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Retreat to Chicago Botanic Gardens

Retreat to Chicago Botanic Gardens

P1040542 Orchids
P1040542 Orchids
P1040471 Entrance
P1040471 Entrance

My department just had a retreat at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and despite the 5 hours worth of research talks, I had the chance to walk around to photograph the park and the Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show.

P1040558 Orchids
P1040558 Orchids
P1040557 Orchids
P1040557 Orchids
Lincolnshire Fire Chief's truck was parked in the parking lot!
Lincolnshire Fire Chief's truck was parked in the parking lot!
I loved these soft, fluffed-up petals on these 3rd place orchids!
I loved these soft, fluffed-up petals on these 3rd place orchids!
P1040551 Orchids
P1040551 Orchids
Some of the flowers around the park are starting to bloom!
Some of the flowers around the park are starting to bloom!
P1040472 Willow trees
P1040472 Willow trees
P1040548 Orchids
P1040548 Orchids

I really enjoyed playing around with my new Leica macro lens!

Gorgeous magenta orchids that got 2nd place!
Gorgeous magenta orchids that got 2nd place!
P1040543 Orchids
P1040543 Orchids
P1040482 Statue
P1040482 Statue
P1040483 Flower
P1040483 Flower
P1040496 Canadian goose
P1040496 Canadian goose
P1040540 Orchids
P1040540 Orchids
P1040538 Orchids
P1040538 Orchids
P1040535 Orchids
P1040535 Orchids
P1040499 Pine
P1040499 Pine

Didn't use a tripod, and my hand shook a bit in this one =/

So many birds were out!
So many birds were out!
This orchid was seriously crazy looking!
This orchid was seriously crazy looking!
P1040531 Orchids
P1040531 Orchids
P1040513 Railing
P1040513 Railing
The new Plant Science Center where our retreat was held! It's a beautiful space with labs and two Green Roof Gardens!
The new Plant Science Center where our retreat was held! It's a beautiful space with labs and two Green Roof Gardens!
P1040530 Orchids
P1040530 Orchids

Tips:

  1. The lighting is best early in the morning (sunrise) or sunset.
  2. The Japanese garden is absolutely gorgeous - it's a must-visit!
  3. Check out the Plant Science Center.  Not only is the Botanic Gardens filled with plants and animals, it is also a place where scientists conduct plant research!
Cocoro: Authentic Japanese

Cocoro: Authentic Japanese

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