Sunday, July 18, 2010

Chicago Botanic Garden - lots of photos!

Today I went to the Chicago Botanic Garden, which is one of the most beautiful places! I took a lot of photos, and had trouble narrowing down which ones I should put on the blog (as you can see!). You can click on each photo for a crisper, larger view.




I really love this one below. It looks like a forest with water in the background, but it is really a close-up of a bonsai tree that was only a couple of feet tall:


The tall structure in the background of the photo below is actually an instrument! It has a number of very large bells that are operated by use of a keyboard:

One of my faves:








Doesn't the photo below look like ice? It's really just a split-second shot of a water fountain in action. I love it!





I really can't decide which photo I like best, but I think I'm partial to the coneflowers. Which is your favorite?

18 comments:

  1. They're all very beautiful, but I think the first one takes the cake.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wauw Amy, they are so so beautiful, really love them !!, my fav, got two the one with the lotus (?) flower in the water and the one with the pink flower don't know the name, you must had have a great day there, looks al so wonderful !! have a nice sunday Xxx Dani

    ReplyDelete
  3. They are absolutely gorgeous and it's immpossible to pick just one. Do you know we have never been there! I think your photos just made me decide that we have to go!

    How much time did you spend there Amy? Is it an all day outing or a few hours? I want to plan a day to go.

    Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Kathy, you MUST go! I think we were there for like four or five hours. It's free admission, but $20.00 to park. Luckily, the credit card machine was down yesterday so they let us park for free! The drive to get there is not bad, either. You should definitely go!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This looks beautiful! I might have to go there when I visit Chicago.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Gorgeous! I love that first picture.. they are all great, but that's my favorite. The colors, contrast and light are amazing. Plus lots of fun little angles in that flower. This sounds like wonderful day!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great photos!!
    I think I have those purple flowers in one of my planters on my balcony, and I love 'em too :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. a breath of life's purity! makes me think of a project runway challenge - outfit inspired by a photo - if i were to do that i'd love to use one of these as a starting point! the first is exquisite, has a bit of everything required to make an impression, but all have something alluring!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Did you see this?

    http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2010/7/18/margaret-oomens-little-urchin-crochet-covered-sea-stones.html

    It made me think of you instantly!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Beautiful pictures! The instrument with the bells is called a carillon. They have one on the river walk in Naperville.

    ReplyDelete
  11. oh--they are all sooo gorgeous!!! My favorite one is the one with the grasses ♥

    ReplyDelete
  12. You should enter the Chicago Botanic Garden's photo contest with one of these! http://www.gardenphotocontest.org/

    ReplyDelete
  13. Beautiful pics! I don't know what it is, but I love the curvy plant below the cornflowers. So lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love taking pics of water lily's and yours is very pretty as is all your pictures

    ReplyDelete
  15. Haven't been there since I went with Steve on field trip back when he was in grade school! You totally lucked out with the parking. $20 is a lot, that's probably why we haven't gone back! (though if you bring a carful that's not much I guess).
    Lisa

    ReplyDelete
  16. Beautiful shots! Makes me want to venture to the botanical garden here!

    ReplyDelete
  17. fantastic photos, amy! i especially love the lily pad flower. and the gardens are beautiful! i'll have to add that to our 'places to go' list next time we're in chicago :)

    ReplyDelete

I read every single one of your comments- thanks for leaving one!