I’ve got my eye on you; a frog sunning himself on a rock at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Iowa.
Soft kitty; our daughter’s cat Sugar with her odd-colored eyes is enjoying her new surroundings in Utah. She was always used to apartment living in Chicago and has now become accustomed to the joys of roaming about in the garden.
A bald eagle giving us the eye at Brookfield Zoo.
Just for fun; a dinosaur skeleton at the Natural History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. I gave him the eye!
For this week’s Photo Challenge on The Daily Post, Jen has asked us for something local (as in home.) I have written several posts on one of my other blogs, Incidentally, at http://skfjrifnd.wordpress.com/ about the towns and villages in the Chicago area. I wish I could think of here as home but that term will always be reserved for dear old England, so for now I will just share a few images of my favorite places to visit that are within an hour’s drive of our house. I suppose they could be considered local.
The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe; one of the most worthwhile annual subscriptions that I’ve ever kept up has been to this place.
Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg; always a pleasant walk and a good opportunity to do some nature photography as well as visit the farm animals.
Millennium Park in downtown Chicago; despite all the bad things that I read about Chicago these days, I still enjoy the occasional visit, especially to Millennium Park where there are so many good things to see.
Morton Arboretum in Lisle; I have to visit this place at least twice a year, in the Spring to see the daffodils and in the Autumn for the fall color.
Arlington Park racetrack in Arlington Heights; always a favorite venue during the summer months and a fun day out even if I don’t always pick the winner.
Brookfield Zoo; We’ve been taking children and now grandchildren to the zoo for more than forty years. The big cats are always popular. “Here kitty. Nice kitty.”
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett; one of the most beautiful buildings in our area and such a peaceful place.
Once again, I had to do a spot of improvisation for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ fourth day of her Halloween Challenge. The topic is Cat and I would normally associate black cats with Halloween, however, there were no black cats in the photo files, only a white cat named Sugar. What to do? Well, work a little bit of Halloween magic of course! For more on Jennifer’s Halloween Challenge go to https://jennifernicholewells.com/2016/10/02/jnws-halloween-challenge-ghost/
Getting close-up pictures of animals in the zoo is not as easy as you might think. In my experience they’re either hiding behind a rock, shrub or tree, deliberately standing with their back to the camera which presents a less than flattering image or, worse still, not even in the enclosure. How many times have a scoured an area in the hope of spotting something even if it’s only a stray ground squirrel, only to discover a sign stating ‘This exhibit is temporarily closed.” And I haven’t even mentioned yet, all the bars, wires and other barriers that prevent the would-be photographer from getting a nice, clear shot of the subject.
Not that I don’t appreciate having something substantial between me and a lion or a polar bear when I go to the zoo but it does make the exercise much more of a challenge. Which leads me to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week which is ‘Close Ups’. The images that I’m using for this challenge were the result of the few rare occasions when I’ve actually managed to get close enough to capture a half-way decent shot.
Sugar is the name of our daughter’s cat. She was adopted from an animal shelter a few years ago and has made herself very much ‘at home’ ever since.
She’s a lovely creature, despite having two different colored eyes, or perhaps because of that fact. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. (I am talking about the cat here, just in case any of you are confused and think I’m referring to my daughter, although she is, of course, beautiful.)
Unlike our daughter, Sugar is not terribly sociable. She doesn’t come running to greet us when we walk in the door but prefers to stay nestled on the duvet in the bedroom. Em tries to induce her to come out and say “Hi” but the cat isn’t having any of it and ignores all entreaties. She is then lifted off the bed and brought, legs stiff with reluctance, to see us. We say, “Hello Sugar” and she responds with a wave of her tail which, as every cat-lover will know, is not a sign of endearment and Em, sensing that nothing good will come of trying to force the cat to spend quality time with us, carries her back to the bed.
I suspect our daughter and her husband have spoiled her to the point where she now considers herself head of the household.
“What? You want me to chase after that mouse? Puuuulease!! Get real!”
At Christmas time she likes to position herself under the tree as if to say “I’m the brightest and best ornament this tree has ever been lucky enough to have!” And she’s got a point. She does look splendid.
Recently our daughter, who is currently studying her brains out in pharmacy school, posted this picture of Sugar on Facebook. I think it was the cat’s way of saying “Hey! What about me! When do I get some attention!” That’s so typical of Sugar. She’ll be your best friend but only when she’s good and ready!