I don’t know if the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake is actually haunted but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is. Parts of it felt pretty darned spooky to me.
Plenty of images with numbers in the picture files but I’ll limit myself to five photos for this one. I’ve also thrown in a few facts and figures that I thought might be of interest.
The numbers are usually against me at the track but every once in a while I pick the right one. Arlington Park opened in 1927, burned down in 1985 and was rebuilt in 1989. The biggest race of the year is the Arlington Million.
The Chicago Fire Boat #41, rather a long way from home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Originally designed as a Chicago fire fighting vessel, the Fred A. Busse is now used as a cruise boat. It was built in 1937, is 90ft long, has a net weight of 67 tons and can hold 127 passengers.
Green Bay & Western #315, a 16-cylinder,3,000 h.p. unit built in 1968 on display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
No.3 Franklin Hose Company in Heritage Hill Historical Park, Green Bay, was built in 1887. The Franklin Hose Company, a volunteer fire department, was disbanded in 1891 and the building moved to Heritage Hill in 1975.
Sailing on Lake Opeka in Des Plaines, Illinois. It only takes two boats to make a race, as members of the Des Plaines Yacht Club so capably demonstrated.
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As Kermit the frog will tell you, “It’s not easy being green.” Even the foliage ceases to be green in October so I thought I’d look elsewhere for examples of green.
At a display of vintage cars in Long Grove, Illinois.
One of Kermit’s relations perhaps. It was easy to spot this frog as the green stood out against the color of the path.
From a real frog to a sculpture in the Nicholas Conservatory, Rockford, Illinois.
A piece of Chihuly glass artwork on display at the visitors center in Columbus, Indiana.
A green parrot. I must have been feeling extremely brave that day, either that, or I had a very long lens.
I’ve seen plenty of yellow swallowtail butterflies but this one, at the Butterfly Exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden, had a distinctly green tinge to it.
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I was wondering how I could work this picture into a post and, thanks to Sue Llewellyn’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge, here it is. A sculpture by Sean Henry entitled Lying Man, cast in bronze and decorated with oil paint, at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I couldn’t find any other pictures of people fully reclining in the photo files and I wasn’t about to go out and look for any random bodies lying around so here are a couple of images which involve a bit of semi-reclining. Shown above, a sculpture in the grounds of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett and, below, an interesting character onboard one of the ships at the Tall Ships Festival at Navy Pier a few years ago.
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Going through the photo files I really couldn’t find anything that adequately demonstrated the term refraction so I decided to do a little bit of experimentation.
Sometimes it’s more satisfying to meet the challenge directly with new material rather than just sifting through endless images hoping to come across something that fits the bill. Now I’m glad I kept that weird-looking cup that one of the grandkids brought home from Brookfield Zoo!
I’m sure my husband thought he was in for a treat when I got the Sam Adams glass out of the cupboard. Sorry, dear! It’s just water and a pink spoon.
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A few images captured at The Kite Festival in the Chicago Botanic Garden are my contribution to Sue Llewellyn’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge. I have enough trouble trying to fly one kite! How they manage to keep all these flying without getting tangled up is incredible!
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In response to Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge which this week is N Words here are a few images from the picture files that I thought might fit the bill.
Pretty, blue Nigella flowers, also called Love-in-a-Mist.
A sculpture entitled ‘Neuron’ created by American artist Roxy Paine, in the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A nest complete with eggs, blown down from a tree into our garden during a storm.
Navy Pier in Chicago.
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Ready, set, Spray!!! Our daughter should have known better than to start a spray fight. She was quickly outnumbered and soon went down to defeat.
Littlest grandson giving the flowers a helping hand at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Children enjoying the spray from the Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Opponents and onlookers alike got well and truly sprayed during this fun game at the Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival a few years back.
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Usually I’m searching for bright, vivid colors when taking photos, but after a look through the picture files I managed to come up with a few pastel images that I thought might work for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.
A beautiful table decoration created by my daughter’s mother-in-law for her bridal shower a few years ago.
A pretty, pastel rose at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
A delightful Easter setting in pastel shades at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show some years ago.
Pastel petals on a dahlia at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
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Some signs of a bountiful harvest in The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm in South Barrington and The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
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