Cee invites us to listen to the music for this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge. I remember my uncle once saying to me many years ago, “How can anyone live in a world without music?” Good question! I know I couldn’t. Not that I can play any kind of musical instrument and I certainly couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, as the saying goes, but I can appreciate listening to those who can.
The late Oliver Colbentson, onetime Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, showed a wonderful passion for his music. I always enjoyed going to the recitals that he gave later in his life and he graciously allowed me to take photos at one such performance.
A sing-song on one of the pirate ships for Halloween some years ago at Navy Pier in Chicago.
This gentleman kindly allowed me to take some shots as he prepared to play for the Orchid Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden a couple of years ago. I think his name is David Chiriboga and he did a splendid job.
A guitarist with a slightly different style of music playing at the Farmers Market at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake County, Utah.
Another performer at the Farmers Market in Utah, this young man’s enthusiasm for his music seemed inexhaustible. He played for what seemed like hours. It was definitely different!
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/02/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-music/
Wishing everyone the Happiest of Holidays!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS!
Right from my early years as a member of a local camera club I became accustomed to look for leading lines when composing images. The habit has stayed with me and my photo files are filled with pictures emphasizing leading lines which came in very useful for Cee’s current Compose Yourself Photo Challenge. The picture shown above was taken on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The image below shows tram lines leading back down the mountain to the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.
Some of these leading lines have distinct destinations such as the pool on the roof of the Visitor’s Center in Temple Square, Salt Lake City while others disappear somewhere along the way, leading us to wonder just where they are taking us, as in the image of a bridge at the Morton Arboretum leading us into the trees and on to whatever’s beyond.
Some leading lines are strong and straight, while others may have a curve or two along the way like this gravel path taking us to the farm at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, a brick path drawing us to a gazebo at the Green Bay Botanic Gardens in Wisconsin, or one of the many bridges in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Finally, leading lines in triplicate. A view of the canal, footpath and railway lines which all run along the same route in Galena, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/10/28/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge-week-5-leading-lines/
Introducing the incredible Billie; probably one of the smallest toys ever made. I was only very small myself when I was given this little guy, which makes him well over 60 years old. Billie and His Seven Barrels, manufactured in the UK by Kiddiecraft from 1945-55, was designed by Hilary Page who was possibly better known for his design of the original interlocking building brick which later became famous as Lego.
According to the packaging, the toy consisted of “Seven colored plastic barrels which unscrew in the middle and all fit into the largest barrel. In the tiniest barrel is Billie.”
Sadly I no longer have the barrels but amazingly Billie is still with us. This diminutive fellow survived the move from London to the suburbs when I was yet a child. Mum kept him safe at home when I emigrated to the US in the early 1970’s and brought him with her when she and Dad came to live with us ten years later. Here he remains, a small but very important reminder of my childhood.
A Japanese anemone, one of the smaller flowers in our garden, blooms in spring and later in the autumn.
A little sparrow making the most of a mild day in October at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/10/15/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-small-subjects/
One of the largest photo files that I have is the one dedicated to images of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Garden is probably my favorite place in the Chicago area to visit and I suppose you could call it my Muse.
It’s refreshes the spirit and soothes the soul.
I can’t imagine a world without the Garden. It’s a tonic for the mind and the body, providing color, fragrance and texture to a sometimes mundane life.
It provides inspiration not only for my photography but also my own attempt at gardening.
And when I try my hand at a little painting.
For more on this week’s Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go tohttps://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/muse/
The intricacies of art and nature are the subjects that I used to illustrate this week’s theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post.
The intricate carving under the archway at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois.
The skeleton of a leaf shows up nicely against the blue sky.
An intricate design on a stained glass window at the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows on Navy Pier in Chicago. Sadly the museum has now been closed in order to make room for more retail opportunities on the pier, and is not likely to be reconvened at any other location because of the size of the collection. I shall be sorry not to see these magnificent pieces of artwork when I visit the Pier again.
A butterfly at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/intricate/