The current subject for Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge is Boats and Ships. My earliest recollection of boats comes from when I was a small child and we went on a sightseeing trip down the river Thames in London. Since then my water-going experiences have been limited to a ferry-crossing to Mackinac Island, the occasional trip down the Chicago river, a couple of outings with the Des Plaines Yacht Club on Lake Opeka, and one or two other sightseeing excursions on rivers and lakes. I’ve never been on an ocean liner or cruise ship so I don’t know whether sea sickness would be a problem and since I’m never likely to find out, it will forever remain a question unanswered.
A ship and a boat at The Tall Ships Festival at Navy Pier in Chicago.
A boat docked in Sturgeon Bay, Door County in Wisconsin.
A sightseeing boat passing through the lock at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.
A ferry boat crossing over to Mackinac Island.
Competitors with the Des Plaines Yacht Club in a race on Lake Opeka.
Sightseeing boats making their way up the Chicago River.
For more on Nancy’s A Photo A Week Challenge go to A Photo a Week Challenge: Boats and Ships
You can’t mistake these engines when they come roaring overhead. A cargo plane comes in for a landing at O’Hare Airport in Chicago.
One of the many vintage car engines at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect.
A old locomotive on display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A cruise on the boat Chicago’s Fair Lady, a great way to see the sights along the river in downtown Chicago.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/08/13/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-things-with-engines-or-motors/
This week’s Photo Challenge from Cheri Lucas Rowlands at The Daily Post is Broken. I wouldn’t like to say how many things need mending around our house. Most of the time we just tend to ignore them or pretend they’re not there, so instead, for this challenge, I looked further afield for images of things that were broken on a much grander scale.
The propeller and shaft of what is believed to be the lumber steamer Mueller is now on display at the George K Pinney County Park Harbor of Refuge. She was dismantled in 1933, the hull burned and scuttled just north of Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin.
Perhaps not exactly broken but definitely in need of some TLC, a train car on the back lot of the Green Bay Railway Museum.
I took this picture during the demolition of the old Village Hall in Arlington Heights.
Our bird feeder after a particularly determined squirrel found a way to help things along and make life a bit easier for himself and the birds. That was one broken thing that I did manage to fix.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/something-broken/
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/
Plenty of images with numbers in the picture files but I’ll limit myself to five photos for this one. I’ve also thrown in a few facts and figures that I thought might be of interest.
The numbers are usually against me at the track but every once in a while I pick the right one. Arlington Park opened in 1927, burned down in 1985 and was rebuilt in 1989. The biggest race of the year is the Arlington Million.
The Chicago Fire Boat #41, rather a long way from home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Originally designed as a Chicago fire fighting vessel, the Fred A. Busse is now used as a cruise boat. It was built in 1937, is 90ft long, has a net weight of 67 tons and can hold 127 passengers.
Green Bay & Western #315, a 16-cylinder,3,000 h.p. unit built in 1968 on display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
No.3 Franklin Hose Company in Heritage Hill Historical Park, Green Bay, was built in 1887. The Franklin Hose Company, a volunteer fire department, was disbanded in 1891 and the building moved to Heritage Hill in 1975.
Sailing on Lake Opeka in Des Plaines, Illinois. It only takes two boats to make a race, as members of the Des Plaines Yacht Club so capably demonstrated.
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Sue’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-yellow/ is Yellow.
Having just written a piece, for one of my other blogs, entitled A Touch of Yellow, I found myself having to once again go through the photo files in order to find some suitable pictures to match the challenge. Although I am by no means a fan of ‘modern art’ I thought this yellow sculpture entitled Love/Embrace, by Leslie Bruning, part of the ‘Sculptures on the Boulevard’ project in Chicago, a bright addition to the park.
Sometimes the chosen color can be only a small part of the overall picture and yet the eye is drawn to it right away, such as the tub of yellow chrysanthemums, in the shot above, captured at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford. Or a yellow raft floating by the dock at a lake in Wisconsin.
At other times the color is the majority of the picture such these yellow flowers in a field at Vogelei Park in Hoffman Estates.
Or this stained-glass window; part of a display at Navy Pier in Chicago.
Sometimes the color is part of a recognizable symbol such as this yellow water taxi, a familiar sight during the summer months on the river in downtown Chicago.
Sue’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-wind/ is Wind.
Sometimes we need a little help from Mother Nature and the following shots illustrate some of the things that require wind to assist in getting the job done.
A Halladay Standard windmill at the Volkening Farm in Schaumburg.
A kite flying in the Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Flags of various countries flying at the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park.
Yachts racing at what was then called Lake Opeka in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Milkweed seeds waiting for a breeze to help carry them to a new home.