This week, Amy has chosen Display as the topic for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t done much in the way of posting recently, the reason being that we have been working hard preparing for an estate sale. When my mother-in-law passed away in July, she left a house full of possessions that were neither valuable nor particularly desirable but, when the family gathered at the old place this past weekend, we realized that so many of those things on display held a great deal of sentimental value, and when turnout for the sale proved to be disappointing, probably due to the timing being so near to Christmas, we found ourselves leaving with arms full of memorabilia.
We found the sled, probably dating back to the late 1960’s, in the crawl space under the house. It brought back memories of our first winter in Chicago when my husband would pull our eldest daughter up and down the sidewalk in the snow with my mother-in-law’s dog chasing along beside them.
Cana Island, slightly north of Baileys Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin, is connected to the mainland by a long, stony causeway. On the day that we visited, the weather was distinctly threatening and it wouldn’t have taken much, I imagined, for the waters of Lake Michigan to completely cover our only means of egress from this lonely little spot.
We had arrived rather late in the afternoon and the wind was whipping the waves towards the shore as we trudged across in order to see Cana’s one claim to fame, the Cana Island Light which first saw service as a lighthouse in 1870. In 1880 it faced the ferocious ‘Alpena Gale’ when the lower level was completely flooded, forcing the occupants to climb to higher ground. Despite the island’s warning light, seven ships were lost near Cana during this storm including the 654-ton steamer, Alpena, with considerable loss of life.
Although the lighthouse itself turned out to be a bit of a disappointment – it was undergoing repairs and much of it was fenced off – the weather and lighting conditions, instead of working against us, imbued the little 8.7-acre island with a certain atmospheric quality that was quite intriguing.
Several of these mini-cairns lined the causeway, left by previous visitors to the island, probably in a light-hearted moment but just then they seemed like a cry from the past; a warning or a sad reminder.
Originally, the 89ft-tall Cana Light was perched on a somewhat larger pile of rocks but, in 1900, crews working with eight teams of horses and wagons hauled in tons of top soil to eventually provide a grassed-over area around the lighthouse.
Ready, set, Spray!!! Our daughter should have known better than to start a spray fight. She was quickly outnumbered and soon went down to defeat.
Littlest grandson giving the flowers a helping hand at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Children enjoying the spray from the Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Opponents and onlookers alike got well and truly sprayed during this fun game at the Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival a few years back.
To read more about Sue Llewellyn’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge go to http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-spray/
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/08/30/travel-theme-distance/ is Distance
I don’t very often get out into the wide open spaces so I had to search long and hard for pictures that I thought illustrated Distance adequately. Of course I’ve got plenty of shots taken from the top of Sears Tower, The Gateway Arch in St Louis and other tall buildings but the distance always looks more hazy and less appealing than those taken somewhere like South Dakota which is where both of these pictures were taken.
An appointment with the dentist beckons. The kid (I say kid because he looked so young) appeared as though he might still be in high school. When I got home from the initial check-up, I Googled his
profile and found that he had just graduated from dental school last month!! Oh well, everyone’s got to start somewhere. I’m sure he’ll do a great job.
The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks at The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/photo-challenge-carefree/ is Carefree
Oh to be a child again! Absolutely carefree! No staying awake all night wondering how you’re going to pay the bills. No brooding over missed homework assignments or poor test results. No agonizing over who likes you and who doesn’t or why no-one ever seems to respond to your comments on Facebook. No responsibilities, no worries. No-one relying on you to say or do the right thing.
These pictures are some of my earlier attempts at family photography. The grandkids were always willing subjects.