Here was another one of those daily prompts that I couldn’t ignore. An open gate always seems to be an invitation to walk right in, and a closed one just makes me want to climb over the wall and see what’s on the other side. Luckily I didn’t have to do any climbing at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills. I just had to walk around the wall. The gate had a totally different appearance on the other side.
Visitors are always welcome to walk in at the English Walled Garden in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
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This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands invites us to cross the bridge when we come to it, for the Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post. There are quite a number of bridge pictures in my photo files taken from many different angles.
Crossing the bridge at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, Illinois.
The only way into the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden is over the bridge.
A bridge in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin.
Four views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge in Michigan; from both sides, crossing and underneath.
The bridge into Canada at Port Huron.
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The quickest way to get from Evening Island to the Plant Evaluation Garden and Plant Science Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden is across the Trellis bridge.
For more on Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – June 30, 2017
This week, Nancy Merrill is asking us to look for groups of three for her Photo A Week Challenge. Having found plenty of twos for Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge, I realized that coming up with threes was not going to be quite so easy.
Three sea lions at the zoo. This picture was taken some years ago and I’m having a hard time remembering where but I think it may have been at the zoo in Indianapolis.
Three beautiful blooms at the Orchid Festival in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Three naked ladies, part of a fantastic music machine at The House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Three pelicans preening on the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa.
Three jockeys entering the enclosure before a big race at Arlington Park, Illinois.
Three koi swimming in a pool at Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.
For more on Nancy’s A Photo A Week Challenge go to A Photo a Week Challenge: Threes
This week we’re getting in or out of focus, however the fancy takes us, for the Photo Challenge set by David at The Daily Post. I have a multitude of images that are unintentionally out of focus. I’ve even tried using them for competitions, claiming artistic license, although the judges just weren’t buying it. I do have a number of pictures that, all things considered, are quite sharp. And then there are those that, by some miracle, just seem to have the right balance. It’s sheer luck when this happens as I’m not one to fiddle around making adjustments to the camera when I’m out shooting. Even if I spent time reading the manual that comes with the camera, I’d probably never remember all the technicalities.
I like this shot of a swan at the Chicago Botanic Garden for a couple of reasons. The flowers in the foreground add some color to the picture but also, being slightly out of focus, give the impression that we are hiding behind them watching as the swan goes gliding by. A similar effect can be seen in this image of a moose taking it easy at Snowbird Resort near Salt Lake City in Utah, although who was hiding from whom I’m not sure.
I think the following images benefit from having the background out of focus, allowing us to concentrate more fully on the subject: flowers at the Green Bay Botanical Garden, a young man playing the part of a soldier at the Fort on Mackinac Island and a goldfinch enjoying some sunflower seeds in our garden.
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This week, Cee has us running hot and cold for the Fun Foto Challenge and my selections for the hot segment come from Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. The first image was taken during a controlled burn in one of the fields a few years ago and the second shows the remains of a bonfire near the farmhouse.
For the cold segment I decided on a shot of a hothouse in a cold Chicago winter at the Botanic Garden and a snow sculpture at a Winterfest at our local shopping mall.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/30/cees-fun-foto-challenge-hot-andor-cold/
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/