Perfect timing! The subject for Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge this week is heron. Traveling down to Indianapolis for our grandson’s wedding last week, we stopped at Lake Dalecarlia for a couple of days and were greeted by a heron that visited the family’s boat dock every morning and evening. It followed the same pattern each day, landing on one side of the boathouse and strolling around to the other side to take off again. For more on Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word Photo Challenge go to This Week’s Challenges: July 9 – 15 (OWPC & WW)
This week, Nancy Merrill has us looking to the mountains for her Photo A Week Challenge.
Taking a picture through the dirty windshield of a fast-moving car is not the most ideal way of capturing a shot but I managed to salvage this view, seen in Colorado, with the help of a little HDR.
On our way through Wyoming we drove along the Snowy Range Pass where we encountered some wonderful scenery.
And then on to Utah.
During our stay in Salt Lake City we took a side-trip to do a little hiking near Alta.
For more on Nancy’s A Photo A Week Challenge go to A Photo a Week Challenge: Mountain
The One Word Photo Challenge from Jennifer Nichole Wells this week is Giraffe. These are such graceful creatures and Brookfield Zoo offers an excellent opportunity for capturing some nice shots.
I love you, Mommy!
For more on Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge go to This Week’s Challenges: June 11 – 17 (OWPC & WW)
Nancy Merrill has suggested Moving Waters as the theme for her Photo A Week Challenge this week and, looking through the archives, I realized I had quite a few images that might fit the bill.
Pictured above, Copper Falls State Park near Mellen in northern Wisconsin.
A fish ladder on the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Paradise, Michigan.
The fountains at Brookfield Zoo, Illinois. A refreshing sight on a hot day.
For more on Nancy’s A Photo A Week Challenge go to A Photo a Week: Moving Waters
The topic for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Gardens and do I have the garden pictures!! Wherever we go on our travels we always look out for a pleasant public garden in which to spend some time and over the years we have found a multitude of gorgeous places. Rather than overload the post with too many images, I’ve narrowed it down to just a few of the more memorable gardens that we’ve visited.
Closest to home is the Chicago Botanic Garden and probably my most favorite spot to sit and look at the flowers is the Circle Garden.
The Frederik Meijer Sculpture Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides a delightful blend of art and nature.
Although the reason we went to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis was chiefly to see the Chinese Lantern Festival, we went back again to take in everything else that the garden had to offer and it was spectacular!
Another place that really impressed us was the garden at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The perfume in the rose garden was heavenly!
Green Bay Botanical Garden in Wisconsin is another one of my favorites. We have spent many hours wandering around here looking at all the beautiful flowers and plants.
Back to Illinois and the gardens at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Immaculately kept, these gardens are a must-see for anyone visiting the area.
Also in Illinois, Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford is a little different in that it doesn’t have a huge display of flowers but makes up for it with tranquil settings amid lush greenery. Make sure you visit the waterfall and perhaps feed the koi fish swimming in the pool.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge visit https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/23/cees-fun-foto-challenge-gardens/
This week’s Photo Challenge, set for us by Ben Huberman at The Daily Post, is Heritage. One thing that we all share in common, no matter whether we are young, old, rich or poor, is the living world around us. It is largely up to us to determine how we pass that heritage on to the next generation. All these wonderful gifts of nature will only thrive if we continue to take good care them but sadly it seems there is an irresponsible element that puts money and big business before the well-being of the environment. We can only hope that wiser heads will prevail.
The Heritage Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, dedicated to Carolus Linnaeus who established binomial nomenclature as the recognized method of naming plants, is modeled after Europe’s first botanical garden in Padua, Italy.
At the center of the garden is a fountain surrounded by raised flower beds that contain medicinal plants from around the world.
A gentle flow of water cascades over shallow steps that lead to three aquatic pools containing water lilies, lotus and other water plants.
Circling the perimeter of the garden seven flower beds display plants according to their geographic origin while fourteen addition beds are used to display plants grouped according to scientific classification.
These pictures were taken over a period of years and at different times of the year, additional displays in the Heritage Garden changing according to the season.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/heritage/
Back to the alphabet for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge which this week features the letters K and L. Many of the images that I’ve used for this challenge were taken some years ago and it’s been interesting for me to wander through the old photo files to see just what kind of things caught my eye back in the day.
A Komodo Dragon named Faust, on display at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago in 2006.
This picture of a kangaroo was taken so long ago I can’t remember where I saw it. Possibly Brookfield Zoo.
A more recent picture, of a koi fish, was taken at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.
The king of the jungle, a lion at Brookfield Zoo gazes out at an admiring crowd, sizing us up perhaps as a possible source of lunch. He looks very lazy but I’m sure he was ready to leap into action if the need arose.
A lamb at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.
A rather alarming llama appearing to get somewhat confrontational at Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm in South Barrington.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/04/06/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-letters-k-or-l/