Very often, when I visit the Chicago Botanic Garden, I tell myself that this time I’ll concentrate my photography on one particular area of the garden, not go wandering about willy-nilly snapping random pictures as I go. It never works! It’s impossible to stick to the plan when there are so many things to distract me. To give an example, this is how things went when I visited there last week.
“Okay, I’m going to head straight to the English Walled Garden this morning and I’m going to photograph the living daylights out of it! Every flower, every shrub from every conceivable angle! But while I’m here I might as well get a few shots of the Esplanade and I have to go through the Heritage Garden anyway so I’ll take a few shots there too.”
“I’ll just get a closer look at these flowers, and ooh, look, there’s a chipmunk under here!”
“Right! Now! Straight to the English Garden! But we have to go past the Rose Garden. Oh, what the heck! I’ll only be a few minutes.”
“Now, right turn here. No, that’s wrong. I should have turned left! Never mind. I’ll just have a quick look in the Circle Garden.”
“Now to get back on track, if I go down here past the Enabling Garden…..”
“What’s this sign say? Corpse Flower! Well, I’ll have to see that while I’m down this way.”
“Mmm. Interesting! Okay, well it seems a pity to come this far out of our way and not see the Sensory Garden and if we take the path along there we’ll come out by Evening Island and ….”
“If we sit here for a while we’ll hear the bells.”
“Now, over the bridge and …… oooh look! Here comes the dredger! I’ll just follow its progress for a little way, past the Waterfall Garden….”
“Now how on earth did we manage to end up back in the Rose Garden? Oh well, it won’t hurt to take this way back to the English Garden. Almost there!”
“See! I told you! Here we are at the English Walled Garden! Good gracious! Is that the time already? Well I’ll just take a few shots while we’re here.”
“Next time I’ll concentrate on the Circle Garden for sure! No wandering around!”
And that’s how it goes.