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Macro Photography at Anna Scripps (on Belle Isle)

  • Jan 18, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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If you've never been to Anna Scripps, you really shouldn't miss this. And if you HAVE been, well you know you should be there. 

"Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is the oldest, continually operating conservatory in the United States.

The building covers about an acre and has five areas, each housing a different climate, and features a north wing and a south wing and a 100,600 cubic feet dome 85 feet high to accommodate soaring palms and other tropical plants. The north wing houses hundreds of cacti and desert plants, and just beyond that is a room packed with ferns from floor to ceiling. The south is home to hundreds of tropical plants and the Children’s Christian Temperance Fountain. The collection also includes perennial gardens and displays of annuals. The show house, remodeled in 1980, features a continuous display of blooming plants."

Bring your macro lens (and if you don't have one, bring your longest zoom lens) to get some fabulous shots of tropical flowers (including many varieties of orchids), desert plants, michigan flowers and many more. 

I picked to go on a Saturday because that is the day that the Belle Isle Aquarium (next door to the Conservatory) is also open. 

I look forward to seeing you there! 

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  • Molly S.

    Thanks for the opportunity to break out of my winter rut! It was great being able to meet some new people and practice something I have been wanting to work on for ages.

    1 · January 19, 2014

    • Jill R.

      Thank you so much for all of your help on Saturday, Molly! I'm getting ready to post a few of my first 'on purpose' macro photos :) It was so nice meeting you!

      1 · January 20, 2014

    • Amy

      For sure! I'm so glad you could come, it was a full on pleasure to meet you!

      January 20, 2014

  • Jill R.

    I have no idea how to take macro shots (I'm so rusty, I sometimes can't remember how to do much of anything...). Would I be able to be somebody's little shadow and try to learn?

    1 · January 16, 2014

    • Sean D. F.

      You would be surprised how many people are taking macro flower photos with Zoom lenses. (looks away LOL)

      January 17, 2014

    • Molly S.

      It was great meeting you Jill. I hope you post some of the photos you took!

      January 19, 2014

  • Amy

    I was a bit (a lot) disappointed in Anna Scripps today. I didn't think it was warm enough - and I'm not sure why that was. Also, the Tropical room was closed too, which I wasn't happy about, it is usually my favorite room. But, the people were great and I REALLY dug seeing you all, so I guess today was a win after all!

    2 · January 18, 2014

    • Debbie M.

      The tropical room is my favorite too. Still a nice idea for cold winter day, and a bonus that the aquarium was open today too. Thanks for organizing.

      January 18, 2014

  • Kit B.

    Many photo opportunities

    January 18, 2014

  • Richard C.

    Michele is coming as well but is too busy to get her own reservation.

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Kathryne W.

    Wish I could go...but can`t be in two places at once..going on the Pure Detroit Guardian Building tour.....

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • Amy

      We'll miss you Kathy!

      January 17, 2014

  • carol S.

    I might not get there till 11:30 I have batting practice at Comerica Park. Are you starting the Conservatory?

    1 · January 16, 2014

    • Amy

      I am starting at the conservatory yes. I will likely spend the majority of the time there.

      January 17, 2014

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