This week’s Photo Challenge, set for us by Brie Anne Demkiw at The Daily Post, is Close Up.
A close-up of one of the many vintage cars on display at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect last week.
As close up to a waterfall as you can get, without getting wet; at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.
A koi fish swimming close up in order to be first in line when I throw out some food.
This close-up of a common house sparrow makes the little fellow look quite large and fierce.
A close-up of President Lincoln’s face on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to ttps://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/close-up/
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge always seems to provide the perfect opportunity for me to share some of my more recent captures and this week’s theme, More Than 5 Items, does just that.
A pod of pelicans waiting for fish at lock & dam #11 on the Mississippi river in Dubuque, Iowa.
Six windows in President Grant’s home in Galena, Illinois.
Nine rungs on a ladder at the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Illinois.
A colonnade of columns in the Rose Garden at Cantigny Park, Wheaton.
A stand of trees in the Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/07/07/cees-fun-foto-challenge-more-than-5-items-2/
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? is Off-Center. Quite a few of those in the photo files, more by error than judgment, but I’ll use some of the images, that I captured at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford recently, for this one.
Part of the problem that I have with photography is the timing, hence many of my subjects are already on their way in or out of the frame. Here a koi fish swims into the picture.
The gateway between the Garden of Reflection and the traditional gardens.
A turtle apparently enjoying being tickled on the nose by a leaf.
The Pavilion where special events such as the Evening Music Series, Japanese Summer Festival and private weddings are held.
A robin looking for a shady spot hops onto the scene.
For more on Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge go to http://wheresmybackpack.com/2015/06/12/travel-theme-off-centre/
Thanks to Cee for her Fun Foto Challenge this week and the subject One Item. It gives me a perfect opportunity to share some of the images that I captured at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois on Tuesday.
One moss-covered boulder at the foot of the West Waterfall.
One lonely duck in a scrimmage for food with a whole crowd of hungry koi in the waters of The Garden of Reflection.
One red umbrella on the Floating Deck.
One cheeky chipmunk checking out visitors in the Pond Strolling Garden.
One statue; Ancient Scholar – Bunjinzo which, according to the visitor’s brochure, was carved approximately 600 years ago.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/06/09/cees-fun-foto-challenge-one-item/
Afloat, but only just. Members of the Des Plaines Yacht Club encounter some choppy waters during a series of races on Lake Opeka but thanks to some skillful sailing manage to stay afloat.
Leaves, flowers and bubbles all afloat in the Heritage Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Like a swarm of angry bees, kites float above a field of spectators at the annual Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Two stately swans afloat on the waters off Evening Island in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
For more on this week’s Photo Challenge on The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/afloat/
As Kermit the frog will tell you, “It’s not easy being green.” Even the foliage ceases to be green in October so I thought I’d look elsewhere for examples of green.
At a display of vintage cars in Long Grove, Illinois.
One of Kermit’s relations perhaps. It was easy to spot this frog as the green stood out against the color of the path.
From a real frog to a sculpture in the Nicholas Conservatory, Rockford, Illinois.
A piece of Chihuly glass artwork on display at the visitors center in Columbus, Indiana.
A green parrot. I must have been feeling extremely brave that day, either that, or I had a very long lens.
I’ve seen plenty of yellow swallowtail butterflies but this one, at the Butterfly Exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden, had a distinctly green tinge to it.
To find out more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2014/10/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-color-green/
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2014/03/25/cees-fun-foto-challenge-texture/ is Texture.
I did quite a bit of fiddling about with this one so I hope you’ll find that the end result justified the effort.
The warty surface of a toad’s skin; a smooth seal’s skin; a delicate butterfly’s wing and the rough, knobbly texture of tree bark.
The bumpy surface of a jackfruit; the rough texture of wheat straw; the soft feathers of an ibis and the crimped texture of sheep’s wool.
The texture of various leaves and pine needles including the lumpy surface of a lotus leaf on the far right.
The furry surface of the plant called lamb’s ears; the texture of fine grass; the rocky texture found in the Badlands and the slimy scales of a fish.
The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/photo-challenge-abandoned/ is Abandoned.
It is said that Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington Hills, Illinois, stands on the site of what was once a harness racecourse. Although I’ve tried to research the track, I can’t find any records and would welcome any information on the subject. It evidently wasn’t very well known nor did it have the same following as somewhere like the track at Maywood.
Sulky Pond, which takes its name from the two-wheeled carts that are used in harness racing, is home to all types of wildlife and is well-know by local ornithologists as a rest-stop for migrating birds, with 260 species having been recorded.
I’m not sure when the racecourse was abandoned but it probably didn’t take long for nature to take over. The Forest Preserve District purchased the land in the mid-1960’s and since then it has been restored to its original natural state.
I certainly like the idea of returning the area back to its former glory. Much better than building a lot of offices or, worse still, a shopping mall. Somehow it’s hard to think of something as being abandoned when Mother Nature moves in.
Still, despite the peace and quiet that now settles on the preserve, you can, if you use your imagination, summon up the sounds of the sulkies as they raced around the track and the cries of those who had wagered on them.
Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge this week on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/tagged-e-2/ is the letter E.
This emu always reminds me of that great act ‘Rod Hull and Emu‘ that was on British TV in the 70’s and 80’s. I thought he was hilarious and this one looks rather comical too.
Do you ever wonder exactly who is watching whom at the zoo? This elephant seems as interested in us as we are in him.
An encounter with an elk in Elk Grove Village.
An egret eyeing a possible lunch item as it wades through the reeds at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Enjoying an evening stroll on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Fizztext’s A-Z Challenge this week on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/tagged-d-2/ is the letter D.
My daughter’s dog, a chocolate lab named Hunter, loves to play.
A daring deer steps out from among the trees, quite close to where I was standing, to see what was going on.
A female mallard duck waiting in vain for a handout. No bird-feeding allowed!
A darting dragonfly lands long enough for me to get in a shot with the camera.
A pretty, pink dahlia growing at the Chicago Botanic Garden.