This will probably be my last hurrah for the Spiky Squares Photo Challenge unless something unexpected presents itself before the end of the month. This has been a fun challenge and has certainly prompted me to look at things from a whole different perspective. Thanks Becky!
Some spikey squares from Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. Hopefully I’ll be seeing more of the outdoors in the weeks to come, now that Spring is finally here.
Here is my second entry for Becky’s Spiky Squares photo challenge. One of the best places to study nature in the Chicago area during the winter months is the Field Museum and this has to be one of their earliest exhibits; those giant battling African elephants with their pointy tusks. We had a great family day out there on Saturday.
With still no sign of anything growing in the garden, bitterly cold temperatures and gloomy skies, it was a welcome relief, as it usually is at this time of year, to visit the orchid show at the Chicago Botanic Garden where the theme was ‘In The Tropics.’
Many thanks to Ann-Christine for her choice of Close-Up as the topic for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. This came at a most opportune time for me since, on Friday, I went to the Chicago Botanic Garden specifically to get some close-up images at the Orchid Show. This was something in the nature of an experiment. I don’t have a macro lens as such, but I came across a box filled with filters and adapters some of which I used to use with my old Minolta film camera. Naturally, the macro filter didn’t fit any of my digital lenses but after cobbling together a weird combination of zoom lens, wide-angle adapter and macro filter I finally came away with something that I thought might work and, I have to say, although not perfect the results weren’t too bad.