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, Cee has us looking for faces in everyday things for her Fun Foto Challenge. Here are a few of the faces that looked out at me from the old photo files.
A unicorn magically appears in a tree trunk at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg……..
while these vintage cars seem to have taken on personalities of their own at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
And a giant face glares out from the rocks at Arches National Park in Utah.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-things-that-look-like-faces/
Time for Norm’s Thursday Doors and this week I’m featuring the doors at Volkening Farm in the Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg. For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/thursday-doors-november-10-2016/
“Little pig, little pig, let me come in.”
“Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin!”
“Okay, fair enough.”
Today’s subject for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ Halloween Challenge is gate, and I must admit that I had to dig deep into the photo files to come up with something for this one. Plenty of doors but not many gates.
A gate leading into the little flower garden at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Two gates leading into the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.
I’m guessing these may have originally been gates although there is now a bench positioned right in front of them. Possibly decorated with Chihuly glass pieces, they were at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis.
A beautiful wrought-iron gate at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills, Illinois. For more on Jennifer’s Halloween Challenge go to https://jennifernicholewells.com/2016/10/24/jnws-halloween-challenge-gate/
Cabin fever finally got the better of me today and in a fit of winter madness I donned four layers of clothing and went out in temperatures that reached all the way to a balmy 6F to do some photography at the Volkening Heritage Farm in Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg.
Scenes like this remind me why I don’t totally despise winter. I really should get out in it more often instead of whining about how miserable it is to be stuck inside day after day.
There was a time when I would have thought nothing of going off on a trek in this kind of weather but, as I get older, just the thought of going out in the cold is enough to put me off. Still I have to admit that once I’m out there and moving about, it doesn’t seem so bad.
Not much sign of wildlife but there were still some good opportunities for interesting shots along the way to the farm such as this piece of equipment that had been left out in the snow.
The farm itself is closed until March so this was as close as I could get. However, the path took me near enough to catch a glimpse of some cows and a horse standing around outside the barn. We are expecting more snow on Saturday so perhaps I’ll venture out again to Spring Valley to get some more shots next week.
Sue’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-shadow/ is Shadow.
Skillfully pruned pines cast distorted shadows on the snow in the Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Our little granddaughter racing to keep ahead of her shadow. I can’t take the credit for this picture. My son-in-law, her Uncle C, captured it as they were coming home from the park but it was so cute that I just had to include it.
Shadows emphasize the path across a bridge at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
A shadow is cast on The Sundial, a sculpture in the Plant Evaluation Garden of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Shadows criss-cross the old red barn at Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg.
In celebration of its one year anniversary, Sue’s Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/a-word-a-week-challenge-is-a-year-old-favourite/ is Favorite.
Autumn is my favorite time of year and here are some pictures taken at some of my favorite places to visit. Pictured above an autumnal display in The Circle Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The Morton Arboretum really glows at this time of year.
A colorful pumpkin display at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
Autumn grass at the Morton Arboretum.
A single leaf heralding the return of autumn at Spring Valley Nature Center.