Register now for Spring Photo Classes

Think Sunny Spring thoughts even in snow.

Spring is (hopefully) just around the corner and with it comes these spring photography classes.   Just go to Other ways to register: Call 847,835.8261 or stop at the Info Desk in the Visitor Center when you’re next at the garden.

Check out this list of Carlson classes to find the photo fun that’s right for you. Need more info about a specific class? Email your questions to me at and I’ll provide details. Whether you’re new or a returning student, it will be great to see you.

Composition in Landscape Photography 5 Sat., Feb. 10 – Mar. 10, 9 a.m. – noon
Beginning Digital Photography 4 Fri.,   Feb. 16 – Mar. 9, 9 a.m. – noon
Photographing Winter Sunsets 2 Sun., Feb. 18 & 25, 4 – 6 p.m.
Photography Tips & Tools: Flash Sun., Feb. 25, noon – 3 p.m.
Photographing Orchids 3 Tues., Feb. 27 – Mar. 13, 8 – 11 a.m.
  3 Sun. Mar. 4 – 18, 8 – 11 a.m.


Intermediate Digital Photography 6 Fri., Mar. 16 – Apr. 27, 9 a.m. – noon (no class Mar. 30)
Photography Techniques: Natural Light Sat., Mar. 24, 9 a.m. – noon
Photographing in Natural Light 4 Tues., April 3 – 24, 9 a.m. – noon
Spring: Nature Reawakens! 4 Thurs., Apr. 5 – 26, 9 a.m. – noon
Photography Techniques: Composition Sat., Apr. 7, 9 a.m. – noon
Beginning Digital Photography 4 Sun., Apr. 8 – 29, 9 a.m. – noon
Garden & Travel Photography 4 Sat., Apr. 28 – May 19, 9 a.m. – noon – offsite May 5 & 12
The Ins and Outs of Flash Photography 4 Tues., May 1 – 22, 9 a.m. – noon
Urban Photography 5 Fri., June 15 – July 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Offsite June 22, 29, July 6

An Image from the “Natural Beauty at Home and Beyond” Photo Exhibition

Title: “Pansy Faces.”   Here’s the story behind this image:   Late on a gray Tuesday afternoon, I found myself walking down the main street in the highly-visited (i.e. overly touristy) Cotswold town of Broadway. Wanting to escape the coach loads of visitors that were beginning to swarm around the shops, I ducked down a small walkway between two buildings. Someone had thought to add a bit of color and interest to a window ledge. The light was flat but I liked the color and differences in texture and was able to grab this shot.  Tech Stuff: 28mm, f3.5 @ 125th, ISO 200. NOTE: This image is available for purchase at $125. It is mounted on Foamcore and matted in black. Please contact me for availability at the conclusion of the exhibition. 

“Pansy Faces” Click on image to see more faces.

An Image from the “Natural Beauty at Home and Beyond” Photo Exhibition

Title: “Oasis.”   Here’s the story behind this image:  Some kind Parisian soul decided to place a plastic bucket under the water stream of this public fountain to make it easier for passing animal friends to enjoy a drink. Since this is France, why not add some color to the scene by tossing in a few strawberries?  A  thirsty passing pigeon decided not to be left out.  I just happened to see this while walking to a Metro entrance.  Tech Stuff: 35mm, f8 @ 125th, ISO 100. NOTE: This image is available for purchase at $125. It is mounted on Foamcore and matted in black. Please contact me for availability at the conclusion of the exhibition. 

“Oasis” can be defined in many ways.  Click to enlarge image.


An Image from the “Natural Beauty at Home and Beyond” Photo Exhibition

Title: “The SMALL JOBS of Paris”

“The Small Jobs of Paris”

Here’s the story behind this image:  I happened to see this colorful wagon while walking towards the Eiffel Tower on a bright September Saturday. I was intrigued by not only the color but the title “Small Jobs” (Les Petits Metiers)  on the wagon.  A few shoppers, probably tourists like myself, added to the overall interest of the scene. Wouldn’t it be great if the dollar stores in the Chicago area looked like this? Wouldn’t it make you want to shop there often?  Tech Stuff: 50mm, f8 @ 125th, ISO 100.  NOTE: This image is available for purchase at $125. It is mounted on Foamcore and matted in black. Please contact me for availability at the conclusion of the exhibitiion. 

