This week’s ‘alphabet with a twist’ segment of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is looking for a Q and, going through the photo files, I discovered some images from a trip we made last year to Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan. The month was August and the weather was hot so it was refreshing to watch the water pouring over the Falls.
The Chicago Bears may be a dismal disappointment (again) this year, but these Chicago bears are anything but. A firm favorite with visitors to both Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos, the Polar bears are always a big attraction and never fail to please their fans which is why I picked them for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is asking for a word that includes the letter O and, with winter on our doorstep, I took a look back at an event held earlier this year at the Chicago Botanic Garden that has me looking forward to the next orchid show which will be held February 10 – March 25, 2018.
This week’s ‘alphabet with a twist’ segment of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge requires a word starting with L that has at least two syllables and, going through the photo files, I came across these images that I captured at Brookfield Zoo a while back. This magnificent lion was in just the right spot to have his picture taken and I made the most of a rare opportunity to catch his different moods.
Continuing with the ‘alphabet with a twist’ theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, this week’s topic is the letter k. If a word has only three letters and one of them is a k, there’s a pretty good chance that the word might be elk. And what better place to find elk than in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. These majestic creatures are not native to the area but, because of the name association, a small herd of elk are kept in a protected part of Busse Woods Forest Preserve. They are cared for by the Chicago Zoological Society veterinary staff and Busse Woods Forest Preserve wildlife experts.
The original herd of 10 elk was brought in by train from Yellowstone National Park in Montana in 1925 by local resident William Busse. The best time to see them is either early morning or at dusk. They spend a lot of time amongst the trees but when they do come out into the open field they’re a beautiful sight.
This week, Cee’s ‘alphabet with a twist’ is looking for g words, which is lucky for me since I recently spent some time at a place in southern Illinois called Garden of the Gods, part of Shawnee National Forest.
Most people who have driven through Illinois will tell you that much of the State is rather flat and uninteresting but southern Illinois is anything but that, as we discovered last week.
I was told that Garden of the Gods is one of the most scenic and visited areas in Shawnee National Forest and I could see why. The views were spectacular!
320 million years ago, a shallow sea covered the land shown in the image below. Rivers deposited sand and mud along the shoreline which gradually hardened to stone.
The textures and colors in the layers of rock were stunning! The red-brown swirls and rings are called liesegang bands and are comprised of sandstone and iron.
The paved Observation Trail that winds through the Garden of the Gods takes you through and past some very interesting rock formations including one named Devil’s Smokestack.
I wouldn’t recommend bringing young children on this particular trail as there are some steep bluffs that drop 100ft down. I was very cautious while finding a good spot from which to take pictures and I got quite nervous when I saw my husband, who is in charge of the video camera and is just recovering from knee replacement surgery, swiveling about rather close to the edge in order to get some panoramic views. Good grief!!!
The subject for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge requires two E’s in the title this week, so trees seemed like a good fit. These images were captured at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Morton Arboretum in Spring and Autumn (my favorite time of year.)