This week, Patti asks that we Focus on the Subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. She has even been kind enough to offer a few suggestions on how we can achieve this. So, following her example, here are a few shots that I hope illustrate her recommendations.
Framing the shot. Taken at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Leading lines and color. This is like a two-for-one, taken at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg.
Freezing the action. Buckingham Fountain in downtown Chicago.
The eyes have it. In this shot of my grandson’s lovely wife and their dog Crush, while Christianna appears to be gazing out into the distance, Crush has definitely spotted something interesting. (probably someone walking around with food.)
Selective focus. Zooming in on the butterfly throws the background out of focus and leaves us to marvel at one of nature’s beauties.
What better place to find subjects for Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge than the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois! One of the best times to visit is in the Spring when the daffodils are blooming among the trees which have yet to produce fresh, green leaves.
April is a great time to catch all the magnolia trees in full blossom.
And the pines still look vibrant after a harsh winter season.
These blossoms herald a new beginning; a whole year of wonder at the Arboretum.
Although summer will see lush green foliage, and autumn spectacular fall colors, there is something I like about winter and spring. You get to see the trees in their most natural state, with branches exposed to reveal all manner of wonderful shapes. But then, that’s just me. I once visited the Arboretum with someone who told me she thought the trees looked untidy and grotesque! Well, it takes all sorts, I suppose.
Personally I think trees are beautiful at any time of year.
Springtime is lilac time which means a trip to Lombard and Lilacia Park. Who would think that lilac came in so many different shades! And the perfume is just heavenly.
The lilac blossom reaches its peak of perfection in May which is when Lombard holds its annual Lilac Festival. More than 700 lilacs are in bloom in the park at this time of year, as well as a beautiful show of tulips (more of those in a future post.)
I didn’t stay for the parade as I had an important date with a lawn that needed mowing, but I spent a delightful hour or so walking around the park, sniffing appreciatively at the blossoms and enjoying the first sunny day that we’d had in quite a while.