After reading Julie’s post about her visit to the conservatory in Pittsburgh, I really got an intense craving for the smell of dirt and the wonderful feel of conservatory humidity. When you live in an area that feels like the artic at times, you really get to missing the smell of dirt. My soils professor would have a cow that I call it dirt instead of soil. But that’s what it is to me. Dirt. I dig in the dirt. I don’t dig in the soil. La te da to calling it soil.
I went to the Lamberton Conservatory to smell and see dirt and plants and color, and to feel high humidity to get warm. Real warm. Sweaty warm. It was all good. I didn’t remove any layers of clothing, it felt so good to revel in the heat.
And to play with my camera. I won’t blog about that now because I have to figure out what I did and didn’t do right. Or should I say what I like and don’t like!
Everything I saw soothed my soul.
The water features provided great opportunities for movies. There were more water feature movies I took, but they turned out very loud!
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Here’s the turtle statue in the first water feature.
Across from the turtle in the water – a bird “house!”
With the sweetest little birds. Here’s one for you:
I love epiphytes, ferns, orchids and plants from other countries (inside conservatories for the exotics is okay to me).
A Brazilian tree Philodendron (Philodendron selloum) that looks like an octopus.
Flowers way up high:
Close-up of the banana flower:
I love the leaf of the Cut-Leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa). It looks like it would survive a nasty wind storm. It has an interesting latin name, too!
A peaceful place to sit and enjoy the plants:
Cute Bunny-Ears Cactus (Opuntia microdasys) for all of the bunny lovers:
Outside the Lamberton Conservatory.
Lamberton Conservatory is located in Highland Park, which is known world wide for its Lilac Festival which occurs in May. And, I just remembered – there’s a castle with a sunken garden in the park!!!!!! Woo Hoo!!! I’ll be going back there soon!