Len-Artists: Reflections of…

Guest host Shower of Blessings has given us the theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #87: Reflections.

My car is a source of several types of reflections:

Reflections of holiday lights on its hood
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Light from its headlights reflecting on snowfall
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An image in its driver’s side mirror (Rocky Mountain National Park)
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Bodies of water are also great sources for photographing reflections:

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Hippo and its reflection (Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)
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Egrets on the edge of a lake (Tarangire National Park, Tanzania)
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In this close-up of two geese that are part of a sculpture, the reflection of the top of the sculpture, geese in flight, can be seen in the pond. (Chicago Botanic Gardens)
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Polished surfaces, such as glass and mirrors, are good places to look for reflections.

Glass pots on display at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington – the pattern at the bottom of the pot on the left is reflected on the platform.
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Glass bowl
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Glass sculpture on the roof of the museum after a rainfall – the birds are actually reflected in the puddle – it reminded me of the egrets in Tanzania!
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The polished floor in the courtyard of a mosque in Cairo, Egypt
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It took me awhile looking at this photo to realize it was actually a mirror image I was photographing, at a restaurant in Cairo. There was also a mirror at the far end, where the actual scene of our group having dinner was reflected, in the second photo.
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Finally, semi-spherical mirrors were used to enhance flower exhibits at the annual orchid show (Chicago Botanic Gardens). This photo is a bit blurry but I liked the reflection – and you can see my camera in my hand at left!
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And now, a theme-related video of a golden oldie from the 1960s!

 

Friendly Friday Odd Couples

I found out about the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge from Cee Neuner (thanks, Cee!).
Here’s my first contribution, for the topic Odd Couples.

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Short and tall: My friend Marcia with an Abe Lincoln impersonator

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Artwork at Santa Fe State Capitol

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Odd couple indeed! Grandpa and grandson in their unique outfits!

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Incongruous decoration pairing outside someone’s apartment in December

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 Colorful cow and guy, Denver, Colorado

Hunt for Joy Challenge: Say Cheese

Cee Neuner has a new weekly challenge entitled On The Hunt For Joy. This is the second week and the theme is Say Cheese. She says,

“find some photos of you smiling and feeling joyful, or find some photos that brings a smile to your face or brings you joy.  Tip from Ingrid Fetell Lee [who is the inspiration for this challenge]: ‘Studies show that our expressions can influence our emotions. So when you’re feeling down, try faking it ‘till you feel it by smiling, doing laughter yoga exercises, or looking at a photo of yourself taken at a particularly joyful time.'”

I selected photos that represent happy times in my life. The first is me having a fun moment with my son when he was a little boy, circa winter 1988.Jayme & Katharine Villa-Alvarez
A wedding photo taken when I married the man I love, Dale, in November 1995.
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Playing around with the photo software on my computer in my classroom at Anne Sullivan School. This was one of the happiest years during my teaching career, 2009-2010.
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Here are some happy times traveling.

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Me with fish band sculpture, Laclede, St. Louis, MO (2016) – I include this because of the interesting & humorous sculpture.

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You may recognize this as my profile picture on WP. I’m smiling because we were in Monterey, CA (2015), one of my favorite areas in the U.S.

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Relaxing on deck with a margarita during our cruise to the Panama Canal (2017).

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Relaxing with hot drinks and pastries after a few hours looking at art, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2018).

Finally, one of my “shared” birthday celebrations – my brother-in-law and I have birthdays nine days apart, and he is 10 years older than I am.  (They spelled my name wrong at the bakery – it’s Katy, not Caty! 😦 )
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Sculpture Saturday

Mind Over Memory has a photo challenge called Sculpture Saturday. Here a few photos of sculptures I’ve taken over the last few months.

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Rocking horse light sculpture, North School Park, Arlington Heights, IL (this park has a wonderful holiday lights display every year).

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Modern art sculpture somewhere in Chicago – taken during our Open House Chicago 2019 tour

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Sculpture at Buddhist Temple in Chicago – taken during Open House Chicago 2019.

 

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Taken at the Chinese pagoda at Chinese Reconciliation Park in Tacoma, WA

Thursday Doors: Belmont Ave. & More

I had Norm’s Thursday Doors in mind when, two weekends ago, we went into the city for Open House Chicago. I took some random pictures of doors as we drove down the street. Most of these were on Belmont Avenue.

This is not a door, but a gate is a portal, an entryway, so I consider it worthy of inclusion. I like the way it connects two buildings.
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The decoration on top of this building is typical of the art deco style of the 1920s.
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This house looks as though it might have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright or one of his disciples.
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The door isn’t visible but what you see is above the door.
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Partial doors visible here – I don’t know what church it is.
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Modern sculpture
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Inside Wintrust Bank, Old Town
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CFFC: Lines

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week has the topic Lines.

Marriott Hotel, Cairo, Egypt

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Looking down on an indoor courtyard from the second floor atrium. The Marriott Cairo was converted from a 19th century palace to a hotel, preserving many of the original building’s features.

Fine arts & gifts store in Jericho, West Bank, Palestine

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These beautiful jars are made of glass and when you hold them up to the light, their color changes – or rather, you see more colors in them.

Countryside near Jericho, Palestine

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Crops are covered to protect them from the winter weather.

Chihuly glass art, outside Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

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This display is outside, but part of the Museum of Glass. It is located on a bridge in downtown Tacoma and spans most of the length of the bridge.

Columned fountains, outside the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

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These columns filled with flowing water were arranged in a circle, sort of like a “henge.”

CB&WPC: Taking Sides

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is sides of things.

Whose side are you on?

I’m not sure I’d want to be on THIS guy’s side – especially its bad side!

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Sculpture at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Climbing up the side of this pyramid might be tricky, not to mention slippery!

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Glass pyramid at the Louvre, Paris

I’d rather be on this animal’s side than in front – whoa, watch out!

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Rhino sculpture, Musee d’Orsay, Paris

I’m on your side, lions! (My, what big teeth you have!)

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Lions in front of a house, Des Plaines, IL

I’m definitely on the side of these newlyweds on their wedding day!

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Our niece’s wedding, Port Gamble, WA

Being on the side of a dahlia lets me see the unfolding of this lovely, delicate flower.

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Dahlia, Port Gamble, WA

This side view is one of my best and most favorite photos.

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My cat Hazel, at home in Des Plaines, IL

Birds’ eyes are on the sides of their heads – and this one is giving me quite a stare!

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Gull, Sweden

Give me the evil eye, but don’t worry – I’m not going to steal your worm!

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I forgot the name of this bird! Tanzania

I hope you enjoyed my journey of taking sides. And remember, I’m always on your side (hopefully with camera in hand)!