Vibrant 3: Venice, November 2015

The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week is VIBRANT.

Self thinks the photos below, which she took in Venice in November 2015, vividly fit the bill:

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Throng, San Marco Square, Venice: November 2015

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Red Coat Woman, San Marco Square, Venice: November 2015

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Sidewalk Café, San Marco Square, Venice: November 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Sylvain Landry Week 30 Photo Challenge

Self always has fun doing these.

This week’s Sylvain Landry Photo Challenge is ORANGE.

Maybe this little crit isn’t quite orange enough. Self encountered it on a walk yesterday. But it’s a cheerful sight, so here it is anyway:

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Garden Art, Mendocino Art Center, Yesterday (26 January 2016)

Thanks to Sylvain Landry for always thinking up such interesting prompts!

Stay tuned.

 

Oops! WordPress Daily Photo Challenge

  • ‘Tis the season to revel in photographic and/or photogenic disasters.

WordPress Photo Challenge for the week is OOPS!

Self doesn’t know if the below pair of pictures qualify as disasters, but she was trying to capture a tiny American flag that she saw through a window. It was very far away. She tried to keep her hand steady by pressing against the window glass with her zoom lens. She was able to bring the flag a lot closer, but there was a reddish tint on part of the photograph, self has no idea why.

Perhaps that is enough of an “Oops?”

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Picture # 1 of a U.S. Flag, from a Building in Soho, November 2015

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Still the same subject, still the same reddish tint. Self struggled futilely for another 15 minutes before giving up.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Bleu, Blanc, Rouge: Sylvain Landry Week 20 Photo Challenge

Since Nov. 13, self has been thinking of Sylvain Landry. Today, she read the prompt on his site for Week 20 of his photo challenge, and it was the colors of the French flag: white, blue, red.

His post for the week describes his first reaction to the news of the terrorist attacks: “You are traversed by a visceral anger . . . Then, slowly, you realize that it is the play of terrorism, the great disturbance of stupidity that inflicts extreme pain to trigger the urge to violence, hatred of the other, xenophobia . . . ”

Fear is “invasive, winding, and icy, but it is this fear that makes us living beings. Fear keeps us alive. And because we really fear, we find in ourselves the courage . . . ”

Here is self’s picture for the Sylvain Landry Week 20 Photo Challenge: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge: a picture she took of a double-decker tourist bus in New York City:

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New York City, Late Summer 2015

In solidarity with the people of France.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Alone: Sylvain Landry – SL 16

Self enjoys Sylvain Landry’s photo challenges.

He’s got a GREAT picture up this week, for SL-16: ALONE. Check it out.

In the meantime, here’s her photo of ALONE:

2014 Codex International Book Fair in Benicia, CA: And Self Takes Pictures of Solitary Seagulls

2015 Codex International Book Fair in Benicia, CA: And Self Takes Pictures of Solitary Seagulls

Stay tuned.

Extra(ordinary): San Francisco, October 2015

Love the prompt this week: (Extra)ordinary, finding meaning in the ordinary.

Last week, self was in San Francisco. Only two more weeks till Halloween! Hence Halloween decorations in the laundromat she uses and an ice cream store, Xanath, on Valencia Street in the city:

Monday Afternoon at the Laundromat (2nd to Last Monday in October 2015)

Monday Afternoon at the Laundromat (2nd to Last Monday in October 2015)

Love the black cat above the white washing machines!

Love the black cat above the white washing machines!

Of course, no trip anywhere would be complete without a visit to an ice cream store! Here’s Xanath on Valencia Street:

Xanath, an Organic Fro-Yo and Ice Cream Place on Valencia Street. Sampled their wares during the Oct. 17 Litcrawl.

Xanath, an Organic Fro-Yo and Ice Cream Place on Valencia Street. Sampled their wares during the Oct. 17 Litcrawl.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Not Your Usual Boundaries

Self likes playing with the concept of boundaries, this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

For this post, her examples of BOUNDARIES are:

a Rothko:

Every painting by Rothko is about boundaries.

Every painting by Rothko is about boundaries. Layers are boundaries.

a window. A window is more than just a means of ventilation. It also frames a landscape. It imposes a boundary on the “outside” and turns it into what we think of as quote unquote view:

It's just a window.

A window is not just a window.

a river. Rivers are boundaries. Self took this picture from a bus heading to New York City from New Hampshire, March 2015:

The Last Gasp of the Industrial Age? Hard to believe this was taken just this year.

The Last Gasp of the Industrial Age? Hard to believe this was taken just this year.

Self really loves ruminating on this week’s theme. In honor of the last, an excerpt from a poem called “Coming Into New York,” by John Updike (Who knew he wrote poetry?) in the Oct. 5, 2015 issue of The New Yorker:

After Providence, Connecticut —
the green defiant landscape, unrelieved
except by ordered cities, smart and smug,
in spirit villages, too full of life
to be so called, too small to seem sincere.
And then like Death it comes upon us:
the plain of steaming trash, the tinge of brown
that colors now the trees and grass as though
exposed to rays sent from the core of heat–

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Grid 2: Galway & London

“We often superimpose a mental grid over things we photograph to help with composition. This week, let’s go literal.”

The Daily Post Photo Challenge, GRID

What self heard over and over in Galway was that they didn’t have a summer. It was grey throughout. Grey like today? Self thinks the city is beautiful. The rain is light.

The picture below has many different grids: the grid of the streets, of the sidewalk railings, the buildings:

Walked up this Galway Street, looking for the sea.

Walked up this Galway Street, looking for the sea.

Unfortunately, by the time self got to this wee independent bookstore, it was closed:

Galway Bookstore on the corner of Middle St. and -- ?

Galway Bookstore on the corner of Middle St. and — ?

Self is appending a link to The Daily Edge’s list of the 17 Best Independent Bookstores in Ireland.

Finally, buildings on a street off Whitechapel Road in London. Self was on a Jack the Ripper tour:

Somwhere Off Whitechapel Road, London

Somwhere Off Whitechapel Road, London

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Sylvain Landry Weekly Photo Challenge: School

This is a picture self took in the village of Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India in January 2012.

Thanks to Sylvain Landry for the prompt, SCHOOL.

School in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India: January 2012

School in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India: January 2012

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Creepy: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The Prompt: This week, share a post about something CREEPY. Unsettling. EERIE.

Dun Dun Dun!!!

Without further ado, here are a few examples of the unsettling and eerie:

Spookiness in the Winchester Mystery House Labyrinth

Spookiness in the Winchester Mystery House Labyrinth

Night View: Moon Through Filigree of Trees

Night View: Moon Through Filigree of Trees

Ah, the Moon: Bacolod, July 2011

Ah, the Moon: Bacolod, July 2011

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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