Saturday, September 29, 2012

Chicago Botanic Garden After Dark Tour

Last night, 16 people chose to spend their Friday touring the Chicago Botanic Garden in my company. We were blessed by the perfect weather: 50s, no wind, and a nearly full moon. Above is the Linden Allee from beneath its sculptural limbs. Below, you can see its geometrically pruned shape from outside and up to the right of the storybook moon.

A participant took these photos with her iPhone; the App that came in really handy was the flashlight as we climbed steps on the hill to the council ring through tactile Switch Grass. At night, spaces assume different characteristics. One totally different garden was the Bonsai exhibition where the back panels provided a luminosity that highlighted plant personalities in a magical way.

I felt magic at work in our animal companions. The tour was initiated at dusk by a heron down at the lagoon shore. Its white stripe of a beak presaged the theatrical light plays to follow. This two-inch spider guided us down the garden path as we left wishing we could alter time, like Charlotte.

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