A Trip to the Park

A few days ago, a couple of friends and I spent the morning in Cedar Creek Park. This park has a great area of wild flowers throughout the growing season. I always enjoy stopping there in the spring for the Trilliums. Here are a few photos from our trip to the park.

Flowers from Phipps

After a recent trip to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens I wanted to share some of my favorite flowers and cactus.

Spring at Phipps Conservatory

A recent trip to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with the Westmoreland Photographers Society brought spring to life. And what flower makes you think of spring? A tulip of course.

A tulip from a recent trip to Phipps Conservatory with the Westmoreland Photographers.

Project 365 | Day 76 The Majestic Orchid

As promised in yesterdays post I will be showing you what I feel is the most fascinating flower that I have ever photographed.  The orchid has held my attention for years now and every chance that I get I photograph them.  There is just something about them that really catches my eye and trying to portray those qualities in photography has become a quest for me.

Fun Facts about orchids:

When you look at an orchid you might think to yourself how delicate these flowers are, but in fact they live on every continent in the world except Antarctica.  They range in size from about the size of a fingernail to the largest weighing in at several hundred pounds.  They can live upwards of 100 years and their seeds are among the smallest in the world.  Orchids have become the most popular household plant of all time.

Phipps Conservatory

Luckily in my area we have botanical garden that has many different orchids on display and I make several trips there to photograph them every year.  The place that I’m referring to is Phipps Conservatory.

In this evenings post I’m going to show you a couple of different orchids and please don’t request their names.  I’m just an admirer of the flowers not a botanist.

White Orchid

Of the orchids that I’m going to show you the white orchid is one of my favorites.  This one was shot with available light and I just love the way the light highlights the edges and center of the flower.

Pink Orchid

The next orchid that I really enjoy is the one on the left here.  The pale pink cooler and the bright yellow of the center really make for a great color combination.

Green Slipper

The example that you see here is another very interesting type of orchid. I think that it is referred to as a slipper as it kinda looks like a shoe.  The way this orchid has its bottom lip is designed as a landing platform for pollinators and in the case of this type of orchid a trap for its prey.

OrchidAnd last but certainly not least is just a beautiful example of a delicate purple orchid.

I hope you have enjoyed looking and reading a little about the flowers that I find so very fascinating.  And maybe next time you see one of these majestic flowers you’ll take a moment and really enjoy their beauty.

Do you have a flower you find to be most interesting?  I would love to hear from you about your favorite flowers.

A Spring Flower Poses for a Portrait

Tonight’s post is a close up of a Trillium.  I find these flowers to be very interesting because of the how the grow in great abundance in some areas and just down the trail a few feet there will be none.  There is a local park that only have white Trilliums.  I have visited the area many times and never saw a single red or yellow Trillium.  And yet other areas have an abundance of the red and not as many of the white.

This one was taken in Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver, Pa.  This park has a mixture of red, white and yellow Trilliums.  As well as many other species of wild flowers.

Hope you enjoy!

Trillium

Working Up a Sweat

Tonight my post is of a flower that just looked like it was working hard.  I thought the water droplets and flush colors made it look as though it had just finished a tough workout and was ready for a cool drink.

Working up a Sweat