The Spruce Plot in Morton Arboretum
A coniferous forest on the east side of the arboretum. The Morton Arboretum is located in Lisle, 40 kilometers (24 miles) from Chicago, and constitutes, in the words of its founder, Joy Morton, an "outdoor museum" of trees.
One of the many ponds in Morton Arboretum
The arboretum is open all year round, which allows to observe the flowering processes and growth of the various species, and it also offers all sorts of activities, for both children and adults, from botany, ornithology, or nature photography, drawing and painting classes, to yoga, meditation, hiking and vocational training.
The Fragrance Garden
Panoramic view of the Fragrance Garden
Panorama of a section of the Fragrance Garden in Morton Arboretum.
The Morton Arboretum offers many ideal spaces for flower photography, since its assorted species are arranged in areas with different degrees and varieties of natural illumination. The trees surrounding the flowers act as natural diffusers, and the sunlight filtered by their branches provides many options to adjust the exposure balance between flower and background on the picture.
Deer in Morton Arboretum
In some of the most isolated and silent areas of the arboretum there is a deer population; if you tread lightly down the wildest trails, you can occasionally see some of these wonderful animals, such as the one peeking in this picture, and there is another one hidden in the vegetation.
Benches immersed in nature in summer
This area is part of the Ground Cover Garden, where different species are grown all year round, since the botanists at Morton Arboretum plan their growth according to changing factors such as temperature and light requirements, resistance to pests, or foliage density, as well as flowering times, so as to balance the species in this garden and present the best possible combinations every season.
DuPage River through Morton Arboretum
Morton Arboretum landscape in autumn
One of the many benches in the arboretum along the 14 kilometers (9 miles) of roads, and 26 kilometers (16 miles) of trails. The roads inside the arboretum can be traversed with cars, motorbikes and bicycles, and the arboretum also offers sightseeing tours of all kinds.
View from the Maze Garden lookout platform
The Morton Arboretum has a shrub maze with an elevated platform in a sycamore tree from where you have a 360-degree view of the surroundings. The shrubs in the foreground are part of the labyrinth, and are approximately 2 meters high (6.5 feet); in the middle, part of the toddler maze, a miniature maze for mini explorers; and in the background, an event area. In the maze interior there are clues as part of 4 adventures, which children, or adults under 6.5 feet tall, can follow to quickly find the secret access to the sycamore, and the exit, before panicking.
Panoramic view of a grove in Morton Arboretum
The arboretum holds a great variety of tree species, which can only be fully appreciated by exploring the thousands of acres of groves.