Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2013/10/29/cees-fun-foto-challenge-reflections-and-shadows/ is Reflections & Shadows.
Usually I try to avoid shadows as they seem to play havoc with the camera’s automatic lighting system and I just don’t have the patience or the know-how to diddle around with all the knobs and buttons. I rarely take pictures of shadows deliberately but there have been the odd times when they may have unintentionally added something to the shot. Pictured above, a pavilion in the Ottoman Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis.
Soft shadows under an arbor in the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Shadows and reflections; a water lily in the Heritage Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
There were plenty of night-time reflections in the various pools at the Missouri Botanical Garden during the Chinese Lantern Festival.
In celebration of its one year anniversary, Sue’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/a-word-a-week-challenge-is-a-year-old-favourite/ is Favorite.
Autumn is my favorite time of year and here are some pictures taken at some of my favorite places to visit. Pictured above an autumnal display in The Circle Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The Morton Arboretum really glows at this time of year.
A colorful pumpkin display at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
Autumn grass at the Morton Arboretum.
A single leaf heralding the return of autumn at Spring Valley Nature Center.
The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/weekly-photo-challenge-horizon/ is Horizon.
I don’t seem to have had many opportunities to get an unimpeded view of the horizon since I don’t travel about that much, but I did capture this shot during our trip to the Badlands in South Dakota.
Still in the Badlands, strictly speaking this is most likely not what would be considered a horizon or even a visible horizon but I rather liked the shape of the hills against the blue sky so here it is anyway.
Any large body of water probably offers a reasonably good opportunity for horizon pictures and, despite being so scared that I could hardly open my eyes, I took this one from the top of the Ferris wheel on Navy Pier in Chicago, looking out towards Lake Michigan.
Another instance where I surprised myself by daring to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a shot, this time traveling to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis for a view of the city.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/10/25/travel-theme-stone/ is Stone.
My first choice for this challenge was a shot of the stone grotto at The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help Of Christians at Holy Hill in Wisconsin.
One of the stone ‘needles’, part of a natural rock formation that can be seen along Needles Highway which runs through Custer State Park in South Dakota.
Flowers by a stone wall in the English Walled Garden, part of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
A stone water basin in the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois
Set in the stone façade of The Tribune Tower in Chicago are several pieces from historical sites around the world.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2013/10/22/cees-fun-foto-challenge-wheels/ is Wheels.
Wow! Once I got started on this one I couldn’t stop. I didn’t realize that I’d taken so many pictures of wheels! The first shot was taken at a farm in Old World Wisconsin.
Some fancy wheels on a car at the Volo Auto Museum.
White wheels on a carriage waiting to be hired in downtown Indianapolis.
Just across the road from the horse and carriage at Monument Circle in the center of Indianapolis were some more modern wheels parked outside a café.
An old, wooden wheel at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg.
Also at Spring Valley, a wagon with bright, red wheels in a barn at the Volkening Heritage Farm.
It would seem that I have been slacking off on my Word A Week Challenge entries. Last week Sue set us the challenge of ‘Fur‘ on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/a-word-a-week-challenge-fur/ and I am only just now putting my pictures together.
The first shot shows Sugar, our daughter’s cat, who has beautiful, soft, white fur; not that she very often gives us a chance to get near enough to touch.
My garden nemesis, the rabbit. Although this furry little felon is my arch-enemy, he can’t help being cute.
A tiger showing off his gorgeous, striped fur at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
Plenty of these cheeky little fur-balls scurrying around getting ready for winter. Squirrels are so entertaining (when they’re not digging up my irises.)
The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/hue-photo-challenge/ is The Hue of You.
Ever since I was a child my favorite color has been purple and that fact is reflected in so many aspects of my life as you will see if you follow this link http://sfkfsfcfef.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/a-passion-for-purple/
From flowers to frocks, the color purple in all its shades and hues has drawn my eye like no other and has influenced the choices that I’ve made to no little extent.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/10/18/travel-theme-brown/ is Brown.
The first two pictures were, for me, an obvious choice for this challenge. Brown County State Park in Indiana lives up to its name when the autumn leaves start to change color.
Pictured below, the grass starts to turn brown at Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota as autumn approaches.
“How now brown cow?” An interpreter greets one of the residents at Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg, Illinois.
One of the many wonders of nature, an interesting brown fungus growing among the fallen trees in the Morton Arboretum.
And I couldn’t resist adding this picture of Hunter, our daughter’s brown Chocolate Lab, getting into mischief as usual.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2013/10/15/cees-fun-foto-challenge-sand-and-dirt/ is Sand and Dirt
You can see how seriously our little grandson takes his sand excavations. This shot was taken at the sand pit in the Hamill Family Play Zoo at Brookfield Zoo.
My mother and mother-in-law deep in conversation, strolling across the sand at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion.
There was plenty of dirt on view during one of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s more recent renovation projects.
The restoration of the North Lake shoreline was completed in 2012 after 54 million gallons of water were drained from the lake. It took 33 days to refill the lake and more than 120,000 plant plugs were introduced to stabilize the shoreline.
The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/photo-challenge-infinite/ is Infinite.
Although these are probably not the ideal subjects for this particular challenge, I feel that I’ve come as close as I can with the material available. It’s times like this that I wish I’d taken more pictures when I had the opportunity and maybe looked at things from a slightly different angle. I realize now that the possibilities with photography are infinite. The picture above was taken outside the Milwaukee Art Museum.
An old-time railway carriage at, I believe, the Chicago History Museum, although I had to go rather deep into the archives to find this one so I can’t be absolutely certain.
The Infinity Room at the House on the Rock in Wisconsin.
An infinite number of ‘hundreds & thousands’ especially when you accidentally spill them all over the floor.
And finally, the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, seemingly reaching into infinity.