Sue Llewellyn’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at https://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-water/ is Water.
The images for this challenge were all taken at the same location but what a wealth of opportunity for water shots it presented!
Across the street from historic Union Station in St Louis stands Carl Milles’ fountain sculpture ‘The Meeting Of The Waters.’
The fountain represents the meeting of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and was originally entitled ‘The Wedding Of The Waters‘ but because the naked figures and rather risqué nature of the sculpture caused such a stir when they made their debut in 1940, local officials insisted that the name be changed.
Once again I have fallen behind with my challenge responses but although this one is a week late, I would still like to offer my take on Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/04/18/travel-theme-round/ which was the subject Round.
The title for this stainless steel and bronze sculpture by Rob Lorenson, in Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, is Apple Rocket.
Little granddaughter, carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders outside Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, Illinois.
Someone else carrying a heavy burden; a snow sculpture at the old Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
On display at the Chinese Lantern Festival in The Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis.
This sculpture entitled ‘Discovery’ by Kusser Granitwerke, located on the campus of Indiana University/Purdue University in Columbus, Indinana, includes a globe weighing more than 2,000lbs which is held suspended by 12 pounds of water pressure.
It’s not difficult to spend a great deal of time, at the Morton Arboretum, getting the bigger picture; those panoramic scenes with the trees showing off their autumn colors or bright swathes of golden daffodils in the spring. You almost have to make a conscious effort to slow down and take a closer look at things.
Every season at the Arboretum produces its own special treasures but somehow, in the spring, they seem a little easier to find. When the undergrowth has yet to make a start and there are still no leaves on the trees, little patches of color stand out, the birds are easier to spot and even the branches take on a character of their own.
It’s easy to miss the true beauty of a flower in a whole mass of blooms so instead I tried to focus on an isolated little group of daffodils nodding gently in the breeze.
I’m getting to that stage in life where it makes things a lot less complicated if I don’t have to get down on my hands and knees to get a close-up shot of something. I’ll do it if I have to, but getting back up can be rather trying especially when there’s nothing to grab hold of for support. That’s why I was happy to find these willow catkins conveniently at eye level.
The growth on this fallen tree trunk reminded me somewhat of sea shells.
Now is the time to go to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, or more specifically Daffodil Glade. There you’ll find thousands of naturalized daffodils, as well as the usual spring wildflowers, among the trees. The weather was perfect when I went for a visit the other day.