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“A photographer's dream”

Conservatory of Flowers
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Owner description: The oldest existing building in Golden Gate Park, this Victorian-era greenhouse showcases a wide variety of tropical and seasonal flowers.
San Francisco, California
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“A photographer's dream”
Reviewed 9 November 2005

A friend once told me that flowers are the perfect subjects for photography. The Conservatory certianly lends to that idea. With supurb lighting throughout the day and an exceptional variety of tropical plants, anyone with a desire to take pictures of pretty things will find a home here.

Some things to keep in mind when going:
This is a tropical plant Conservatory, therefore it is hot, humid and every few minutes the automated misting system goes off. If you have an expensive camera, make sure you have something you can tuck it into when the mist is going.
There is a huge difference in temperature/humidity between outside and in (especially during the fall/winter/spring), so wear layers you can take off as you go.
If you love plants and love to take pictures, you're likely to be here for about 2-3 hours. The lack of wind and difused lighting of the glass make for some exceptional picture possibilities. You can take your time and wait for the right shadows or reflections.
Going early gives you more freedom to be in the rooms without bumping into people, but it also means you will likely find a wandering band of children around you trying to figure out how a bromiliad got into a tree or if rice really grows in the water. Being early also means you're likely to get a parking spot right in front. ;)

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