Bird Weekly: Yellow & Orange-Legged Birds

Lisa Coleman at Our Eyes Open has a photo challenge, Bird Weekly. This week’s topic is “birds with orange or yellow legs.”

Around here are lots of mallard ducks.

I couldn’t resist posting this one – the ducklings are so cute!

Sea gulls have yellow legs (and yellow beaks too!) like this one at Mont St.-Michel, France.

Tanzania is rich in bird species.

Stork – his legs look pinkish, perhaps light orange?
Kory bustard – again, hard to tell if they are pink or orange.
Weaver – very yellow!
I think this Egyptian heron has orangish legs – unlike the species we have here.
OK, this egret’s legs are black, but he’s got yellow FEET!! Very cool!

Sunday Stills: Getting It Straight

Terri Webster Schrandt has a Sunday photo challenge, Sunday Stills. The theme this week is straight.

Apartment building (Woodstock, IL)

Here’s a place I’ve really been missing the last few months – the library! (Des Plaines, IL)


Under these floor tiles, several hundred people were buried during the Middle Ages! (Oude Kerk, Amsterdam)

Bridges: Pegasus Bridge (Normandy, France)

Bridge over a river on the border of Germany and Austria (near Scharding, Austria)

A tall house (Mont St-Michel, France)

Entrance to a graveyard (Merville-Franceville-Plage, France)

A straight and narrow street in Passau, Germany

Ornate fence in front of the World Museum in Vienna, Austria

April Squares Day 19: Spires & an Un-Spire

HURRAY! I am back on my blog after being AWOL for two days! I had technical difficulties and it took the computer tech more than 24 hours to fix it. So I am at the TOP of my world!  Oh, speaking of top…

I’ve missed a few days of Becky’s April Squares with the topic top, so I’m going to post several photos. I happen to have several photos of the tops of European churches from our trip to France and river cruise in 2019, so here goes…

Most of the photos are of church spires, but my first photo is, sadly, a beautiful cathedral that lost its spires to fire last year: Notre Dame in Paris. Look on the right side of the photo, stare at the clouds and imagine the spires!  We visited only a couple of months after the fire, so we were not even able to go inside at that time. I would love to visit when it has been reconstructed and looks magnificent!
20190613_134658 Notre Dame, Paris
The cathedral in Bayeux, France…this cathedral built in the Middle Ages was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry, which recounts the story of the Norman (France) invasion of England.
20190618_124717 Bayeux
We stopped in Bayeux on our way to Mont St.-Michel, which had been on my bucket list for several years. Here is the tippy-top of the abbey spire.
DSC00352 Mont St Michel
Really, when one tours Europe, one is amazed at the number of churches/cathedrals – every city has one! Here is the top of the cathedral in Würzburg, Germany – the cross on its steeple is lovely!DSC01384 Wurzburg
Next is Bamberg, Germany, with more beautiful crosses on top.
DSC01461 Bamberg Cathedral
What I like about this one, in Nuremburg, Germany, are all the mini spires decorating the roof, and especially, the clock!
DSC01635 Nuremburg,
I must soon post the photos I have of this lovely church in Budapest, Hungary – St. Matthias. Inside, it is very colorful and elaborate, but the roof of this church, with its colorful tiles forming geometric designs is also eye-catching!
DSC02087 St Matthias - Budapest

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

20190619_114400d
Abbey cloister and courtyard

Roofs with gulls

Roof with window
DSC00401
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!
DSC00573
DSC00583DSC00584

DSC00609
Behind the boats in the foreground is the roof of the NEMO Science Museum, which is shaped like a ship!

DSC00644
Modern apartment buildings

DSC00678
This red roof really stands out!

Houseboat roofs:

DSC00567
OK, it’s a tour boat, not a house boat, but it has an interesting mascot – Brunhilde the elephant?

DSC00664
This houseboat rooftop has a nice deck (with furniture) for sunbathing on hot days!

DSC00701
Colorful flowers grace the roof of this houseboat.

DSC00731 (2)
I’m not sure if this is actually a house, but it’s unusual!

Gabled roofs
DSC00721DSC00723DSC00725

Nuremburg, Germany
DSC01536
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.
DSC01532DSC01534 (2)
Views from the ramparts of the town below

Schärding, Austria

DSC01797 (2)
In the countryside outside the town is this house whose energy is supplied by the sun!

DSC01810DSC01811
Melk Abbey, Austria
DSC01854
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.
844 (2)SONY DSC

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.
20190616_192131 (2)
Entering Cabourg
20190616_191919 (2)
Village in Normandy between Arromanches & Caen
20190617_150919 (2)
Bayeux
20190618_121328 (2)
Mont St.-Michel
20190618_213912 (2)
Looking down on the causeway from the abbey at the top of Mont St.-Michel
20190619_111849 (2)
Approaching Pegasus Bridge
20190621_104839 (2)

Hunt for Joy Challenge: Up On the Roof

Cee’s weekly challenge On the Hunt for Joy, is in week 5. This week the topic is Count Chimneys, which includes photos of chimneys, weather vanes, spires and satellite dishes. How is this topic about hunting for joy? She explains: Tip from Ingrid Fetell Lee: Count Chimneys: As you’re walking around, keep a tally of chimneys, spires, or weathervanes. Looking up at the rooftops lifts your gaze, which opens up your posture and allows more light into the eyes, two things that can help to improve your mood.

I admit, some of these photos did not involve looking up, but rather looking down, but even so, they are of chimneys, weather vanes, and spires (no satellite dishes!).SONY DSCDSC01863 (2)DSC01697DSC01530 (2)DSC00351DSC00356 (2)DSC0039920190618_124715j

 

Going Out in a Blaze of Sunsets

It’s the last day of Becky’s January Square with the topic of ____light, and I am ending my participation with refracted light, such as the light that makes sunsets so colorful!

South Dakota20170527_200853 (2)
Tanzania
2-7 sunrise-Ngorongoro (2)2-11 sunset over Serengeti (2)

Illinois (Mississippi River)
SONY DSC
Illinois – Arlington Heights
20191003_183854 (2)
Mont St.-Michel, France
20190618_214852 Twlight - Mont-St-Michel, refracted light
Egypt (on the Nile)
DSC_0275 (2)
On the Caribbean Sea
KODAK Digital Still Camera