The topic for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is Signs and I’m starting out with two that caught my eye while we were traveling in Texas, the first in McGovern Centennial Gardens in Houston and the second at the beach in Galveston.
The sign for radio station WBVN in Marion, Illinois; WBVN has a Contemporary Christian Music format and first began broadcasting in 1990.
The Merci Train carriage is on display at the National Railway Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1949, France sent 49 of these cars filled with gifts comprising of toys, clothes, ornaments and other items to the US in gratitude for the $40 million in food and supplies sent to France and Italy in 1947.
Three signs at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Of course, the sign we always want to see is Cubs Win!
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to Signs of any kind
Cee’s picture for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge provided several interesting topics on which to focus and after a quick look through the photo files I decided on Murals as the subject for this post. We’ve come across quite a few murals on our travels, both outside and indoors, including this one at the Joliet Area Historical Museum in Illinois.
This whimsical mural was painted on the side of a building in Marion, Illinois.
They go in for murals in a big way in Ashland, Wisconsin! They even have a Mural Walk that covers an 8-block area of the Main Street business district. Many of the exterior walls are decorated with these interesting artworks.
Also in Ashland is the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center that has some fine murals on display indoors.
I thought I’d finish with just a section of a rather bizarre mural that we saw on an exterior wall in Lexington, Kentucky.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Week 2 Photo – truck, mural, octopus, whale, blue, etc.
Cooling off under the fountains at Millennium Park in Chicago on a hot summer’s evening. Now that’s the way to do it!
Thanks to Leya for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. For more on this challenge go to Cooling
This week, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge calls for fountains. There are plenty of these in the photo files but here are just three, captured at the Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and a park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to Fountains
Cee has asked us to pick a subject from the picture that she posted this week for her Fun Foto Challenge so I opted for windows. These shots were taken when we went to Windy City Ribfest on Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. The first image was from the old Aragon Ballroom building but I’m not sure what the other two buildings are..
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Week 1 Photo – geometry, bushes, window, brick, etc
I usually do a bit of research before we visit somewhere new to us, but for some reason, probably because I thought we wouldn’t actually go there, San Antonio slipped under the radar. It was so unlike anything that I had pictured in my mind that I have to admit I was absolutely amazed when we arrived downtown. The River Walk, we had been told, was the place to go, so we began our adventure at Nueva Street and soon entered a whole other world of winding, watery wonder, one story beneath the streets of San Antonio.
The 2.5 mile-long route is accessed by a succession of steps and bridges many of which are quite decorative.
The River Walk is an astounding mixture of art and architecture with something to catch your eye at every turn such as this sculpture, outside The Briscoe Western Art Museum, entitled Camino de Galvez created by artist T. D. Kelsey .
Much of the walk is bordered by restaurants and hotels past which colorful tour boats ferry passengers who gaze up at buildings such as the Bexar County Courthouse.
We began our walk fairly early in the morning but by the time we reached Crockett Street and a brief detour to visit The Alamo, things were getting pretty busy and it wasn’t only people that were sharing the pathways but also quite a large population of birds, mostly pigeons but one or two other interesting characters as well, which is why I would think twice about visiting again. I braved them once but I don’t think I could willingly do it a second time which is a pity because I really loved the whole River Walk experience. I wish I wasn’t such a chicken when it comes to birds!
This post is in response to a new challenge, the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which can be found at Wonder. Thanks to Patti for this opportunity to share these images and see other posts that reflect the theme Wonder.
Unfortunately my photo files are woefully lacking in images of firefighters, fire trucks or anything of that ilk and the only item I could find for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week was a hydrant that had been painted for a community-wide competition last year.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to Fire Prevention: Fire Trucks, Fire Houses, Fire Hydrant, Firemen