Showcase

May. 12

2011


Chicago Trees

Chicago is a city full of trees. From parks to arboreta, there are plenty of opportunities to witness the splendor of the seasons as trees morph throughout the year. Chicago photographers have beautifully captured the many faces of trees in and around Chicago. Enjoy this gallery of the best Chicago tree photography from local photographers as hand-picked by our editors.

My Friend and Hugging Tree by Michael Swygert

My Friend and Hugging Tree

This giant pillar stands along the Cowles Bog Trail in Porter County, Indiana, 28 miles from the Chicago city limit. Now it is in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park, but I have known this tree since I was a young boy living in Dune Acres. This trail then was part of an old Indian trail system that stretched from Chicago to Detroit when each was the site of a fort during the French fur trading days. Since 1951 and for 59 years and counting, I have been walking by this tree. Each time I go by I stop and give it a big hug. It has aged a lot slower than I and I am hopeful he will long outlive me. Regardless, he is my friend and I hope he considers me his.

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Photographer
Michael Swygert
Category
Landscapes
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D3000
Brookfield Zoo autumn trees by Jennifer Holcombe

Brookfield Zoo autumn trees

red and yellow

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Photographer
Jennifer Holcombe
Category
Plants
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D80
Autumn Sunrise by Richard Susanto

Autumn Sunrise

Schaumburg, IL

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Photographer
Richard Susanto
Category
Landscapes
Place
Schaumburg, IL
Camera
Nikon D300
Frosty Tree by Nikki Johnson

Frosty Tree

Winter Tree taken in Rochelle

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Photographer
Nikki Johnson
Category
Weather
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Canon Eos Digital Rebel X Ti

Masterpiece, masterpiece, masterpiece! I can't get it out of my head. To me the tree is personified, slumpt over, arms at rest, alone in the cold - not yet beaten by it all but close. There's a short story for this tree... See comment

John Adorjan
on Frosty Tree (above)
Autumn In Olive Park by Michael Wilhelmi

Autumn In Olive Park

A shot from Columbus Day morning in Olive Park, Chicago.

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Photographer
Michael Wilhelmi
Category
Cityscapes
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D90
After An Autumn Rain by Michael Wilhelmi

After An Autumn Rain

Some still wet leaves captured last autumn in Lincoln Park.

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Photographer
Michael Wilhelmi
Category
Plants
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D90
Snow on the Trees by Elizabeth Kubis

Snow on the Trees

The trees looked beautiful against the blue sky.

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Photographer
Elizabeth Kubis
Category
Plants
Place
Naperville, IL
Camera
unknown
A Foggy Love Story by Cassandra Pozulp

A Foggy Love Story

A Fog Captures A Tree With Love. Taken with my new sony camera.

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Photographer
Cassandra Pozulp
Category
Landscapes
Place
Palos Park, IL
Camera
Dslr A100
Fall Bridge at Warrenville Grove by Scott Evans

Fall Bridge at Warrenville Grove

Warrenville Grove is an interesting little Forest Preserve tucked away in the shadow of a few other larger preserves in the area. With it's rushing waterfall and old concrete bridge, though, it provides some excellent views of nature.

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Photographer
Scott Evans
Category
Landscapes
Place
Warrenville, IL
Camera
Canon Eos 5 D Mark Ii

Great shot. It's easy to see why it was the Photo of the Day when you submitted it.

Editor
on Fall Bridge at Warrenville Grove (above)
Wonder Lake Oak Tree by Ray Mathis

Wonder Lake Oak Tree

Snow on huge oak tree in Harrison Woods in Wonder Lake, IL

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Photographer
Ray Mathis
Category
Landscapes
Place
Wonder Lake, IL
Camera
unknown
Canvas of Fall by Adam Oles

Canvas of Fall

More fall in Chicago

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Photographer
Adam Oles
Category
Landscapes
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D90

Showcased Photographer

Cover Girl by John Caruso

John CarusoJohn Caruso

  • 470 photos
  • 15558 votes
  • 99 followers

To peg John as one type of photographer simply wouldn't do him justice. He's adept at many photographic styles. We picked him as the featured photographer for this showcase not because he's a great tree photographer, although he does have a few unique tree shots, but because we couldn't publish another showcase without recognizing John as a talent. Take look at his profile and you'll delight in the way he uses a camera. We encourage you to follow him to keep up on his work at Capture My Chicago.

