It’s actually been a while since I took a photography outing so I felt a bit out of practice. I figured the grounds behind the Museum of Science and Industry would provide ample opportunity to see birds, butterflies, flowers, among wildflowers and prairie grasses of Bobolink Meadows. And I was definitely rewarded.
- Monarch: Butterflies are hard to photograph. So when I saw this beauty on the nearby flowers, I almost stalked it! It was close enough to me for me to wait in place – OK, so I only ‘stalked’ it with my camera! But it was worth it, because I caught this beautiful monarch butterfly on nearby milkweed flowers.
- Dragonfly: During my walk, I noted that dragonflies were out in a vengeance – well probably not with a vengeance, but more than one is a lot to me. These beauties just zip by, their gossamer wings almost invisible. First, you see their long, stem-like bodies flit by, and when they stop for a few seconds, you can see their full beauty. In my pursuit of this one, one second it was there, and the next thing I knew, it was gone. Thank goodness for a fast shutter speed!
- Purple Cone Flower: These native Illinois flowers can be seen in fields of flowers around the city and parks. I love their unique shape, and tightly nestled spikes in the center.
- Wildflower Bunch: I just wanted to take this bunch of flowers with me. But every landscape photographer walks with the maxim “leave no trace”, and in keeping with that, I could only take the image and leave the flowers.
- Day Lily (2): I am always entranced when I see the colorful day lilies dotted throughout the city – along the banks of Lake Shore Drive, in the potted medians on Michigan Ave., and throughout the parks. So, when I get a chance to get an up close image, showcasing their vivid colors and long stamens, I try to get that image. These two stood out for me from this walk.
A summer stroll with the camera on a Sunday morning — what fun! I enjoyed the outing, and especially the chance to rekindle my love for outdoor and nature photography in the nearby meadow lands. Hope you enjoyed these 5* images.
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