Arriving a little late to the party, I’m finally pulling up a seat at a relatively new photo challenge over at XingfuMama. It’s always nice to find a seat in a picturesque spot and, going through the photo files, I see that I have not only sat on some of these seats but also taken pictures of them. So for my first submission here are a few shots from my most recent visit to Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois earlier this year.
Cantigny Park is undergoing extensive renovations which are likely to continue through next year but there is still a lot to see. It’s hard to imagine how you could possibly improve on a place as lovely as Cantigny, especially the gardens, but they are certainly giving it a try. I miss some of the old features and it will take some time for the new plantings to get established but I think eventually the place will come together and continue to be one of the brightest jewels in the Chicago suburbs.
My final submission for Becky’s Pink Squares is taken from the Chinese Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanic Garden in St. Louis. Although many of the lanterns showed pink during the day, at night the color changed dramatically to red, so I’m glad I took a few pictures when we were there earlier.
For more on Becky’s Square in September Photo Challenge go to Hello September!
I thought I’d stick with the water theme for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, People at Work , this week, having recently submitted a post for Nancy Merrill’s Photo Challenge Water
Working on the barges at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in Cairo, Illinois.
Working the tour boats on the San Antonio River in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
Working to keep us safe on Lake Michigan at the Air & Water Show in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
Working to keep the lakes and gardens beautiful at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Today, for Becky’s June Squares, I’ve chosen two unusual conservatory roofs, one at the Domes in Milwaukee and the other at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens in Texas.
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This week, Cee is looking for Horizontal Lines for her Fun Foto Challenge and glancing through the photo files I see that we encountered quite a few on our recent trip to Texas. The first image was captured as we went across the bridge over the Mississippi River in Cairo, Illinois.
Waves and ripples in the sand at East Beach in Galveston, Texas.
A view of McGovern Centennial Gardens in Houston, Texas.
A series of steps along the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Horizontal Line(s)
This week, Cee has given us plenty of scope for the Black & White Photo Challenge with the topic Ground: Sand, Dirt, Grass and Paths. I was particularly drawn to the last on the list so here are a few paths that I have taken. The first two, more formal paths, can be found at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The paths at Arches National Park in Utah were a little less structured.
And the ones at Alta in Utah were downright rugged!
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I thought I’d try something different in the way of photo challenges and this one is from Becky who is looking for photo squares. This month’s topic is roofs so I’m starting out with an image that was captured at The Botanic Gardens in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
For more on Becky’s Roof Squares go to Back at Kew again today