Fizztext’s A-Z Challenge this week on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/tagged-d-2/ is the letter D.
My daughter’s dog, a chocolate lab named Hunter, loves to play.
A daring deer steps out from among the trees, quite close to where I was standing, to see what was going on.
A female mallard duck waiting in vain for a handout. No bird-feeding allowed!
A darting dragonfly lands long enough for me to get in a shot with the camera.
A pretty, pink dahlia growing at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/01/24/travel-theme-wood/ is Wood.
Once again I go back to the wonderfully intricate architecture of the Hindu temple in Bartlett. The wood carving on this entryway is stunning.
In contrast, this simple wood fence at the Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg seems to blend nicely with the flowers in the background.
A large wooden barn at Old World Wisconsin.
Also at Old World Wisconsin, this white, wooden church stands out against a blue sky on a summer’s day.
A beautifully polished wooden locker and bench on board the Sorlandet at the Tall Ships Festival in Chicago.
The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/photo-challenge-juxtaposition/ is Juxtaposition.
The city of Chicago is full of juxtapositions and nowhere more so than in it’s architecture. 3,000 gallons of paint were used to add these whales to the eastern wall of a building on North Michigan Avenue.
These Doric-style columns, part of the Millennium Monument in Wrigley Square at the northwest corner of Millennium Park, stand out against the modern backdrop of high-rise buildings in downtown Chicago.
The original Chicago Stock Exchange entry arch at the east entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago shown in contrast to the skyscrapers that surround it.
The Chicago Water Tower, built in 1869 and one of only a few structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, is dwarfed by much higher and more modern buildings.
An botanical oasis in the heart of the city, The Lurie Gardens, part of Millennium Park, appear as a welcome contrast to the buildings that make up the Chicago skyline.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-found-in-nature/ is Found in Nature.
Here are a few things that I have found as I walked around Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg.
Of course, there have been times when I’ve walked the length and breadth of Spring Valley and not found a thing or at least nothing much worth photographing. And then there are days when it’s all happening. Finding this family of muskrats was one of those days.
I was sorry to come across these tent caterpillars as they can cause a lot of damage to tree foliage when found in large numbers.
This delicate Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly was a more welcome sight.
An interesting find was this piece of tree trunk ‘art’.
A busy little chipmunk found foraging for food.
Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge this week on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/tagged-c-2/ is the letter C.
In response I can do no better than to simply say Cantigny.
The gardens at Cantigny Park, once the home of Robert R. McCormick, are some of the most beautiful in the Chicago area.
Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Cantigny boasts a gorgeous rose garden, immaculately kept formal gardens and a most informative Idea Garden.
Every season has its own special magic at Cantigny, notably the colorful tulips in April and glowing, red Shirley poppies in June.
Statues and fountains grace the borders and walkways, everything kept neat and trim. With 22 separate gardens there’s something for every taste including a Prairie/Savannah Garden.
This year I’m hoping to spend more time there. It’s a little further to travel than the Botanic Gardens, but I think the photographic rewards will be well worth the effort.
Sue Llewellyn’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word in Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-waiting/ is Waiting.
These ladies were waiting for the arrival of a very important visitor at the Hindu temple in Bartlett as part of the festivities to celebrate India’s Independence Day.
The Knights of Columbus, forming a guard of honor, were waiting for the procession, which included Francis Cardinal George, to pass by as it made it’s way through Grant Park in Chicago.
A driver with his carriage waiting for his horse to get some much-needed refreshment at a water fountain in Indianapolis.
Ladies from the Ballet Folklorico waiting to perform on stage at the Gale Borden Library in Elgin.
A lady in period costume waiting with a team of horses at Old World Wisconsin.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/01/17/travel-theme-silver/ is Silver.
I came up with three very different pictures for this challenge, each illustrating the subject silver in it’s own particular style.
The first shot was taken at Christmastime in 2011 on State Street in downtown Chicago and shows a sparkly, silver, window display in what used to be the old Marshall Fields store before changing to Macy’s in 2006.
The next picture shows two little silver rabbits nestled in amongst an Easter table setting on display at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show which that year was held at the Convention Center in Rosemont.
I don’t know who captured the third image but it holds a very special place in my photo files. It was taken more than sixty years ago and shows the cabinet in which my grandparent’s displayed their silver collection. They didn’t keep any toys at their place so whenever we went to visit them at their home in Kent I had to make do with whatever was available and was occasionally allowed to take all these precious pieces out and play with them. It kept me amused for hours.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-man-made-items/ is Man Made Items.
I don’t quite know why I picked ‘dolls’ as the subject for this topic other than the fact that they were some of the first man made items to show up in my miscellaneous photo files and I didn’t want to spend too many hours agonizing over whether to use them or not.
Most little girls have some kind of dolly in their toy collection whether it be a Barbie, or an American Girl or a vintage Madame Alexander doll. The three pictured above were residents in our house for some years but have since moved on, with their respective owners, to pastures new.
One place that has a really awesome collection of dolls is The House On The Rock in Wisconsin. However, as much as I am attracted to these classic playthings, I have to admit that some of them do look rather creepy, like something out of an old horror movie where the doll, with evil intentions, comes alive and wreaks havoc on the unsuspecting family.
Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge this week on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/tagged-b-2/ is the letter B. These seemed to be obvious choices.
A bear blowing bubbles at Lincoln Park Zoo.
A booming bullfrog at Spring Valley Nature Center.
A blue butterflyin the butterfly exhibit at Brookfield Zoo.
A blue boat on the Chicago River.
And a bridge leading to the Japanese Garden in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/01/10/travel-theme-illuminated/ is Illuminated.
I can think of no better example, in my photo files, of this topic than the pictures I took at the Chinese Lantern Festival in St. Louis a couple of years ago.
Looking back I wish now that I had captured many more such shots but I guess old habits die hard and I still can’t get used to the idea that with digital images you can go ahead and take as many pictures as you like without worrying about running out of film or having the expense of having them developed. Of course there is the problem of drained batteries and used-up memory but at least I usually go out prepared for such eventualities.
This image of our village, illuminated for the Christmas festivities, was taken many years ago when I was still struggling to get a half-way decent shot with a film camera. I’ve always had a problem with night-time photography which is why there aren’t all that many in my files.
The Crown Fountains in Millennium Park in Chicago, illuminated for the winter season.
The carousel and Ferris wheel on Navy Pier.