The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post, set by Cheri Lucas Rowlands, invites us to share a path. As we move forward into the New Year I find that I’ve set one or two goals for myself and I’m fully aware that the path to achieving them may not always be easy to follow. There are many different paths in life, some smooth and others rocky. Some lead to interesting places and others merely come to a dead end. Whichever path you take in 2017 I hope it takes you wherever you want to go.
The path across the causeway to Cana Island in Door County, Wisconsin.
A garden path in the Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Wisconsin.
Take my word for it, this is a path, and it didn’t get any easier the further we went. The way to Cecret Lake in Alta, Utah.
Plenty of paths to choose from at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville.
A delightful springtime walk among the daffodils along a well-kept woodchip path at the Morton Arboretum. If only life was always this easy.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/path-2016/
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge always seems to provide the perfect opportunity for me to share some of my more recent captures and this week’s theme, More Than 5 Items, does just that.
A pod of pelicans waiting for fish at lock & dam #11 on the Mississippi river in Dubuque, Iowa.
Six windows in President Grant’s home in Galena, Illinois.
Nine rungs on a ladder at the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Illinois.
A colonnade of columns in the Rose Garden at Cantigny Park, Wheaton.
A stand of trees in the Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/07/07/cees-fun-foto-challenge-more-than-5-items-2/
I couldn’t resist having one last shot at Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge which this week is all about Trees. I captured this image yesterday at Cantigny Park in Wheaton and, although initially I was hoping to make the house the focal point of the picture and was disappointed that the tree was slap bang in the middle of things, I realized when I looked at the results that things weren’t so bad after all.
For more on Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge on Where’s My Backpack? go to http://wheresmybackpack.com/2015/04/24/travel-theme-trees/
Some roads seem to just disappear around a corner, like the one pictured above at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
Other roads appear to go on to infinity like these two byways in South Dakota (above) and Wisconsin (below).
Sometimes it’s not so much about the road but what’s in it. A group of inquisitive burros block the road in Custer State Park, South Dakota.
These are my entries for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2014/08/26/cees-fun-foto-challenge-roads/
It’s not difficult to spend a great deal of time, at the Morton Arboretum, getting the bigger picture; those panoramic scenes with the trees showing off their autumn colors or bright swathes of golden daffodils in the spring. You almost have to make a conscious effort to slow down and take a closer look at things.
Every season at the Arboretum produces its own special treasures but somehow, in the spring, they seem a little easier to find. When the undergrowth has yet to make a start and there are still no leaves on the trees, little patches of color stand out, the birds are easier to spot and even the branches take on a character of their own.
It’s easy to miss the true beauty of a flower in a whole mass of blooms so instead I tried to focus on an isolated little group of daffodils nodding gently in the breeze.
I’m getting to that stage in life where it makes things a lot less complicated if I don’t have to get down on my hands and knees to get a close-up shot of something. I’ll do it if I have to, but getting back up can be rather trying especially when there’s nothing to grab hold of for support. That’s why I was happy to find these willow catkins conveniently at eye level.
The growth on this fallen tree trunk reminded me somewhat of sea shells.
Now is the time to go to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, or more specifically Daffodil Glade. There you’ll find thousands of naturalized daffodils, as well as the usual spring wildflowers, among the trees. The weather was perfect when I went for a visit the other day.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/10/18/travel-theme-brown/ is Brown.
The first two pictures were, for me, an obvious choice for this challenge. Brown County State Park in Indiana lives up to its name when the autumn leaves start to change color.
Pictured below, the grass starts to turn brown at Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota as autumn approaches.
“How now brown cow?” An interpreter greets one of the residents at Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg, Illinois.
One of the many wonders of nature, an interesting brown fungus growing among the fallen trees in the Morton Arboretum.
And I couldn’t resist adding this picture of Hunter, our daughter’s brown Chocolate Lab, getting into mischief as usual.