Life in Purple

For Jude’s Travel Words, Life in Colour, this month’s word is the color purple.

Purple hyacinths

A more vibrant shade of purple are these rhododendrons.

Purple displays at Lightscape, a holiday event at Chicago Botanic Gardens

Marine life (corals) at Brookfield Zoo

Faux flowers

Purple in sunrises and sunsets (sunrise in Tanzania, sunsets on Chicago expressway and the Caribbean Sea)

Purple signs (Quebec City & Rio de Janeiro)

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Kinda Square: Markets

I’m back after a bit of a hiatus from blogging and participating in this challenge, so this time I’m including multiple photos for Becky’s October KindaSquare challenge, because there are many different KINDs of markets around the world!

Friendly Friday: Markets

Sandy’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge topic this week is markets.

I love outdoor markets – we have a farmers’ market near us on Sundays which runs from June to October. Most of the farmers are from Michigan or southern Illinois. Of course, the items change with the seasons. This is a local farmers’ market in October.

It is fun and interesting to visit markets in other countries – both outdoor farmers’ markets and regular supermarkets. Following are market scenes I took on my recent travels.

Quebec City, Canada in October

Aswan spice market, Egypt, in January

Rishon le Tsiyon, Israel – these photos were taken at an (indoor) supermarket, in January

Tel Aviv, Israel – another supermarket, in January

Vienna, Austria – we took a special tour to this large outdoor market, called Naschmarkt, which sold a lot of other things besides food! In July

Not all markets sell food…

Here is the Daraw animal market in Daraw, Egypt, in January.

Square Perspectives: 2-Dimensions Meet 3-Dimensions

For Day 6 of Becky’s July Square Perspectives challenge, I look at the artistic angle of perspective: Art – the method by which solid objects drawn or painted on a flat surface are given the appearance of depth and distance.

A few years ago, we took a cruise from Boston to Montreal, and one of our stops was the lovely Quebec City. Wandering around, I saw a mural, which took up an entire wall and, next to it, another one of (famous) people in the windows of a building. These murals were so realistic and blended so well with the surroundings, that it would be easy to mistake them (fortunately I didn’t, because I would have walked into the wall!).

I can’t square the second photo because you need to see the entire wall to get the proper effect.

Thursday Doors With Flowers

Since I haven’t gone anywhere lately where I could photograph doors, I’m recycling some previous ones I’ve posted, thematically. This week for Norm’s Thursday Doors, I present doors with flowers.

Luxor, Egypt
Des Plaines, IL, USA
Quebec City, Que., Canada
Chicago, IL, USA
Des Moines, IA, USA
Maisons-Alfort (near Paris), France
Maisons-Alfort, France
Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
Miltenberg, Germany
somewhere in northeastern France
Caen, Normandy, France
Woodstock, IL, USA
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Schaerding, Austria
Regensburg, Germany
Nuremberg, Germany
Santa Fe, NM, USA

Lens-Artists #82: Capitals & Capitols

The Lens–Artists photo challenge this week has a guest host, Viveka, whose topic is capitals.

On our road trips around the United States, we try to visit as many capitals as possible – not just the capital cities, but also their capitol buildings. I have a series of posts featuring some of the capitols we’ve visited lately. (Check them out in my archives – that’s why I’ve put the dates in below.) These are the ones that we have seen in the last 3 years.

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA (May 2017)
Capitol exterior and its dome from inside

Some of the memorials and statues on the capitol grounds

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA (May 2017)
Capitol building exterior (no, it doesn’t have a dome) and view of grounds from the top floor viewing area

Some famous North Dakotans

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA (May 2018)
Capitol exterior (the dome is at the top of this multistoried building), floor of the rotunda, visiting school group

Artwork viewed from the rotunda, including a colorful door

DENVER, COLORADO (June 2018)
Exterior and view from the dome

Stained glass portraits

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (June 2018)
Exterior and staircase

Slideshow of some of the sights inside

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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO (June 2018)
The capitol building in Santa Fe is shaped like the Zuni sun symbol, which is also depicted in the rotunda and on the state flag. The first two photos are a partial view of the exterior and one of the curved hallways.

