Things are looking up! At least they are for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. Once I got started on this one, I couldn’t stop, so I’ve tried to limit myself to just a few of the images that I found in the photo files. We’ll be traveling around quite a bit for this challenge, starting with downtown Chicago.
Looking up at ‘the beehive’ atop the Metropolitan Tower on Michigan Avenue and ‘The Spearman’, one of two bronze statues standing as gatekeeper on Congress Plaza.
Looking up at a chandelier in the State Capitol Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Looking up at a rather fierce-looking statue of an eagle, looking down at us at the Lee Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Looking up at the trumpeter atop the Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Looking up at George Washington on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.
Looking up at a giant lantern at the Chinese Lantern Festival in the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri.
And lastly, looking up at the trees on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/28/cees-fun-foto-challenge-looking-up-at-things/
The subject for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is glass and going through the photo files I came across a few items that I thought might work. It’s funny how, when you see the theme for a certain challenge, you wish you’d taken pictures of some things you’d seen that would have been great! Oh well! If only we could see the future as easily as we can see through glass. For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/09/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-glass-2/
Chihuly artwork at the Visitors Center in Columbus, Indiana.
Too much time on my hands; this was a photographic experiment that I set up on a dreary day just for something to do.
A stained-glass window from the former Ottawa Street Methodist Church which is now part of the Joliet Area Historical Museum.
Glass ceiling at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Glassware on display at The House On The Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Paperweights on display at The Art Institute in Chicago.
Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge gives us the perfect opportunity to share pictures that don’t really seem to fall into any particular category. This piece of whimsy caught my eye outside a local electronics store last fall. For more on Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/01/29/cees-odd-ball-photo-challenge-january-29-2017/
This week, Cee is inviting us to play Chutes and Ladders for her Fun Foto Challenge. I always knew the game as Snakes and Ladders back home in the UK (it was the first board game to which I was introduced, as a child) and snakes would probably have been easier to find in the photo files but I did eventually manage to locate a couple of chutes to go along with the ladders.
Chutes and ladders at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.
Chutes and ladders in a couple of children’s play areas in Wisconsin, the second being at the Green Bay Botanical Garden.
This one is rather like a puzzle. Can you spot the ladder? Part of a mural at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wisconsin.
A rough but sturdy ladder at the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Illinois.
You may be wondering what the last picture has to do with chutes or ladders. I would be rather baffled too if I hadn’t learned, while on a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, that this is what is known as a fish ladder. The ladder, which is really a series of shallow steps, enables fish to get around dams, locks or waterfalls during their migration.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/12/13/cees-fun-foto-challenge-chutes-and-ladders/
My window of opportunity for participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week may well be rapidly closing, but if I hurry I may just make it. For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/22/cees-fun-foto-challenge-windows/
Some fancy windows at the Pui Tak Center in Chinatown, Chicago.
Imagine what it must have been like for the seventy-odd people who, at one time or another, looked anxiously out through the windows of the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Illinois, during the Black Hawk War in 1832. The settlers survived the attack by two hundred warriors thanks in part to the sturdy construction of the long-vanished fort. The fort has been reconstructed as is now open to the public.
Some of the beautiful stained-glass windows that were on display at the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows on Navy Pier in Chicago. Sadly the museum was closed when the pier was renovated this year.
Sometimes it’s what’s in and around the window that makes it interesting. A window at the Taylor House in Freeport and an antique shop in Long Grove, Illinois.
Some well-weathered windows at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Illinois.
It’s “all aboard!” for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge which this week is all about tracks & trains. I used to love train rides when I was a kid, especially traveling down from London to Kent to visit my grandparents. Nowadays I rarely take the train except to go downtown. It’s much more economical to go by train than pay for parking in Chicago.
A view of some train tracks in downtown Chicago.
A train pulling into the station in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. We stopped in Glenwood Springs on our way home from Utah last year, just to stretch our legs and have a walk round. It was off-season, the Spa of the Rockies was closed for cleaning and just when we got far enough away from the car, the rain started pouring down. Needless to say it was a short walk and the most exciting thing we saw was the train.
The Ashland Railroad Mural, painted in 2014, features the men and women who helped to establish the railroad industry in the North Woods. Right across the street from the mural stands Soo Line Decapod 950 which was, at one time, the worlds largest steam locomotive, weighing in at 190,000 pounds.
If you are a train enthusiast and enjoy looking around old train cars and engines, I can highly recommend a visit to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which is where we saw the Silver Spirit.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/17/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-any-tracks-and-trains/
Over the years, I’ve made a conscious effort to look at subjects from many different angles and, when possible, I’ve tried to get at least one shot that included a ‘frame’ so, when Nancy suggested this topic for the Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post, I was ready.
The most recent opportunity came on Mackinac Island when I captured this image of the harbor framed by a doorway at the historic Mackinac Fort.
This archway made a nice frame for a colorful flower bed in the Cottage Garden at Green Bay Botanical Garden.
At Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, this piece of ‘artwork’ seemed to make an appropriate frame for a similar sculpture and the gazebo behind it. If I had to take the shot again, I might do it from a slightly different angle but I think at the time I was trying to incorporate the tree on the left.
This shot is really one from the archives. Taken back in 2006 at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Bartlett, just two years after it opened.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/frame/