The Top Five–Photos of 2017

Choosing my “Top Five” photos of the year is one of my favorite more recent traditions. Of course, if I’m honest, the “Top Five” always turns into six, because I can never totally limit myself!

The first of my favorite photos came early in the year, at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Chinese Garden. Not only do I love the photo of the garden itself, I also love that is was covered in snow!

My next favorite photo is also from the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Climatron was lit up beautifully for the “Garden of Glass” exhibition, and I love the beautiful colors!

This picture from the Naper Settlement is beautiful to me both for the stunning green of the scenery, and for the women in period costume outside the log home:

Chickadee loves posing for pictures, and there was something special about her in her London shirt, holding an umbrella on a rainy day:

Back at the Missouri Botanical Garden for a lovely fall photo in the Japanese Garden during its 40th anniversary:

And a bonus picture of the Fab Five at St. Charles at Christmas Traditions…this is always one of my favorite spots for a family photo, and this year’s picture was especially amazing!

So there you have it…another year of my favorite photos. I can’t wait to see what kind of pictures I take next year!

The 12 Days of Christmas at the Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden had a new section of the Garden Glow this year, featuring the “12 Days of Christmas.” I thought it was a pretty cool display, especially because it was so interactive. There were places to pose, pipes and drums to play, and puppet lords for leaping, in addition to great Christmas lights (I especially enjoyed the three French hens at the Eiffel Tower!). I hope they keep it around next year, because it was really fun!

Eleven Pipers Piping

Twelve Drummers Drumming

The Drum Bridge Through the Year

I never did decide on just one angle for my Drum Bridge photos this year, so I have two galleries to share, and I love them both! The changes throughout the year were very obvious, and I am always struck by the awesome beauty of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden!

Seriously, there is truly no bad place from which to photograph this bridge, and every season has its own unique beauty, from snow to changing leaves, and everything in between!

I’m already looking forward to photographing the Linnean House monthly next year!

Gardenland Express

It’s train show time at the Missouri Botanical Garden!

This is the third year we’ve visited Gardenland Express, and I love that each show has been very different from the last. Different buildings come out each time, and different decorations. This year has a Mexican theme, which is obvious, even beyond the expected poinsettias.

Of course, it’s not just a train show…it’s also a flower show. It’s so nice to see so many colorful varieties at this time of year!

There are other lovely decorations, too, including a poinsettia-covered Christmas tree!

This is such a fun part of the Christmas activities at the Garden, and you could spend a whole afternoon just searching for all the little details hidden away in the scenes!

Holiday Trimmings at the Kemper Center

It’s “gourdament” time at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Kemper Center!

They’re all so amazingly creative, but I actually didn’t have a difficult time choosing a favorite this year…this one immediately caught my eye, and I love it!

In addition to the gourdaments, there are other natural decorations on the tree, as well. The bows are made out of very velvety leaves!

The children love finding the hidden “Henry Shaw” in the tree, and the prizes are always adorable!

Part of its beauty is in its uniqueness…you’re not going to find many Christmas trees like this one!

There is also a cute display outside the Kemper Center. If you walk all the way around the central planter, you’ll see several different woodland creatures hidden among the flora:

I love all the different ways the Missouri Botanical Garden finds to decorate for Christmas every year!