Things are looking up! At least they are for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. Once I got started on this one, I couldn’t stop, so I’ve tried to limit myself to just a few of the images that I found in the photo files. We’ll be traveling around quite a bit for this challenge, starting with downtown Chicago.
Looking up at ‘the beehive’ atop the Metropolitan Tower on Michigan Avenue and ‘The Spearman’, one of two bronze statues standing as gatekeeper on Congress Plaza.
Looking up at a chandelier in the State Capitol Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Looking up at a rather fierce-looking statue of an eagle, looking down at us at the Lee Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Looking up at the trumpeter atop the Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Looking up at George Washington on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.
Looking up at a giant lantern at the Chinese Lantern Festival in the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri.
And lastly, looking up at the trees on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/28/cees-fun-foto-challenge-looking-up-at-things/
I had planned on using a different set of pictures for Thursday Doors this week, but after reading Norm’s thoughtful and moving post this morning they seemed much too frivolous. Instead I found a few images that I hope will convey my feelings. Wherever and however you choose to worship, may you find peace.
The BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois.
The Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
St. Peters Church at Old World Wisconsin.
St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Missouri.
St Matthias Church in New Fane, Wisconsin.
The Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.
For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/thursday-doors-february-2-2017/comment-page-1/#comment-13736
Not just any old green, but light green. That’s what Cee is asking for in her Fun Foto Challenge this week, so here goes!
One of the many hotels on Mackinac Island, this one distinctive by reason of its color, light green, which really made a splash against the blue sky.
A light green classic car at Mount Prospect’s Bluesmobile Cruise Night.
Just a small part of my extensive frog collection. There must be a light green one in there somewhere!
A beautiful view from Foothills Parkway in Tennessee.
The town clock in Mitchell, South Dakota.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/09/27/cees-fun-foto-challenge-light-greens/
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week calls for Large Subjects, whether it be literally or as perceived by the camera.
This small-scale replica of the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota looks huge compared to the original carving shown in the background.
It would be difficult to tell just how large The Leonardo Horse, sculpted by artist Nina Akamu, really is when it appears on its own in a picture so I asked my husband, who is well over 6ft tall, to stand next to it. This sculpture can be found at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Regular-sized people looking at some large faces, sculpted by artist Jaume Plensa, in Millennium Park, Chicago.
This man appears to have made a large catch. A statue outside the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/07/09/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-large-subjects/
The subject for this week’s Photo Challenge from Michelle at The Daily Post is ‘On The Way.’ Anyone who is interested in photography will tell you that they’ll look for any opportunity to get some interesting shots wherever they happen to be. Usually, whenever we go anywhere, I have a camera handy and the photo files are crammed with images that I’ve captured en route to one place or another.
Last year we stopped off at Egg Harbor on the way to the northern tip of Door County in Wisconsin. The boats were huddled together under threatening skies; the area had already received large amounts of rain which had flooded several roads and there was a chilly wind, not the ideal weather for strolling around, so I quickly took some shots of the harbor, rushed into the British import store to replenish my supplies of Marmite,Twiglets and Spotted Dick and headed back to the car.
On the way to the Badlands in South Dakota we stopped off at the city of Albert Lea in Minnesota to stretch our legs and discovered this delightful spot, Higbie Gardens, a park adopted and made beautiful by the Shades of Jade Regional Garden Club.
Recently we called in for a much-needed Starbucks coffee at the Belvidere Oasis on the way home from a trip to Wisconsin and found this 1942 Lincoln Zephyr from the personal collection of former Republican Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, on display.
On the way back from our vacation in South Dakota we decided to take the scenic route and were rewarded with some spectacular views of Spearfish Canyon.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/on-the-way/
I am definitely NOT a morning person. Looking over my digital photo files it’s clear from the available data that almost none of the images were captured before 8am. One of the few exceptions is this picture taken at 7:48am as we were driving through Custer State Park in South Dakota. It’s not that I don’t enjoy being up and about at the crack of dawn. When I am, I usually think to myself, “This is great! I should do it more often!” But doing and saying are two entirely different things.
Going back to the pre-digital photo files, I’m pretty sure this one was taken quite early in the morning at Virginia Beach. We had arrived the day before on the heels of a tornado, literally. The drive in had been long, hazardous and nerve-wracking and by the time we arrived at the hotel we were exhausted. But you know how it is. Sometimes you get over-tired and just can’t sleep. After a restless night I was happy to just get up, go out on the balcony and get some fresh air. This was the sight that greeted me.
Not that I haven’t had to get up with the lark out of necessity. Many years ago when I worked for a flower wholesaler the hours were brutal! We needed to get the flowers processed and out the door while they were still a damned-sight perkier than I felt. Anyone who tells you that working with flowers is fun hasn’t stood for hours on end stripping thorns from rose stems! I much prefer the roses that grow in my garden, such as this one pictured at 7:41am. Sorry folks! That’s as early as this bird gets!
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/early-bird/
Once again, Sue Llewellyn has come up with a subject for her Word A Week Photography Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/a-word-a-week-photography-challenge/ that gives me the opportunity to use pictures that I might not otherwise have shared. Thanks Sue!
I think I could safely bet that you will never, in a million years, guess the title of this sculpture. We came across it while taking a walk through the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Created by British sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth, this interesting piece of artwork is entitled “Summer Dance.”
“Hey, this might look like just a hole in the ground to you but it’s home to me!” A prairie dog on guard in The Badlands, South Dakota.
Yes, folks, I’ll take a picture of pretty much anything, even a hole in the ground. This one just happened to be one dug in our yard when the plumber came to clear the tree roots out of our sewer pipes.