Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – July Pick a Topic from [her] Photo prompted me to head to Zoo Montana / Yellowstone Arboretum with camera in hand. I knew I would find flower beds with trees in the background and hoped there might be a person or two wearing hats.
It’s my favorite week of Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Pick a Topic from Her Photo! Find the challenge photo here. Cee says, “This photo is of the small grape vineyard with hay fields. Possible topics: children’s play area, haystack, grape vines, trees, green blue, red, stairs, lines, field, trees, green, tan, etc..“
Since I thought of pictures I’ve taken at different times in very different places, I chose to go with a variety of topics: fields, steps, tree line, roll, hay, and slide. The first three pictures were taken earlier this week as I was out exploring in central Iowa.
The round bale of hay in Cee’s challenge photo reminded me of large rolls of materials used to make mattresses.
When visiting family in May, my brother gave his wife and me a tour of the mattress company where he works. I was amazed at how much of the factory floor is set up for large scale quilting! I knew that the top, bottom and sides of every mattress are quilted, I just had never thought about how it was done.
I’ve share these last two pictures before but thought of them when I saw Cee’s picture.
See my original post with the theme of stack here.
See my original post with more pictures of playground equipment here.
The primary requirement for Becky’s July #TreeSquare challenge is that the picture be square; a secondary rule is that the photo contains a tree or a part of a tree or the shadow of a tree or even the hint of fake tree. So today I’m sharing three pictures – two with trees in the background and one that is all about the trees. All were taken June 18, 2021 at Iowa’s Big Creek State Park.
I’m guessing – and I could be wrong – that the tree stumps in this third photograph are what remain of trees destroyed by the derecho that swept through the state a year ago.
Becky is back with a square photo challenge for July. The first, most important, must be kept rule is that the photo must be square – four equal sides.
The theme is trees. Or parts of trees. Or shadows of trees. And the trees don’t have to be real. And the picture can include things other than trees. As long as the picture itself is cropped square (see the first rule).
But when I first saw that trees would be the theme for July, I thought trees and only trees. Whole trees: trunk, branches, and leaves/needles. And I started looking for photogenic trees when out with my camera.
These trees are not particularly photogenic, but I couldn’t help but think of the song “One of These Things” from the TV show Sesame Street.
I don’t generally think of conifer trees as growing new leaves. But they do – every spring!
The contrast in color and the variety startled me when I saw these trees around a church in Ankeny, Iowa, U.S. My camera was in the car so I put it to use.
“The needlelike leaves may be long or short, flat or round. … Most species are evergreen, keeping their needles all year. Needle leaf trees are also called conifers because most of them bear fruits called cones.”
– George A. Petrides, Peterson First Guide to Trees
In order to identify the trees with any certainty, I need to take the guidebook with me and go take a closer look at the trees. Using broad categories, I’m pretty sure there’s a pine, a spruce and a fir among these pictures.