This week, Cee invites us to take public transportation for the Black & White Photo Challenge. My first thought was that I rarely take public transportation, pictures or otherwise, except for the train into downtown Chicago and that, only rarely. But then I realized that the term ‘public transportation’ covers a good deal more than just trains and buses so I went through the photo files and came up with quite a diverse collection.
A more leisurely style of transportation; a horse and wagon awaits passengers at the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush, Wisconsin. A great way to get from the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum to the Old Wade House.
Taking the lift up the mountain at Snowbird Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. It was the first time I’d ever ridden in one of these and was too busy taking pictures to be nervous.
A more conventional form of public transportation; one of the tour buses that takes visitors around the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
This was another first; a ride on the Star Line hydro jet ferry that took us from Mackinac City to the Island. Although I’m always apprehensive about being on water, being a non-swimmer, I found this form of public transportation very exhilarating.
A more familiar form of public transportation and one seen in many towns around this area; Metra trains are a comfortable and convenient way to get around and certainly beat sitting in traffic jams for hours on end and paying exorbitant parking fees when you get there especially in downtown Chicago.
One kind of public transportation that I don’t plan on taking any time soon is the airplane. The only time I was on one of these was when I came over to the US from England. Like many people, I can’t explain my fear of flying. The flight over here was good, nothing to put me off of doing it again, but there it is; an irrational fear of flying. I suppose if it was an emergency and I had to do it, I could, but it’s not something I would do by choice.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/01/19/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-public-transportation-2/
Featuring Asheville in North Carolina for Norm’s Thursday Doors this week. The first image shows the doors of the Basilica of Saint Lawrence in Asheville. The second is the aptly decorated library door at the Biltmore Estate and the third shows the doors leading from the terrace at the Vanderbilt’s stunning home. For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/thursday-doors-october-27-2016/
The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina was the setting for the first two images in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week, the topic being Circles & Curves.
A sculpture entitled ‘Our Destinies Entwined’, by Bob & Jo Wilfong, set in downtown Bartlett, Illinois.
A drum and cymbal, something the kids always enjoy playing with at Kohl’s Children’s Museum in Glenview.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/09/29/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-circles-and-curves-2/
Cee’s subject for her Black & White Photo Challenge this week is Any Seating Including Tables & Chairs. I discovered an ornate wrought iron chair in the greenhouse at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and thought it would be perfect for this challenge. Not very comfortable to sit on but very pretty to look at.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/08/11/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-any-seating-including-tables-and-chairs/
Everything about the house at Biltmore is a work of art. You can hardly take a step without seeing something that makes you stop in your tracks and say “Wow!” Whether it be a painting, sculpture or tapestry, every inch of Biltmore is filled with the finest examples of such work.
The library is a masterpiece in itself. From the magnificent ceiling depicting The Chariot of Aurora, painted by Giovanni Pellegrini in the 1720’s for the Pisani Palace in Venice, down to the whimsical motif on one of the interior doors and the beautifully carved wooden steps, this is a book-lovers paradise! The books on display, many of them 1st editions, are only one half of the 23,000 volume collection amassed by George Vanderbilt.
The Tapestry Gallery contains three from a set of seven Flemish tapestries from the 1530’s known as The Triumph of the Seven Virtues, representing Charity, Faith and Prudence.
George Vanderbilt could obviously afford the very best when it came to family portraits and there are many of these to be seen throughout the house, painted by such notable artists as Giovanni Boldini and John Singer Sargent.
Sargent was also commissioned to paint portraits of Biltmore’s architect Richard Morris Hunt and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
Unlike the classical pieces of artwork that fill every corner of the house, The Halloween Room, located in the basement, contains impromptu paintings done by family and friends for a New Year’s Eve party in 1925.
Outdoors, the statuary in the gardens and on the terraces adds to the overall artistry of the landscape design and at the shop attached to the conservatory you can even purchase your own little piece of artwork.