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.
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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.
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It’s “all aboard!” for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge which this week is all about tracks & trains. I used to love train rides when I was a kid, especially traveling down from London to Kent to visit my grandparents. Nowadays I rarely take the train except to go downtown. It’s much more economical to go by train than pay for parking in Chicago.
A view of some train tracks in downtown Chicago.
A train pulling into the station in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. We stopped in Glenwood Springs on our way home from Utah last year, just to stretch our legs and have a walk round. It was off-season, the Spa of the Rockies was closed for cleaning and just when we got far enough away from the car, the rain started pouring down. Needless to say it was a short walk and the most exciting thing we saw was the train.
The Ashland Railroad Mural, painted in 2014, features the men and women who helped to establish the railroad industry in the North Woods. Right across the street from the mural stands Soo Line Decapod 950 which was, at one time, the worlds largest steam locomotive, weighing in at 190,000 pounds.
If you are a train enthusiast and enjoy looking around old train cars and engines, I can highly recommend a visit to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which is where we saw the Silver Spirit.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/17/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-any-tracks-and-trains/
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.
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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.
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You can’t mistake these engines when they come roaring overhead. A cargo plane comes in for a landing at O’Hare Airport in Chicago.
One of the many vintage car engines at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect.
A old locomotive on display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A cruise on the boat Chicago’s Fair Lady, a great way to see the sights along the river in downtown Chicago.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/08/13/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-things-with-engines-or-motors/
Most of the time I look at vehicles as just something to get me from one place to another but Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge prompted me to view them with a little more eye to detail.
A motorbike parked in Monument Circle, Indianapolis.
Details from a stagecoach on display in the museum underneath the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Part of the ‘Big Boy’ train engine on display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Details from a vintage car on display at a festival in Long Grove, Illinois.
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