This week’s Alphabet With A Twist, part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, is any C word with 4 or more letters. Rather than finding a bunch of random things that begin with the letter C, I thought I would post a bunch of random things under the single heading City of Chicago.
When my daughter and I first emigrated to the USA back in the early 70’s I missed my home, family, friends and country. I was born and raised in London and even after we moved out to the suburbs I would still spend a lot of my time in town so when we came to Chicago I clung to the city like a drowning man clings to a straw. It was the only thing with which I could identify. Admittedly there wasn’t the history but there were large buildings (very large buildings,) shops, a river and the people.
Just as I had spent many hours walking around the City of London, so I’ve trekked many miles through the City of Chicago over the past forty or more years, only these days with a camera. It has become a home, of sorts, never completely replacing dear old London but a place where I feel as close to home as I ever will, now.
These images are just some of my favorite shots; the pictures that show what Chicago means to me now that I have had a chance to get to know it. The buildings, the river and the people.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: C – The C word needs to be at least 4 letters in length
“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/
Right from my early years as a member of a local camera club I became accustomed to look for leading lines when composing images. The habit has stayed with me and my photo files are filled with pictures emphasizing leading lines which came in very useful for Cee’s current Compose Yourself Photo Challenge. The picture shown above was taken on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The image below shows tram lines leading back down the mountain to the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.
Some of these leading lines have distinct destinations such as the pool on the roof of the Visitor’s Center in Temple Square, Salt Lake City while others disappear somewhere along the way, leading us to wonder just where they are taking us, as in the image of a bridge at the Morton Arboretum leading us into the trees and on to whatever’s beyond.
Some leading lines are strong and straight, while others may have a curve or two along the way like this gravel path taking us to the farm at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, a brick path drawing us to a gazebo at the Green Bay Botanic Gardens in Wisconsin, or one of the many bridges in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Finally, leading lines in triplicate. A view of the canal, footpath and railway lines which all run along the same route in Galena, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/10/28/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge-week-5-leading-lines/
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/
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week is Center. Here is my interpretation of the theme.
The Golf Center in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Looking down at the center of the Sutphin Fountain at the Indianapolis Art Museum in Indiana.
Springbrook Nature Center in Itasca, Illinois.
For more on Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge on Where’s My Backpack? go to http://wheresmybackpack.com/2015/04/17/travel-theme-centre/
Sue Llewellyn’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at https://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-water/ is Water.
The images for this challenge were all taken at the same location but what a wealth of opportunity for water shots it presented!
Across the street from historic Union Station in St Louis stands Carl Milles’ fountain sculpture ‘The Meeting Of The Waters.’
The fountain represents the meeting of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and was originally entitled ‘The Wedding Of The Waters‘ but because the naked figures and rather risqué nature of the sculpture caused such a stir when they made their debut in 1940, local officials insisted that the name be changed.
Originally created in 1893 by sculptor George Wade, Fountain Girl or The Little Cold Water Girl as it was sometimes called, was first seen at the World’s Fair in Jackson Park, Chicago. It was moved to several different locations after that, before being put in storage for some time. This beautiful piece of artwork was later installed in Lincoln Park but was stolen in 1958. Fountain Girl was never recovered but recently the bronze statue was recast and is now back home in Lincoln Park.