Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/03/28/travel-theme-statues/ is Statues.
Plenty of these in the photo files despite the fact that a camera club judge once told us that images of other peoples’ artwork were not considered good material for competition. Too bad! I like taking pictures of statues!
A life-size bronze sculpture of George Washington Carver in the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St Louis.
An imposing statue entitled ‘The Apotheosis of St. Louis’ that stands outside the St. Louis Art Museum.
Also in the same city, in the grounds of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, is a statue entitled ‘The Angel Of Harmony’, a 14-foot high, stainless steel sculpture by Wiktor Szostalo.
There are countless statues in Chicago of everyone from famous sports personalities to historical figures but for this challenge I have selected just two. The first, on Upper Wacker Drive, is a tribute to newspaper columnist, broadcaster and talk-show host Irv Kupcinet.
The second is a statue of Nathan Hale who was reported to have said “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country” before being executed in 1776 as a spy by the British during the American Revolutionary War.
Although many statues are placed prominently on plinths or columns, I rather like the ones that appear in more natural settings. This sculpture of Abe Lincoln and his family for instance, standing on the street in front of his old law offices in Springfield, Illinois.
Or this bronze statue entitled ‘Spirit of the Prairie’ overlooking the Town Square of Schaumburg.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2014/03/25/cees-fun-foto-challenge-texture/ is Texture.
I did quite a bit of fiddling about with this one so I hope you’ll find that the end result justified the effort.
The warty surface of a toad’s skin; a smooth seal’s skin; a delicate butterfly’s wing and the rough, knobbly texture of tree bark.
The bumpy surface of a jackfruit; the rough texture of wheat straw; the soft feathers of an ibis and the crimped texture of sheep’s wool.
The texture of various leaves and pine needles including the lumpy surface of a lotus leaf on the far right.
The furry surface of the plant called lamb’s ears; the texture of fine grass; the rocky texture found in the Badlands and the slimy scales of a fish.
I seem to be playing catch-up all this month. Once again I’m late with another challenge. This one, Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/tagged-k-2/ which last week was Tagged K.
Although we have at various times kept an aquarium at the house, the novelty and the idea of cleaning the thing out on a regular basis soon wore thin and we are now a pet-free zone. Still, I do love to see fish swimming about and I’m always attracted to the koi pool when we visit the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.
Koi or nishikigoi which apparently when translated means brocaded carp, can be very restful to watch as they glide through the water. When I came to review the image shown above, it seemed as though they were swimming through the universe. The star effect was fortunately already there in the picture. The only other adjustment I made was to crop the image.
The scene changes dramatically when you throw a handful of koi food into the pool. Then it’s every fish for himself!
But once all the food as been snapped up, they all drift away like ghosts in the night, until the next person comes along.
This week Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/03/21/travel-theme-pink/ is Pink.
These pink fringed blooms were part of a colorful display of tulips at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show last week.
Pink hollyhocks by a stone wall at Spring Mill in Mitchell, Indiana.
Pink flowers (not sure of the name) in the Heritage Garden of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The pink walls of the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
Pink sky at night, shepherd’s delight.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge last week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/03/14/travel-theme-gardens-2/ was Gardens.
I know I’m a bit late with this one but couldn’t resist posting a few pictures of some of my favorite gardens. I would guess that more than half of the images in my photo files are of flowers and gardens. Wherever we travel, the first thing we look for is a public garden or park.
The gardens at Cantigny Park in Winfield, Illinois.
The gardens at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
The gardens in Lilacia Park, Lombard, Illinois.
The Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.
The Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2014/03/18/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-color-purple/ is The Color Purple.
My favorite color! And, although I have scores of purple pics in the photo files, I thought I’d get some new images while I was visiting the Chicago Flower and Garden Show down at Navy Pier this week. There seemed to be no shortage of purple objects as I looked around the displays and stalls.
Not surprisingly, considering Mariano’s was presenting the show, there were plenty of delicious goodies on display and in this case purple was definitely the icing on the cake.
From table settings to fashion statements, purple was evidently at the forefront.
All kinds of Spring bling was on display including everything needed to make a garden party sparkle.
Oh yes! There were flowers too!
The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/weekly-photo-challenge-inside-2/ is Inside.
I was looking for another opportunity to share some more of my Orchid Show pictures but as well as featuring the flowers, I also wanted to show that, despite the sunshine and blue sky outside, we were definitely inside.
Inside the greenhouses of the Chicago Botanic Garden.