CFFC: Oh, you!!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is the letter U – must have both an ‘o’ and a ‘u’ in the word.


Interlocking hoops decoration on a wall at a wedding venue



Peter the Great loved fountains, so he had a lot of them built on his country estate, Peterhof (near St. Petersburg, Russia)



Mt. Baker, Washington state, from our airplane window




Interesting cloud formations over the prairie in southeastern North Dakota


Ripply  clouds at 4:30 yesterday afternoon, as seen from my driveway.







Looking down on consumers at Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota



Newlywed couple, (my niece Allie and her new husband Alex), prepares to cut the wedding cake.



My husband, Dale,  relaxes as he enjoys wine and cheese hour at Hotel Donaldson, Fargo, North Dakota



The dungeon tour
The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Charleston, SC. It was built by the British in 1771 in a Palladian style, and was used for trade purposes during Charleston’s growth as a port. During the American Revolution, American Patriots were held prisoners in the dungeon.


Las Bovedas, now a colorful market in Cartagena, Colombia, was a dungeon at one time (las bovedas means “the dungeons”), which is why over each shop door there is a small barred window – this would have been the only window the prisoners in the cells had.




CFFC: S Colors

This week, Cee’s Fun Foto Alphabet Challenge is letter S, with the topic of colors starting with S. Here’s my gallery on the subject:

Sea Pearl

“Sea pearl” is the color name given to this 2017 Prius, my new car! The color was a major factor in my selection of this particular car at Schaumburg Toyota. 

Stainless Steel

Drinking fountain in women’s locker room, Prairie Lakes Center, Des Plaines


Silver snowflake holiday decoration at Prairie Lakes Center, Des Plaines



Salmon floor tiles, Prairie Lakes Center, Des Plaines



Las Bovedas shopping market, Cartagena, Colombia



This is the corner of walls in our dining room.  We had our whole downstairs painted last year. The color I picked for the dining room is called “Sand.”


Sky Blue & Scarlet

Bright flowers growing on a tree contrast with the blue sky, at San Diego Botanical Gardens in Balboa Park.


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WPC: Windows

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is all about windows: looking out, looking in, or  windows themselves.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Photographing windows from the outside can be tricky. A reflection on the glass may obscure the true subject that is inside. However, a reflection can also add a nice effect.

Reflection of the outside, a horse statue inside and the design on the window itself in Des Plaines, IllinoisSONY DSC

A variety of nutcrackers inside a Christmas store window in Saugatuck, Michigan20151012_100546

INSIDE LOOKING OUT:  It could be a scene of the life outside, or it could just be weather!

A leaf plastered on my window by a November rainstormAnother view of leaf on window during storm

At the Chicago River Museum, looking out of a 4th story round window20160922_103404

OUTSIDE LOOKING AT:  Sometimes the windows themselves are interesting or attractive.

A small window with grates above the entrance to a shop at Las Bóvedas in Cartagena, Colombia, is a vestige of the times when it was used as a prison.KODAK Digital Still Camera

Window with flower pots in Todos Santos, Mexico20170404_160053_001

CB&WPC: Lines and Angles

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is Lines and Angles.

My Flower of the Day was a Showy Stonecrop. Here is a whole line of them bordering steps to someone’s house:20170825_183411 (2)

At the Chicago Botanic Gardens, the overhead trellis casts shadows on the walkway:20170608_133643 (3)

Wild grasses glisten in the sunlight:SONY DSC

Looking down a street in Cartagena, Colombia:KODAK Digital Still Camera


Thursday Doors: Doors of Cartagena, Colombia

For Norm’s Thursday doors, I offer glimpses into the colors and history of Cartagena.

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Zooming out, here’s the whole building:

This is right across from the historic sea wall.

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Entrance to the Palace of the Inquisition
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Street scene – lots of doorways!


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One of the entrances to San Pedro Calvo Church


San Pedro Calvo Church
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Another of the church’s entrances

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Not a door, exactly, but an entryway to a patio full of lush greenery, in the church complex


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A woman there had colorful macaws which you could have sit on your arm.

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