The current subject for Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge is Boats and Ships. My earliest recollection of boats comes from when I was a small child and we went on a sightseeing trip down the river Thames in London. Since then my water-going experiences have been limited to a ferry-crossing to Mackinac Island, the occasional trip down the Chicago river, a couple of outings with the Des Plaines Yacht Club on Lake Opeka, and one or two other sightseeing excursions on rivers and lakes. I’ve never been on an ocean liner or cruise ship so I don’t know whether sea sickness would be a problem and since I’m never likely to find out, it will forever remain a question unanswered.
A ship and a boat at The Tall Ships Festival at Navy Pier in Chicago.
A boat docked in Sturgeon Bay, Door County in Wisconsin.
A sightseeing boat passing through the lock at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.
A ferry boat crossing over to Mackinac Island.
Competitors with the Des Plaines Yacht Club in a race on Lake Opeka.
Sightseeing boats making their way up the Chicago River.
For more on Nancy’s A Photo A Week Challenge go to A Photo a Week Challenge: Boats and Ships
Lights! Camera! Action! This week, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge puts lights in the spotlight. I hadn’t realized how many pictures of lights I had until I went through the photo files looking for suitable images. Here are just a few.
Light stands in Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago.
Still in downtown Chicago. Kids enjoying some summer fun at the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.
A chandelier at the Chicago History Museum.
Traveling north to Door Country in Wisconsin, a close-up of the lighthouse on Cana Island.
Two set pieces including lamps at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina and Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Iowa.
Lights on a vintage car at the Joliet Historical Museum in Illinois.
Lights on a terrace at the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lights
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/
“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” It’s certainly true that not everything we wish for will come true but it doesn’t stop us from trying. And there are so many opportunities for making wishes.
A wishing tree at a Chinese Lantern Festival in the Missouri Botanic Gardens, St. Louis.
Blow out the candles on a birthday cake and make a wish, but don’t tell what it is or it will never come true.
A fancy substitute at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills; I’ve seen this described as a wishing well, although I’m sure it was never intended for that purpose.
How many times have you thrown a coin into a fountain or stood inside a fairy ring of mushrooms and made a wish? Shown above; Buckingham Fountain in Chicago and an interesting find at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post, set for us this week by Jen H, go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/wish/
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/
Hakan B at The Daily Post suggests that we relax as we participate in The Weekly Photo Challenge. Relaxation is really a matter of choice. What may seem like unnecessary exertion to some, might be totally relaxing to others. Whatever works for you, or whatever floats your boat in this case; members of the Des Plaines Yacht Club enjoying an afternoon at Lake Opeka, model boat enthusiasts at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and two sailors relaxing at the Big Ships Festival at Navy Pier in Chicago.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/relax/
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.