Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/03/28/travel-theme-statues/ is Statues.
Plenty of these in the photo files despite the fact that a camera club judge once told us that images of other peoples’ artwork were not considered good material for competition. Too bad! I like taking pictures of statues!
A life-size bronze sculpture of George Washington Carver in the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St Louis.
An imposing statue entitled ‘The Apotheosis of St. Louis’ that stands outside the St. Louis Art Museum.
Also in the same city, in the grounds of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, is a statue entitled ‘The Angel Of Harmony’, a 14-foot high, stainless steel sculpture by Wiktor Szostalo.
There are countless statues in Chicago of everyone from famous sports personalities to historical figures but for this challenge I have selected just two. The first, on Upper Wacker Drive, is a tribute to newspaper columnist, broadcaster and talk-show host Irv Kupcinet.
The second is a statue of Nathan Hale who was reported to have said “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country” before being executed in 1776 as a spy by the British during the American Revolutionary War.
Although many statues are placed prominently on plinths or columns, I rather like the ones that appear in more natural settings. This sculpture of Abe Lincoln and his family for instance, standing on the street in front of his old law offices in Springfield, Illinois.
Or this bronze statue entitled ‘Spirit of the Prairie’ overlooking the Town Square of Schaumburg.
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 latest Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/a-word-a-week-challenge-silhouette/ is Silhouette. Usually I consider I’ve made a mistake when I get results like this as I’m normally not aiming for the silhouette effect, so this is a perfect opportunity to give these shots an airing.
The picture above was taken in the farmhouse at the Volkening Heritage Farm, part of Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg.
A sunset shot of Chicago, taken from a tour boat on Lake Michigan.
This was one of those times when I was hoping to take a picture of the wagon but ended up with a clearer shot of the barn in the background. Taken at a farm in Old World Wisconsin.
Once again, I hadn’t thought of capturing these trees, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, necessarily as silhouettes but I think it serves this purpose quite adequately.
A night shot taken in downtown Chicago at the Crown Fountains in Millennium Park.
This week’s Travel Theme challenge from Ailsa on Where’s My Backpack at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/09/20/travel-theme-through/ is Through
Yesterday I went to Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg and took this shot looking through the gate to the Kids Garden.
While I was at Spring Valley I walked through to the Volkening Heritage Farm and found this calf pushing its head through the fence in order to reach some tasty morsels.
Water racing through Graue Mill in Oakbrook, Illinois.
And my final entry for this week’s challenge, a purple finch pushing his head through to reach the seeds in our bird feeder.
Cheerful, purple monarda flowers at the entrance to Spring Valley Nature Center seem to offer the visitor a warm welcome.