Ann-Christine has set forth a challenge of stripes and/checks this week, so let’s go hunting. Or should I say let’s check it out? 🙂 Although we now live in Arizona, I’ve lived in the Midwest with four seasons all my life. So as odd as it seems to many people, I miss winter. So my stripes are from Illinois winters, while my checks are from downtown Chicago. Feel free to curl up with some hot chocolate or hot coffee or tea while viewing.

Snow with the remnants of irises.

From “my” park, a place I miss with a deep longing.

Our neighbors’ fence.

The big city. Not in winter.

  1. Prior... says:

    brrrrr – the snowy “frits-like” vibe grabs the beauty of winter and lines

    • I do love winter, Yvette, so I wanted to share some of that beauty. 🙂 Easy to do while sitting in Arizona’s “winter”, but we did get close to where it will be snowing tonight on our drive into the mountains today. No snow when we were there, but the plows with their loads of salt were already waiting.

  2. Your photos are great Janet, it look so cold! I have never been in any snow! Wish that I can see it one day!

  3. restlessjo says:

    Aw, those poor irises! Keeping snug under the snow. Love that shot 🙂 🙂

  4. Ruth says:

    Beautiful snow shots 🙂

  5. Dan Antion says:

    Lines are one of my favorite photo subjects. Good job on this prompt, Janet.

  6. Good flashback to your time in snow. But, but wow … many stripes in that last photo!

  7. I don’t think I realized you had some time in the Midwest. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and while these scenes bring back, they don’t necessarily make me want to live through those Winters ever again.

  8. Leya says:

    Well, you filled the frame here, Janet – perfect choices! Of course my favourites are the snowy ones – understand you miss some of it…

  9. I like all these choices for the challenge. The reflection in the glass windows of the skyscraper is really cool.

  10. Tina Schell says:

    Well winter does provide one with some lovely stripes, doesn’t it Janet? Especially loved your second image with the little grasses behind the fence – really a beautiful scene perfectly captured.

  11. Amy says:

    These are beautiful selctions, Janet. Love the first one and second images especially.

  12. Mary Jo Malo says:

    Beautiful stripes of snow images! Everyone I know who’s left the Midwest for the desert misses the seasons…and snow…not necessarily the cold 🙂 My friends in Arizona do what you do…drive to the north to the mountains. Can’t wait to see what else you discover or uncover with stripes and checks this week.

    • Hi, Mary Jo. I even miss the cold, although not necessarily -52 with wind chill that we had one day in Naperville. 😦 But I’m enjoying the heat and today…rain!! We’re finally getting some rain, a wonderful blessing.

      As for stripes and checks, I’ll only be doing this one post for the Lens-Artists Challenge, but I promise I’ll have some interesting things every day anyway. 🙂


  13. AmyRose🌹 says:

    I both love your perspective and your compositions. Awesome images, all of which just drew my attention and kept it! I think my favorite picture is of the fence and irises. You’ve given me food for thought on composition. Thank you!

  14. Love these images ..very creative 👌

  15. VO says:

    The two first photos are absolutely perfect. They fit the theme obviously but on a graphic and aesthetic point of view they are just stunning!

  16. M.B. Henry says:

    Gorgeous winter shots!

  17. JohnRH says:

    Oooh. VERY well done. Love the railings in snow. Superb.

  18. Toonsarah says:

    Love your snow photos, especially the fence shots – I like the semi-abstract effect 🙂

    • That’s the best use we got from the railing around the deck. The deck was on the west side and in summer it got so hot that we never even used the deck. But it made for good photos. 🙂

  19. pattimoed says:

    The fences in the snow are a great choice, Janet. I love your architectural shot in Chicago, too. I can understand why you miss the winter. It is beautiful and invigorating.

    • Thanks, Patti. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and I’m happy you liked the fences. Reflections off of skyscrapers are some of the things I most enjoy about a big city. 🙂

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