This week, guest host Viveka has given us the topic Capital for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. We have visited a few State Capitals on our travels around the US so here is my take on the subject. Living in Illinois as we do, Springfield would be the obvious place to start.
Madison, is about the halfway point between our house and where our daughter and her family live in Wisconsin, so we sometimes meet there to visit places like Olbrich Botanic Gardens and the Capital Building.
We have family living in Indiana so a trip to Indianapolis is usually one of our destinations. Just my luck, one of the sharpest pictures I ever took was one of the steam plant, which is the only reason I include it here. Also pictured, The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, White River Gardens and a fountain at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
A recent visit to St. Paul, Minnesota resulted in some pictures of the Capital Building, the Cathedral of St. Paul, and the Conservatory at Como Park Zoo.
Our youngest daughter and her husband lived in Salt Lake City, Utah for a brief period so we spent a week there taking in the sights which included the Capital Building, Temple Square and the College of Pharmacy.
Our visit to Cheyenne, Wyoming was only a short one as we were on our way to Utah, but we stopped long enough to visit the Capital Building.
This week, Patti has asked us to Find Something Red for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can take a leisurely stroll around downtown Chicago with the camera.
This week, Ann-Christine has chosen Creepy as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. I’ve always had a fascination for visiting old houses, especially unoccupied houses that have a history. We have been to quite a few and there were some where I could definitely feel a presence as though past residents were watching us wander through the rooms, which at times can be rather creepy. One such house was the Lincoln Tallman House in Jaynesville, Wisconsin. We were the only visitors there at the time and although we were accompanied by a tour guide, I definitely got the feeling that someone else was there with us.
Stairways in particular have a strange feeling about them like this one at the Taylor House in Freeport, Illinois.
The chapel at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills seemed like a place that might get a visit from a spirit or two.
Ghosts don’t wait until night time to make themselves felt, and Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, with its macabre history, was definitely a place where you might expect to feel the chilly presence of a restless spirit.
Another house that had rather a creepy feel to it was the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake. It must have been a beautiful place when it was first build but when we visited it a few years ago it was badly in need of renovation and many rooms were inaccessible for safety reasons.
The Biltmore Mansion was too full of tourists to get any kind of feel for the place but I imagine at night you might come across one or two spirits wandering the hallways.
As you have probably guessed, I am still unable to get about owing to being on crutches, especially now that we have several inches of snow on the ground, so I had ample time to add a few ghosts to the images.
Here are a few lines at the Milwaukee Art Museum for Becky’s Square Lines Challenge.
Today, I invite you to Pull up a Seat on Maxwell Street. And, as my daughter pointed out, it rhymes too. We were there a few weeks ago for the puppet show at Maxwell Street Market in Chicago, but this part of Maxwell Street is geared more towards sit-down meals at various restaurants, with a little bit of artwork thrown in for good measure.
For today’s Square Lines Challenge I’d like to share these images from Ashland, Wisconsin. The Veterans Mural, which took two years to complete, was dedicated in the summer of 2005. These portraits on Vaughn Avenue and Main Street honor those men and women from Ashland who served in the armed forces during various wars and conflicts. The artists referred to photos of the actual people in order to make the mural as accurate as possible.
On a Sunday morning, under the watchful eye of Chicago’s tallest building, Willis Tower, (I still think of it as Sears Tower) stands one of Chicago’s oldest outdoor markets, Maxwell Street Market. Admittedly it has moved half a mile east from its original site but it still retains much of the atmosphere and content of the old market.
As interesting as it is to poke around the flea-market type stalls, look at and sample the various foods on offer and generally soak up the ambience of this historic market, our main purpose for being here on this particular Sunday is to see the puppets. And they are totally not what we expected! I think we envisioned the more traditional glove puppets, my mind going back to the days of the old Punch and Judy shows. Were we wrong!
This is way more entertaining! Especially since after each performance, the audience is invited to try out the puppets for themselves, much to the kids’ delight. Cool! I was wondering if our 15 month-old granddaughter would stay engaged enough to keep in one place for more than a few minutes but this definitely holds her attention.
This enterprising troupe of puppeteers, called The Puppet Wonder Wagon, uses a mobile performance platform made from a converted trailer, to visit various Chicago Parks and venues. The idea for these performances was conceived and created by Will Bishop and Grace Needlman and has in the past been supported by a grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.