Saturday, May 31, 2008

Baby Blue Eyes

Baby Blue Eyes

So delicate and so cheerful!

Inverted Baby Blue Eyes

Just looking the white version, they just looked...white. It wasn't until I aimed the camera very close that I could see the purple speckles on the petals.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Like, wow. Totally.

Like, wow. Totally.

This aster looks tie-dyed to me, especially when viewed larger.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Short-season beauties

During this time of year, there are many flowers with very short seasons, ones that I will see everywhere at the Botanic Garden one week, but will be gone for the year by the next weekend. Here are a few of my favorites that I spotted last weekend:

Lilies of the Valley.
Lilies of the Valley

Bleeding Hearts.
Bleeding Heart

Allium (globe onions). These will be in full bloom by next week.

Colombine. (I always see the signs for this, but never the actual flowers. Caught 'em this year!)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Two for Wednesday

African Daisy
African Daisy

One of the few so far that have fully curled its petals. They should be in full bloom everywhere in a week or two.

Bird Bath
Bird Bath

I love the drops of water flinging into the air.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Aster close-up

Aster closeup

The spring flowers are giving way to the summer ones at the Botanic Garden. I think I'll be spending more time there this summer than I did last. I've really missed it!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Spring Trees in Bloom

Blooming trees only last a few weeks in the spring, but they are gorgeous when they're here! We see them everywhere, especially the small trees along the train station and downtown and down our street. They've just started to turn into green this week, so I was glad I captured a few shots at the Botanic Garden before they were gone for the year.

On Evening Island, by the carillon tower
Spring trees in bloom 2

Around the bridge to Evening Island
Spring trees in bloom 3

Crabapple Tree Row
Spring trees in bloom 4

Purple explosion by the greenhouse
Spring trees in bloom 1

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Bleeding Hearts on the vine

Pink Bleeding Heart

I've taken photos of bleeding hearts many, many times, but they've always been close-ups like these. This is what they look like on the vine.

Bleeding Hearts on the vine

In a week or two, this will all be back to plain green foliage, but right now, it's quite amazing to stumble across patches like these.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sensory Garden: Color

Sensory Garden: Color

This is probably the last weekend for tulips at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I'm glad I got there when I could!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Almost seasonal set

After all these years of photographing the Chicago Botanic Garden, it appears I am still missing an autumn shot of this path. I will rectify that this year.

Spring. Taken in May 2008.
Tree path, spring

Summer. Taken in June 2007.
Tree path, summer

Winter. Taken in December, 2006.
Tree path, winter

Seasonal sets are among my favorite things to photograph. I'm open to new suggestions of sets to create!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spring Tulips

Spring Tulips

The Chicago Botanic Garden knows how to do tulips right! I love the variety of colors in this bed.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I think it's the bear

The Bear is the one in the cage, right?

Who is trapped in a cage, and who is free to roam? It's not that easy to tell sometimes...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Oh, my!


...and Tigers...
...and Tigers...

...and Bears, oh my!
...and Bears, oh my!

(The lion was sleeping, alas.)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Peacock, Brookfield Zoo

Spotted a peacock at Brookfield Zoo on Saturday. He got upset at some visitors watching him, and put on quite a show. I'd never seen a peacock up close before. Gorgeous!

Feathers at rest
Peacock feathers, walking away

Eying the crowd warily
Peacock, settling back down

He had quite a screech when he was fully affronted.
Peacock, glorious in his anger

The rear view was pretty cool, too.
Peacock, from behind

Feathers, fully extended
Peacock feathers, fully extended

Friday, May 09, 2008

She's a grand old flag

She's a grand old flag

(Taken at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry U-505 exhibit. This was the flag of the US ship that captured the German sub.)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Planes in the "Sky"

Planes in the "Sky"

There is something about the grainy quality of this shot that appeals to me.

Taken at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, April 2008.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Spring Tulips

Spring Tulips

One of the few shots that weren't wildly overexposed during my last trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Just when I start to think I'm getting a handle on my photography, I pull a rookie move and don't check my settings or my exposure. Alas!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Farewell to an Era

Car Spindle in Setting Sun

The Berwyn Spindle, an unusual ode to the car culture that was erected in the 1970s, was torn down in the dead of night yesterday. The link includes a short video of it coming down. It was pretty sad to watch.

I am grateful now I went out to capture last fall. The entire short photo set is here.