Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ribbit! The Exhibit at The Morton Arboretum

Explorer frog sculpture at The Morton Arboretum


Through September, The Morton Arboretum will be featuring a collection of 23 copper frog sculptures engaging in various activities. If you are a frog fan, this is a good time to go. Of course, anytime is really a great time to go to The Morton Arboretum.


Last weekend, we finally had the opportunity to drop by for a visit. I truly enjoy that The Morton Arboretum's nature-influenced art exhibits add a treasure hunt element to the visit. Really pleasant to find a surprise along some of your normal routes!

Diver copper frog sculpture at The Morton Arboretum
A frog ready to snorkel and catch some fish!
The sculptures have been crafted by North Carolina-based artist J.A. Cobb. During the process, copper sheets are fashioned around steel armatures. Amazingly, each piece has been crafted in approximately 120 hours! I am not sure that I would have that dedication, so I am truly impressed!

Who would not be in love with the American Gothic frogs?

American Gothic Frogs at The Morton Arboretum
American Gothic Frogs 
We happened to visit on a glorious spring day, so The Morton Arboretum was abuzz with many nature-lovers. We opted to take some trails further away from the Visitor Center. The further we ventured, the more wildlife we were able to see. The migratory birds are back and so many are busy building nests, so we did see quite a few. Plus, we have been learning some of the calls. So, the quieter areas were ideal for picking out distinct calls.

Flowering tree at Morton Arboretum

The landscape is quite green and dotted with flowers all over. Of course, the preserve will only become more vibrant in months to come. But, we were delighted with what we saw. I am sure that plenty of leaves have filled in since our visit, so it may be more difficult to see the birds.

Floral ground cover at The Morton Arboretum

Near the entrance, the arboretum has a natural billboard. Pretty cool concept!

Nature billboard at the Morton Arboretum

I was surprised by how close this starling let us get! Must have been good eats in the grass!

Starling looking for food at the Morton Arboretum


Of course, no visit to The Morton Arboretum with the kids is complete without a visit to the Children's Garden. I really loved how one section looked from the outside yet partially enrobed in flowers!


Spring at The Morton Arboretum
The Children's Garden enrobed in flowers.
Ribbit! The Exhibit is free with admission to The Morton Arboretum. The Morton Arboretum is located in Lisle, Illinois.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
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