Seeing the world through a child’s eyes can very often help us to appreciate the magic in the little things in life. I know my grandchildren have given me a whole new perspective on things.
The magic of butterflies. Watching this amazing thing of beauty flutter its wings and take its first flight. Keep very still little brother and perhaps it will rest on your shoulder.
The magic of flowers. Who knew there were so many lovely colors and cool smells! I wonder if there are any fairies at the bottom of this garden.
The magic of exploration. Which way shall we go? It’s a big world out there and who knows what we might find! A magic kingdom perhaps.
The magic of music. What a great new sound! Now he’s in his 20’s and playing guitar in his own band. Still making musical magic.
Halloween magic. Catching sight of his reflection in a shop window. Wow! Look! There’s a kangaroo just like me!
The magic of unconditional love. A quiet moment shared with a best friend. Someone to tell all those secrets to.
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You have to watch very carefully where you’re walking when you go inside the Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The butterflies have a tendency to take a rest on the pathways so when I stopped to take a closer look at this one, it decided to hitch a ride on my shoe. It probably thought things were safer above my foot than beneath it.
In fact, it’s always good policy to look down occasionally to see what’s beneath your feet when taking a walk. I nearly stepped on this little frog while exploring the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve in Hoffman Estates the other day.
But looking down almost made me dizzy with this elaborately designed parquet flooring beneath my feet at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake.
There’s no mistaking which side of the path you’re supposed to be on when visiting Lake Arlington. The instructions are right there, beneath your feet.
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Continuing on the numbers theme, this week’s Fun Foto Challenge on Cee’s Photography Blog calls for Three Items or The Number 3.
Three water fountains in the Rose Garden at Cantigny Park.
Three road wheels on a tank at the First Division Museum in Cantigny Park.
Three butterflies enjoying some purple flowers.
Lucky number 3! A racehorse at Arlington Park.
Three fish cruising in the waters of the Garden of Reflections at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/06/23/cees-fun-foto-challenge-three-items-for-the-number-three/
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/
Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge this week is M Words. I haven’t participated in this particular challenge for a while so here are a few images that I thought would work well for the M theme.
A Metra train arriving at Bartlett station.
A monarch resting on some asters in the Green Bay Botanical Gardens.
Mushrooms growing in the Morton Arboretum.
The Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago.
For more M Words go to Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/m-words/
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/02/07/travel-theme-yellow/ is Yellow.
Looking up at some glass artwork by Dale Chihuly on display at the Visitors Center in Columbus, Indiana.
A closer view of the artwork at the Visitors Center in Columbus.
Artwork on display in The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier in Chicago.
This yellow hat seemed like a natural attraction for the butterflies at Brookfield Zoo.
A fancy yellow motorbike with helmet to match, parked in Fountain Square, Indianapolis.
Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge this week on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/tagged-b-2/ is the letter B. These seemed to be obvious choices.
A bear blowing bubbles at Lincoln Park Zoo.
A booming bullfrog at Spring Valley Nature Center.
A blue butterflyin the butterfly exhibit at Brookfield Zoo.
A blue boat on the Chicago River.
And a bridge leading to the Japanese Garden in the Chicago Botanic Garden.