This week, the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is big, really big! Not only big but beautiful too, as Tina’s wonderful images show, here at BIG Can Be Beautiful Too!. It’s a strange thing but despite my life-long fear of birds, I’ve discovered over the years that I am far less afraid of large birds than I am smaller ones. This enabled me to get surprisingly close to a pair of sandhill cranes in Wausau, Wisconsin recently. They didn’t seem to be afraid of me either so things worked out very nicely.
This week, Cee invites us to post images of sculptures, statues or carvings for her Black & White Photo Challenge. I have quite a large number of statues etc. in the photo files but after my recent post about the hawk I thought I would share some rather more light-hearted pictures of birds.
When, even as a young child, a feather on a pillow would give me screaming fits, I find I can tolerate being close to these kinds of birds; sculptures. This piece, entitled Stork-like Bird, made of wood, steel and copper, was sculpted by Thomas Hill.
This display of avian art was captured indoors and outside in the gardens at the Lee Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, last year.
The Dance, sculpted by Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, uses saplings and plastic bags to recreate two giant sandhill cranes, a real flight of fancy, while the diminutive Common Redpoll, carved by Josh Guge, is life-like in every detail.
For more on Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/01/12/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-sculptures-statues-carvings-2/
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.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/10/11/cees-fun-foto-challenge-yellows/