KOC: The Bizarrely Ordinary

From Kammie’s page: Oddball: (noun) a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming; (adjective) whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge is for those photos that are sort of strange, or don’t fit in with anything else. There is no specific topic, so …

I have no idea what this is, but I took the photo somewhere in Chicago. It struck me at the time as an odd object, and then there’s the random water bottle someone left there.
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This is a sad and weary water pump: overworked and underpaid in the middle of a heat wave!
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Obviously the vestige of something else that is long gone. Open? What’s open? Where?
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Apparently, someone at a nature center told us the purpose of these logs with holes in them, but I’ve forgotten.
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Don’t count on this hydrant in case of a fire!
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Build your own desert landscape! Get your camels and sand here!
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CB&WPC: I’ve Looked At Clouds

Cee’s black & White Photo Challenge this week has the topic clouds. This is an interesting topic, because one of the things that makes cloud pictures spectacular is color – especially sunsets. I tried and rejected several photos because they just didn’t have appeal without the color. Others, however, look even more dramatic in black & white! So here’s what I chose.

I’ll start with clouds seen from above (through an airplane window).
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I got some dramatic sunset photos in black & white when I looked for strong contrasts between the clouds and the sky.
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The variety of the shapes of the clouds makes this an interesting photo in black & white.

2-6 sunset from our room at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (2)
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Sometimes, what attracts me to take photos of clouds is the variety of shapes. It can be especially dramatic in the wide open spaces on the prairies of North Dakota…
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…or a sunburst over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
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More subtle effects over the pond on the campus of our community.
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In this photo, the clouds are reflected in the rippled surface of the water.
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Sometimes, instead of a prairie, a dramatic landscape – such as majestic mountains – enhances the photo, offering a dramatic contrast between land and sky.
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The official title of the following song is Both Sides Now. But this is a pretty rendition with ethereal moving clouds. Although the song was written by Joni Mitchell, who sings it here, it was first recorded by Judy Collins, which was the first version of it I heard.

CFFC: Roofs of Europe

The roofs in Europe are varied and interesting. So for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week with the topic of roofs, here are some European roofs.

Mont St.-Michel, France

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Abbey cloister and courtyard

Roofs with gulls

Roof with window
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Amsterdam, Holland – These are my favorites due to their variety in architectural style.

2 views of the roofs of the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam’s largest art museum), including solar panels! The building was designed by Pierre Cuypers (who also designed other buildings in Amsterdam in the same style, including Centraal Station and Concertgebouw) and opened in 1885.

The rest of these Amsterdam roofs were photographed during a private boat tour, which included all the major canals and the harbor, so there were many types to see, both on shore and in the water!
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Behind the boats in the foreground is the roof of the NEMO Science Museum, which is shaped like a ship!
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Modern apartment buildings
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This red roof really stands out!

Houseboat roofs:

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OK, it’s a tour boat, not a house boat, but it has an interesting mascot – Brunhilde the elephant?
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This houseboat rooftop has a nice deck (with furniture) for sunbathing on hot days!
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Colorful flowers grace the roof of this houseboat.
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I’m not sure if this is actually a house, but it’s unusual!

Gabled roofs
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Nuremburg, Germany
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Nuremburg Castle has existed since medieval times. Made of sandstone, it was a fortified group of buildings built on a ridge in the old center of town. The city expanded outward from there.
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Views from the ramparts of the town below

Schärding, Austria

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In the countryside outside the town is this house whose energy is supplied by the sun!

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Melk Abbey, Austria
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Views of the town of Melk from the abbey

To end on a contrast, here are two views of dwellings in a Maasai village in Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. The Maasai build their villages in a circle, surrounded by fences. They use the surrounding land for grazing and herding their animals, mostly cattle and goats.
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Friday Fun Challenge: Furry

Aroused by Arete has a Friday Fun challenge, and this week’s topic is furry. (I found this challenge from Cee Neuner – thanks, Cee!).

Here are some of my furry friends – my cat, Hazel (age 8 1/2)

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Hazel perched on the back of a chair on our porch, on a warmish winter day
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My soft, furry bathrobe is a favorite sleeping spot for Hazel!

and my grandcats, Freddie (age 6 months) and Stevie (age 2 1/2).

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Freddie (front) and Stevie in December
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Stevie in 2020

A video of Freddie playing – he’s gotten even furrier as his Maine coon features become more prominent!

 

CB&WPC: French Roads in Black & White

The theme of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is roads.

All these photos were taken on our trip to Normandy, France last June.

Roll out the red carpet in Cabourg’s touristy center, lined with restaurants and shops.
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Entering Cabourg
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Village in Normandy between Arromanches & Caen
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Bayeux
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Mont St.-Michel
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Looking down on the causeway from the abbey at the top of Mont St.-Michel
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Approaching Pegasus Bridge
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