This week’s Photo Challenge, set for us by Ben Huberman at The Daily Post, is Heritage. One thing that we all share in common, no matter whether we are young, old, rich or poor, is the living world around us. It is largely up to us to determine how we pass that heritage on to the next generation. All these wonderful gifts of nature will only thrive if we continue to take good care them but sadly it seems there is an irresponsible element that puts money and big business before the well-being of the environment. We can only hope that wiser heads will prevail.
The Heritage Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, dedicated to Carolus Linnaeus who established binomial nomenclature as the recognized method of naming plants, is modeled after Europe’s first botanical garden in Padua, Italy.
At the center of the garden is a fountain surrounded by raised flower beds that contain medicinal plants from around the world.
A gentle flow of water cascades over shallow steps that lead to three aquatic pools containing water lilies, lotus and other water plants.
Circling the perimeter of the garden seven flower beds display plants according to their geographic origin while fourteen addition beds are used to display plants grouped according to scientific classification.
These pictures were taken over a period of years and at different times of the year, additional displays in the Heritage Garden changing according to the season.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/heritage/
Originally I had planned to use this picture for a different challenge but on second thoughts decided that it would be ideal for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge which this week is All One Color. Blending in and looking like part of the surroundings, this little frog at the Chicago Botanic Garden was quite happy to sit and watch as visitors to the garden wandered past.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/16/cees-fun-foto-challenge-all-one-color/
After the recent spate of b/w photography it’s nice to get back to some colorful images with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge which this week focuses on spring/wood. The photo files are bursting at the seams with spring pics but I thought I would keep to three different venues that have provided some great opportunities for photographing this seasonal subject.
What better place to start our spring tour than in the woods at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. These pictures were taken last year but it won’t be long before the daffodils are blooming among the trees once again.
Our next stop is at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. A wonderful place to visit at any time of year, the Garden looks especially pretty in its spring colors.
On a more rustic note, our last port of call is at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Time again for what has become an annual ‘must see’ on my calendar of things to do; The Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show. Orchids are just one of Mother Nature’s miracles and no matter how many times I see them, I am in awe of their beauty. This year’s show was, if anything, even more amazing than those of previous years. Maybe I hit it just at the right time. If you leave it too late, the blooms are past their best. These were spectacular!
As usual, I felt like a kid in a candy store with so many gorgeous flowers to photograph. I heard one woman say, “It’s like a living postcard!” How right she was!
And, if I understood things correctly, there will be even more orchids to see at future shows as the Garden is planning to add new greenhouses, specifically for the purpose of raising its own orchids, as part of the Kris Jarantoski Campus Garden. Hooray!!
Solitude. Even when you’re not alone you can feel a sense of solitude, as I’m beginning to discover as I get older. I always find this picture of my mother, sitting at the Chicago Botanic Garden, rather poignant. Although she lived with us and was very rarely on her own, I knew that she felt lonely. Most of her contemporaries had already died and she was far away from a place that she had known as home for almost seventy years. When she passed away a few years ago, she left me with my own kind of solitude, taking with her shared memories of people, places and events that no one else but me remembers.
Sometimes, even when you’re standing right next to a crowd of people, you can feel like you’re the only person on earth.
We had, initially, been disappointed upon our arrival at the Chicago Botanic Garden to find that only one section of the greenhouse was open to the public. I’d forgotten about preparations for the upcoming Orchid Festival in February. Apparently we were the only ones that weren’t aware of this since we were on our own, wandering around among the cacti. This turned out to be a good thing as it’s usually quite busy in there during the winter months and, not having to feel obliged to move along and make room for other people, I was able to take my time and capture plenty of images. Having driven all the way to the Garden I wasn’t about to go home empty-handed (photographically speaking.)
If you follow my blog on a regular basis you will know that I don’t spend too much time reading labels and notices when I’m taking pictures so I can’t tell you what most of these plants are called, other than to say there were a lot of spiky things and succulent things.
There were a lot of lovely flowers too, that helped to brighten an extremely gloomy day, although I really shouldn’t complain about the weather as it’s been an exceptionally mild winter here in the Chicago area so far.
Please join me for another walk around the greenhouse in winter in a future post and thanks for stopping by.