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Muttart Conservatory

the Muttart Conservatory is part of Edmonton, Alberta , Cloverdale .

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Muttart Conservatory

Muttart Conservatory
Made by bulliver
The Muttart Conservatory is a botanical garden located in the North Saskatchewan river valley, across from downtown Edmonton. The conservatory consists of four glass, pyramid-shaped structures that showcase plants from arid, tropical, and temperate climates, providing a welcome oasis of warmth during winter. The fourth pyramid hosts a theme that changes throughout the year. A donation from the Gladys and Merrill Muttart Foundation provided momentum for the conservatory's construction, with the remaining monies supplied by the Province of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. The conservatory is staffed and operated by the Edmonton Parks and Recreation Department. The conservatory's unusual structure, designed by architect Peter Hemingway is composed of four glassed pyramids built around a central service core. The two larger' pyramids are 660 square meters in area, and the two medium-sized ones are 410 square meters in size. Three of the pyramids are devoted to displays of plants from the tropical, temperate, and arid regions respectively, the fourth being used for shows that change with the seasons and which feature massed displays of ornamental flowering plants. -Wikipedia Exposure: 30 Aperture: f/13.0 Focal Length: 16 mm

Kirsten

Kirsten
Made by Sandy Phimester
Funny, while on a photo-shoot with someone else, I had a friend of mine Jason, and my girlfriend Kirsten assist me while I was working... I decided to get one or two shots of my assistants in the process. Why not? Haha. Kirsten is a model for a few local designers here during Fashion Week, but when we often shoot together, just for the hell of it, I don't get her to bust out model poses or fashion stuff, just.... look like my girlfriend. ;) The purpose of this shoot, besides getting good shots of another woman, was to get a bit better at working super quickly, on the fly, with portable lighting. So we were rocking only two speedlites on triggers. I didn't bring my studio lights with portable power, just two small old school speedlites. And again, the point was to just get much better at lighting on the go, the whole shoot was location to location, really quickly. No time to refine the lighting like crazy, like in the studio when you have hours and hours to slowly go over everything. This was like 5 minutes of prep and then just start shooting. I need to get better at it! Was a lot of fun though! Light Vivitar 283 as key light at 1/64th through diffusion umbrella camera left SB24 at 1/16th bare, with warm gel (not CTO) behind and to my right Fired with CyberSyncs

Muttart Conservatory after hours

Muttart Conservatory after hours
Made by Imran Hayat
On the bus home from work I noticed that the recent rains had pooled water around the roof of the conservatory, so later on I went over there and had to take a photograph. :) Interestingly at the same time I realised that there were a couple of photographers with big expensive cameras taking loads of photographs but only of the pyramids without the city background. Hmmm... to each their own I suppose. :) Neat how we all have different goals. As usual I forgot to bring my tripod so I had to stick the camera right next to the framing of the pyramid next to me to keep it steady for the 1-second exposure on my digital point-and-shoot. Man.. one day I really should buy an SLR of some sort. :( Anyway, that's what Edmonton, Alberta looked like tonight!

Fiery Flower

Fiery Flower
Made by Heraldk
Today I attended a random meetup with other Flickr members from Edmonton. There wasn't a huge turnout, but I got to meet at least a few other Flickr members from around my hometown. We met up at the Muttart conservatory, and spent some time wandering around taking photographs. I got to try out my new lenses: A Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 and a Canon 50mm f/1.4. So shiny! :) This is by far my favourite shot from the day. Of course, I forgot to take a shot of the nametag, and since I don't know anything about flowers -- I can't identify this for you. But it sure is pretty! This shot was with my new Canon lens. So it was a pretty cool day. After the Muttart a few Flickr members ended up at the Sherlock Holme's pub downtown. It was good fun. Heraldk

Red Oriental Lilly

Red Oriental Lilly
Made by Heraldk
Once again, I have no idea how to identify flowers (I'm so useless at it). Anyways, I'm sure that just about everyone at the flickr meet got a photo of one of these flowers. They are rather pretty. This particular shot I got with my new Sigma lens. I really need to take that lens out for a bunch of photos - I've taken a bunch with my Canon 50mm, but not nearly as many with the Sigma. I will have to find time to do that in the near future :) Thanks to bcblack61 for identifying the flower for me!

Colour at last

Colour at last
Made by sahlgoode
I've been aching to see some colour int the river valley, but alas, the long winter, and late spring has delayed the appearance of such splendor. Thank goodness for the Muttart Conservatory. A quick tour through it's four pyramids reminded me of what is surely to come.......it's just taking a little longer than I think we'd all like.

