CMMC: Pick a Topic from a Photo

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge this week is to find a subject in a photo she posted. Here it is:


What follows are photos from my archives that fit the topic.


Boots for sale, Austin, Texas

Fall foliage

This is the only tree on campus that has fully changed color in mid-October!


Our fitness director poses beneath an arch of purple balloons to kick off Walk for Alzheimer’s at the Moorings.
(October is Alzheimer’s Awareness month.)

Mother/Mom (who is wearing purple!)

My mother (age 93) with her son-in-law Jim in his prairie garden


Mother and son enjoying a beautiful afternoon bike ride (Regensburg, Germany)

The Past, Squared: Oct. 20, 2016

I picked an October 20 from my blog archives. I am featuring them here for Becky’s Past Squares (or SquarePast?) today. The photos below are from two posts on Oct. 20, 2016.

For Thursday Doors that week, I posted doors of houses in Des Plaines. I have selected the ones that are most seasonal.

I like the contrasting blue & orange in this photo.

The other post I did that day was for Cee’s weekly Fun Foto Challenge. Her topic was vibrant colors. This is, coincidentally, the topic of Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week. These photos were taken on a trip to Texas, where we visited the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Dale’s silhouette in front of a neon Texas flag!
Pink Electric Chair (2006)

Travel in Green

HeyJude at Travel Words has a Life in Colour Photo Challenge 2021, and the theme for March is green. Here’s my gallery of green:

CFFC: Colorful Buildings

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge continues with her theme “all about buildings” and this week’s topic is colorful buildings.

In Amsterdam, Holland:
the red light district

De Pijp neighborhood (across from our Airbnb)

Miltenberg, Germany:

the Town Hall (Rathaus)

Wurzburg’s colorful cathedral:

Budapest, Hungary:

Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico:

Costa Rica:

Sports stadium in Aswan, Egypt:

Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA on Route 66:

Shamrock, Texas (Route 66):

Cuba, Missouri (Route 66):

Uranus, Missouri (Route 66):

CB&WPC: Footwear and Feet

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is feet or shoes human and animal.

Collections of shoes and other footwear

Square Perspectives: Poop or… ?

When you take a photograph, you can choose to put your subject into context, by showing the scene around it. Or you can zero in on it and make it look like something else. That is what I did in this photo I’m submitting for Becky’s July Squares with the topic perspective.

What do you think this is? I think it looks like a lot of animal poop. Maybe some big dogs came around and left these piles.

In fact, although they look like mounds of poop, they are actually weird tree roots! I spotted them in San Antonio, Texas on the River Walk. Here’s the same scene, zoomed out a little:

The weird tree roots from another angle.

It’s all depends on your perspective!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Leading Lines

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #80 is about leading lines. Leading lines are one of the “rules” of composition: There are indeed “rules” of photographic composition, which like many other rules, are made to be broken. Whatever their skill level or experience though, understanding and knowing when to use the “rules” of composition can be helpful for any photographer. This week, our challenge will explore a key compositional element, Leading Lines. …Leading lines carry our eye through a photograph. They help to tell a story, to place emphasis, and to draw a connection between objects. They create a visual journey from one part of an image to another and can be helpful for creating depth as well.

This is how I spent the last two Junes, 2018 and 2019.

Our road trip (mostly) on Route 66: Sedona and Winslow, AZ
We visited the Painted Desert, too: first, horizontal lines.
Undulating formations which slope downward.
In Santa Fe, colorful pillars…
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When on Route 66, here’s a sight not to miss: Cadillac Ranch. It had rained the night before.

A year later, we were on a river cruise in Europe. One of the first ports of call was Cologne, Germany with its famed cathedral, with stained glass windows reaching toward heaven…
…and soaring arches decorated with sculptures of saints.
Later we crossed the bridge to return to our ship. The inner side of the bridge is covered with “love locks” – padlocks people leave in honor of their sweethearts. They stretch on as far as the eye can see!
Next stop was Marksburg Castle, which afforded beautiful views of the Rhein River and town below (I wish I could photoshop that pole out, but I don’t have the software).
And here’s a different view: a steeple rises up as seen through a turret.
Marksburg is definitely a “must” on any Rhine River cruise. It’s like a fairy tale castle!
Farther on down the river, a swan swam over near our ship.
We were passing through a lowland area.
I loved the small town of Miltenberg, which was so picturesque!
Inside a church, hymnals were stacked neatly in the narthex. One is drawn to the word Gotteslob, which perhaps means hymnal.
Our final stop on the cruise was Budapest, Hungary. A memorable part of the day we were there was a walking tour through the old Jewish Quarter.


CB&WPC: These Shoes Are Made For Walkin’

The topic of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is shoes, boots, slippers.

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My daughter’s shoes
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Please take off your shoes! New Year’s party-goers’ shoes at the entrance to a friend’s house
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My sketch of my husband’s slippers
Dale's sandals 8-18-18
Cowboy boots for sale, Austin, Texas
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Display at Overlord Museum (a museum about D-Day and the invasion of Normandy in France)
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Dutch wooden shoes, Kinderdijk, Holland
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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.
KODAK Digital Still Camera
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.

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