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The Fern Room

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 May 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

View from the main entrance to the fern room at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. Jens Jensen, who designed the Conservatory in 1906, wanted to give visitors a glimpse of what Illinois might have looked like millions of years ago. Lush ferns, rocky outcroppings and an indoor lagoon evoke the swampy landscape of prehistoric Chicago. The Fern Room is home to the palm-like cycad; one of the oldest species of plants on earth.

Photo captured May 3, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/40 second F/4.5 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Wow ! superb ! I like tones of green of this shot.

24 May 2011 6:00am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Interesting idea in that narrative . . a Chicago that looked like this could be a dangerous place, I reckon !

24 May 2011 8:30am

@Ronnie 2¢: But it sure would cool the Chicago temperatures down during the summer months. :-)

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

fantastic shot of this gorgeous place !

24 May 2011 8:34am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb shot - framing is perfect under that impressive roof. Great capture of the light and I love the variety of green textures.

24 May 2011 9:55am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Perfect framing. I see ferns in the woods nearby my house and I try to grow them in my yard without much luck. I probably am buying the wrong kind. These are beautiful. It is hard to believe that Illinois was tropical at one time. We may be heading back that way again.

24 May 2011 11:47am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Yes, we definitely need one of these in South Shields, thanks for letting me in Steve!

24 May 2011 12:28pm

@Curly: Perhaps you can get the new Mayor Sewell to name you to head a new natural and environmental arts council for South Shields? :-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very nice, love the lushness. Conservatories are a blessing during the harsh winter months.

24 May 2011 12:45pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Oh WOW! Love the perspective and design of this and the beautiful gardens! Well done capture!

24 May 2011 1:13pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

an amazing garden you showed here!

24 May 2011 1:28pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A wonderful indoor oasis. The effective viewing angle and crisp detail brings me in.

24 May 2011 4:05pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Man this is almost majestic! In fact it IS majestic!! A very beautiful and much-needed respite for the eye..Mr Jenson had the right idea...isn't it amazing to think that good old Illinois with it's corn fields, southern hills, forests, trees,. shoreline and lakes was all once a tropical zone??? Just amazing. Great job, Steven!

24 May 2011 4:06pm

Dutch from Neverwhere, United States


24 May 2011 4:43pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful shot . great place !

24 May 2011 5:47pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Oh, absorbing...I can recreate that other earlier world from your marvelous verdant shot here !!

24 May 2011 7:34pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It looks to orderly for what I imagine the early Earth looked like. A great shot of this lush plant growth.

24 May 2011 7:59pm

@Steve Rice: Just wait until you're taken through the "maze." :-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


24 May 2011 8:52pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Beautiful place! Splendid angle you captured. I like the clarity and tones of this photo.

24 May 2011 10:33pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Beautiful conservatory, and the perspective and composition are wonderfully done!

25 May 2011 12:42am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

I love the softness of the light - and I like your idea for Curly!

25 May 2011 2:59am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Especially these tree ferns make me jealous!

29 May 2011 8:45pm