Come humbly to pray
Ask for faith, light a candle
Leave in complete peace
Note: This is my interpretation of Favorite Place, this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme. The idea is to share a photo of our “happy place” or a spot we love returning to over and over again. Officially called the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, this shrine at the University of Notre Dame is one-seventh the size of its French counterpart. I took this shot when my son was a freshman there, and I never failed to visit it when I came to campus thereafter. I’m told it’s the site of many a marriage proposal, an urgent prayer for help on exams, and daily Rosary.
Hope is the physician of each misery. ~Irish Proverb
Fed up with winter
Longing for warm sandy beach
Need a vacation!
Note: This is my rendition of I’d Rather Be…, WordPress’s Photo Challenge for the week. We’re supposed to photograph something we’d rather be doing, or a place we’d rather be, right now. Mine is on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and I suspect I’m not the only one eager for a change in seasons!
On football weekend Fridays, guests of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish can walk — for free! — the tunnel every Irish football player has taken into Notre Dame Stadium since the Knute Rockne era in 1930.
View the hanging national championship banners, take a photo with the field in the background, and imagine what it’s like to race into the stadium to the rousing Notre Dame Victory March and the cheers of thousands of fans!
Note: This is my take on Story, this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge topic. The idea is to use a photograph to convey a story. Kind of relates to the English idiom, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” don’t you think?
God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland, American novelist and poet
Clever Miss Spider
Spinning a delicate web
To catch her dinner.
Note: This is my interpretation for the weekly Photo Challenge by Word Press. The idea is to take something familiar and make it look Out of This World. I took this shot early one summer’s morning after a particularly heavy dew (hence, the cottonball objects scattered throughout!).
Once you stop rushing through life, you will be amazed how much more life you have time for. ~Author Unknown
Where ya goin’, Little Guy?
Too busy to talk.
Note: I’m participating in WordPress’s 2018 Photo Challenge. This week’s topic is A Face in the Crowd. I took this shot while visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden with my son a couple of years ago and this seems as good a chance as I might ever have to show it to you.
Booze, mint, cream, and Oreos
St. Patrick’s Day treat
Note: I’m participating in the WordPress Photo Challenge for 2018. This week’s topic is Sweet, and you have until next Wednesday if you’d like to participate. For anyone interested in making this yummy Southern dessert called Grasshopper Pie, here’s one recipe.
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. ~Lin Yutang, Chinese writer and inventor
I’ve been from coast to coast and north to south across these great United States, but I imagine that, despite its faults, Illinois always will hold a special place in my heart.
And since this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Tour Guide — what’s special about the place where we live — I’ve prepared a number of photos to show off some of the Land of Lincoln in its glory. If you click the first photo, you can view them as a slideshow. Please enjoy:
Sunrise over Central Illinois
Red roses along ornamental fence
Belladonna Lily, AKA Naked Ladies
Dogwood in spring
Illinois is the top soybean-producing state
Annual dyeing of the Chicago River for St. Paddy’s Day
Waterfall, Chicago Botanic Garden
Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Central Illinois
Chicago, Illinois skyline
Fall foliage, Central Illinois
Bradford pear wearing its fall color
Sunset over central Illinois
Son, dog, and music
Just three special things I love
Making my life full.
The idea behind Beloved, this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme, is to display a photo of something that is dearly loved. Well, gee, that’s not hard, is it? We all have something or someone we love. Here are the instructions if you’d like to join the fun. And before you ask, Dallas does not sing to my flute; he seems to have a preference for brass instruments!
Rainbows make me smile
Storm finished; sunshine returns
Easing the tension.
These shots were taken at different times of the year following different storms. Rainbows in the sky promise a spell of quiet, happiness, and peace.
Note: This collage is my interpretation of Variations on a Theme, this week’s topic in WordPress’s 2018 Photo Challenge. It’s not too late to get in on the fun, you know!
Bunny in the grass
I’m watching him for you, Mom
Never fear — I’m here
Note: This was taken in August, 2016, as my Sheltie silently sneaked up on a rabbit in the yard.
Note 2: This is my interpretation of Silence, this week’s topic in WordPress’s 2018 Photo Challenge. Take a photo, follow the instructions, and play along!