This week, Cee is looking for Horizontal Lines for her Fun Foto Challenge and glancing through the photo files I see that we encountered quite a few on our recent trip to Texas. The first image was captured as we went across the bridge over the Mississippi River in Cairo, Illinois.
Waves and ripples in the sand at East Beach in Galveston, Texas.
A view of McGovern Centennial Gardens in Houston, Texas.
A series of steps along the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Horizontal Line(s)
Walk this way if you want to go out on the water. The paddleboat dock at Lake Opeka in Des Plaines, Illinois. For more on Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – July 28, 2017
This week, Cee is inviting us to play Chutes and Ladders for her Fun Foto Challenge. I always knew the game as Snakes and Ladders back home in the UK (it was the first board game to which I was introduced, as a child) and snakes would probably have been easier to find in the photo files but I did eventually manage to locate a couple of chutes to go along with the ladders.
Chutes and ladders at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.
Chutes and ladders in a couple of children’s play areas in Wisconsin, the second being at the Green Bay Botanical Garden.
This one is rather like a puzzle. Can you spot the ladder? Part of a mural at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wisconsin.
A rough but sturdy ladder at the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Illinois.
You may be wondering what the last picture has to do with chutes or ladders. I would be rather baffled too if I hadn’t learned, while on a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, that this is what is known as a fish ladder. The ladder, which is really a series of shallow steps, enables fish to get around dams, locks or waterfalls during their migration.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/12/13/cees-fun-foto-challenge-chutes-and-ladders/
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/
Ben’s Photo Challenge this week on The Daily Post asks us to keep our angles sharp and our heart rate fast. Edge is the topic and my heart was certainly racing after a long trek down to the edge of the Upper Taquamenon Falls in Michigan recently.
As for sharp angles, the roof of Kohl’s Children’s Museum in Glenview, Illinois certainly has the edge.
When I saw the subject for this week’s challenge my first thought was ‘water’s edge‘ and I couldn’t seem to get away from the theme. Every image I pulled up was in some way related to water, like this ferry waiting by the edge of the pier on Mackinac Island….
Or this shot of the edges of a bridge coming together in Sturgeon Bay. I did eventually find some images that didn’t involve water and since this challenge will be extended by an extra week, I’ll use those in a second post. For more information on The Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/edge/
Right from my early years as a member of a local camera club I became accustomed to look for leading lines when composing images. The habit has stayed with me and my photo files are filled with pictures emphasizing leading lines which came in very useful for Cee’s current Compose Yourself Photo Challenge. The picture shown above was taken on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The image below shows tram lines leading back down the mountain to the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.
Some of these leading lines have distinct destinations such as the pool on the roof of the Visitor’s Center in Temple Square, Salt Lake City while others disappear somewhere along the way, leading us to wonder just where they are taking us, as in the image of a bridge at the Morton Arboretum leading us into the trees and on to whatever’s beyond.
Some leading lines are strong and straight, while others may have a curve or two along the way like this gravel path taking us to the farm at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, a brick path drawing us to a gazebo at the Green Bay Botanic Gardens in Wisconsin, or one of the many bridges in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Finally, leading lines in triplicate. A view of the canal, footpath and railway lines which all run along the same route in Galena, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/10/28/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge-week-5-leading-lines/
This week’s Photo Challenge, set for us by Brie Anne Demkiw at The Daily Post, is Close Up.
A close-up of one of the many vintage cars on display at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect last week.
As close up to a waterfall as you can get, without getting wet; at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.
A koi fish swimming close up in order to be first in line when I throw out some food.
This close-up of a common house sparrow makes the little fellow look quite large and fierce.
A close-up of President Lincoln’s face on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to ttps://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/close-up/
Thanks to Cee for her Fun Foto Challenge this week and the subject One Item. It gives me a perfect opportunity to share some of the images that I captured at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois on Tuesday.
One moss-covered boulder at the foot of the West Waterfall.
One lonely duck in a scrimmage for food with a whole crowd of hungry koi in the waters of The Garden of Reflection.
One red umbrella on the Floating Deck.
One cheeky chipmunk checking out visitors in the Pond Strolling Garden.
One statue; Ancient Scholar – Bunjinzo which, according to the visitor’s brochure, was carved approximately 600 years ago.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/06/09/cees-fun-foto-challenge-one-item/
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/
Cana Island, slightly north of Baileys Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin, is connected to the mainland by a long, stony causeway. On the day that we visited, the weather was distinctly threatening and it wouldn’t have taken much, I imagined, for the waters of Lake Michigan to completely cover our only means of egress from this lonely little spot.
We had arrived rather late in the afternoon and the wind was whipping the waves towards the shore as we trudged across in order to see Cana’s one claim to fame, the Cana Island Light which first saw service as a lighthouse in 1870. In 1880 it faced the ferocious ‘Alpena Gale’ when the lower level was completely flooded, forcing the occupants to climb to higher ground. Despite the island’s warning light, seven ships were lost near Cana during this storm including the 654-ton steamer, Alpena, with considerable loss of life.
Although the lighthouse itself turned out to be a bit of a disappointment – it was undergoing repairs and much of it was fenced off – the weather and lighting conditions, instead of working against us, imbued the little 8.7-acre island with a certain atmospheric quality that was quite intriguing.
Several of these mini-cairns lined the causeway, left by previous visitors to the island, probably in a light-hearted moment but just then they seemed like a cry from the past; a warning or a sad reminder.
Originally, the 89ft-tall Cana Light was perched on a somewhat larger pile of rocks but, in 1900, crews working with eight teams of horses and wagons hauled in tons of top soil to eventually provide a grassed-over area around the lighthouse.