Saturday, December 19, 2009

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.....

It was very dreary yesterday in Chicago. Chilly, drizzling, and foggy. I LOVED IT!! My favorite type of weather forced this recluse to get out and take some pictures of the Loop.

While walking through Millennium Park, I cut across Lurie Garden. Here are some shots of this amazing garden!

Lurie Garden with Michigan Avenue in the background!

I was amazed at all of the browns I saw! So many monochromatic textures and shapes!

Look at all that sallow grass!

The summer plants have died away but their husks remained intact for all to see! There was something so lovely about seeing the garden in this state. Nothing was really alive yet what remained had a life of its own.

Facing north with the Pritzker Pavilion as a backdrop!

Honeys, wheats, tans, yellow-browns, gray-browns, reddish-browns. They were all there! It was like a neutral party! (And I'm not talking about politics!)

Facing northeast of the Loop!

Tall grasses, spent flower pods, and dried stems in every shade of brown you could think of!

Browns on top of browns with the Modern Wing in the distance!

I even spotted a gray-brown bunny hopping around here. I can't blame it! I would too!

Just thought I'd share this before the winter snow comes and covers it all up!


naturgesetz said...

Thank you for sharing that beauty with us. Of course, not everybody has the soul to recognize the beauty as you did. It's a real gift.

Anonymous said...

Looks so cool! I can't believe you haven't had significant snow yet! I love those gardens (and the Modern Art Institute building in the background), except I get to see nature like that pretty often..

Anonymous said...

Great photos!! Love the contrasts.

light208 said...

A stunning collection Dean, and good to see you're out and about. I love that some of these look surreal with such modern buildings in the background.


stanw said...


I sure like the pictures you took. Especially like the contrast between the brown tones and the colors of the background structures, adds a very interesting dimension to the photos. Love them, sure do!

Enjoyed your comment about a "neutral party" not being political! You have a neat sense of humor.

Nordic Monsoon said...

always love your photo post.
The integrity of Lurie Garden is the honest and sincere reflection of landscape ecology.

Anonymous said...

beautiful shots.....I spent all day yesterday at the lake taking pics before the snow hit, and back again today once it did fall, amazing the difference a day makes....

truly love your shots;)

Octavius said...

That is some very pretty scenery you have there mate. But what happened to the snow?


melanie said...

I think it's wonderful that you see the life in what comes after...I do too.
I actually have my own garden which allows the weeds to flourish, some of them as glorious as any other plant of flower in the garden.
Great photos!
Me, I'm a sunshine girl, these days. Cold and dreary weather turns me into a sookie la la'
Sending warm wishes and joy your way...
cheers Mel

Erica Herbert said...

hey cutie! just just found you~ so glad i did! hope u have a very MERRY MERRY HO HO!!!

Aaron said...

You never drop by anymore! :(

I love that you always see beauty in things that a lot of people don't see. :)

Dean Grey said...


You're quite welcome!



We've been lucky here in Chicago. It hasn't snowed that hard....yet! Usually it hits us in January!



I love the contrasts too!



It's really something to behold, Lou!



That's the beauty of Lurie Garden. It's a chunk of nature in the heart of the city, among all those skyscrapers!



I agree with you!



You're absolutely right! The weather can change instantly during this time of year so I wanted to photograph the scenery before it happened!



How did I know you'd ask me that! LOL

The snow from a couple weeks back had already melted but it snowed again this morning!



I prefer the clouds to the sun any day!

But I'll definitely take your warm wishes. It's cold here!


bLu eYd YoGi!

Welcome to the Doughnut Gang!

So glad you found me! Merry Christmas to you as well!



Don't worry, I didn't forget about you! (^_^)


I love hearing everyone's opinions on these photos!!


Will said...

The color is so spectacular here in New England in early fall that most people ignore the next phase, which I love. From deep rust through all the browns to tan and dull gold--gorgeous. Did you cut some to take home for a winter bouquet?

Dean Grey said...


It's all in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

I wouldn't worry about a fire breaking out. It's too cold and damp here in Chicago for any of that plant material to burn.



Welcome to my blog! I bet New England looks amazing this time of year!

No, I didn't cut any of it to take home. It is public property after all, and Millennium Park has tons of security looming about!

Just my luck, I'll get arrested for snipping off some dead grass! LOL


I appreciate hearing from you two gentlemen!


jason said...

Big city on the prairie....

Kathleen Coy said...

Lovely photos, Dean. I leave my dead and dried out ornamental grasses and perennials up until spring. You are right, they have such a stark, neutral beauty that is so pleasing to the eye during the winter.

Carolina said...

Very interesting photos, for me, at least one part of your soul is a biologist :):):) (that's a compliment, of course!)
Dean, I wish for you and yours the best Christmas time, filled with love and friendship. I wish the best for you on the next year too.
Best regards,

Stephen Chapman said...

Great pics - the city looks deserted. I doubt it isn't!

artbyakiko said...

Beautiful photos, Dean! Now I'm gonna listen to "California Dreaming". :)

Dean Grey said...


It does look like a prairie, now doesn't it?






Me a biologist? You never know!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too!



The weather was pretty nasty that day (not to me though) so most people were seeking shelter.

Also, because I have such "issues" being around groups of people, I tend to take photos with not a lot of people in them. It's a deep-rooted psychological thing, I'm sure!



That song has been stuck in my head since I started this post! LOL


Thanks to all of you for letting me know what you think!


Meeko Fabulous said...

Hi Dean! Great shots! I immediately thought of a song that sounds exactly like your title for this post so when I read the title I said it all sing-songish.

Renee said...

I would never have seen all of this beauty Dean, thank you for pointing it out. I was seriously surprised to see how pretty it all lookds.

Your paintings are beautiful.

Love Renee xoxo

Anonymous said...

I truly enjoy people who see the good in all things.

Thank you for your eyes of wisdom.

Randuwa said...

Beautiful photos! Thank you.

Manon said...

Great shots Dean!!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! I know this past year has been tough on you but i believe you will find your way! Merry Christmas my friend!

Dean Grey said...


I did the exact same thing! LOL



Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!



That's very kind of you, Corey!



You're quite welcome!



I hope you have wonderful holiday season too!!!


All of your comments are so sweet and very much appreciated!


Unknown said...

I surely can see the beauty, but opposit to you I'm more a green-lush-under-a-hot-sun kind of guy! :-)))
Merry Christmas, Dean!

Dean Grey said...


To each his own. But if I lived where you do, I'd be saying the EXACT same thing!

Merry Christmas to you too!


Writer said...

I love the juxtaposition of the nature with the man-made. And although the grass and plants are brown and dead, they are still beautiful - even moreso because of the background.

Dean Grey said...


I completely agree with you and couldn't have said it better myself!