Last week I had an appointment in the western suburbs and I took the opportunity to drive by Morton Arboretum. For those of you who aren’t Chicagoans the Arboretum is a private trust, established by Joy Morton on the grounds of the old Morton estate (Morton Salt). His dad, J. Sterling Morton, was a great fancier and collector of trees and was instrumental in the establishment of Arbor Day.
A quick look around suggested to me that this weekend would be an excellent time to look at some fall color. Despite several days of rain between my reconnoitering visit and our actual visit, the fall colors in the Arboretum were still magnificent. I neglected to bring my camera and I took these lousy pictures on my cell phone. They still give you some idea of how dramatic and vibrant the colors were. I can barely describe to you the experience of slowly driving the narrow lane through the maple groves on the east side of the Arboretum, gasping at the wall of yellow, orange, and red that encircled us and arched above us.
The tree above must be one of the most photographed trees in the world, of course behind the Great Sequoias. Here’s another picture:
I suspect the color will still be glorious for another week or two. Well worth a visit (adult admission is $11).