From the moment I took a look at the weather radar this morning, I was ready to batten down the hatches and prepare for a soggy, bumpy kind of day. On my way out the door to work, I considered (but decided against) leaving my camera at home since hoping for a lunch hour free of wind and rain seemed futile. Although the storms I saw cutting across the western part of the state with their angry red bow echoes dissipated before they reached us, I could see the wind puffing the trees as I walked towards the cafe where I often each lunch. Even at noon, it looked like the weather would get in the way of another day of photos.
Still, I walked over to the University of Illinois Plant Sciences Laboratory with the hope that I could at least find some blooms and foliage in the conservatory, whose only issues with climate are the regular spray misters that can leave a lens foggy without warning. I was certainly pleased to find a majestic palette of blue and purple flowers blooming at the entrance to the lab.
Seeing the Plant Sciences Laboratory entrance garden bathed in purple and blue today reminded me why monarchs of old chose these hues for their garments and tapestries. Their royal color was stunning, even on a day that didn't seem to hold much promise for capturing their beauty.