It’s Christmas Eve! Hope everyone is well rested and ready for a nice holiday – here are 12 images from the Chicago Botanical Garden’s Wonderland Express that I took earlier this week. This is an annual exhibit of myriad Chicago landmarks remade in natural, local plant material, replete with G-scale trains snaking throughout the herbivorous landscapes. Check out the details on the Chicago Botanical Garden’s page. The exhibit was free on Tuesdays (until the 22nd) and remains open until the third of January. Some of these displays are absolutely amazing – accurate and superbly detailed throughout. I didn’t get all the displays here, but I have most of the more spectacular and recognizable (you’ll notice I have two images from the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel). Head out to the botanical gardens and check the exhibit out – or stay here and have a look through these photos from the comfort of your chair. See if you can spot all the landmarks – and for the photography nuts who care – all of these were taken as single exposures at ISO 800-1600 and turned into HDRs with photomatix and some photoshop love.