Herbal Interests // Botanicals Around Chicago

Hello! This past week I took a trip into the city to help my friend with auditions for the musical she is directing. It was so fun and refreshing, not only to have some time to myself, but to become involved with theatre again in quite some time, even if only for a few days. Being there definitely made me want to go help with rehearsals, acting exercises, and the show! It's an addicting community to be a part of, that's for sure. While I was sitting there, watching the actors audition, I kept wishing that it was me up on stage and then also trying to figure out how I could possibly create some time within my schedule to open a children's theatre in Kalona... it could happen, right?! 
The other wonderful part about my trip was the freedom I was given to explore. Growing up in the Chicagoland area, I went into the city many times growing up, but only with family and friends. It was an entirely new experience for me to explore and choose where to go on my own. With no one there to tell me, "I'm not really in the mood to walk that far/go inside that shop/eat that food" I was totally unsure of where to go! And yet I knew exactly where that was... and it led me to the gardens. Isn't that funny? When I was a teenager, I wanted nothing more than to live in Wicker Park/Bucktown. I thought that area of the city was amazing! This time, I decided to hangout around The Art Institute, not one day, but two. I also walked around Lincoln Park and Sheffield, which I discovered was the "Garden District" of Chicago. Uh, sign me up!!

Instead of taking photos of the city skyline or people with my "real" camera, I was more interested in taking botanical photos. I am still really surprised at myself for this! I mean, it had a lot to do with the fact that I was alone, so there was no one to take a photo of and no one there to take a photo of me... but I still am used to photographing other things. This was a sweet, sweet revelation for me. I spent a lot of time taking pictures of flowers and other various plant life, and I loved it! So rewarding, so much depth, and the contrast. Thank you overcast skies! These different plants were growing in Millennium Park, The Lurie Garden, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Enjoy!

There were so many more, but I won't bore you with 60 photos! I hope these brighten your day; the colors just blow me away! Thanks so much for reading; I know this post wasn't super exciting (:

xoxo Kayla