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

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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

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WPC: Morning in Four Seasons

Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens

WINTER MORNINGS: CHILLY VIEWS FROM THE WEST (FRONT) SIDE OF MY HOUSE IN ILLINOIS

7:44 a.m., February after a snowstorm:  The morning light filters through the trees and settles on the fresh snow. Although someone from my house has been outside (because of the footprints), it’s too early to have shoveled the walk. However, someone across the street has and a neighbor has already left for work, before the snow plows come through.20150202_074431

A month later, at 6:08 a.m., the golden full moon sets behind our neighborhood.

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SPRING MORNINGS: NOSTALGIA, UPPER KAUBASHINE LAKE, WISCONSIN

9:00 a.m. on an early June day, I admired the stillness of Upper Kaubashine Lake in northern Wisconsin, a view I had seen many times for the last 50 springs and summers. This was to be my last morning at this beautiful place. My siblings and I were getting too old and our lives too far away to take care of the place.

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As I gazed out at the lake in my bathrobe, with a cup of coffee in my hand, I saw a mama duck herding her little ones. They had no doubt awakened much earlier than I had and were ready for their daily fishing lessons.

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SUMMER MORNINGS:  I LOVE SUMMER MORNINGS!

It is my daily custom during warm months when I first get up (between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m.) to grab my cup of coffee and a light snack and sit on the deck at the back of our house, dressed in my bathrobe, and read for awhile out of whatever book I am reading. Sometimes, when I know it’s going to be a hot day, I try to take a walk as early as possible. On July 20, I was well on my way when I stopped to snap a picture of lilies and hibiscus bushes.

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Walking to church around 9:15 a.m. on summer Sunday mornings, I pass this lovely garden and the colorful chairs that the residents of the house arrange on their lawn every summer.

Front yard at corner of Prairie & Laurel

 

AUTUMN MORNINGS: A  REFRESHING TIME TO TAKE A WALK

8:30 a.m. in late September – a spider has been up all night, no doubt, creating this giant web. See her? She’s right in the middle of the web, just in front of the green leaves in the bottom center of the picture.

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Autumn is a wonderful time to take 3-day road trips. Last October we went to Saugatuck, Michigan.  The streets were nearly deserted on an October Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m.  as we strolled down the main drag. The shops hadn’t even opened yet! Saugatuck is a lovely, photogenic town on Lake Michigan, in the southwest corner of the state of Michigan.

Main street (probably Butler St.) in Saugatuck
 Hubby strolls down Butler St. in Saugatuck
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Bench at 110 Butler St. (Later we passed this same place, when the store had opened, and the bench had been covered with colorful pillows.)

Morning brings the promise of a fresh new day and during every season, morning has its charms.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

 

CFFC: Tiptoe Through the Tulips

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, the theme is single flowers. Come tiptoe through the tulips with me! (All were taken of tulips in my garden.)

Some of the tulips I planted several years ago, like the white one below:

White tulip opens to the sun

Others are new this year. Last October, my husband and I were in Holland, Michigan. The main tourist attraction,Veldheer’s Tulip Factory (it also has a wooden shoe factory and Delft china factory), was open even though no tulips were on display.  However, you can buy tulip bulbs there and choose from almost any species of tulip there is! They give you a paper bag and you go around picking the bulbs you want. Each species had a picture of the flower and an open bin of bulbs below. They charge by the number you put into your bag. Of course, by the time I was finished, I had no idea which bulb was which!

So I got a beautiful surprise this spring when many of the bulbs produced a variety of colors and types of tulips! Below are some of these.

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I love taking photos of tulips from above, revealing the inside of the flower. It’s sort of erotic.

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One of three red tulips in my garden

Finally, this is my favorite of all – it’s so delicate and such a beautiful color, as if painted with a paint brush.

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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Orange and Green

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Nov. 17, 2015 – orange and green
There are so many possibilities for this topic because this has been one of the most beautiful autumns here in Midwestern USA that I can remember. I took many walks on which I took lots of pictures, and my husband and I also took a road trip to southwestern Michigan in October. Here are some of the orange and green highlights:

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A bench in Saugatuck, Michigan
The Owl House - I liked the sign!
“The Owl House” – Saugatuck, MI
Colorful houses with colorful tree in front
I like the vibrancy and variety of colors in this photo; for this challenge, focus on the trees in front: one orange, one green.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

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Saugatuck Dunes State Park
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Decorative pots in front of art center in St. Joseph, MI
Sun filters through canopy of an autumn maple
This tree in Des Plaines was partially turned – so it has both green and orange.
Close-up maple leaves
Maple tree in front of my house – close up

CCY Theme: Leading Lines

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge this week is about leading lines. These are my contributions:

Photos taken on the Baltic Sea in August 2015:

The ship's wake, leading out to the horizon in the sunset.
The ship’s wake, leading out to the horizon in the sunset.
Sun rays over the sea
Sun rays over the sea
The Rafael loggia at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
The Rafael loggia at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Nyhavn, Copenhagen
Nyhavn, Copenhagen
The Round Tower, Copenhagen
The Round Tower, Copenhagen
“Durchgang” – small passageway lined with houses and gardens, Lubeck, Germany

Illinois and Michigan, USA:

Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan
Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan

S curve leading lines:

This leading line is an
Winding path into the park with its bright colored trees, Des Plaines, Illinois
Where does this dune path lead? Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Michigan
Where does this dune path lead? Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Michigan