Friday Five

Five Photos From Phipps Conservatory– Playing tourist in your own hometown is surprisingly amazing. Phipps Conservatory was never really my cup of tea, but after a day blowing around Oakland with my brother exploring our old stomping grounds at University of Pittsburgh, it was good to get out of the cold and winter gray-scape and into an explosion of color and life. A full post about Phipps is likely to follow sometime soon.

Looking directly up at one of Chihuly's pieces, it feels like a spider of beautiful flowery proportion is descending upon you.

Looking directly up at one of Chihuly’s pieces, it feels like a spider of beautiful flowery proportion is descending upon you.

I saw tons of orchids in Thailand, but an entire room dedicated to Philpps made me feel like I was in a flower wonderland.

I saw tons of orchids in Thailand, but an entire room dedicated to Philpps made me feel like I was in a flower wonderland.

This was my favorite room. With the statue in the background, tulips, and a rainbow of colors. Sigh.

This was my favorite room. With the statue in the background, a multitude of tulips sprinkled around, and a rainbow of colors of these kinds of flowers. Sigh.

One of the rooms modeled after the famous gardens in England. Just you know, warmer.

A room of a water garden.

A lily among... more lilies?

A lily among… more lilies?

Friday Five

Five Photos From America– It’s not the first Friday of the month, but it is my first Friday Five post in America. So this is the first of probably a few visual representations of my first few weeks in the good ol’ U.S. of A. There will probably be more of these.

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The battle of Spring vs. Snow. In March.

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I missed America for urban views like this on the 36th floor of the Cathedral of Learning.

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I’m really grateful for the time I got to spend with my on leave big brother, this shot in Phipps Conservatory.

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Reflections, plant life, and more at Phipps Conservatory.

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My favorite jumping picture of myself ever. I have a cape of an American flag. I’m reaching for a national monument. Love it.

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Why yes, that is a chocolate covered chocolate chip cookie. It was more than delicious. Thank you Redding Terminal market for providing this little piece of heaven to me.