John Caruso's Profile

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  • Not Quite a Snow Day by John Caruso
  • Badass in a Headband by John Caruso
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  • Glowing Jack-O-Lantern by John Caruso
Mill Reflection by Monika Thorpe

Mill Reflection

A reflection of the blue sky and trees in a window of the historic Peotone Mill

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Photographer
Monika Thorpe
Category
Landmarks
Place
Peotone, IL
Camera
Nikon D60
Autumn Peeking by Mike Umbreit

Autumn Peeking

Just some of the fall colors that may be observed at the Morton Arboretum.

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Photographer
Mike Umbreit
Category
Landscapes
Place
Lisle, IL
Camera
Canon Eos 5 D Mark Ii
LIVE,LAUGH AND PLAY in the leaves by Cami Traficanto

LIVE,LAUGH AND PLAY in the leaves

enjoying the fall

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Photographer
Cami Traficanto
Category
Children
Place
Palatine, IL
Camera
Nikon D90
during the fall by Christian Legan

during the fall

Proof that fall is the best season in Chicagoland.

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Photographer
Christian Legan
Category
Plants
Place
Lisle, IL
Camera
Nikon D90
Tree in freezing fog by Ellen Prather

Tree in freezing fog

Driving around one day last winter the fog began to freeze the images were beautiful

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Photographer
Ellen Prather
Category
Weather
Place
Barrington, IL
Camera
Canon Eos 50 D
Looking into fall by Adam Oles

Looking into fall

Fall in Chicago on Michigan Ave.

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Photographer
Adam Oles
Category
Cityscapes
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D90
fall tree by tom sokol

fall tree

tree and clouds

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Photographer
tom sokol
Category
Plants
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Canon Eos 30 D
Raindrops on Grape Leaves by Amber Raab

Raindrops on Grape Leaves

Grape leaves after a storm.

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Photographer
Amber Raab
Category
Plants
Place
Spring Grove, IL
Camera
Nikon D60
In the trees by Rob Johnson

In the trees

Trees in winter

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Photographer
Rob Johnson
Category
Plants
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D700
Morning Sunrise by Mike Baker

Morning Sunrise

Walking through the forest in early morning with the sunrise lifting over the fog can be humbling.

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Photographer
Mike Baker
Category
Landscapes
Place
Naperville, IL
Camera
unknown
Into the Fog by David April

Into the Fog

on Old Lake Zurich Rd

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Photographer
David April
Category
Landscapes
Place
Barrington, IL
Camera
unknown
Tree Reflections by Cassandra Pozulp

Tree Reflections

Purple Tree Reflections

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Photographer
Cassandra Pozulp
Category
Plants
Place
Palos Heights, IL
Camera
unknown
Dreaming Tree by Alex Burns

Dreaming Tree

A tree atop a hill at Blackwell forest preserve.

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Photographer
Alex Burns
Category
Landscapes
Place
Warrenville, IL
Camera
Dsc W290
Prairie Trees by Mark Kinsman

Prairie Trees

While we often dream of photographing in exotic locations, a little exploration of surrounding locals can offer amazing beauty in the simplest details. We spent an afternoon exploring what the great state of Illinois uses as a nickname - The Prairie. The beauty is in the details of this prairie, in an area shaped by glaciers, The wide open prairie and the gentle Kames nearby with Nippersink Creek winding it's way between.

