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/
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/
My favorite color! Purple is the subject for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. Around the house and in the garden there is a liberal sprinkling of the color purple and, when I go out and about with the camera, that particular shade always catches my eye.
A view of downtown Chicago from Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.
Also in Millennium Park, Crown Fountain in the depths of winter.
Butterflies love the chives that are growing in our garden! It’s the only reason I keep them; the color purple and the fact that they attract butterflies. The trouble is they’re taking over; the chives that is. Every autumn I dig them up but the seeds drop and every spring back they come in even larger numbers!
Detail from a car at the Volo Auto Museum.
Back to the garden again and an Iris with the rather saucy name of Street Walker that did outstandingly well this year.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and to see some excellent examples of the theme, go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/06/02/cees-fun-foto-challenge-purple/
I am definitely NOT a morning person. Looking over my digital photo files it’s clear from the available data that almost none of the images were captured before 8am. One of the few exceptions is this picture taken at 7:48am as we were driving through Custer State Park in South Dakota. It’s not that I don’t enjoy being up and about at the crack of dawn. When I am, I usually think to myself, “This is great! I should do it more often!” But doing and saying are two entirely different things.
Going back to the pre-digital photo files, I’m pretty sure this one was taken quite early in the morning at Virginia Beach. We had arrived the day before on the heels of a tornado, literally. The drive in had been long, hazardous and nerve-wracking and by the time we arrived at the hotel we were exhausted. But you know how it is. Sometimes you get over-tired and just can’t sleep. After a restless night I was happy to just get up, go out on the balcony and get some fresh air. This was the sight that greeted me.
Not that I haven’t had to get up with the lark out of necessity. Many years ago when I worked for a flower wholesaler the hours were brutal! We needed to get the flowers processed and out the door while they were still a damned-sight perkier than I felt. Anyone who tells you that working with flowers is fun hasn’t stood for hours on end stripping thorns from rose stems! I much prefer the roses that grow in my garden, such as this one pictured at 7:41am. Sorry folks! That’s as early as this bird gets!
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/early-bird/
Afloat, but only just. Members of the Des Plaines Yacht Club encounter some choppy waters during a series of races on Lake Opeka but thanks to some skillful sailing manage to stay afloat.
Leaves, flowers and bubbles all afloat in the Heritage Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Like a swarm of angry bees, kites float above a field of spectators at the annual Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Two stately swans afloat on the waters off Evening Island in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
For more on this week’s Photo Challenge on The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/afloat/
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.
In response to Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge which this week is N Words here are a few images from the picture files that I thought might fit the bill.
Pretty, blue Nigella flowers, also called Love-in-a-Mist.
A sculpture entitled ‘Neuron’ created by American artist Roxy Paine, in the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A nest complete with eggs, blown down from a tree into our garden during a storm.
Navy Pier in Chicago.
For more about the A-Z Challenge on Flickr Comments go to http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/n-words/