This week, Patti has chosen Silhouettes as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. I should probably state at the outset that I don’t think I’ve ever taken a picture of something or someone specifically as a silhouette. They’ve just turned out that way, either due to my woeful inability to manually set the camera to cope with the stark contrasts of light and shade or the failure of my camera’s auto mode to do the same. The following ‘silhouettes’ were captured, however inadvertently, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, Old World Wisconsin and the Stephenson County Historical Museum in Freeport, Illinois.
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.