Enjoying Nature Indoors at Phipps

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Chihuly Glass Sculptures

Last Friday my husband and I were off so we decided to spend the day at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Phipps was established in 1893 in Pittsburgh, PA. It’s sandwiched between two well-known university campuses: Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. It’s one of my favorite places to visit, especially in the winter when everything is so gray.

I brought my  Nikon camera and captured some pretty nice shots. Here is a sampling of some of my favorites. Of course, it’s pretty easy to get some good shots when you’re working with such beautiful subjects.

Phipps’ designers are great at coming up with themed exhibits. I had so much fun photographing scenes in the Fruit room. Lighted orbs were placed throughout this room in a playful, whimsical manner.

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The orchid room is probably my most favorite room. It is there year round. They also have a butterfly room, which depending on the time of year, is breathtaking when the butterflies are hatched. Unfortunately this wasn’t the season for the releasing of butterflies, but the white, pendulous umbrellas were a nice touch.

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After a few hours of touring the grounds and taking pictures, we headed over to the cafe for lunch. The cafe is somewhat of a gastronomic delight with many food choices for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans. Oh and if you want to pair your food with a good glass of wine or beer, there options for that as well. Don’t expect to top off the meal with a dessert. The cafe prides itself on offering healthy food options only. Fear not tho, the gift shop is right across the hall and they have delicious boxed chocolates.

If you’ve never visited Phipps, I highly recommend you do. It is a place for all ages. You will not be disappointed. If you are a photographer, you are only allowed to bring your tri-pods on Sundays and you have to call ahead of time to be put on the tri-pod list.

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