Garfield Park Conservatory

The Garfield Park Conservatory has always been one of those places that I have seen countless pictures of but had yet to make my way through it’s entrance. I walked in, not knowing what to expect, and was immediately hit with a breath of fresh air. At that moment I understood what a  “landscape art under glass” was. An indoor oasis, a grand terrarium… actually, it’s a world of nature encased in a small glass capsule occupying a piece of Chicago. Yeah, that sounds a lot better. Each door carried along it’s own backdrop and door number one was flowers. I didn’t stand a chance.

Still reeling from the effects of winter, seeing so much color and just… life is a bit overwhelming. I often find myself focusing on the entire picture that I miss the simple details. At the Garfield Park Conservatory, I focused on those.

A hidden gem of Chicago, teeming with life and the perfect transition to spring. I still can’t believe it took me this long to discover this place. It’s safe to say that I’ll be back soon.

A little about the photos.
I did not have a macro lens but I did have an extension tube. An extension tube is basically a hollow tube that separates your lens form your camera and allows you to get closer to your subject. Along with my 50mm I was able to create my own macro photography.

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A little about the Garfield Park Conservatory

  • Garfield Park Conservatory is the third largest public plant conservatory in the world
  • Has more than 2,000 different plant species
  • It has FREE admission (suggested $5 donation) and is open 365 days a year
  • The conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres inside and out
  • First opened to the public in 1908 and designed by Jensen along with Prairie School architects Schmidt, Garden and Martin

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