After the recent spate of b/w photography it’s nice to get back to some colorful images with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge which this week focuses on spring/wood. The photo files are bursting at the seams with spring pics but I thought I would keep to three different venues that have provided some great opportunities for photographing this seasonal subject.
What better place to start our spring tour than in the woods at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. These pictures were taken last year but it won’t be long before the daffodils are blooming among the trees once again.
Our next stop is at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. A wonderful place to visit at any time of year, the Garden looks especially pretty in its spring colors.
On a more rustic note, our last port of call is at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.
You have to drive quite a distance from where we live before you can consider yourself ‘out in the country’ but visiting the Morton Arboretum in Lisle is a great way to get that country feeling especially in the fall when even a trip all the way up north doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’ll get those colorful autumn pictures.
One of my favorite spots is Lake Marmo, named after Margaret Morton. The lake is on the west side of the arboretum. Drive down the hill from Daffodil Glade and leave your car in one of the parking areas then take a walk around the lake. You’re sure to see something of interest such as waterfowl or frogs.
There are walking trails all over the arboretum but if you don’t feel that energetic you can just pull in to one of the parking areas and still get some nice shots.
I do enjoy walking, however, and like to get off the beaten track once in a while. Didn’t see too much in the way of wildlife this time. No coyotes, but I did spot a garter snake slithering away as I made my way across the grass.
Back on the east side of the arboretum, near the visitor center, is another lake, Meadow Lake, surrounded by colorful grasses, which makes a very pleasant walk especially when the weather is mild and sunny as it was when I was there last week.
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.
We’re at Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm which must mean it’s Fall. Jennifer Nichole Wells has selected Fall or Autumn for today’s Halloween Challenge and I’ve made a special trip to the farm for this purpose. Everything looks very colorful at this time of year especially when the sun’s shining.
I wanted to find somewhere different to take autumn pictures this year and during our trip up to Duluth we stopped off at Council Grounds State Park in Merrill, Wisconsin. The trees were just starting to change color.
There was no shortage of images featuring yellow for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. Like red, yellow usually shows up well in pictures and I’m always on the lookout for bright colors.
These cheeky sunflower faces caught my eye at Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm in South Barrington the other day.
We visited the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau last week to see their ‘Birds in Art’ exhibit. This beautiful piece, entitled ‘Lesser Bird-of-Paradise’ (Oil on tupelo), was created by Gary Eigenberger.
Maybe not quite so artistic but very creative, this pumpkin was decorated for the Scarecrow Trail at Morton Arboretum in Lisle last year.
Trees showing off their autumn finery at River Trails in Northbrook, Illinois.
Splendid yellow costumes worn by participants in the American Indian Powwow in Busse Woods this September.
Every year in early spring I love to visit Morton Arboretum to see the gorgeous naturalized daffodils in bloom. This year, as an added bonus, there was an intriguing display of sculptures called The Ribbit Exhibit and since it featured one of my all-time favorite creatures, the frog, I couldn’t resist trying out my new camera and capturing a few images for the picture files.
These whimsical statues are the work of artist J.A. Cobb and are made from sheets of copper. There are 23 of these delightful characters scattered about the gardens surrounding the visitor center and Meadow Lake.
This adorable young lady is Sasha. Cobb draws each frog piece on a sheet of copper, then hammers and folds the sheets into shape. Sasha looks as though she’s patiently waiting for her dancing lesson to begin.
Bentley and Tortuga the turtle in the Children’s Garden. A chemical patina gives the frogs that nice green color.
Skully looks right at home in Meadow Lake. There were plenty of real frogs too, down by the water’s edge. Even the turtles were climbing over each other to check out the Ribbit Exhibit.
It seems as though once you make eye contact with frogs they stay absolutely still. I was sitting only a foot or so away from these guys.
Emerson the caffeinated croaker taking a coffee break and soaking up the sun outside the visitor center. The Ribbit Exhibit is on display through September 25th so hop on over to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, and take a look.