Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week calls for images that included the colors orange & green.
An orange signpost amongst the greenery points the way to a gnome garden at the Vander Veer Botanical Park in Davenport, Iowa.
Not only did we find gnomes in the garden but also beautiful orange canna lilies.
An orange dinosaur crushing pumpkins on the green at Goebberts Farm in South Barrington.
Pumpkins and other kinds of squash in a slightly more tranquil environment at the Morton Arboretum.
Despite the fact that this orange truck only has a hint of green, I find my eye immediately drawn to the color, perhaps because it is something of a leading line. Found at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect.
We found this old tractor at West Street Sculpture Garden in Galena. Artist John Martinson works with scrap metal to make some interesting if rather bizarre pieces of sculpture and we weren’t entirely sure whether this was one of the exhibits or just something that he uses to move the pieces around. I think probably the latter.
A hummingbird and flower made of Lego on display at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/11/17/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-colors-orange-and-green/
This week, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge calls for Anything Painted. My goodness! Where to begin! There are so many ‘painted‘ subjects in the old photo files but since I’m rather late in answering this challenge I picked a few that really stood out, just at a quick glance.
A painted sculpture of a bison on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake, Utah.
A mural painted on a wall in the Route 66 section of Joliet History Museum.
A purple painted pony on display at the Northshore Sculpture Park in Skokie.
Paintwork in need of some TLC on an old railroad wagon at the National Railway Museum in Green Bay.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/11/10/cees-fun-foto-challenge-anything-painted/
This week’s Photo Challenge set by Ben Huberman at The Daily Post calls for something ornate and there was no problem coming up with some images that I thought would fit the bill exactly.
Ornate stained-glass ceiling panels with brilliant cut-glass chandeliers overlook the lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Temple Square, Salt Lake City.
Exquisitely hand-carved walls of Italian marble and Turkish limestone at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois.
Elaborate exterior of the Rialto Theater in downtown Joliet.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/ornate/
Cee’s current Black & White Photo Challenge calls for images of indoor walkways, hallways or elevators, any of which I have rarely taken pictures, at least few that translate well into b/w.
So once again, I had to do an in-depth search of the photo files to come up with something suitable for this topic. The stairway shown above can be found at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake. Pictured below, a walkway inside the historic Union Station in St. Louis.
I don’t know if this walkway can be considered indoors. An old picture of the tunnel leading from a parking garage on Monroe in Chicago, was panned by the judges at our camera club for being out of focus and of no interest. I know its faults. It was taken in the early days of my interest in photography when I took pictures of everything without regard to lighting or focus and I admit it was pretty awful. But when it came to tossing it out, I couldn’t bear to part with it. I liked it!
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/10/29/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-indoor-walkways-hallways-elevators/
Right from my early years as a member of a local camera club I became accustomed to look for leading lines when composing images. The habit has stayed with me and my photo files are filled with pictures emphasizing leading lines which came in very useful for Cee’s current Compose Yourself Photo Challenge. The picture shown above was taken on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The image below shows tram lines leading back down the mountain to the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.
Some of these leading lines have distinct destinations such as the pool on the roof of the Visitor’s Center in Temple Square, Salt Lake City while others disappear somewhere along the way, leading us to wonder just where they are taking us, as in the image of a bridge at the Morton Arboretum leading us into the trees and on to whatever’s beyond.
Some leading lines are strong and straight, while others may have a curve or two along the way like this gravel path taking us to the farm at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, a brick path drawing us to a gazebo at the Green Bay Botanic Gardens in Wisconsin, or one of the many bridges in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Finally, leading lines in triplicate. A view of the canal, footpath and railway lines which all run along the same route in Galena, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/10/28/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge-week-5-leading-lines/
Having spent so much time taking photos in and around our area in Illinois, which as most people here will tell you is not the most scenic, it was a treat for me to get my teeth into something slightly more dramatic while on a recent trip to Utah.
Which is why I thought these images would work nicely for this week’s Photo Challenge, set by Jen H, calling for our interpretation of Treat.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/treat/