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, Cee is inviting us to play Chutes and Ladders for her Fun Foto Challenge. I always knew the game as Snakes and Ladders back home in the UK (it was the first board game to which I was introduced, as a child) and snakes would probably have been easier to find in the photo files but I did eventually manage to locate a couple of chutes to go along with the ladders.
Chutes and ladders at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.
Chutes and ladders in a couple of children’s play areas in Wisconsin, the second being at the Green Bay Botanical Garden.
This one is rather like a puzzle. Can you spot the ladder? Part of a mural at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wisconsin.
A rough but sturdy ladder at the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Illinois.
You may be wondering what the last picture has to do with chutes or ladders. I would be rather baffled too if I hadn’t learned, while on a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, that this is what is known as a fish ladder. The ladder, which is really a series of shallow steps, enables fish to get around dams, locks or waterfalls during their migration.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/12/13/cees-fun-foto-challenge-chutes-and-ladders/
This week’s Photo Challenge, set for us by Brie Anne Demkiw at The Daily Post, is Close Up.
A close-up of one of the many vintage cars on display at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect last week.
As close up to a waterfall as you can get, without getting wet; at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.
A koi fish swimming close up in order to be first in line when I throw out some food.
This close-up of a common house sparrow makes the little fellow look quite large and fierce.
A close-up of President Lincoln’s face on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to ttps://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/close-up/
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week calls for Large Subjects, whether it be literally or as perceived by the camera.
This small-scale replica of the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota looks huge compared to the original carving shown in the background.
It would be difficult to tell just how large The Leonardo Horse, sculpted by artist Nina Akamu, really is when it appears on its own in a picture so I asked my husband, who is well over 6ft tall, to stand next to it. This sculpture can be found at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Regular-sized people looking at some large faces, sculpted by artist Jaume Plensa, in Millennium Park, Chicago.
This man appears to have made a large catch. A statue outside the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/07/09/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-large-subjects/
Continuing on the numbers theme, this week’s Fun Foto Challenge on Cee’s Photography Blog calls for Three Items or The Number 3.
Three water fountains in the Rose Garden at Cantigny Park.
Three road wheels on a tank at the First Division Museum in Cantigny Park.
Three butterflies enjoying some purple flowers.
Lucky number 3! A racehorse at Arlington Park.
Three fish cruising in the waters of the Garden of Reflections at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/06/23/cees-fun-foto-challenge-three-items-for-the-number-three/
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? is Off-Center. Quite a few of those in the photo files, more by error than judgment, but I’ll use some of the images, that I captured at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford recently, for this one.
Part of the problem that I have with photography is the timing, hence many of my subjects are already on their way in or out of the frame. Here a koi fish swims into the picture.
The gateway between the Garden of Reflection and the traditional gardens.
A turtle apparently enjoying being tickled on the nose by a leaf.
The Pavilion where special events such as the Evening Music Series, Japanese Summer Festival and private weddings are held.
A robin looking for a shady spot hops onto the scene.
For more on Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge go to http://wheresmybackpack.com/2015/06/12/travel-theme-off-centre/
Thanks to Cee for her Fun Foto Challenge this week and the subject One Item. It gives me a perfect opportunity to share some of the images that I captured at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois on Tuesday.
One moss-covered boulder at the foot of the West Waterfall.
One lonely duck in a scrimmage for food with a whole crowd of hungry koi in the waters of The Garden of Reflection.
One red umbrella on the Floating Deck.
One cheeky chipmunk checking out visitors in the Pond Strolling Garden.
One statue; Ancient Scholar – Bunjinzo which, according to the visitor’s brochure, was carved approximately 600 years ago.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/06/09/cees-fun-foto-challenge-one-item/
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/2014/03/25/cees-fun-foto-challenge-texture/ is Texture.
I did quite a bit of fiddling about with this one so I hope you’ll find that the end result justified the effort.
The warty surface of a toad’s skin; a smooth seal’s skin; a delicate butterfly’s wing and the rough, knobbly texture of tree bark.
The bumpy surface of a jackfruit; the rough texture of wheat straw; the soft feathers of an ibis and the crimped texture of sheep’s wool.
The texture of various leaves and pine needles including the lumpy surface of a lotus leaf on the far right.
The furry surface of the plant called lamb’s ears; the texture of fine grass; the rocky texture found in the Badlands and the slimy scales of a fish.
I seem to be playing catch-up all this month. Once again I’m late with another challenge. This one, Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/tagged-k-2/ which last week was Tagged K.
Although we have at various times kept an aquarium at the house, the novelty and the idea of cleaning the thing out on a regular basis soon wore thin and we are now a pet-free zone. Still, I do love to see fish swimming about and I’m always attracted to the koi pool when we visit the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.
Koi or nishikigoi which apparently when translated means brocaded carp, can be very restful to watch as they glide through the water. When I came to review the image shown above, it seemed as though they were swimming through the universe. The star effect was fortunately already there in the picture. The only other adjustment I made was to crop the image.
The scene changes dramatically when you throw a handful of koi food into the pool. Then it’s every fish for himself!
But once all the food as been snapped up, they all drift away like ghosts in the night, until the next person comes along.