After six weeks of feeling poorly, culminating in a five-day stay at the hospital with blood clots in lungs and legs, the second time in eight years, I thought that Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge would be an appropriate place to return to posting on a regular basis. Which way do I go from here? Looking back, things could have been a lot worse. Looking forward, I know that things will never be quite the same again. Although it’s nice to anticipate trips, parties and the like, I’ve learned not to make plans too far in advance. Too many of them have been cancelled recently. But I do look forward to getting back to work in our garden and also finding things to photograph. Small steps for now. I’m beginning to understand how my mother felt as she grew older when, visiting some of her favorite places like the Chicago Botanic Garden, she would sigh, almost with relief, and say, “I never thought I would see this again.”
For more on Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/12/cees-which-way-photo-challenge-may-12-2017/
This week’s Photo Challenge at The Daily Post, set for us by Michelle, points to the fact that it is easy being green, despite what some frogs may tell you.
A frog working on a spot of lawn care for the Ribbit Exhibit at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
A green scene at the Green Bay Botanic Gardens, Wisconsin.
An interesting feature at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota.
A lively sculpture of children playing ball at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In the Garden of the Gnomes at the Vander Veer Botanical Park in Davenport, Iowa.
And Allo Allo; a little tank at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/it-is-easy-being-green/
The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post, set by Cheri Lucas Rowlands, invites us to share a path. As we move forward into the New Year I find that I’ve set one or two goals for myself and I’m fully aware that the path to achieving them may not always be easy to follow. There are many different paths in life, some smooth and others rocky. Some lead to interesting places and others merely come to a dead end. Whichever path you take in 2017 I hope it takes you wherever you want to go.
The path across the causeway to Cana Island in Door County, Wisconsin.
A garden path in the Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Wisconsin.
Take my word for it, this is a path, and it didn’t get any easier the further we went. The way to Cecret Lake in Alta, Utah.
Plenty of paths to choose from at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville.
A delightful springtime walk among the daffodils along a well-kept woodchip path at the Morton Arboretum. If only life was always this easy.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/path-2016/
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/
Today’s subject for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Halloween Challenge is gate, and I must admit that I had to dig deep into the photo files to come up with something for this one. Plenty of doors but not many gates.
A gate leading into the little flower garden at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Two gates leading into the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.
I’m guessing these may have originally been gates although there is now a bench positioned right in front of them. Possibly decorated with Chihuly glass pieces, they were at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis.
A beautiful wrought-iron gate at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills, Illinois. For more on Jennifer’s Halloween Challenge go to https://jennifernicholewells.com/2016/10/24/jnws-halloween-challenge-gate/
Over the years, I’ve made a conscious effort to look at subjects from many different angles and, when possible, I’ve tried to get at least one shot that included a ‘frame’ so, when Nancy suggested this topic for the Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post, I was ready.
The most recent opportunity came on Mackinac Island when I captured this image of the harbor framed by a doorway at the historic Mackinac Fort.
This archway made a nice frame for a colorful flower bed in the Cottage Garden at Green Bay Botanical Garden.
At Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, this piece of ‘artwork’ seemed to make an appropriate frame for a similar sculpture and the gazebo behind it. If I had to take the shot again, I might do it from a slightly different angle but I think at the time I was trying to incorporate the tree on the left.
This shot is really one from the archives. Taken back in 2006 at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Bartlett, just two years after it opened.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/frame/
Michelle’s choice of subject for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post is Fun. Here’s a fun little item that I found recently at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens; a colorful windmill with all kinds of bits and bobs attached to it that shone quite brightly in the sun as it slowly changed direction.
For more information on this weekly challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/fun/