In response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, I go under and over the mighty Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.
From mighty projects to children’s playthings, construction is in full swing for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week. You don’t have to go too far to come across construction of one kind or another in downtown Chicago. Onward and upward!
It was an extremely gloomy day when we visited Heartland of America Park in Omaha and I was finding it difficult to get enthusiastic about taking pictures. I was desperate for some color but it wasn’t until we were about to leave when the familiar bright yellow of a construction crane, down by the railroad tracks, caught my eye (which is rather ironic considering I’m using this picture in a black & white photo challenge.)
Why is it that so often when we visit places of interest they’re undergoing renovation or repair! Imagine traveling hundreds if not thousands of miles to take a picture of something only to find that it’s swathed in scaffolding! Of course, these days with modern technology at our fingertips, we can visit websites ahead of time to make sure everything is as it should be, but years ago photographers didn’t have the benefit of Google.
One can imagine Felix Bonfils arriving at the Sphinx at Giza after a long and exhausting journey only to be told that they’d ‘got the builders in.’
“Sorry about this, mate, but someone knocked a bit more off his conk last week and we’ve had to bring the scaffolders over from one of the pyramids, although frankly I don’t know what they expect us to do about it.” Bonfils would throw his tripod down in the sand in a fit of Gallic fury and mutter, “Sacre bleu!”
Fortunately, the Old Courthouse wasn’t our only reason for visiting St. Louis, although we did get a good view of the work in progress from the top of the Arch.
Sometimes construction can involve a bit of destruction too. Is it the child in us that enjoys watching things being knocked down? I made sure to take some pictures when they demolished the old village hall in Arlington Heights to make room for the new, much larger one.
Maybe some of the operators of these giant cranes, bulldozers and mechanical claws got their start at the Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview. I imagine many a tot’s hand that eagerly grasped the controls in this construction exhibit has gone on to bigger things, perhaps even the next giant skyscraper in downtown Chicago.
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This week, Cee has asked us for tables and chairs for her Black & White Photo Challenge. The two images below show some tables and chairs in the McGinley Pavilion at The Chicago Botanic Garden, both their setting and the view onto which they look.
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Working on the barges at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in Cairo, Illinois.
Working the tour boats on the San Antonio River in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
Working to keep us safe on Lake Michigan at the Air & Water Show in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
Working to keep the lakes and gardens beautiful at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Cee has left the topic open for her Black & White Photo Challenge this week so I thought I’d revisit my trip downtown recently to get a different perspective on some of the things that I saw there.
Looking up at one of the lions outside the Chicago Art Institute on Michigan Avenue.
Taking the long view outside the Lyric Opera House on Wacker Drive.
On a day crowded with walkers, runners and tourists down for the Air & Water Show, these artists on the River Walk managed to stay very calm and focused on their projects.
Looming overhead, the stainless steel headdress of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion designed by Frank Gehry, in Millennium Park.
A view within a view at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park.
Getting the bird on the River Walk. Some of you may remember this little guy from a previous post. He was very obliging and allowed me to take lots of shots from different angles.
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The topic for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is Glass so I thought I’d share a few more images from our recent trip to Minnesota. I must say, these various photo challenges on WordPress have got me looking at things in a whole different light.
Pictures taken at Como Zoo & Conservatory, State Capitol Building and Cathedral of Saint Paul.
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The topic for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is Sculptures, Statues and Carvings and this gives me the perfect opportunity to share some of the pictures that I took at The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota, recently. Beautiful pieces of artwork to be seen both outside and inside the building.
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The topic for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is Signs and I’m starting out with two that caught my eye while we were traveling in Texas, the first in McGovern Centennial Gardens in Houston and the second at the beach in Galveston.
The sign for radio station WBVN in Marion, Illinois; WBVN has a Contemporary Christian Music format and first began broadcasting in 1990.
The Merci Train carriage is on display at the National Railway Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1949, France sent 49 of these cars filled with gifts comprising of toys, clothes, ornaments and other items to the US in gratitude for the $40 million in food and supplies sent to France and Italy in 1947.
Three signs at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Of course, the sign we always want to see is Cubs Win!
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This week, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge calls for fountains. There are plenty of these in the photo files but here are just three, captured at the Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and a park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Unfortunately my photo files are woefully lacking in images of firefighters, fire trucks or anything of that ilk and the only item I could find for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week was a hydrant that had been painted for a community-wide competition last year.
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