It Was the Best Winter Ever

by Amy on January 31, 2012

The Japanese island at the Chicago Botanic Garden under a blanket of fresh snow

I can’t believe that almost a year after the great Groundhog Day Snowpocalypse of 2011, I am still in love with this winter. Yes, we’ve had a little wind and cold here and there, but it wouldn’t be Chicago without it. I’ve been able to enjoy long nature walks at lunch and as of January 31, I have yet to experience one day this winter so cold that my eyes tear up, only to have the tears freeze on my lashes. Winter 2011-2012, who are you, and what can I do to convince you to stay?

The Chicago Botanic Garden has been extra lovely this winter. The occasional snow blankets the grounds and shows off landscapes that are often eclipsed by the plant life in other seasons. Color, texture, shapes – everything is better with a little snow.

White birch trees blend into the cold snow backdrop at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Looking out through a greenhouse window at the snow outside at the Chicago Botanic Garden

It might be the best winter ever, but I still need the occasional chance to escape the cold, and the greenhouses at the botanic garden are the perfect refuge. Being able to see the cold outdoors makes the toasty desert and jungle plant life all the more inviting.

Lush leaves and flowers in front of a snowy window in a Chicago Botanic Garden greenhouse

Oh no! That plant will eat you! (if you are a bug)

A carnivorous pitcher plant and flower at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Macro photograph of a cactus at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Macro photograph of a water drop on the leaf of a plant in the Chicago Botanic Garden

How’s the winter in your neck of the woods? Have you been able to enjoy any winter adventures? Winter 2011-2012 is making me all the more excited for my December 2012 wedding! If you’re planning a winter wedding, drop me a note – I’d love to brainstorm with you.

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Andrea January 31, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Officially claiming credit for our group, Citizens Against Terrible Winters.


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