GAIA

GAIA
Made by *Furball*
Long ago before the first human Before the first tree Her life began She breathes and grows blood rushes through her veins She can feel pain She can feed us When we are hungry Heals us when we are sick She has the power to give us energy The power to make us smile She is not human She is the Earth There is a reason Why we call her Gaia Earth Mother

The Halycon Days

The Halycon Days
Made by Brian Truscott | F/Stop Photography
Press L to view on black, and don't forget to comment and favorite! I definitely could have framed this a bit better; I should learn to be less hasty. Incoming storm brought in some real fast-moving low altitude clouds which made for a real neat effect. Canon 7D 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 tripod, remote -- 10mm ISO 200 f/5.6 30 sec exposure

anemone flower textured

anemone flower textured
Made by pixelens photography
Headed out to the Muttart Conservatory here in town, heard they were closing soon until October so I figured I should make my way there sooner... as well it was cold out so it was a relatively warm spot to snap some shots. These are some of the ones I liked the best. These shots were taken in the Show Pavillion. Added a as an overlay.

Daffy

Daffy
Made by sahlgoode
I took a walk down to the Muttart Conservatory to test out the macro filters that presented me with the other day. I've got to remember not to show up on a long week-end. It was more than just a little busy.

365::324 - The Te of Piglet

365::324 - The Te of Piglet
Made by bulliver
November 20, 2010. Walked to the Muttart Conservatory with Hugh after it proved too cold to do any shooting outdoors. Used the 50mm with a close-up filter and fired the SB-600 off-camera to get these shots. Exposure 0.025 sec (1/40) Aperture f/9.0 Focal Length 50 mm SB-600 camera left manual mode 1/8power@50mm triggered with CLS

Glorious Muttart

Glorious Muttart
Made by danica+karl
25km, and a couple dozen frames later here's a collection of super rezzie panoramas from Alberta's capital for us all to enjoy. Thanks to Karl for taking me along for the journey! For more precise geo data visit our cross-post here www.panoramio.com/photo/54116200

White Hair

White Hair
Made by sahlgoode
I took this shot at the Muttart Conservatory just before came along, and spotted a hair dangling off this lovely flower. I decided to leave mine in, but you've got to promise me that you won't view this in the original resolution. ;-P

Brok't?

Brok't?
Made by sahlgoode
It was brought to my attention that the lights on the Muttart seemed to be broken, as they occasionally have a a two-toned glow to them. It passed through my head that they had just spent a lot of money upgrading the place, so perhaps they had been planning on the two-tone look. What do you think? Broke, or a new look?

.petal

.petal
Made by pixelens photography
Headed out to the Muttart Conservatory here in town, heard they were closing soon until October so I figured I should make my way there sooner... as well it was cold out so it was a relatively warm spot to snap some shots. These are some of the ones I liked the best. These shots were taken in the Show Pavillion.

Nurple

Nurple
Made by sahlgoode
The Muttart Conservatory is mimicking what Mother Nature usually provides for us this time of year. Budding trees, and plants are coming my friends.....have patience. ;-)

The Pyramids of Edmonton

The Pyramids of Edmonton
Made by Workaholic Mimir
Horticultural Gardens in Edmonton's river valley For more information, please visit: Edmonton: Attractions: Muttart Conservatory

Alarm Force

Alarm Force
Made by bulliver
It seems we may have triggered the alarm when we were on the roof shooting. The guard asked if we had 'seen anyone around' and didn't seem too concerned when I said just us. Exposure: 30 Aperture: f/13.0 Focal Length: 16 mm

Muttart Winterlight

Muttart Winterlight
Made by sahlgoode
On my way to the last Winterlight Festival of the season. Stopped to take a few shots of the kids on the hill. Exposure: 3.4 Aperture: f/8.0 Focal Length: 28 mm

Muttart in Shades of Cyan & Cerise

Muttart in Shades of Cyan & Cerise
Made by sahlgoode
I know that I live so close to this place that I probably should have posted shots prior to now. Seems I'm just getting around to shooting here finally. ;-) Exposure: 18.1 Aperture: f/11.0 Focal Length: 20 mm



Nearest places of interest:

The Peace Dove
Kids play park
ski lodge
Edmonton Ski Club
  Connors Hill
Bennett Center
Muttart Greenhouses
Henrietta Muir Edwards Park

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