An Image from “Natural Beauty at Home and Beyond” Photo Exhibit

Bridge Over Untroubled Water

Title: Bridge Over Untroubled Water

Here’s the story behind this image:

While driving to class at the Chicago Botanic Garden on a rather foggy Sunday morning, I noticed that the fog did not completely reach my car but extended into the distance and included the Serpentine Bridge. I just happened to have a camera bag and tripod in the trunk (Remember that I do teach photography.) so I  decided to pull off the road and get some pictures. What did I learn from this? Always allow more time before class than you really need since who knows what wonderful scenes are lurking just around the bend.  Tech stuff: 28mm, f8 @ 1/30, ISO 100, tripod  NOTE: This image has been sold. Please contact me if you would like a copy of the image.

An Image from the “Natural Beauty at Home and Beyond” Photo Exhibition

Get all your ducks in a row.

Title: Get All Your Ducks in a Row (Click on image to see entire family)

Here’s the story behind this image:

I was at the Chicago Botanic Garden last summer taking pictures for a class Powerpoint. Walking down close to the water on the west side of the garden allowed me to use more of the shore as a lead-line into the shot. In the midst of composing the image, I thought I heard a slight sound of water moving. Turning around, I saw this happy family.  Fortunately the lens I was using at the time was long enough to crop out much of the water around the duck family. This is a black/white shot only because the camera was left in that mode from its previous use. A good thing since time (and duck families) wait for no photographer.  Tech Stuff:  180mm,  ISO 100, f4 @ 1/125th second. NOTE: This image is available for sale at $125. It is mounted on Foamcore and has been matted in black, no frame.  Please contact me if you would like to purchase it at the conclusion of the exhibit.  P.S.  I know these are really geese, not ducks.  Oh, well.

Cold Weather extends Photo Exhibit to Feb. 28

One of the 21 prints in the exhibit.

The director of the Trailside Nature Museum has just extended my photo exhibit due to the severe cold.“Natural Beauty at Home and Beyond” will now run through February at the museum. Open from 8- 4pm every day but Friday, there is no charge to view all 21 prints from my personal collection.

All images are available for purchase at the conclusion of the show. Each image will be shown on my website with the title and number. Prints may be reserved by sending an email to to Be certain to include either the title or print number. 

I’ll post all 21 images on this site in the next day or two.

2018–A Year of Hope and Happiness

An explosion of light marks the 2018 opening.

Thanks to everyone who has sent emails of encouragement and speedy healing. Dozens of students and friends took time to think of me and send notes inquiring about not only my health and welfare, but also whether the cats were able to come up with their usual holiday present. While the fur-boys aren’t too computer literate, one of them knows enough to go on line and find the letters B & H.

A special shout-out of thanks to the 8th Floor Orthopedic team at Lutheran General, and Dr. John Lyon and his staff. I wouldn’t be getting around without all of you. Very soon now, I’ll be walking without help and will no longer need to pose the “where’s my cane, sugar?” question to my wife. 

I’ll be back at the CBG in early February and can’t wait to meet all of you again in the “ole Plant Lab.”

A sincere wish for your success and happiness as we begin 2018. May your thoughts be kind and all your yesterdays be tomorrows.

All’s Well–Thanks, LGH

Zooming in on the CBG’S Great Tree.


As of last week, I’m the happy recipient of a new knee.

Sincere thanks to Lutheran General’s 8th floor Orthopedic Team for making my visit happy yet short. I’m learning that time passes slowly in these joints which means I’ll be just hanging around until the Composition in Landscape Photography Class begins on Feb. 10. Then classes resume with quite some regularity. Check out the classes section of the website for full details.

Enjoy this Holiday Season.

Send a note when/if you have a moment. Pictures, too. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

Photo Exhibition Opens with Great Success

A few of the 21 prints.

Two perennial flower favs.

Family, friends and dozens of photography students took advantage of the unusually warm December 3rd  weather to visit the Trailside Museum for the opening reception of Natural Beauty at Home and Beyond, an exhibition of 21 images I’ve captured. Everyone was in great spirits, and I was overwhelmed by the turnout. Wonderful to see so many students–some for the first time in months–while enjoying refreshments so nicely presented by the museum. Sincere thanks to Susan,  the Naturalists and staff of Trailside Museum for curating the exhibition in this wonderful 1877 Hal Tyrrell Victorian mansion which is the home of the museum.

All photographs in the exhibition are for sale.  I would encourage you to view them first hand. Visit the Trailside Museum of Natural History 738 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest.  The building is open from 9am – 4 pm, closed Fridays. To purchase a print, send an email to me indicating which numbers or titles you would like and I’ll respond with details on delivery.

Enjoying some of my images.

Conversing with an old friend.

Some of the dozens of students that dropped by.

This billboard sums it up.