I really had to go out on a limb for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week. Keeping to my chosen theme, animals, bugs and birds, I struggled to find anything in the photo files that started with the letters I or J especially the letter I, so I hope you will pardon me if I have jumped to any conclusions in identifying the following. Hopefully, anyone more knowledgeable about bird and animal species can correct me.
Could this be a glossy ibis? I captured the image many years ago in an avian sanctuary at Cypress Gardens in Florida. Unfortunately the b/w treatment has taken away all distinguishing colors but the original picture shows that the bird was grey with an iridescent sheen to the feathers. There was also a red strip on the upper part of the bill. If you have followed my blog for any amount of time you will be wondering why I was in a cage full of birds. Despite my life-long fear of our feathered friends, the opportunity to get some close-up shots of so many beautiful creatures prompted me, in a moment of insanity, to plunge in, so to speak. My husband accompanied me (someone had to be there to carry me out if I fainted!) and we crept around trying not to disturb the inhabitants. I was terrified!!! I only managed to take a few shots before my courage completely deserted me and had to be led out with my eyes shut.
The animals pictured above are, I’m fairly sure, Siberian ibex. This was a shot that I took on slide film many, many years ago at Brookfield Zoo when they had a high, rocky enclosure know as IbexIsland. It was demolished in 2008 to make room for the new bear exhibit. I don’t know what happened to the ibex.
Jellyfish, pictured at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
A junco and blue jay in our garden. These shots were taken with a long lens from the safety of our living-room window.
The letters for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week are G or H and, keeping to my chosen theme of nature and more specifically animals, bugs and the like, I didn’t have too hard a time coming up with the goods.
The patterns on this giraffe make for great camouflage among the leaves at Brookfield Zoo.
Despite being stripped of his brilliant color by the b/w treatment of this image, a greedy goldfinch in our garden still makes a good subject for the letter G.
A giant grasshopper; at least it appears that way thanks to this close encounter at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
A hopeful hen looking for food and a handsome horse waiting to do a little light work at the Volkening Heritage Farm in Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg.
A hungry hawk making short work of a hapless sparrow.
This picture of a huge hippo was taken back in the day when Brookfield Zoo still kept a number of large mammals. Somehow the whole zoo-going experience just hasn’t been the same without these giants.
The subject for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge gives us plenty of scope this week, so for this one I thought I’d try to find my A’s & B’s in nature and more specifically among animals, bugs and birds.
I believe this animal, found at Brookfield Zoo, is what’s known as an Addax.
I’m not a huge fan of spiders but this one, found at Crabtree Nature Center, was a beauty; Argiope Aurantia.
Bears (the football variety)are commonly associated with Chicago but I found this one hanging out at Brookfield Zoo, as was this Bison.
This week, Cee invites us to post images of sculptures, statues or carvings for her Black & White Photo Challenge. I have quite a large number of statues etc. in the photo files but after my recent post about the hawk I thought I would share some rather more light-hearted pictures of birds.
When, even as a young child, a feather on a pillow would give me screaming fits, I find I can tolerate being close to these kinds of birds; sculptures. This piece, entitled Stork-like Bird, made of wood, steel and copper, was sculpted by Thomas Hill.
This display of avian art was captured indoors and outside in the gardens at the Lee Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, last year.
The Dance, sculpted by Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, uses saplings and plastic bags to recreate two giant sandhill cranes, a real flight of fancy, while the diminutive Common Redpoll, carved by Josh Guge, is life-like in every detail.
It’s all about nature this week for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge and I am definitely ready for this one. When I first became interested in photography I spent most of my time taking pictures of wildlife and flowers and although I’ve broadened my horizons since then, I’m still looking out for those nature shots.
Pelicans on the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa.
A friendly frog in the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in Iowa.
A lounging bison on Antelope Island on The Great Salt Lake, Utah.
A remnant of Autumn at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
Since I have been busy working on Jennifer’s Halloween Challenge and because both Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge and The Weekly Photo Challenge set by Lignum Draco are very similar this week, I thought I would combine the two responses. For this purpose I’m using some images from a trip to Copper Falls in Wisconsin this past week. I can highly recommend a visit to this State Park.
Usually, when I think of trees, I imagine tall, leafy giants with spreading boughs, but for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week I decided to go with some of the trees that we saw on our trip to Utah; tortured by the elements, these grotesque shapes seemed to be ideal subjects for b/w photography.