The Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post this week is Motion and for this theme I’ve decided once again to use b/w images in order to put more emphasis on the topic rather than the colors. I’ve also tried to show just enough blur in the pictures to demonstrate motion without having the subject totally unrecognizable.
How I miss competing in this sport but advancing years, the loss of most of my fencing equipment in a flood and various medical issues have me thinking that this kind of motion is no longer in my picture. Now I can only stand on the sidelines at capture the moment on camera.
A little bit of fan-twirling going on here as one of the performers at the Japan Festival in Arlington Heights goes through the motions of a very graceful dance.
Continuing with the twirling theme, dancers with Ballet Folklorico throw all their energies into the performance; definitely motion with emotion.
Horses in full motion, racing for the finish line at Arlington Park.
A blacksmith working at his anvil in Old World Wisconsin.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/motion/
I was wondering how I could work this picture into a post and, thanks to Sue Llewellyn’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge, here it is. A sculpture by Sean Henry entitled Lying Man, cast in bronze and decorated with oil paint, at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I couldn’t find any other pictures of people fully reclining in the photo files and I wasn’t about to go out and look for any random bodies lying around so here are a couple of images which involve a bit of semi-reclining. Shown above, a sculpture in the grounds of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett and, below, an interesting character onboard one of the ships at the Tall Ships Festival at Navy Pier a few years ago.
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Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge this week on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/tagged-j-2/ is The Letter J.
Here are a few of the people I associate with the letter J.
Of all the jockeys we have cheered around the track at Arlington Park over the years, Pat Day has to be our #1 favorite. Hardly surprising given the fact that in 1989 he set a North American record by winning on eight of nine mounts in a single day at Arlington.
Jack Brickhouse, well-known broadcaster, whose voice became familiar as the play-by-play announcer for the Cubs baseball games on WGN, is memorialized by this statue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
One of my all-time favorite jugglers, not to mention jesters, is Brian Howard also known as Broon. He was, and probably still is, a regular performer at The Bristol Renaissance Faire. For his finale he used to juggle a bowling ball, a flaming torch and an apple (he would eat the apple while juggling all three!)
I loved watching the graceful movements of this Japanese dancer. She truly was a joy to behold.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2014/02/18/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-color-orange/ is The Color Orange.
One of the more than 400 pictures that I took at The Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden yesterday. This orange beauty was only one of many such gorgeous blooms on display.
A jockey wearing orange and yellow colors at Arlington Park Race Track. I’m sure one of the family picked him as a likely winner based on the color of his outfit. Our study of form only usually runs to names and colors which is probably why we never normally come out ahead.
Orange beads on display in the visitor’s center at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota.
Autumnal orange foliage at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
A jaunty auto with orange wheels participating in a parade in Columbus, Indiana.
Sue Llewellyn’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word in Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-waiting/ is Waiting.
These ladies were waiting for the arrival of a very important visitor at the Hindu temple in Bartlett as part of the festivities to celebrate India’s Independence Day.
The Knights of Columbus, forming a guard of honor, were waiting for the procession, which included Francis Cardinal George, to pass by as it made it’s way through Grant Park in Chicago.
A driver with his carriage waiting for his horse to get some much-needed refreshment at a water fountain in Indianapolis.
Ladies from the Ballet Folklorico waiting to perform on stage at the Gale Borden Library in Elgin.
A lady in period costume waiting with a team of horses at Old World Wisconsin.
The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/photo-challenge-community/ is Community.
The word ‘community‘ speaks to me as much about the place as it does the people; places where we gather together to pray, learn, be entertained or just relax.
The Baptist Church in Itasca. No matter what religion you follow, I suppose you could call the church the soul of the community.
The library at Northwestern University in Evanston. From early childhood playschools to universities and colleges, places of learning play a crucial role in the development of our communities.
The Town Square in Schaumburg. The community comes together at this public park for summer concerts. It’s a nice spot to sit and relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or an ice cream.
Ask anyone in the Skokie community the name of a great place to shop for clothes and they’ll probably tell you “Old Orchard.
Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. There’s nothing quite like supporting a sports team for stirring the community spirit.
The Farmers Market in Arlington Heights. A great place to buy local produce and support the community.
Sue’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/a-word-a-week-challenge-pose/ is Pose. I tend to associate the word ‘pose‘ with the definition of ‘to assume a posture or attitude usually for artistic purposes‘ or ‘to affect an attitude or character usually to deceive or impress.’ Here are a few people posing as someone other than themselves.
The Singing Executioners at King Richard’s Faire in Wisconsin. I must say I did enjoy their performance.
Another performer at King Richard’s Faire, wearing my favorite color, purple.
I’m fairly certain this wasn’t the real Mickey Mouse advertising a ‘going out of business’ sale in downtown Columbus, Indiana.
Once again, drawn to those purple colors; two ladies dressed in period costume, going for a buggy ride at Old World Wisconsin.
One of a group of clowns entertaining folks at a children’s playground.
Sue’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/a-word-a-week-challenge-behind/ is Behind.
In this wonderful age of digital photography it’s easy to ditch the shots that didn’t turn out quite as we’d hoped. But, back in the day when a photo developed was money spent, I kept everything. So what if I had fifty pictures of a bird’s backside! I wasn’t about to consign anything to the garbage can. Pictured above; a whole bevy of swan’s behinds.
If I had a dollar for every picture of an animal’s rear end in my photo files I’d be a rich woman. It’s not that I take them intentionally. It’s just that by the time I get the camera adjusted and myself steady enough to take the picture, the darned this has usually turned itself around.
A peacock’s tail feathers from a slightly different viewpoint.
I’d never come across a snapping turtle on dry land before so I guess I could be forgiven for taking pictures of it from every possible angle including behind.
Finally, I have to admit that I’ve used a couple of these pictures before but they do help to illustrate a point that I want to make. Sometimes when I’ve been out walking with family members I’ve deliberately hung back and taken pictures from behind, not from any perverted desire to capture pictures of people’s backsides but because I think the body language is sometimes more eloquent when you are not distracted by facial expressions.
Sue’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/a-word-a-week-challenge-two/ is Two.
Going through my image files I find that I have taken quite a few pictures of people and things in twos. The shot above was captured at the butterfly exhibit in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
These two little guys were waiting for me on the back doorstep one day.
Two Japanese ladies who were gracious enough to pose for pictures after performing a charming tea ceremony at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Two elk watching us watching them in Elk Grove, Illinois.
Two roses in the gardens of Catigny in Wheaton, Illinois.