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Saturday, March 19, 2011
The Phantom in the Machine
Er.. oops... is that "The Phantom of the Opera?" or "The Ghost in the Machine?" Today it's both. I'll start with the Phantom part.
It seemed to me that there were more themed displays this year, and fewer "gardens," at the Philadelphia Flower Show. I'm not sure that's bad, but I ended up with fewer pictures that have a natural feel to them. You can see some of the key Phantom elements here: the organ, the fallen chandelier, a corner of the boat on the left.
Here's the Phantom poling his boat. The tunnel was created by arches formed of red branches. I don't know what plant those came from, but they were quite dramatic used with the black and white.
I do know what those amazing red pods are. They show up in flower shows a lot because they are so spectacular. It's a plant called Heliconia. This one is Heliconia pendula.
And the Ghost in the Machine? I spent 2.5 hours this evening removing a nasty malware from my computer that got past both Windows Security and AVG. It's called XP Anti-Spyware and claims to be the opposite of what it is. It's very convincing. If you see its windows popping up and insisting that you have a list of viruses, and you need to download and install it right now, DON'T DO IT!!! I was suspicious from the get-go, and looked it up on a different computer. All seems to be ok now. Whew!