This week Cee invites us to take a view from the side for her Fun Foto Challenge. I try to take pictures from as many different angles as possible which includes from the side.
Side view of one of the heads sculpted by Jaume Plensa, on display at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.
Two yachts racing side by side at Lake Opeka in Des Plaines.
An interesting mural on the side of a building in Lexington, Kentucky.
The side of a vintage car at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect.
A side view of the great Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.
A wild turkey showing its best side at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/03/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-view-from-the-side/
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/
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.
There is a wealth of doors on which to focus at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Built in 1914 for Samuel Insull, the founder of Commonwealth Edison, Cuneo was opened as a museum in 1991 and was gifted to Loyola University in 2010.
We’ve been visiting Cuneo for many years but only ever saw the outside of the mansion, preferring to just wander around the gardens. However, on this most recent trip, the doors beckoned me and I went inside.
Some of the most beautiful doors at Cuneo are the folding stained-glass doors that separate the Chapel from the Great Hall. The Chapel was originally built as a sun porch but John Cuneo Sr. had it converted for the confirmation of his children in 1941.
The mirrored doors in Julia Shepherd Cuneo’s private dressing room reflect the gold leaf treatment of the surrounding walls.
There are one or two surprises in the kitchen area including a vault where the family silver was stored.
Doors at Cuneo come in all shapes and styles from plain to ornate. All the outer doors to the bedrooms on the second floor are latticed folding doors but the interior doors are far more elaborate.
For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/thursday-doors-november-17-2016/
More about other aspects of the Cuneo Mansion to follow in a later post.
This week Cee has us climbing up on the roof for her Fun Foto Challenge. This puts me in mind of the time we lived in a house with a flat roof and would sit listening to it creak as the snow piled up on it during the winter months. No flat roofs in this collection except for the first one at Arlington Park racetrack in Arlington Heights. I would hate to have to get up there and shovel snow off of this one.
Some of the angles and lines of the roof at the Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The more classical lines of the roof at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois.
Looking up at the roof of the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
The bold lines of the roof at Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/15/cees-fun-foto-challenge-roofs/
For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week I’ve attempted to focus on the entrance rather than the door. To me the word entrance implies all that is in the immediate area as well as the door itself, and very often the door is the least impressive part of the whole.
In this case, the entrance to the Infinity Room at The House on the Rock in Wisconsin is just a simple glass door, but the large windows on either side present a view of the interior that makes this entrance an impressive sight.
This unexpected entrance at the house on the Redfield Estate in Glenview is made more interesting by the spiral staircase and surrounding foliage which lead up to it.
It may not be as grand as Wrigley Field but the entrance to Silver Cross Field in Joliet puts up quite a bold front.
One of the more elaborate entrances in downtown Chicago is at Tribune Tower on North Michigan Avenue.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/08/cees-fun-foto-challenge-entrances-and-doors/
Vindication! There are times when I take photos when even I have to ask myself why. But then I tell myself, you never know when you might need a picture of a……….whatever. And here we are; the perfect opportunity and the reason why I take those inexplicable shots. Cee is looking for Commercial or Industrial Buildings this week for her Fun Foto Challenge and I’ve got just the thing.
Taken through the car window as we were leaving Ashland, Wisconsin, this image shows the Xcel Energy Power Plant as seen from Lake Shore Drive.
Waiting for the train to go by on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, I would like to have got a different angle on this shot but by the time we got there, a truck was in the way so I’m glad I took the picture when I did.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/01/cees-fun-foto-challenge-commercial-or-industrial-buildings/