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Garfield Park Conservatory - Palm House #2

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 15 June 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

After an extensive renovation in 2003, the Garfield Park Conservatory's Palm House in Chicago was re-envisioned as an idealized tropical landscape. Taking advantage of the size and 60 foot high roof of this spectacular house, the planting design intersperses a large variety of tropical plants with graceful towering palms.

Seen at the bottom are what are known as Flaming Sword Bromeliads. Vriesea splendens, or Flaming Sword, is appreciated as a houseplant for its flat, bright red flower spike with small yellow flowers and its colorful foliage. They are slow growing plants and need three to four years to flower. The flower spike will last for several weeks. After flowering, the Flaming Sword produces one or more offsets, while the mother plant slowly dies back.

This is a view taken from the other side of the Palm House. Last Friday's post is the first side photographed.

Photo captured April 27, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/160 second F/4.5 ISO 100 18 mm

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super frame

15 Jun 2012 6:35am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Brilliant ! I love the light and the very beautiful colors... Well done ! Have a lovely day :)

15 Jun 2012 7:00am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Remarkable how many shades of green we can find in here.

15 Jun 2012 7:27am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The detail is simply wonderful. And the combination with the greens and the rest of the color produces a most pleasing image.

15 Jun 2012 7:56am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Very magical, must be an oasis I imagine in the city, beautiful !~

15 Jun 2012 8:04am

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

A beautiful capture with marvelous shades of beautiful green and marvelous light. Well done !

15 Jun 2012 10:02am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This is a very impressive palm house, indeed. Your addition of human figures in this beautifully detailed shot really enhances that opinion!

15 Jun 2012 10:48am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, I just love the light and shadow that plays through the frame. It makes for a lovely HDR. Excellent work, Steven!

15 Jun 2012 11:30am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Lovely perspective with the figures at the other end of the path. The flaming swords are like a guard of honour in the foreground!

15 Jun 2012 12:29pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

a magic place .

15 Jun 2012 1:12pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very beautiful with a great light !

15 Jun 2012 4:29pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very beautiful and lush palms ~ the people really put the foliage into scale ~ really beautiful!

15 Jun 2012 7:47pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Great sense of scale in this one. I can feel the tropical humidity!

15 Jun 2012 8:19pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A very tropical view inside this wonderful Palm House !! Light and colors are wonderful ...

15 Jun 2012 8:28pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is a fantastic image, Steven. I love the curve of the glass and the beautiful palms!

16 Jun 2012 1:51am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Stunning. HDR really works for this.

16 Jun 2012 3:26am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Perfect view, i love it !

16 Jun 2012 3:22pm

franz from Baden, Austria

love this verdant green under a blue 'sky' !!

16 Jun 2012 8:13pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful and exotic display.A lovely image.

16 Jun 2012 9:24pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Super colours, great place to go on a rainy day

17 Jun 2012 6:44am

Philou04 from Manosque, France

Lovely exotic place.

18 Jun 2012 7:37pm