Looking for something bright and cheerful on a cold winter’s day, I decided on these car doors for Norm’s Thursday Doors. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m no car expert but I do appreciate the colors and aesthetics of some of the vintage cars on display at various places such as our local Bluesmobile Cruise Night and Volo Auto Museum. For more on Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/thursday-doors-february-9-2017/
Not just any old green, but light green. That’s what Cee is asking for in her Fun Foto Challenge this week, so here goes!
One of the many hotels on Mackinac Island, this one distinctive by reason of its color, light green, which really made a splash against the blue sky.
A light green classic car at Mount Prospect’s Bluesmobile Cruise Night.
Just a small part of my extensive frog collection. There must be a light green one in there somewhere!
A beautiful view from Foothills Parkway in Tennessee.
The town clock in Mitchell, South Dakota.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/09/27/cees-fun-foto-challenge-light-greens/
Cee has set us quite a challenge this week with the subject of Colorful Monotones. Looking through my picture files it seems that there are very few images there that are limited to only one color. I hope the following shots fit the bill.
Chihuly glass artwork at the Fredrik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Unfortunately these beautiful pieces were hanging from the ceiling in the restaurant so it was rather difficult to get a clear shot without looming over someone while they were eating lunch.
Details from the gorgeous wooden façade of the Hindu Temple in Bartlett.
One of the many stunning flowers on Evening Island in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/03/31/cees-fun-foto-challenge-colorful-monotones/ where Cee has posted some lovely examples of Colorful Monotones.
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/
I love orange! It’s such a vibrant color! Wherever I go I’m always on the lookout for bright colors and I had no problem finding images that I hope will adequately represent Orange, in response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/08/22/travel-theme-orange/.
Somehow, purely by chance, I nearly always seem to show up at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois during a special event. At the end of July when we visited, there appeared to be some kind of Youth Conference in progress. People at the Mandir are always very friendly and willing to explain what is happening and we were told that the participants were from all across the country. From what I understood, these young people were there to learn about the Hindu faith and its place in the world today. We arrived just as they were taking group photos outside the temple and out of respect we stayed well back, so we had rather limited access but I managed to capture a few images once everyone had dispersed. The figures in the above image were ceremoniously placed on the steps of the Mandir and the colors really stood out against the white stonework of the temple.
Orange canna lilies are just tall enough to catch the setting sun on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
An orange place setting caught everyone’s eye at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier in Chicago earlier this year.
One of the stained glass windows on display at the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier in Chicago.
A flash of orange as ornamental koi splash around in the pool at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2014/03/11/cees-fun-foto-challenge-two-colors-or-hues-only/ is Two Colors or Hues Only.
This one turned out to be more of a challenge than I had imagined. It’s not as easy as you would think to get a picture that only contains two colors. Technically I suppose these have more than two colors but they were as close as I could come to achieving the requirements for this challenge.
A polar bear at Brookfield Zoo testing the durability of a plastic crate.
False indigo growing in our garden. It’s rather outgrowing its welcome and I’m faced with the difficult task of digging it up and dividing the roots this year.
I came across this watering can on a ledge in the Buehler Enabling Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Leather chaps on display in the Museum of Westward Expansion at the base of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Sue’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-violet/ is Violet.
When I was a child, violets, along with cowslips, bluebells and primroses, were among the flowers that Mum and I looked for on our nature rambles in Kent (there weren’t too many violets and bluebells in Tottenham at the time so we had to wait until our annual visit to my grandparents.)
It was like finding a little jewel among the grass and was cause for a certain amount of excitement. We got a great deal of pleasure from the simple things in life back then.
I think it was one of my mother’s favorite flowers and, later on in life, when we went for our country rambles at the local nature centers here in the US, she would inevitably point them out and say, “Take a picture! Take a picture!” Which is why I have a liberal sprinkling of them in my photo files.
Sue’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-yellow/ is Yellow.
Having just written a piece, for one of my other blogs, entitled A Touch of Yellow, I found myself having to once again go through the photo files in order to find some suitable pictures to match the challenge. Although I am by no means a fan of ‘modern art’ I thought this yellow sculpture entitled Love/Embrace, by Leslie Bruning, part of the ‘Sculptures on the Boulevard’ project in Chicago, a bright addition to the park.
Sometimes the chosen color can be only a small part of the overall picture and yet the eye is drawn to it right away, such as the tub of yellow chrysanthemums, in the shot above, captured at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford. Or a yellow raft floating by the dock at a lake in Wisconsin.
At other times the color is the majority of the picture such these yellow flowers in a field at Vogelei Park in Hoffman Estates.
Or this stained-glass window; part of a display at Navy Pier in Chicago.
Sometimes the color is part of a recognizable symbol such as this yellow water taxi, a familiar sight during the summer months on the river in downtown Chicago.
The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/hue-photo-challenge/ is The Hue of You.
Ever since I was a child my favorite color has been purple and that fact is reflected in so many aspects of my life as you will see if you follow this link http://sfkfsfcfef.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/a-passion-for-purple/
From flowers to frocks, the color purple in all its shades and hues has drawn my eye like no other and has influenced the choices that I’ve made to no little extent.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/10/18/travel-theme-brown/ is Brown.
The first two pictures were, for me, an obvious choice for this challenge. Brown County State Park in Indiana lives up to its name when the autumn leaves start to change color.
Pictured below, the grass starts to turn brown at Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota as autumn approaches.
“How now brown cow?” An interpreter greets one of the residents at Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg, Illinois.
One of the many wonders of nature, an interesting brown fungus growing among the fallen trees in the Morton Arboretum.
And I couldn’t resist adding this picture of Hunter, our daughter’s brown Chocolate Lab, getting into mischief as usual.