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:
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Artists and visitors see a close up view of the glass being worked or “blown” on a large screen.
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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.)
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Source: Wikipedia: Museum of Glass

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

Thursday Doors: Tacoma

I don’t think I ever posted these photos of doors in Tacoma, Washington – most of them taken while in the car, so I wasn’t able to be too discerning about the photography. Anyway, for Norm’s Thursday Doors, here are doors in downtown Tacoma.
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A colorful street in downtown Tacoma – there are a few doors visible here.

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I didn’t get out of the car to take this, and if I had, the car would still have been right in front of it!

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A two-fer!

On the Hunt for Joy: Shades & Hues

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy challenge continues with this week’s topic: color code.

She says: This one is all about color and keeping the same color or hues together. Tip from Ingrid Fetell Lee: Color-code: Organizing by color brings instant harmony to your bookshelf or your closet.

The best photos I’ve taken that are a variation of hues come from nature:

Shades of brown in a cavern (Arizona)
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Beiges in a desert landscape (Masada, Israel)
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Green cacti & succulents (Chicago Botanic Gardens)
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Greens in a park (Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA)
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Pinks in a cluster of roses (Point Defiance Park, Tacoma)
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Green landscape on the slope of Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania)
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There are also manmade hues:
Brown stones and jug (Masada, Israel)
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Red theater chairs & floor in the same cave as the first photo (Arizona)
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Shades of cream and brown almost camouflage this gold and tan angel next to a house in Des Plaines, IL
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Gray & Silver: This monochromatic photo was a mistake – an overexposure of sailboats on the Mediterranean Sea (Caesarea Maritima, Israel). It has not been doctored nor altered in any way – both the sky and the sea were actually very blue.
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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!

 

KOC: The Bizarrely Ordinary

From Kammie’s page: Oddball: (noun) a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming; (adjective) whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge is for those photos that are sort of strange, or don’t fit in with anything else. There is no specific topic, so …

I have no idea what this is, but I took the photo somewhere in Chicago. It struck me at the time as an odd object, and then there’s the random water bottle someone left there.
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This is a sad and weary water pump: overworked and underpaid in the middle of a heat wave!
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Obviously the vestige of something else that is long gone. Open? What’s open? Where?
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Apparently, someone at a nature center told us the purpose of these logs with holes in them, but I’ve forgotten.
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Don’t count on this hydrant in case of a fire!
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Build your own desert landscape! Get your camels and sand here!
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CB&WPC: Bikes

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week has the topic bicycles, tricycles, motorcycles and unicycles.

BICYCLES:
What better place to find bicycles than Amsterdam?! Here are just a few photos of bikes in Amsterdam.
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On display in Poulsbo, WA
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MOTORCYCLES:
Miniature motorcycles outside a miniature soda shop – at a miniature show in November
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Parisians seem to like motorcycles – they were everywhere!
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Motorcycle-like vehicles were common in the smaller towns of Egypt. I took this first photo from a vehicle like the one behind me – they were commonly used as taxis.
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This young man is hauling a cargo trailer behind his motorcycle.
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Somewhere in Jerusalem – there’s room for two!
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2020 Photo Challenge #6: Patterns

2020 Photo Challenge is about working on techniques to improve one’s photography. This month’s theme is patterns. Here are some of the host’s suggestions:
February:
Being Creative with Patterns
look for various types of patterns – squares, circles, triangles and so on.
Shoot from a different perspective. Look up, look down or shoot from a distance
Break the pattern, disrupt the continuity in some way
Use pattern as a background for a more substantial subject.

Patterns in Vienna:
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Candy bowls
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Three patterns in one photo (Cologne)
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Screen pattern as background for moth
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Patterns in nature:
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Stare at this picture - the pattern of the plant's leaves can make you dizzy!
Staring at the pattern of this plant’s leaves can make you dizzy!

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Patterns in art (Palestine and Egypt):
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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

CFFC: Mostly Monochrome

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge continues with the theme of colors. This week the topic is basically one  color or hue.

This photo was not shot nor edited black & white. The trees and clouds actually looked like this on a spring day in northern Wisconsin.
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Turtles at The Grove visitors’ center, Mt. Prospect, IL
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Chinese Reconciliation Park, Tacoma, WA
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Point Defiance Park, Tacoma
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Passau, Germany
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Wine pressing tanks, Morwald Winery, Austria
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Modern clock, Cologne, Germany
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Kinderdijk, Netherlands
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Cologne Cathedral, Germany
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Miniature show “Whimsical Wonderland,” Elk Grove Village, IL
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Flowers, Des Plaines, IL
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Some animals are the color they are to blend in with their environment, such as hyraxes who hide among the rocks where they live, mongoose who inhabit giant anthills, and even a hippo with just its eyes & ears above the water. (All photos taken in Tanzania.)

 

One Word Sunday: Overlap

Travel with Intent has a photo challenge, One Word Sunday, and this week the topic is overlap.

Overlapping turtles – at this nature preserve, the main visitor center is undergoing renovation, so the small animals are now confined to a much smaller space until the work is complete.
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Overlapping bricks – Tacoma, WA Chinese Reconciliation Park

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Overlapping coral – Brookfield Zoo
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