This week, Amy has chosen Display as the topic for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t done much in the way of posting recently, the reason being that we have been working hard preparing for an estate sale. When my mother-in-law passed away in July, she left a house full of possessions that were neither valuable nor particularly desirable but, when the family gathered at the old place this past weekend, we realized that so many of those things on display held a great deal of sentimental value, and when turnout for the sale proved to be disappointing, probably due to the timing being so near to Christmas, we found ourselves leaving with arms full of memorabilia.
We found the sled, probably dating back to the late 1960’s, in the crawl space under the house. It brought back memories of our first winter in Chicago when my husband would pull our eldest daughter up and down the sidewalk in the snow with my mother-in-law’s dog chasing along beside them.
Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge this week on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/tagged-i-2/ is The Letter I.
I’ve only one thing to say to that. Ice! And lots of it!
I’m not talking about the kind that you put in the bottom of a glass or the sparkly kind that you wear around your neck. I mean the kind that has been hanging from the gutters, making roads treacherous and turning sidewalks into skating rinks for the past few months.
While I’ll be the first to admit that it can look very picturesque, for most of the time it’s just a colossal pain in the you-know-what, sometimes literally if you happen to slip and fall on it.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week on Cee’s Photography at http://ceenphotography.com/2014/02/24/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-color-white/ is The Color White.
The white stone and marble of The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois, shown to its best advantage in the sunshine. I cannot say enough good things about the magnificent architecture of this lovely Hindu temple.
White lilacs in Lilacia Park, Lombard. Can’t wait for Spring to arrive so we can enjoy these gorgeous blooms and perfume again.
She Who Must Be Obeyed or Sugar as she is more commonly called; my daughter’s white cat.
White orchids at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show.
I can’t help but include a picture of snow in response to this challenge. Mother Nature has seen to it that we receive more than our fair share of the white stuff this winter.
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.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/12/20/travel-theme-winter/ is Winter.
I don’t do much in the way of traveling anyway, even in the best of conditions, but especially not in the winter, unless I really have to. Most of my winter shots have been captured much closer to home.
The elk are well taken care of during the winter months in Elk Grove Village.
A purple finch manages to find a few remnants of seed left by the sparrows that seem to have taken over the bird feeders in our garden this winter.
The squirrels are regular visitors in our garden during the winter. They know I’m a soft touch!
The beauty of winter at the Morton Arboretum.
Families make the most of a gloomy winter day, sledding on the hill at our local park.
The Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates winter and Christmas in particular in the greenhouses.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge this week on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/11/01/travel-theme-delicate/ is Delicate. Admittedly I didn’t have to travel very far to get these pictures but any inducement to get out of the house and go even only as far as the local nature centers is a good thing.
What could be more delicate than a butterfly? A butterfly kiss, perhaps.
The delicate tracery of ice on the branches of a shrub after a freezing, winter rain.
Seeds born on delicate, fluffy wings wait to be released.
I’m not quite sure what the name of this flower is but, going through the files, this one struck me as particularly delicate.
Although they look quite delicate, shells can withstand quite a pounding before being washed up on shore.