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Photographer
Mark Kinsman
Category
Weather
Place
Ringwood, IL
Camera
Canon Eos 5 D Mark Ii

excellent! the prairie is one of my favorite places. See comment

sonnet schulz
on Prairie Trees (above)
The Forest for the Trees by Ken Welsh

The Forest for the Trees

Morton Arboretum

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Photographer
Ken Welsh
Category
Abstract
Place
Lisle, IL
Camera
Nikon D80
Freezing-Fog I by Russ Williams

Freezing-Fog I

Chicago + Fog + January = Freezing-Fog

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Photographer
Russ Williams
Category
Weather
Place
Mchenry, IL
Camera
unknown
After rain we get Fog. by Cassandra Pozulp

After rain we get Fog.

One of many wetlands. After rain we get fog.

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Photographer
Cassandra Pozulp
Category
Landscapes
Place
Homer Glen, IL
Camera
unknown
Autumn colours by Linda Besin

Autumn colours

The trees in Greene Valley Forest Preserve sure looked a lot more colourful and attractive from above than from the trail today.

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Photographer
Linda Besin
Category
Landscapes
Place
Naperville, IL
Camera
Canon Eos 300 D Digital
Copse by Harold Blum

Copse

Small groupings of trees punctuate the lakefront. I wasn't really looking at these trees that much on this particular morning though. Sunrise North Avenue Beach.

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Photographer
Harold Blum
Category
Landscapes
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D700

Fantastic light behind the trees! The band of clouds that holds back the light really seals the deal on this shot. Very well done.

Editor
on Copse (above)
Autumn's  Presence by Mike Baker

Autumn's Presence

Image captured at Fermilab, Batavia, IL. Against a beautiful Fall season backdrop, Canadian Geese recognize 'Autumn's Presence' and assemble in preparation for their flight to warmer weather.

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Photographer
Mike Baker
Category
Landscapes
Place
Batavia, IL
Camera
unknown
Painted trees. by Viana Oliver

Painted trees.

Painted trees along Lake Shore Dr.

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Photographer
Viana Oliver
Category
Plants
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D40
Lone Tree by Christopher Book

Lone Tree

Lone tree in a foggy field on a bright winter's day

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Photographer
Christopher Book
Category
Landscapes
Place
Pingree Grove, IL
Camera
Nikon D90
Night Tree by Kim Johnson

Night Tree

Tree at North Avenue Beach lit by street light. This was taken with film. The florescent street light plus the film balance enhanced the green. No post processing done.

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Photographer
Kim Johnson
Category
Landscapes
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
unknown
Top of trees by Rob Johnson

Top of trees

Inside fermi

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Photographer
Rob Johnson
Category
HDR Imagery
Place
Batavia, IL
Camera
Nikon D700
Yellow Leaves by Victor Garza

Yellow Leaves

Taken at the Olcott Library & Research Center in Wheaton one fantastic Friday afternoon.

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Photographer
Victor Garza
Category
Plants
Place
Wheaton, IL
Camera
Dslr A850
Tree of Life by Jackie Snell

Tree of Life

Near Laribida Childrens Hospital. A hospital dedicated to treating children with lukemia, cancer, and other fatal to near fatal diseases

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Photographer
Jackie Snell
Category
Children
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D60
Fog, trees and people by Ken Ilio

Fog, trees and people

Fog can be your camera's enemy, but sometimes, you can get beautiful shots. Taken at Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park.

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Photographer
Ken Ilio
Category
Weather
Place
Lincoln Park, IL
Camera
Nikon D200
Misty Tree by Dori Levine

Misty Tree

Over by Montrose Harbor on a misty day early in the morning by the harbor I found solitude in the tree.

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Photographer
Dori Levine
Category
Landscapes
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
unknown
trees in winter by Jennifer Holcombe

trees in winter

near lake michigan

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Photographer
Jennifer Holcombe
Category
Plants
Place
Chicago, IL
Camera
Nikon D80
Tree and snow fence by tom sokol

Tree and snow fence

Shot with wide angle to add depth and orange filter to darken sky.

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Photographer
tom sokol
Category
Landscapes
Place
Indiana Harbor, IN
Camera
Canon Eos Digital Rebel X Si

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