Monday, May 14, 2018

Spring at The Morton Arboretum and the Troll Hunt

Spring and trolls at The Morton Arboretum

This week we went for a spring hike at The Morton Arboretum and it was glorious:



Spring hues at The Morton Arboretum
Spring hues at The Morton Arboretum
We actually went on a day that had a few sprinkles. I actually prefer going after a rain or when there is a drizzle because we tend to have better luck with seeing the birds. Right now, plenty of trees are in bloom. I like how the pink contrasts with the rest of the very green vegetation.

Spring blooming trees at The Morton Aboretum
Spring is here!
There are wildflowers. Some are easier to spot than others. Wildflowers can be low to the ground, so definitely look around.

Violets popping up from the forest floor.
Violets popping up from the forest floor.
We did see Red Trillium. Sometimes the hue of the flower blends in with the forest floor, so be on the lookout.

Red Trillium in the forest floor
Red Trillium
Since it was just after a rain and being spring, there were some wet areas. But overall, we didn't find it too wet.

Spring water at The Morton Arboretum
Spring water at The Morton Arboretum
The forest is lush with new spring green hues.

Forest path at The Morton Arboretum
Path into the lush forest.
We walked further from the main area by the Visitor Center. Traveling paths less traveled allowed us to see more wildlife since they were not so easily scared away. We saw a range of birds including the Baltimore oriole below, three deer and squirrels munching acorns.

Baltimore oriole resting in a tree at The Morton Arboretum
Baltimore oriole resting in a tree at The Morton Arboretum
Troll Hunt

Right now, visiting artists Thomas Dambo and his crew are creating large scale trolls throughout the arboretum made from reclaimed wood. All in all there will be six 15-20 foot structures. One is complete and the construction of one is nearing completion. We discovered one on our hike:

Troll Hunt trolls being constructed from reclaimed wood at The Morton Arboretum
Troll looking on in the forest.

We drove to the location of the next:

Slumbering troll at The Morton Arboretum
Slumbering troll at The Morton Arboretum
Construction of the trolls will be ongoing through June 21. Inquire in the Visitor Center about the location of the trolls. Once they are constructed, it will be fun to go on a little hunt! The Troll adventure is included in regular admission. I am excited to see what the trolls look like when they are all finished! I will keep you posted! Until then, I hope you take your own Morton Arboretum adventure!

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





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3 comments:

  1. This is so fun! Our children would love these trolls! Illinois continues to surprise me with unexpectedly fun stuff.

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  2. I seen violets on my way home this morning. Love spring!! Troll hunt sounds kinda like the Charlie brown & snoopy statutes they scattered all over Minneapolis n st Paul here in Minnesota. Enjoy your adventures.

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  3. I hope you'll share what the finished trolls look like!

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