reorganizing thousands of photos can certainly be a daunting task (not to mention tedious), it gives me the opportunity to review lots of images that may deserve a second look.

In March of 2009, I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  My schedule was flexible enough that I was able to get in quite a bit of sight-seeing, at least within walking or hotel shuttle distance.  Having seen a number of beautiful photographs of the Phipps Conservatory, I knew I absolutely had to visit.  I was attending the conference with a few friends, and a small group of us decided to walk from our hotel.  We opted for an evening visit, so the conservatory was dark and quiet except for the sounds of running water.  I’m sure it’s a completely different atmosphere during the day, but at night it’s almost as if you’re walking through a tropical grove by a river.

Each room had its own specialty, it seemed.  There were bonsai trees, ferns, cacti, and – my personal favorite from the visit – orchids.  There were orchids everywhere, every variety you could possibly imagine!  Some, at least at first glance, didn’t even look like flowers.  One in particular stood out to me tonight, while flipping through all of the photos.  It looked like a bug, rather than a flower.  I really appreciated how delicate and unique the petals were, and how the ambient back-lighting (that I was lucky enough to catch) highlighted the delicate “fuzz” on the stem.

I’ll have to take another look through the Phipps images, as I’m sure there are other gems hiding; however, for now, I’ll just share this single photo.

If ever you have the chance to visit, I highly recommend it.


~ by Audra Hatch on April 8, 2011.

One Response to “From the archives…”

  1. […] to be photographs from a trip to Pittsburgh back in 2009.  (For more info on the trip, see: From the Archives…) I picked a few that I liked from wandering around the city.  I think I’ll let the photos do […]

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