Cee has chosen Patterns as the topic for her Fun Foto Challenge this week so here are some interesting patterns that I found on a selection of rocks, gemstones and fossilized wood at The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst, Illinois.
This week, the choice is ours for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and for me the decision was easy. Purple! My favorite color. For more on this challenge go to Color of Your Choice.
This week, Cee has chosen orange and pink as the color combination for her Fun Foto Challenge. Not such an easy task when trying to track down both colors in one picture.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Orange and Pink
This week, Cee has chosen a whole rainbow of colors for her Fun Foto Challenge. For that, I need look no further than the Garden. More wishful thinking!
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Rainbow Colors (must have 4 colors).
This week, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is all about colors and more specifically, Blue & Yellow. Going through the photo files, the blues & yellows really stood out, making it easy to find these images taken at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Morton Arboretum, Wausau, Green Bay Botanical Garden, Como Park Zoo and my own garden.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, go to Blue and Yellow.
This week’s topic for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Pairs and that reminds of the song that begins “The animals went in two by two, hurrah, hurrah.” So here are a few pairs that might have made it onto the ark, including a pair of seals that look like they are not exactly on speaking terms and a couple of lions that might just have slept through the whole thing.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, go to Pairs. Images were captured at Brookfield Zoo, Como Park Zoo and Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village.
This week, Cee is looking for colorful pictures of places people visit for her Fun Foto Challenge, so yesterday I took a trip to my favorite place to visit, The Chicago Botanic Garden, to see what I could find. Last year, more than one million people visited the Garden which has 50,000 members, one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden.
Despite the cooler temperatures there were still a good number of visitors at the garden yesterday, all of us enjoying the sun and making the most of these last nice days before winter finally sets in.
With more than 380 acres to traverse, it would probably take most visitors an entire day, if not more, to see absolutely everything that the garden has to offer. There are, after all, more than 2.6 million living plants in the garden.
Here are a few more facts and figures that are worth bearing in mind while visiting the Garden. The Chicago Botanic Garden opened to the public just over 40 years ago. There are 27 separate gardens and 4 natural areas situated on or around nine islands with 6 miles of lake shoreline. There are 9 laboratories inside the Plant Conservation Science Center and the Garden is one of only 17 public gardens to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.
The Garden grounds are open from 8am to 5pm during the winter. There is a $25 parking fee on weekdays and $30 on weekends so if you live in the area and are likely to go there more than once a year I can strongly recommend purchasing a membership which gives you free parking.