Spring has arrived at the Chicago Botanic Garden, located on the north side of Chicago. For years it has been a goal of mine to go see these gardens, and on April 29, 2010 I finally did.
I knew from the flowering trees around Milwaukee that the gardens might be at a peak time for spring, and so my daughter Miranda and I took the day to go check out the flowers.
The gardens did not disappoint - in fact, I became a member and plan to return several times this summer.
The tulip colors were incredible. I see why speculators in Holland went wild over tulip bulbs several century's ago, resulting in a economic crash. Tulips are so much more exciting then financial derivatives will ever be.It is easy to take all the color around us for granted. In pioneering times, you really wouldn't see much color all winter. Blue sky, whites, browns, grays and blacks, dark evergreen colors. The occasional red cardinal or red berries, and occasionally vivid sunsets. Spring brings welcome green and the colors of flowers, but rarely would you see such a cluster of colors like I got to enjoy on Thursday.
I love being part of this century - with all the colors of dyes for fabric that are available, the vivid print colors of inks that I can printout even at home, or view on a screen. I can take a photo and even as the memory dims the colors a day later, I can review them within minutes on my PC monitor. Wow.
OK, so this blog post kind of rambles, but spring makes me happy, flowers make me happy, and colors make me happy. I hope you get out and enjoy spring.
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The Tablescaper: Oh the Places I've Been party. (I was entry 34)
Scenic Sunday 94 (I was entry 15 of 68)
Outdoor Wednesday. (I was entry 52 of 150).
Wordful Wednesday (I was entry 175 of 179).
Macro Flower Saturday (I was entry 20)
Favorite Photo Friday (I was entry 4)
Watery Wednesday. (I was entry 137 of 138). 2nd image has water!