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/
This week’s Photo Challenge, set for us by Krista at The Daily Post, is the road taken. Whenever we go traveling it’s always by road and many of the images in the old photo files are shots taken from the car, so they are not always too sharp but sometimes it’s the only way to record the places that we see. When you’re on the highway you can’t just pull off to the side when you spot something you like.
Early morning and on theroad in Nebraska and crossing the Mackinac Bridge that connects Mackinac City to St. Ignace in Michigan.
Sometimes you have to share the road with something other than vehicles so be careful when you’re driving through somewhere like Custer State Park in South Dakota.
Occasionally, if you’re driving through the countryside, you can get out of the car and risk standing in the middle of the road to get a shot. The above image was taken on a ‘rustic roads‘ jaunt in Wisconsin and the picture below shows the road leading across the Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City to Antelope Island in Utah.
The subject for The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post is shadow and, while I have plenty of pictures that have shadows incidental to the overall image, I don’t seem to have taken many where the shadow was the focal point. This was the best I could manage. For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge, which this week was set for us by Cheri Lucas Rowlands, go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/shadow-2017/
A toad contemplates its shadow at a local nature center.
Two barns, one at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg and the other at Old World Wisconsin, patterned by shadows from nearby trees.
Littlest grandson keeping a close eye on his shadow during an early April walk at Spring Valley.
The ‘pergola effect’ shown here at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, the gardens at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville SC and the Rose Garden at Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois.
Trees in autumn cast long shadows at River Trails Nature Center in Northbrook, Illinois.
Solitude. Even when you’re not alone you can feel a sense of solitude, as I’m beginning to discover as I get older. I always find this picture of my mother, sitting at the Chicago Botanic Garden, rather poignant. Although she lived with us and was very rarely on her own, I knew that she felt lonely. Most of her contemporaries had already died and she was far away from a place that she had known as home for almost seventy years. When she passed away a few years ago, she left me with my own kind of solitude, taking with her shared memories of people, places and events that no one else but me remembers.
Sometimes, even when you’re standing right next to a crowd of people, you can feel like you’re the only person on earth.
For this week’s Photo Challenge on The Daily Post, Jen has asked us for something local (as in home.) I have written several posts on one of my other blogs, Incidentally, at http://skfjrifnd.wordpress.com/ about the towns and villages in the Chicago area. I wish I could think of here as home but that term will always be reserved for dear old England, so for now I will just share a few images of my favorite places to visit that are within an hour’s drive of our house. I suppose they could be considered local.
The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe; one of the most worthwhile annual subscriptions that I’ve ever kept up has been to this place.
Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg; always a pleasant walk and a good opportunity to do some nature photography as well as visit the farm animals.
Millennium Park in downtown Chicago; despite all the bad things that I read about Chicago these days, I still enjoy the occasional visit, especially to Millennium Park where there are so many good things to see.
Morton Arboretum in Lisle; I have to visit this place at least twice a year, in the Spring to see the daffodils and in the Autumn for the fall color.
Arlington Park racetrack in Arlington Heights; always a favorite venue during the summer months and a fun day out even if I don’t always pick the winner.
Brookfield Zoo; We’ve been taking children and now grandchildren to the zoo for more than forty years. The big cats are always popular. “Here kitty. Nice kitty.”
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett; one of the most beautiful buildings in our area and such a peaceful place.
Since I have been busy working on Jennifer’s Halloween Challenge and because both Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge and The Weekly Photo Challenge set by Lignum Draco are very similar this week, I thought I would combine the two responses. For this purpose I’m using some images from a trip to Copper Falls in Wisconsin this past week. I can highly recommend a visit to this State Park.
I just wanted to share a few more of the images that I captured at the 63rd Annual Chicago Powwow. As I explained in the previous post, this was a life-long ambition for me, to attend an event such as this, and I wanted to make the most of it.
A big part of the powwow is the competition dancing which explains the numbers that you see in some of these portraits.
Everyone joins in. Dancing is an important part of the American Indian culture and participants range in age from seniors to youngsters .
Dances include Men’s Fancy and Northern Traditional, while the women compete in Fancy Shawl and Jingle Dress categories, which suggests that the costume is as important as the dance itself.
I’ll be sharing more pictures of the dance itself in upcoming posts.