The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post, set by Cheri Lucas Rowlands, invites us to share a path. As we move forward into the New Year I find that I’ve set one or two goals for myself and I’m fully aware that the path to achieving them may not always be easy to follow. There are many different paths in life, some smooth and others rocky. Some lead to interesting places and others merely come to a dead end. Whichever path you take in 2017 I hope it takes you wherever you want to go.
The path across the causeway to Cana Island in Door County, Wisconsin.
A garden path in the Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Wisconsin.
Take my word for it, this is a path, and it didn’t get any easier the further we went. The way to Cecret Lake in Alta, Utah.
Plenty of paths to choose from at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville.
A delightful springtime walk among the daffodils along a well-kept woodchip path at the Morton Arboretum. If only life was always this easy.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/path-2016/
Wishing everyone the Happiest of Holidays!
This week, Cee is inviting us to play Chutes and Ladders for her Fun Foto Challenge. I always knew the game as Snakes and Ladders back home in the UK (it was the first board game to which I was introduced, as a child) and snakes would probably have been easier to find in the photo files but I did eventually manage to locate a couple of chutes to go along with the ladders.
Chutes and ladders at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.
Chutes and ladders in a couple of children’s play areas in Wisconsin, the second being at the Green Bay Botanical Garden.
This one is rather like a puzzle. Can you spot the ladder? Part of a mural at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wisconsin.
A rough but sturdy ladder at the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Illinois.
You may be wondering what the last picture has to do with chutes or ladders. I would be rather baffled too if I hadn’t learned, while on a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, that this is what is known as a fish ladder. The ladder, which is really a series of shallow steps, enables fish to get around dams, locks or waterfalls during their migration.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/12/13/cees-fun-foto-challenge-chutes-and-ladders/
One of the most beautiful buildings in the State of Illinois is the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette. The Baha’i’s believe that the number nine symbolizes perfection and completion and there are nine entrances to the auditorium which means there’s plenty of scope for photographing doors. For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/thursday-doors-december-8-2016/
Hakan B at The Daily Post suggests that we relax as we participate in The Weekly Photo Challenge. Relaxation is really a matter of choice. What may seem like unnecessary exertion to some, might be totally relaxing to others. Whatever works for you, or whatever floats your boat in this case; members of the Des Plaines Yacht Club enjoying an afternoon at Lake Opeka, model boat enthusiasts at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and two sailors relaxing at the Big Ships Festival at Navy Pier in Chicago.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/relax/
Cee invited us to play musical chairs for her Fun Foto Challenge last week. I’m a bit late to the party but here are a few images that I thought I’d share. Whenever we take a tour of interesting old houses I like to look at the furniture in terms of groupings when I take pictures rather than viewing the room as a whole. Chairs very often play an important part in these sets. There were plenty of chairs at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and one impressive pipe organ in the Grand Banquet Hall to help supply the music.
I don’t know if they ever played musical chairs at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills but there were some nice chairs and a beautiful Steinway piano if ever they felt like getting in the party mood.
Personally I dreaded being forced to play musical chairs at kids parties. I was an only child and probably because of that, I never felt comfortable around other children. Parties, I suppose, were something that my parents naturally thought I would enjoy but they only made me cringe and playing musical chairs was a nightmare. These days I love sitting in chairs and listening to music.
More chairs, this time at the Taylor House in Freeport, Illinois, and two musical instruments for the price of one, a piano and flute, also at the Taylor House. For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/29/cees-fun-foto-challenge-musical-chairs/
Many years ago, (far more than I care to remember) when I was growing up in England, there was a form of entertainment that was known, in theatrical terms, as farce. The leading performer of those hilarious comedy shows at the time was Brian Rix, and for more than twenty-six years he and his wife Elspet Gray entertained audiences at Whitehall Theater and other theaters in London and around the country. The plot usually involved a lot of running in and out of doors, mostly in the bedroom. I don’t ever remember hearing any swearing in these shows, there was never anything smutty and the biggest laugh invariably came when the gentleman dropped his trousers (in the nicest possible way, of course) usually at a most inopportune moment. How I miss those light-hearted performances. So I thought I’d dedicate these bedroom doors to the memory of Brian Rix and all the laughs he gave us over the years.
Bedroom doors at the Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Bedroom doors at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota.
For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/thursday-doors-december-1-2016/