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We came close to a rare event  happening at Chicago Botanic Garden. Only it did not happen! Titan Arum [Amorphophallus titanium], also known as Corpse Flower, was about to bloom,  and that is a rare event in the plant kingdom.. So close, yet so far! After reaching the height of about 6 feet and developing the spathe, it failed to open and complete the bloom cycle.!!  For more of the story, scroll down.

Chicago Botanic Garden has been raising this particular Arum since 2003. It has been nicknamed as "Spike".

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Love it when the size of flower is larger than my face!

Rose Mallow / Swamp Mallow / Hibiscus moscheutos Cultivars

 at Chicago Botanic Garden

Rose mallow is not the same as tropical hibiscus.

 Native to eastern and southeastern U.S.

 The flowers are between 10 and 12 inches wide, broadly open or slightly cupped in colors including white, pink, red, rose or bicolored

 Images taken: Monday, August 17, 2015.

For more in Selfie with Flower series.. click here..

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One Fine Day Chicago Statues Started Telling Their Stories.. And All You Need Is A Smart Phone To Listen!  Beginning August 6, 2015, some of the most prominent statues in Chicago, 31 of them, have started telling their stories, as the city plays host to "Statue Stories Chicago". In fact, Chicago is the first US city to host this extraordinary public art exhibition. The free, city-wide arts project gives voice to some of Chicago's most prominent statues and sculptures, from Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Park, to the lions guarding the...

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 When I recently saw the Henry Moore sculpture "Oval with Points" at Princeton University, it reminded me of the best collection of Moore sculptures I have seen, in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park [YSP]! It is also the most breathtaking sculpture parks I've seen, with large undulating landscape and spectacular view.

In fact, Henry Moore was born in Castleford, Yorkshire, which is about 8 miles from this Yorkshire Sculpture Park. So he pretty much grew in this area.. and was profoundly influenced by this beauty.. He...
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