This week, Cee has us running hot and cold for the Fun Foto Challenge and my selections for the hot segment come from Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. The first image was taken during a controlled burn in one of the fields a few years ago and the second shows the remains of a bonfire near the farmhouse.
For the cold segment I decided on a shot of a hothouse in a cold Chicago winter at the Botanic Garden and a snow sculpture at a Winterfest at our local shopping mall.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/30/cees-fun-foto-challenge-hot-andor-cold/
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/
This week Cee invites us to take a view from the side for her Fun Foto Challenge. I try to take pictures from as many different angles as possible which includes from the side.
Side view of one of the heads sculpted by Jaume Plensa, on display at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.
Two yachts racing side by side at Lake Opeka in Des Plaines.
An interesting mural on the side of a building in Lexington, Kentucky.
The side of a vintage car at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect.
A side view of the great Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.
A wild turkey showing its best side at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/03/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-view-from-the-side/
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/
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/
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.
Here are a few of the pictures that I took at Ribbit! The Exhibit, at Morton Arboretum this week.
Sculptor, A.J. Cobb, who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, shapes these adorable creatures from sheets of copper.
There are 23 frogs currently on display at the Arboretum, ranging from 4ft – 7ft tall. It takes Cobb about 120 hours to create each piece and approximately 500 pounds of sheet copper were used to make the entire collection.
Ribbit! The Exhibit is open through September 25th at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.