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031/365: Gray bokay

031/365: Gray bokay

Near the end of today, I wanted to see some simple colors. My friend calls it adding a gaussian blur to the world. In this case, I set my 28mm wide open and enjoy the gentle, beautiful concentric circles of a bokeh against an otherwise gray day.

008/365: States of winter waters

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The snow continues to fall. Tonight I went out for a local view of the weather and noticed our storm door was frozen in some parts, water in some and clear in some. The hundred-year-old door is doing its job, but the new metal one isn’t.

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In all the years I have been in Chicago I haven’t actually been to the Chicago Botanic Garden. At least not to look at the beautiful plants and flowers, but to ride there at the end of the North Branch Trail. After doing a tour of the greenhouses in the area, we decided to spend an entire day outside.

Bokeh'd water fountain

A beautiful bokeh effect off one of the shimmering ponds with direct sunlight overhead. I am used to larger bokehs, but this one is nice because they’re like champagne.

The fountains of the esplanade

There were a few fountains, and so I thought I would start to play with shooting water jets at high speed. The results don’t look anything like water.

Boy waiting for parents

This little boy was sitting in the pagoda waiting for his family to return. He was quiet and peaceful.

Walking between the trees

One of the walkways is lined with beautifully manicured trees, leading you into a blue sky.

Purple flowers

I rarely see purple or blue flowers in the wild, so I was very delighted to see so many here. These were all grouped together. That hint of purple in there also made it so pretty.

Yellow flower

The Gardens also offer opportunity for more timid plants. In the shade, this little yellow flower looked almost surprised to see us.

Hidden leaves

And this green plant almost seemed to wake up when we came up to it.

Cannot wait to get back out there. In the six or so hours we were out there I discovered the need for a macro lens. So one of these times I will head out there with a rental and see how that’s different.