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
Here are my final entries for Becky’s June Squares; the roofs at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. Coincidentally we are currently looking at bids on a new roof for our house but I don’t think it will end up looking anything like these. For more on Becky’s June Squares go to An official residence
Today, for Becky’s June Squares, I’ve chosen two unusual conservatory roofs, one at the Domes in Milwaukee and the other at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens in Texas.
For more on Becky’s June Squares go to There is only a week left!
This week, Cee is looking for Horizontal Lines for her Fun Foto Challenge and glancing through the photo files I see that we encountered quite a few on our recent trip to Texas. The first image was captured as we went across the bridge over the Mississippi River in Cairo, Illinois.
Waves and ripples in the sand at East Beach in Galveston, Texas.
A view of McGovern Centennial Gardens in Houston, Texas.
A series of steps along the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Horizontal Line(s)