This week, Amy has chosen ‘Small is Beautiful’ as the topic for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. I didn’t need to search the photo files for this one. The choice was obvious. Our youngest granddaughter, just a few days old, small and beautiful. For more on this photo challenge go to #11: Small Is Beautiful.
Nancy Merrill is looking for water for her Photo A Week Challenge and luckily my trip to Elgin on Saturday morning resulted in some pictures of the Fox River. Who would think that this……….
could so quickly turn into this. The river by the Veterans Memorial Park and flowing over the dam by the Kimball street bridge.
For more on Nancy’s A Photo A Week Challenge go to Water.
We were tickled pink with the latest addition to our family, the youngest of five grandchildren, our little Texas princess born earlier this year. For more on Becky’s Pink September Squares Photo Challenge go to Hello September!
I couldn’t let Becky’s September Squares go by without submitting a few pink flower pictures so I’ll get it out of my system now and do it all in one go. Two from the Chicago Botanic Garden, two from my garden and one from Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
For more on Becky’s Square in September Photo Challenge go to Hello September!
In response to Ann-Christine’s topic of #10: Fences, this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, let me take you on a quick trip to Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg.
Here, fences are not so much an intrusion as a picturesque part of the overall scene. Many of them are weathered and some used only as a temporary measure but all of them seem to blend in with their surroundings.
Naturally, the animals on the farm play a large part in many of the fence images in my Spring Valley photo files.
And flowers play an important role in the pictures too, the fences sometimes appearing to be merely an adjunct to their cheerful color.
Whatever purpose the fences serve, they are nearly always a welcome addition to any image of Volkening Heritage Farm.
The color for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is lime or light green and since I was hoping for an opportunity to share the following pictures this seemed like the ideal time, even though they may not strictly be considered that exact shade.
On a still and steamy day at the tail end of August, the turbid waters of the pond at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg resembled nothing so much as frog soup. Everywhere you looked there were hundreds of these curious little creatures, peering out of the water or perching on lily pads.
There has always been a special place in my affections for these little guys. They have kept me company during many peaceful moments at the water’s edge in various nature centers, gardens and parks. There’s something very companionable about spending time with a frog, both of us sitting there thinking our own thoughts.
“What is this woman doing??? She’s been sitting here for ages, just watching! I don’t think she’s a threat but every once in a while that shiny thing she’s holding gives off a flash of light that, I have to say, is a bit disconcerting. Any of you chaps know who she is? No, well just ignore her. Perhaps she’ll go away.”
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Lime or Light Green.
The subject for Tourmaline’s One Word Photo Challenge this week is Seal. This is my eldest granddaughter’s favorite animal. At least, for now.
For more on the One Word Photo Challenge go to Seal