The New Mexico capitol building has a lot of artwork by New Mexican artists. The slideshow shows some of them.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA (June 2018)
The Oklahoma state capitol has the distinction of being the only capitol in the U.S. that has an oil rig visible at every cardinal direction. Two of these can be seen below. The middle photo is the dome from the rotunda, and the photo at right is a commemoration of Oklahoma’s native tribes, each of which has its own flag.

Sculpture, artwork, and artifacts in the capitol

DES MOINES, IOWA (Sept. 2018)
Capitol exterior and chamber of the legislature

Iowa’s capitol has colorful designs and patterns on its floors.

On the capitol grounds, there is a Holocaust memorial.

Interestingly, this post does not contain photos from my home state capital (Springfield, IL – I was last there in 2012) nor the capital of the state north of here, the state where I was born and I grew up (Madison, WI – I can’t remember the last time I visited the capitol).

I have also visited several foreign capitals in recent years (2017-2019), but not their government buildings – can you figure out which cities these are? One is a provincial capital, the others are national capitals.

 

 

 

CFFC & Thursday Doors: Red Doors

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is RED. Since I have several photos of red doors, I am combining this with Norm’s Thursday Doors.

Des Plaines, Illinois: I love this house with its red door and matching light above. I met the owner, Bonnie, one day when she was working on her garden. I asked if I could take a photo of her house and she asked me what it was for. “I collect pictures of doors,” I told her! She told me she had purchased the light at an industrial goods store – it was metal and she spray painted it red. We talked for several minutes about her garden and her artistic endeavors. Very nice lady!
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Highland Park, Illinois: I took my friend to a doctor’s appointment in Highland Park. I wanted to visit my niece who lives there, but she wasn’t home so I had time to kill. I walked around downtown Highland Park, taking photos of interesting things, especially doors, of course! The first photo is the front door of the Episcopal Church of Highland Park and the second is a barn-shaped shed in a park adjacent to the church.
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Charleston, South Carolina: We took a road trip to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA four years ago in early spring. The weather was unusually cold for that region but at least it wasn’t hurricane season! I am praying for my friends and residents of the Carolinas now as Hurricane Florence reaches their coastline! This big barn is where we began a carriage tour, pulled by a pair of mules, around Charleston’s historic center.
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Houston, Texas: One of the most unusual art installations I have ever seen was the Orange Show in Houston.  I wrote a post about it last year. This is the entrance gate.
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Tucson, Arizona: We had time to just wander around town on a rainy day in December. It cleared up enough to explore a couple of neighborhoods, where I took these photos. The second is my favorite because of the animals on the roof! This photo was taken in the predominantly Latino neighborhood south of downtown.
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Quebec City & Montreal, Quebec, Canada: The first photo was taken in Quebec City – this building had sets of doors three stories up. The post sticking out on top was used as pulleys to bring up goods delivered from wagons. The doors would be opened to bring them in. The second photo is a restaurant in the historic part of Montreal. I wrote a post about Quebec and another about the doors of old Montreal.
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Lübeck, Germany: This is a charming small city near the Baltic coast of Germany, famous for marzipan. I wrote about this town in a post about our shore excursion walking tour in August of 2015. This is the entrance to a pharmacy.20150808_043630

Signs for All Occasions

Ooh, I love this topic! Signs are so diverse that I have an archive of sign photos!  If you wish to join in the fun, Nancy Merrill has A Photo a Week Challenge every Thursday; this week’s topic is Signs.

Signs can be informative…

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Sign over a dentist’s office in Chicago

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…or funny!

Good sign! (Fire and Ice, Marengo)
In a restaurant in some small town in north central Illinois

 

 

Dale and I still laugh when we remember this sign we saw in Buzios in 2003!
Someone had translation trouble! Buzios, Brazil

 

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On a corner near downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

 

They can be thought provoking….

This is on a wall next to the parking lot across from SAMA.
On a wall by the parking lot of the San Antonio Art Museum

 

 

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Inside a restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri

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…or lend ambiance to a place, such as…

Mader’s German Restaurant, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

and old town Quebec City, Canada:

Signs also convey social and political opinions:

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Women’s March, Chicago, Jan. 21, 2017

 

Sandy's sign - she used flowers from her wedding poster - "repurposed"
My friend’s sign at the Women’s March

 

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At an exhibit about the 1960s cultural revolution at the Montreal Museum of Art, Oct. 2017

 

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Sign in our front yard