Squares That Didn’t Make the Cut

I’m finally jumping in to Becky’s October square challenge: Squares of the Past!
When I do an ongoing challenge, I create a folder especially for that challenge, and often the pictures I add never “make the cut.” So I’m going to begin with the Squares in those folders which I didn’t include originally.

These “bright squares” were all taken at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington in September of 2019.

CFFC/CMMC: Oranges & Holes

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week has the topic of hole/whole. And for her newest challenge, Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge, the topic is orange.

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is a wonder of geological formations called “hoodoos.” These orangish sandstone shapes were carved over millions of years through water and wind erosion. Besides being orange, look carefully to see the holes!

Another beautiful national park in Utah is Arches National Park, named for the many arches carved by nature into the orange rocks. The first picture below is an iconic image, which many people have seen on calendars or posters. I had to use my telephoto lens to get a good shot of this beautiful arch, because without an arduous climb we could not get very close to it! The second photo is another of the park’s arches, which form a type of hole due to erosion, out of the whole rock!

Pumpkins, when they carved, become jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. At night you can see the light of the candle glowing through the holes!

Chihuly piece at Museum of Glass in Tacoma

Orange foliage with “holes” between the leaves!

I keep this (whole) water bottle next to my bed.

It has a hole in the top where the straw goes in!

April Squares 28: Museum of Glass

The Museum of Glass in Tacoma has an interesting, modernist design. It was designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, his first art museum. He started working on the building in 2000 and in 2001 the building was completed. At the top of the building, shaped like an angled cone, is the hot shop, where visitors can watch glass artists shape their work.
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The hot shop:
Artists and visitors see a close up view of the glass being worked or “blown” on a large screen.

Outside the museum is the  Chihuly Bridge of Glass, which links the museum site with downtown Tacoma. 20190915_140522

Rising upward and topping this bridge is a glass sculpture by Chihuly consisting of chunks of green-blue glass. (And there’s no way to make this photo square without ruining the view of what it looks like. But it definitely tops the entire complex.)
Source: Wikipedia: Museum of Glass

Posted for Becky’s April Squares with the subject top.

CFFC: Circles Everywhere

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Circles, Curves and Arches, and for this post I am focusing only on circles, which are abundant!

Circles are everywhere – in nature, in art, in architecture, in daily life. I find circles in modern sculpture,

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Sculpture in front of Northlight Theater, Skokie, IL

art museums,


Glass sculpture, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA


Glass sculpture, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA


Dale Chihuly, glass sculpture, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

light fixtures,


Bamberg Cathedral, Bamberg, Germany


Wedding venue, Woodbury, MN

in decorative displays,


Wedding venue, Woodbury, MN

floor patterns,


Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

and buildings.


Downtown Tacoma, WA

Circles are also common in nature, such as the sphere of the setting sun,


Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

or a flower,


Dahlia, Point Defiance Park gardens, Tacoma, WA


Sunflower, The Moorings, Arlington Heights, IL

and even on animals.


Hyena, southern Serengeti, Tanzania


Cheetahs, southern Serengeti, Tanzania

In nature and human-made structures, circles, both 3D and two-dimensional, are everywhere,  in all sizes, patterns and colors.