Tuesday, August 7, 2012

On the Road part II Green Bay

My beauties in front of a bank of Rudebeckia

                  We are here in Green Bay, Wisconsin, home of the Green Bay Packers.  This town is crazy about football. But I wondered, what else there was to do other than tour their sacred Lambeau Field.

 The kids and I searched around and found the Green Bay Botanical Gardens.  It is 47 acres of lush gardens and wild pond and prairie environments.  I knew I would thoroughly enjoy the gardens but I wasn't too sure how long the kids would want to explore.  I didn't want them to wander aimlessly without purpose through the horticultural heaven so I told them we were going to have a contest, a photography contest.  They each had their cameras and they could take as many pictures as they wanted but they would be judged on the artistic quality and composition of their photos.

I was amazed at what I had unleashed.  All three of them, even Ryan, carefully selected shots.  They studied the plants and chose not just the gaudy flowers as subjects but also the delicate white flowers of the hostas and the luxurious greens of the ferns and bleeding hearts.
Ryan focused on getting the perfect shot

After almost 2 hours and over 300 pictures we were ready to leave and have lunch.  I'm not yet sure who won the contest, but I was blown away by some of the shots they took.  (I'll post the winning photos another day.)  
My attempt at an artsy shot of Rudebeckia
Ryan with a giant Agave plant
Hope you're all having a great week!

Kathy :)


  1. Sounds like a lot of fun! Can't wait to see the photos. :)

  2. Wow, wonderful flowers and photos. I used to love taking photos . . . of anything!

  3. Great way to get your kids excited about the gardens! Clever mom.

  4. What a great idea! I'm trying that with my son next time. We visited an arboretum last month, and he complained a little.

  5. I loove going to botanical gardens! It's so relaxing and gives me many ideas for stories :)

  6. Looking forward to seeing the winning photos!

  7. Sounds like a great idea, and a fun time!