Until I saw the subject for this week’s Photo Challenge, I never realized how frequently the word line is used in describing different situations, actions or things. For instance; toeing the line, dropping someone a line, the thin blue line, crossing the line, behind enemy lines, fall into line, hook line & sinker, forgetting your lines, along party lines and so many more, but for now this is where I draw the line.
Lines on the great Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.
An interesting use of lines in this modern art sculpture in Galena, Illinois.
Quite a sight! Lines of airplane trails in the sky over our hotel in Marion, Illinois.
Part of a ceiling at the State Capitol Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Lines of trees in winter at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
A pergola in the Rose Garden at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge go to Lines
The topic for this week’s Photo Challenge at The Daily Post is Smile and I can’t think of a better subject for this challenge than my eldest grandson. I never had to coax him into smiling for the camera. He always had a smile on his face and still does. He has already appeared on a couple of posts here at Happy 21st Birthday Grandson! and Weekly Photo Challenge- Collage – A Celebration but I just had to bring him back for another visit for a very special reason which will be made evident shortly.
Fast forward a few years to high school graduation followed some years later by a wedding, and then a baby shower.
Yesterday my grandson’s lovely wife gave birth to a baby boy, my first great-grandson! One more reason to smile! I haven’t seen him yet but you can bet there will be plenty more smiles on here in the near future.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Smile
Every city, town or village has a story to tell and Marion in southern Illinois is no exception. Whenever we visit somewhere that is new to us we like to explore and find out as much as we can about the place, not only about the present but also the past, and the best place to learn about the history of Marion is undoubtedly the Williamson County Historical Society Jail Museum and Library. Every floor in this building is packed with interesting memorabilia and artifacts. The jail itself has a story of its own which can be seen here in Jail Time
The past and present are defined by the mix of buildings in the Town Square vicinity, some of which date back to the early 1900’s. While many of these buildings have been well-maintained, some, like the old offices of the Marion Daily Republican newspaper have fallen into disrepair.
The Marion Cultural and Civic Center has undergone extensive renovations but I was happy to see that they had preserved the old entryway inside the new lobby.
This memorial in the Town Square tells another story about the terrible destruction that Marion suffered during a tornado, one of the largest in Illinois history, that touched down in 1982, killing ten people and causing close to $100 million in damages.
It’s interesting to see the different styles of architecture in this city of some 17,800 inhabitants, from the stark lines of the First Baptist Church to the more ornate exterior of the Carnegie Library and even a touch of whimsy as evidenced by a mural painted on the side wall of a local artist co-op that tells its own story.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Story
This week’s Photo Challenge from Cheri at The Daily Post asks us for our interpretation of Sweet.
Looking back at some of my earliest posts on WordPress I came across this one Exercise……There’s Nothing Like It! At the time it remained pretty much unread. It included pictures of some of my favorite foods which featured several sweet treats. If you have a couple of minutes to spare, slide on over there to see how these tasty delights fitted into my daily exercise routine.
As you can no doubt tell, I have a sweet tooth which probably accounts for another post Icing On The Cake that dwelt on the love affair between my family and cake.
No matter how we dress it up or how scary it may look, there is something about cake and all it’s close relations that is just so deliciously hard to resist. The feel, the taste, the smell of all those delectable desserts are too good to pass up and when the call goes out, “Anyone for afters?” the reply is always, “Sweet!”
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Sweet
OK! I admit it. I’m a worry-wart. Worrying about my own kids was bad enough. Worrying about someone else’s is even worse. My least favorite place to take the grandkids was and still is, the park. And naturally, that’s always their first choice when I ask what they want to do. If I can weasel out of it, I will. But sometimes there’s just no way around it, so I watch with my heart in my mouth as they go flying on the swings or ascend the climbing frame. MIND!!
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Ascend
Our grandchildren always loved playing hide and seek but, like most young children, they never had the patience to stay hidden for more than a few moments and had to peek out to let us know just where they were hiding.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Peek
Krista Stevens at The Daily Post has chose pedestrian as the subject for the Weekly Photo Challenge. Note to self; must take more ‘people’ pictures! I have to confess that when I take pictures, especially scenic shots, I’m usually waiting impatiently for people to ‘get out of the blessed way.’ However, I couldn’t resist capturing this image of a group of pedestrians crossing the street in Chinatown, Chicago.
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The subject for the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post is windows. Since joining the ‘Thursday Doors’ crowd, I’ve stepped up my efforts to look for doors and also windows and during a recent trip to Marion, Illinois, we discovered several of both that were worth a shot or two. This was our first visit to Marion and we spent one morning looking around the Tower Square Plaza area where there was a mix of new buildings along with several old places that looked like they’d seen better days.
This was certainly true of the building that once housed The Marion Daily Republican newspaper. I noticed that the sparrows had found a conveniently broken window frame, giving them access to the interior.
The windows at the Lewis building and the former Sheriff’s residence, now home to the Williamson County Historical Society Jail Museum and Library, are in better shape.
Part of our trip to Marion included a visit to Mandala Gardens, more of which I will write about in a future post.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge go to Windows
Cheri Lucas Rowlands has given us Waiting as the subject for the Weekly Photo Challenge and it wasn’t too difficult to come up with a few images that I thought might give the impression of waiting for something or someone.
Island Queen, waiting to carry passengers from Bayfield in Wisconsin to the town of LaPointe on Madeline Island.
The train now waiting at platform 1 is on display at the National Railway Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A horse-drawn wagon, waiting to take visitors back to the entrance of Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush, Wisconsin.
Waiting for the sun to rise in Nebraska. This image was captured from a fast-moving car as we traveled back home from Utah.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Waiting
Unusual, the subject for the Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post, was set for us this week by Lignum Draco whose photography I have long admired. When I saw the accompanying post I was immediately put in mind of an image that I captured last year at the Annual American Indian Pow Wow in Elk Grove Village. Seated on bales of straw in the front row of the audience was a nun with a group of enthusiastic young children. Next to the colorful array of costumes worn by the performers and the summery outfits of the other members of the audience, the austerity of her habit stood out, making her rather an unusual sight amongst all the traditional finery.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Unusual and, if you haven’t already done so, visit Lignum Draco’s blog at https://lignumdraco.wordpress.com/ for awesome pictures and commentary.