Posts Tagged ‘McDowell Forest Preserve’

Needless to say, NOT from Arizona, although we did get a huge thunderstorm and hard rain (for about half an hour) yesterday. Loved it and I loved these trees from my old haunt in Illinois, McDowell Forest Preserve.

for Past Squares 10.8.21

I think nature’s gold is the very best and I offer you two examples of why I think so. This will be my last post for September as I’m on the way to southern California for another visit with our older daughter, husband, and grandchild-in-the-making. I’ll even be attending my first gender-reveal party but no, there will be no fireworks to start forest fires or anything happening that might kill someone or destroy property! Just family and friends and a cake that when cut, will have frosting colored to reveal boy or girl. Whatever happened to the element of surprise that we looked for? 🙂

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for Life in Colour: gold

Walking. It’s what I do. But I’m not the only one walking as you’ll see from my responses to Amy’s challenge to “Keep Walking.” Here are three states of walking…or walking in three states.

Walking on tiptoe in Arizona…

Walking warily with your mouth full in Illinois…

And how we (that would be the royal “we) walk in Wyoming (with the sounds of a running stream for accompaniment)…

Trust me, even though I’m not doing the walking in that video, it’s not easy to keep get my phone out of my waist pack, get it ready to shoot, start the video while holding the phone both tightly enough not to drop it and as straight as possible…all while holding the reins with my left hand!! I feel I did my share. 🙂

No Thursday Doors today, so I’ll get in another tree photo before the challenge ends in a few days. What did you think you were going to see???

I think if I were Jack, I’d prefer climbing this sturdy tree rather than a flimsy beanstalk. Just saying.

I remember nothing about this photo, although I see it’s sidewalk sale time, but there’s some blue which is what’s needed. 🙂

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for One Word Sunday: ponder/pond

This tree provided contrast to a large group of flowers found along the back paths at McDowell Forest Preserve while I was back in Illinois a few months ago.

Jude, this blue‘s for you and Cee, here’s my FOTD (flower of the day.)

“I need the shade of blue that rips your heart out. You don’t see that type of blue around here.”
― Cath Crowley, Graffiti Moon

During my recent trip back to Illinois, I naturally had to take another photo of one of my favorite spots in the park, which works well for showing how trees can lead the eye while creating a beautiful frame for a photo. In this photo, there aren’t a deer and a rabbit, but there are two birds. 🙂

If you’re in Chicago and want to get around without braving the traffic or spending a week’s wages on parking, you can rent one of these blue bicycles, my first entry for this month’s Life in Colour color. And speaking of cycling, anyone else watching the Tour de France? What a first week it’s been!

Today’s a big overlap because it’s the last weekend of “white” as the Life in Colour challenge and the first day of the new Squares challenge where July’s theme is “trees.” In addition, any day is a FOTD day (Flower of the Day). While I can’t get one photo to meet all these themes, as usual I try not to do multiple posts except on some weekends, so I’m including two photos, the second for Squares.

While hiking through McDowell Preserve during my trip back to Illinois, I came across a bush of what I believe is common ninebark. It might have “common” in the name but a bush covered with these is anything but common to my mind and just right for the last flowers in the “white” challenge.

for Life in Colour: white and Cee’s FOTD

Becky, in her infinite wisdom, has decided the July’s squares will be “trees.” To me, trees usually require a vertical rectangle, but I shall rise above my inclinations to meet her challenge. I’ll start with my original question: (Wh)y trees? 🙂 This is the photographic rendition of that question as seen at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, which I was thankful to learn had been spared, just barely, by one of the recent wildfires, the Telegraph Fire! What a loss that would have been!

for Squares: trees

You may or may not like snow, frost, and cold but I think most would admit that at least the first two can set up lovely photos and aren’t possible without the third. Here I rest my case.

for Life in Colour: white