An Evening at the Morton Arboretum

We have been wanting to go to the Morton Arboretum for ages. Luckily, a friend of ours is a member and she asked me if we had seen the ‘Illumination’ of the trees in the winter. We had not, so it sounded like a great idea.

We went to Beth’s house for about 4:30 PM or so, which gave us enough time to have conversation followed by a delightful pizza dinner and conversation. Evelia was there as well as Beth’s husband and son. Evelia and Beth are colleagues at Oakton.

We had a wonderful dinner and caught up in all sorts of areas. The time just flew by. Julian, Beth’s son, made dessert for us all, having made several different kinds of cookies and a poppy seed roll as well. He is quite the pastry chef.

After dinner, we headed over to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, just a few miles away. MK and I had not been there since the 70s, if my memory serves me well. We have passed it many a time on the highway, going to visit MK’s nephew and family, but had not recently stopped.

Winter is kind to this place and the idea of taking lights to profit from the great natural beauty is a fine idea. There is often music to go along with the light shows. Each one is different. Some are interactive. You can hug a tree, causing different lighting effects. There are buttons to be pushed causing lighting effects to happen.

The most impressive, was a long program of projection that was put on a stand of fir trees. It is almost impossible to even describe the light show as it morphed from this to that. Different colors and different effects held us spellbound on a very cold evening and a path that was more than a mile long. At one point, the trees looked as if they were shimmering. Another time, they looked as if they were breathing. Still another time, each tree was ‘painted’ with lights of different colors.

Here and there, there were places to stop and warm up around an outdoor fire and also special tents where you could warm up and purchase hot drinks.

Another event that was priceless from so many standpoints.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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