“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” It’s certainly true that not everything we wish for will come true but it doesn’t stop us from trying. And there are so many opportunities for making wishes.
A wishing tree at a Chinese Lantern Festival in the Missouri Botanic Gardens, St. Louis.
Blow out the candles on a birthday cake and make a wish, but don’t tell what it is or it will never come true.
A fancy substitute at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills; I’ve seen this described as a wishing well, although I’m sure it was never intended for that purpose.
How many times have you thrown a coin into a fountain or stood inside a fairy ring of mushrooms and made a wish? Shown above; Buckingham Fountain in Chicago and an interesting find at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post, set for us this week by Jen H, go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/wish/
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/
This week, Cee has us looking down at things for her Fun Foto Challenge and there are plenty of those in the photo files. During our visit to Utah we seemed to spend half our time looking down on things. When you’re in the mountains you can’t help it.
The view looking down from the lift at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.
Looking down at the glass fountain at the Conference Center in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Looking down at the beautiful architecture of the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City.
Looking down at the city of St. Louis, Missouri from the top of the Gateway Arch.
Looking down from the fort at the harbor on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
A brave youngster looking down from the top of the slope at the ski jump in Fox River Grove, Illinois.
Looking down at the House of Representatives in the Illinois State Capitol, Springfield.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-looking-down-at-things/
The Weekly Photo Challenge is continuing its search for the Edge for a second week so here are a few more shots from my photo files that I thought might suit the subject. I know I said I was going to stay away from the water’s edge this time, but this one kept popping up and I couldn’t ignore it; a member of the special services rescue team preparing for a practice dive at Three Oaks Park in Crystal Lake.
The edge of the Gateway Arch in St Louis, looks very sharp when captured from this angle.
The clean lines of the new Roosevelt University Building in downtown Chicago stand out against the more ornate edge of an older building in the foreground.
Living and parking on the edge at Marina Towers in Chicago.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/edge/
Cee’s current Black & White Photo Challenge calls for images of indoor walkways, hallways or elevators, any of which I have rarely taken pictures, at least few that translate well into b/w.
So once again, I had to do an in-depth search of the photo files to come up with something suitable for this topic. The stairway shown above can be found at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake. Pictured below, a walkway inside the historic Union Station in St. Louis.
I don’t know if this walkway can be considered indoors. An old picture of the tunnel leading from a parking garage on Monroe in Chicago, was panned by the judges at our camera club for being out of focus and of no interest. I know its faults. It was taken in the early days of my interest in photography when I took pictures of everything without regard to lighting or focus and I admit it was pretty awful. But when it came to tossing it out, I couldn’t bear to part with it. I liked it!
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/10/29/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-indoor-walkways-hallways-elevators/
Most of the time I look at vehicles as just something to get me from one place to another but Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge prompted me to view them with a little more eye to detail.
A motorbike parked in Monument Circle, Indianapolis.
Details from a stagecoach on display in the museum underneath the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Part of the ‘Big Boy’ train engine on display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Details from a vintage car on display at a festival in Long Grove, Illinois.
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An archway with a view of the gardens at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
It doesn’t have to be as enormous as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis to find its way into my photo files. Arches come in all different sizes and are built for many different purposes, so here, in response to Sue Llewellyn’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-arch/ here are a few arches that have caught my eye whilst out and about with the camera.
An arched doorway to the Portiuncula chapel on the Peabody Estate in Mayslake.
Lazarus And The Rich Man, an arched sculpture created by Aaron Benson, in Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park.
The arched entryway to the old City Hall in Columbus, Indiana, which at that time had been converted to an hotel and which now, I believe, stands empty.
An arched gateway, decorated with glasswork created by Dale Chihuly, at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.
The arched entryway to the old Chicago Stock Exchange building on display outside the Chicago Art Institute.