I have posted many flower photos taken at Chicago Botanic Gardens, but there are many other beautiful sights there. Here are two I took in May, which capture reflections, the subject of Jez’s Water Water Everywhere this week.
Here are a couple more, taken at the same time – not reflections, but nice water shots anyway.
Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week challenge has the topic weathered. Nancy says, “Living close to the mountains and rural areas, I come across weathered items to photograph frequently. There are also a lot of different treatments that you can use to make an image look weathered. With this week’s challenge, try lots of different techniques.”
I tried “weathering” some of my photos using SnapSeed and my other limited photo editing software, but I couldn’t get that “weathered” look. So I relied on my naturally weathered photo subjects.
Three subjects taken in Poulsbo, Washington
Meet Josephine, a javelina I picked up at an art fair in Tucson, Arizona. Her natural look is weathered, because she is made from metal treated to appear rustic or weather-beaten. I experimented with SnapSeed, but I think her natural state is a better look. What do you think?
I did use SnapSeed to create a “grunge” look on some other items in my house, while working on a still life photo project. Click on the photos to see them larger.
Southwestern USA, and particularly along Route 66, is a great place to find naturally weathered subjects.
Weather-beaten vehicle at the Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, California – now retired, it’s just for show!
North of Victorville, CA is Bottle Tree Ranch. Besides “trees” made from bottles, there are a lot of old junk items that the artist collected and put on display. The longer they are left in place, exposed to the elements (heat, wind and dust, occasional rain), the more weather-beaten they become! A bizarre place, but a photographer’s heaven!
I am happy to get in on this brand new challenge with co-hosts Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao! For this very first week, Marsha is the host. She says:
The #PPAC is deliberately open – photographer’s choice. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Statues and Sculptures
Artistic Construction (benches, buildings, bridges)
Wall Art (not just murals)
Art has to be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway.
Photographers have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
The challenge starts every Friday by 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to the appropriate host’s post – not on Cee’s or Marsha’s #PPAC page. Also write us a comment and paste the link into the comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed.
Visit at least two or three other participants in the community and leave them a comment.
Here are some public art pieces in downtown Denver, Colorado. From these photos, you can see why I fell in love with Denver and hope to visit again soon!
This was the first sculpture we saw, in the downtown business district.
Most of the public art we saw was on a pedestrian street, closed to traffic.
These decorated pianos were available for anyone to stop and play (we actually saw someone playing one of them), but I don’t know how well-tuned they were!
Other public art-based entertainments: chess/checker boards!
Cows weren’t the only public art bovines on display – there were bison also!
Cleverly designed restaurant signs can also be classified as public art!
I took this photo at Chicago Botanic Gardens on May 21. I don’t know the name of either these yellow or the white flowers, but I didn’t notice until I downloaded the photo a single raindrop (or drop of water) peeking out from the yellow flowers!
This daisy’s official name is Bellis Perennis Bellissima red. They are actually quite small, as you can see in one of the photos. The Chicago Botanic Gardens had a large area of these small daisies as ground cover.