This week, Tina Schell at Travels and Trifles has chosen Shadows as the topic for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. There were surprisingly few of these in the photo files, or at least ones that I thought added anything to the overall picture. There were some, however, that I thought might just fit the bill. I selected the first shot, taken at the Chicago Botanic Garden, as I rather liked how the tree’s shadows led the way over the bridge as though reaching out to its counterpart on the other side.
Shadow symmetry by the McGinley Pavilion at The Chicago Botanic Garden.
Shadows standing out in the snow at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg and on the path under a pergola at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
Biltmore Mansion casts a large shadow over the landscape in Asheville, North Carolina.
This week, Amy has picked Landscapes as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. There are so many places yet to visit in this country but here are a few of my favorite landscape shots from my travels thus far. They include scenes from Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and South Dakota.
For more on the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge go to Landscapes.
The One Word Photo Challenge from Tourmaline this week is Panorama and, going through the photo files, I’ve come to the conclusion that some of my best panoramic shots were taken on our trip to Utah a couple of years ago.
We rarely go to places where there is total silence. In our immediate area, if there isn’t the sound of airplanes passing overhead then you can hear busy traffic on a nearby road or trains hooting and clanging as they make their way along the tracks. So it makes a welcome break to go anywhere where the only thing you can hear is the wind rustling through the leaves or the birds twittering in the trees. That, for us, is comparative silence. Here are just a few of the places where we have enjoyed such a respite from the daily clatter of life.
Wasatch National Forest near Alta in Utah.
Antelope Island near Salt Lake City in Utah.
Off-season at Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Snowy Range scenic byway in Laramie, Wyoming.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Silence
Sometimes when you take a photo it’s hard to get a feel for the actual scale of things. It isn’t until you add something else to the picture that you get a better sense of just how large or how small that object really is. Normally the vehicle seen in the lower half of the first image might seem quite large but, seen against the immensity of the mountains in Utah, it appears no bigger than an ant scurrying across the landscape.
The same could be said for the buffalo seen here on Antelope Island in Utah.
The cars in the lower decks of Marina City in Chicago look like nothing more than children’s toys.
You will have to look closely at the left of this picture to make out the parasailer, dwarfed by the mighty Mackinac Bridge in Michigan. He makes even the boat seem huge.
A close-up of these two window cleaners in downtown Chicago wouldn’t necessarily give you any idea of the height at which they were working which is why I pulled the camera back to give a better view of where they really were.
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Earlier this autumn we traveled up north to visit Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota. Despite the fact that the sun decided to hide behind the clouds for much of the time, there were still a few good opportunities for outside photos. The garden was, understandably, past it’s best, but you could get a sense of how beautiful it would look when everything was in flower. I could definitely understand why our guide said it was a popular venue for weddings, despite the rather macabre history of the house.
Glensheen sits right on the shores of Lake Superior and, depending on the weather, the view from the beach can look rather forbidding or quite inviting.
Walking through the grounds, which originally covered 22 acres but have now been reduced to 12, we came across a bridge that led to precisely nowhere.
The view from the bridge was quite interesting, however. The Congdon family wanted to preserve as much of the natural beauty of the property as possible and if you look from one side of the bridge you can see the house framed by trees and from the other side you can see down to the lake.
The landscaping was carried out some time between 1905 and 1908 by Charles Wellford Leavitt who designed the estate to be self sufficient, incorporating a large vegetable garden, greenhouse, orchard, cow barn and water reservoir in the plans. Glensheen is well worth a visit not only for the very interesting tour of the house but also the garden and grounds.