Sunday, June 04, 2006

In An Orca's Garden

Today Eugene and I took our friend Oscar to the Chicago Botantic Garden. We haven't been there since we took pictures for our wedding in September, and a lot has changed since then. They're shoring up the Japanese islands against shoreline erosion, so all the water had been drained from that area. The project should be completed this summer, however. The weather was gorgeous, especially when the wind came off the lake. But the highlight of the trip was a pair of swans sleeping at a lookout point on Evening Island. One was on the terrace; the other was on a rock not far from shore. We were able to get within a few yards of the one on shore, and it woke up for a while to preen and contort its neck like a floppy rope. Here are some pictures from our trip:

A mini powered sailboat being operated from shore. "Mini" is probably the wrong term to use, as some of these boats had sails as tall as I am. (Not that that's saying much.)

Everything's coming up orcas!

Oscar may be sitting in a tree, but he's not K-I-S-S-I-N-G.

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So much for the "The Thinker" pose.

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