This week, Patti is asking us to Change Our Perspective for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. I spent much of the time on Friday on my knees at the Chicago Botanic Garden, photographing flowers at the annual Orchid Show. This was my second visit, the first being on the previous Sunday when there were crowds of people and not much room to maneuver. It was a different story on Friday afternoon when there were times that I had the place almost to myself. When I wasn’t crouching down, I was looking up or twisting round and performing all kinds of contortions in order to get a different view of the blooms on show.
It’s not always easy to separate flowers from the surrounding foliage and sometimes it’s necessary to get into some rather undignified postures just to get the right angle.
They change the theme of the show every year and this time it was all about color and light, with some intriguing installations to highlight the displays. This one with the mirrored globes provided an interesting view of the orchids from different perspectives.
And another, with various colored strings that caught the rays of the sun through the greenhouse windows, provided ample opportunity to view the flowers in a whole different light.
While the towering chandelier, although not the easiest thing to access, still offered a variety of angles that resulted in a few interesting shots.
I always feel like a kid in a candy store as I’m taking in the sights at the show. There are just so many delightful blooms to reward the effort of a few somewhat uncomfortable moments of trying to get up from a kneeling position. The ends justify the means in this case.
With still no sign of anything growing in the garden, bitterly cold temperatures and gloomy skies, it was a welcome relief, as it usually is at this time of year, to visit the orchid show at the Chicago Botanic Garden where the theme was ‘In The Tropics.’
Many thanks to Ann-Christine for her choice of Close-Up as the topic for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. This came at a most opportune time for me since, on Friday, I went to the Chicago Botanic Garden specifically to get some close-up images at the Orchid Show. This was something in the nature of an experiment. I don’t have a macro lens as such, but I came across a box filled with filters and adapters some of which I used to use with my old Minolta film camera. Naturally, the macro filter didn’t fit any of my digital lenses but after cobbling together a weird combination of zoom lens, wide-angle adapter and macro filter I finally came away with something that I thought might work and, I have to say, although not perfect the results weren’t too bad.
…….photographing flowers. And that’s exactly what I was doing last week during a second visit to the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden with a cousin who was visiting from England, despite the blizzard that was raging outside. I know! The first one isn’t an orchid, but it was just too beautiful to not capture an image.
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After all the snow and freezing temperatures that we’ve experienced over the past few months, it was nice to catch a welcome break when the sun came out and things warmed up sufficiently for us to take an almost leisurely stroll at the Chicago Botanic Garden this week.
Add to that the pleasure of seeing the ‘Asia in Bloom’ orchid show and it turned out to be a most enjoyable day. As always, the Garden has done a splendid job of displaying these gorgeous blooms.
Each year, the show has a slightly different theme that gives it a fresh appeal and affords the photographer a chance to capture a whole new array of images.
Of course, the orchids are the main attraction and the colors and shapes are truly out of this world, reminding us that nature is indeed a miraculous gift for all to enjoy.
The show is open through March 25th so I hope you’ll take the opportunity to visit if you’re in the area. For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Out of This World
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is asking for a word that includes the letter O and, with winter on our doorstep, I took a look back at an event held earlier this year at the Chicago Botanic Garden that has me looking forward to the next orchid show which will be held February 10 – March 25, 2018.
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!!
The Orchid Show which runs through March 16th at the Chicago Botanic Garden is an event not to be missed. I went there the other day and managed to take more than 400 pictures of some of the most beautiful blooms imaginable.
I felt like a kid in a candy store as I walked through the various displays which have been set up in and around the greenhouses at the Garden. And you could hear the “Oohs ” and “Aahs” as other visitors came upon one spectacular flower after another.
I’ve tried growing orchids without any success. It’s no easy matter so I can appreciate all the hard work that goes into cultivating these glorious specimens. There are more than 10,000 orchids on display at the show and every one a gem.
There is more than a touch of Hawaiian magic about the show with live Hawaiian music and hula dancing at the weekends as well as demonstrations on lei-making. There is also a free music concert at 10am on Tuesdays.
There is no better way to beat the winter blues in the Chicago area than to step inside The Orchid Show and see for yourself all these gorgeous blooms in such a multitude of colors.