Arriving a little late to the party, I’m finally pulling up a seat at a relatively new photo challenge over at XingfuMama. It’s always nice to find a seat in a picturesque spot and, going through the photo files, I see that I have not only sat on some of these seats but also taken pictures of them. So for my first submission here are a few shots from my most recent visit to Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois earlier this year.
Cantigny Park is undergoing extensive renovations which are likely to continue through next year but there is still a lot to see. It’s hard to imagine how you could possibly improve on a place as lovely as Cantigny, especially the gardens, but they are certainly giving it a try. I miss some of the old features and it will take some time for the new plantings to get established but I think eventually the place will come together and continue to be one of the brightest jewels in the Chicago suburbs.
Nancy Merrill is looking for a bit of whimsy for her Photo A Week Challenge and I came across a whole garden-full of whimsical characters on a visit to Mosinee in Wisconsin recently. These were the pictures that I managed to take from the sidewalk outside the house, which luckily was on a corner lot.
I’m assuming that the person who lives in this house is the one who made these creative pieces. I tried Googling to see if I could find out anything about the artist but no luck, so if you live in the Mosinee area and know anything about these whimsical sculptures I’d love to hear from you. I had a car-full of impatient people waiting for me otherwise I might have rung the doorbell to see if anyone was home.
For more on Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge go to Whimsical.
This week, Ann-Christine has chosen ‘windows‘ as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and, looking through some recent photo files, I found two window pictures that I took at the George Clayson House in Palatine last week and one taken in downtown Wausau in Wisconsin, that I thought would fit the bill.
For more on the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge go to #14: Windows +.
This week, Patti is encouraging us to Look Up for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and I was certainly doing that at the Chicago Botanic Garden Kite Festival recently. Despite the fact that there was almost zero breeze, the kids (and many of the dads) were able to get those kites flying, making a very colorful show.
For more on the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge go to #13 Look Up.
My final submission for Becky’s Pink Squares is taken from the Chinese Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanic Garden in St. Louis. Although many of the lanterns showed pink during the day, at night the color changed dramatically to red, so I’m glad I took a few pictures when we were there earlier.
For more on Becky’s Square in September Photo Challenge go to Hello September!
I thought I’d stick with the water theme for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, People at Work , this week, having recently submitted a post for Nancy Merrill’s Photo Challenge Water
Working on the barges at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in Cairo, Illinois.
Working the tour boats on the San Antonio River in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
Working to keep us safe on Lake Michigan at the Air & Water Show in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
Working to keep the lakes and gardens beautiful at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
This week, the color is red, for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, so I thought I’d share two of the pictures that I took while I was in Minnesota recently. The first was captured at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and the second in the State Capitol Building.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Red.