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Illuminations at Morton Aboretum

The night before Thanksgiving we went to Morton’s Arboretum in Lisle, IL for the annual Illuminations display.  Here is the promo info from their website: http://www.mortonarb.org/events/illumination-tree-lights-morton-arboretum
“From November 20, 2015 through January 2, 2016, The Morton Arboretum glows with dazzling LED lights and trees that respond to your touch and voice, as Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns for a third  year.

See trees in a different light.

  • Stroll over a mile of innovative lights and projections.
  • Hug or sing to trees, and they respond.
  • Enjoy new music from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  • More music, motion, and magic fill the winter woods!
  • Create memories your family will cherish for years.
  • Share the perfect holiday date night.” 

It was all this and more. Walking in the crisp night air seeing thousands of lights and interacting with them was a delight for children and adults.

Words cannot describe the beauty, so I’ve added a few pictures. If you are in the Chicago area, I encourage you to see this display during the Holidays.

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Our youngest son and daughter-in-law enjoyed the lights that changed color when you talked or sang to them.

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These color changing orbs created an alien landscape. One of my favorites!

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Trees transformed by light into works of art.

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Wandering Weekends: Morton’s Arboretum

This year we purchased a membership to Morton’s Arboretum in the Chicago suburbs. We’ve been there a few times and since both of us are really trying to exercise more, it seemed like pretty place with nice trails to get some of those miles in. Getting the pass was a no-brainer, if you go more that twice it is paid for and the membership is tax deductible – win/win in my book.

We were actually going to go last weekend, but Saturday it rained for hours and was cold. AND was Halloween. Not a good combo for walking among the trees. So this morning was a crisp 50 degrees with brilliant blue skies and sunshine. All set to enjoy the fall weather and colors in the trees, we grabbed the camera and headed out.

Remember the previous paragraph when I said it rained for hours the week before. I’ve lived in the Midwest my entire life and know better than to think those leaves would all still be hanging on the branches waiting for us to get around to seeing them. There were a few stragglers that were still colorful, but most of the trees were bare.

The walk was still delightful and it was easier to see birds, squirrels and even a coyote that was pretty far from us. Luckily my hubby has a lens on his camera that caught the coyote during his lunch of apparent mice in the field he was in.

Here are a few of the pictures, hope you all enjoy them

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These leaves hung on until we got there!

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Crabapple Lake

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Hiding from other squirrels behind a tree. LOL

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He is pretty far away – but that is ok with us.

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