Best Places for Scenic Photography in Rockford, Illinois
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Best Places for Scenic Photography in Rockford, Illinois

Rockford with its rolling plains is an ideal place for taking scenic photographs. In the city itself Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a 150 acre natural environment with a variety of trees and plants. The hiking trails near Rockford also provide ideal free locations for great photos.

Rockford is a mid-sized city situated on both banks of the Rock River in the far north of Illinois. It is often referred to as the Forest City and it is the county seat of Winnebbago County.

There are some beautiful hiking trails within easy reach of the City where you can take many scenic photographs. The best time of the year to take them is in the Fall when many trees are red. The striking photograph pictured was taken in Rockford by photographer Ken Oliver.

It is on these hiking trails where you will find the best photo opportunities. One of the best places to go is Rock Cut State Park. Chiselled out of the Illinois northern region near Rockford there are several other "rocky" landmarks nearby where you can take attractive and historic photographs.

The mighty Rock River is worth photographing and you can see the place where the Wagon Trains once forded it. The rolling plains of Rockford make nice landscape photographs as well.

In the park there are two lakes, Pierce Lake and Olgen Lake, which are a haven for waterfowl and wildlife also inhabity the park. You can see deer, foxes, muskrat, woodchuck and beavers as well as red and grey squirrels.

In the Spring and Summer over 100 types of wildflowers bloom and in the Fall the hardwood trees are a dazzling display of red and gold.

Another place to take great photographs is Rockford's famous landmark the Sinnissippi Gardens and lagoon. You will find the award-winning sunken rose garden with 73 varieties of roses and a 3.5 mile recreation path adjacent to Rock River. The garden's centerpiece is the giant floral clock and the lagoon is the home to many swans and ducks.

If you are interested in taking photographs of oriental gardens the Anderson Japanese Gardens complete with cascading waterfalls, ponds, streams and rock formations is the place to go.

There is a 10-acre Japanese Garden where you can walk along winding lanes and drink tea Japanese style. The gardens in Spring Creek Road are open from May 1st to October 31 from 9am to sunset on weekdays and 9am to 4pm at weekends. In the winter months Nopvember 1st to April 30th the gardens are closed on Mondays  but are open 11am-3pm weekdays and 10am-2pm Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission charges are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors over 62, $5 for students and free to children 4-years and under.

Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden in South Main Street is also a great place for scenic photographs. This 150 acre natural environment has a variety of trees and plants and speciality gardens including a fountain garden, prehistoric garden and butterfly gardens. It is also a good place to take photographs of a variety of birds.

Klehm Arboretum is open Tuesday - Saturday January 5th to March 30th 9am - 4pm and 7 days a week 9am - 4pm March 31st - October 31st.

Admission charges are $6 for adults and $3 for students, 18-years and under and seniors over 65. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

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