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May 18, 2013

Daffodils on the hills

Upon entering the Chicago Botanic Garden I couldn’t help but notice the white and yellow color hugging the many hills running through the first section of the grounds. Unfortunately, you get a much better view of them from your car on your way to the parking. By the time you get into the main grounds the flowers are across the water from you, and there is no way to get there but to walk around… or by camera.
Daffodils on the hills
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May 17, 2013

Through the wall

Through the wall
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Through the wall
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Through the wall
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May 9, 2013

Bonsai 2

I posted another Bonsai tree photo recently, and I wanted to do this one a bit differently. I left in most of the elements around the tree and cleaned things up significantly. For some reason – one I can’t remember – your photographer forgot to shoot the card accompanying this tree in the garden display, so it’s devoid of a name. Because the roots hang onto the rock in such a way, I’m wondering if it’s a bush rather than a tree. Anyone ever see a Bonsai bush before?
Bosai 2
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May 7, 2013

U-shaped apple tree

This must be trained to grow this way. It’s a Baldwin Apple, and everywhere I’ve looked online it just looks like a giant bush. They put this one up against the brick wall and helped it grow in a pattern that made it really cool to look at straight on. The tree was cut down just beneath the top of the wall, and the branches were about as symmetrical as possible. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a Baldwin Apple.
U-shaped apple tree
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May 6, 2013

Those bloomin’ flowers

First off, I’m not happy with the title of this post. I do like how the English say “bloomin’ this” and “bloomin’ that” (as a replacement for bloody, I assume), but I don’t like this title to be seemingly a reference to one Australian-themed restaurant’s strange appetizer. I’m forgiving myself for that, but I’m still not thrilled about it. I just didn’t know what to title a photo about flowers on my blog.

But look at this! Just two days after saying I don’t really get flower photos… I post a flower(s) photo. This is many flowers… or would that be better read: these are many flowers? I found the pinks more beautiful but also more abundant. The yellows therefore provided a nice contrast, especially the few unopened ones with their green-edged petals. I might do one more flower photo in the coming days. I’ll have to really think hard about it. There have only been maybe a handful of those on this blog, and one of them was actually a photo of flowers painted on a building, so that doesn’t count. I’m on something like a one-flower-photo-per-quarter kick, which is probably best for me.
Those bloomin' flowers
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May 4, 2013

Garden on the wall – or is that in the wall? Or is that in a box on a wall? Yes.

We kicked around the Chicago Botanic Garden this morning for a couple of hours. I was struck with just how many photographers were there – with tripods. They were all scurrying around like ants – this almost aimless directive helping them to negotiate between the different newly opened flowers. I like flowers and enjoy photographing them, but there’s something about it that I don’t get. It’s some kind of obvious pretty to me. Don’t get me wrong, I snapped a few tulips (it’s May, yo), but photographically I’m more interested in having to seek for the beauty in something else entirely. There was a chunk of the day where I felt myself slightly claustrophobic in what I was shooting – it too easily wanted to come together as it was laid out, and I wanted it to be less constructed.

Then I found this box. It was entirely constructed, manipulated, obvious and gorgeous. I looked it over for a while wondering how they’d kept the plants from falling out and then decided to just enjoy it for being really nice to look at. I remembered that often simple is quite good. Photos came a lot easier from there on. I’ll be sharing a handful of them over the next days or week, or two.
Garden on the wall
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January 11, 2013

Botanic garden river

I can’t remember what possessed me to take this at the time, but I’m sure it was something to do with the backlighting. I love that sort of thing. It’s not really a river, I guess, but it did sparkle a bit in the sun. I had to jump up on a stone wall and balance kind of crazy to get in position to keep the sun mostly out of my lens. I like the idea that you can’t quite make out what’s on the other bank.
Botanic river garden
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October 3, 2012

The sensory garden

I didn’t have but a couple of hours at the Chicago Botanic Garden, so I made the time I had work for me. I found potentially the highest ground of the garden with an obscured view of the water through this patch of trees. The area is considered a “sensory garden” for the sights, smells and sounds. I noticed some crickets and this mess of trees between me and the lake. The way they contorted had them looking off-balance, like they could topple over at any moment.
The sensory garden
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