When I saw that the theme of WP’s Weekly Photo Challenge this week wastwisted, I immediately thought of two things: trees and cactus.
Winter is a good time to photograph twisted branches.
Springtime in the parkSometimes even trees need a hug!
There’s a bird hiding in this tangle of branches!At Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona, the mighty saguaro starts growing arms when it is about 60 years of age and these arms twist every which way as they grow!
Saguaros live up to 200 years of age, sometimes older. They provide shelter and sustenance for many species of animals.Anther twisty cactus is common throughout southern Arizona, but I don’t remember its name.Photos taken in Des Plaines, a state park in Indiana, Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson) and Saguaro National Park West (Tucson).
Finally, a video by the band Twisted Sister, We’re Not Gonna Take It.
These photos all contain lines that slant together with lines that are straight, which is how I selected photos for this challenge.
Slanting double trees with hyacinths
Wooden door of a storage shed
Fences create slanting lines when viewed head on – they lead to a hypothetical vanishing point. This is called one-point perspective, a basic technique used in drawing and photography. Below, a fence in León, Nicaragua followed by a fence in Des Plaines.
Buildings also offer excellent opportunity for juxtaposed slanting and straight lines using one-point perspective, such as the outside of the Des Plaines Library and …
a hallway at Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois.and a row of chairs in that same theatre. (A few curves, too, since not all the chairs fold up uniformly!)
Nature combined with man-made structures offers another opportunity to photograph slanted and straight lines. This photo shows the contours of nature in the trees, and how they have been cut to accommodate telephone wires.
The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge this week is sunrises & sunsets. On safari in Tanzania, we were often up by sunrise, leaving sometimes before breakfast to be able to observe animals early in the morning.
Sunrise, southern Serengeti, Tanzania – Feb. 10, 2018
Just as often, we were just returning for the evening when the sun set. All vehicles are required to be out of the national parks at sunset. This last picture was taken just as the sun was getting low in the sky and the sky beginning to glow yellow and orange, silhouetting an acacia tree.
Sunset, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania – Feb. 11, 2018
I have many “favorite places” in the world, too many to choose from, so I am restricting this post to my home town, Des Plaines, Illinois. My favorite place here is the public library. It is within walking distance so I usually walk there, sometimes three times a week or more than once a day!
This library opened in 2000, replacing the previous library, which the city of Des Plaines had clearly outgrown. In spite of this, some people complained that it was a waste of taxpayers’ money! However, I think building the new library was a worthwhile use of my taxes. There was also a campaign to raise money by buying bricks for the plaza in front of the building, which are engraved with the names of the donors or in honor/memory of someone.
Another way the library raises revenue and gets rid of old books and videos is to have two book sales a year, as well as a side area with an ongoing book sale, which cost 50 cents to a dollar each – it’s on the honor system.I love to read and I attend two book discussion groups at the library. Also, my memoir writing group meets there. This started as a memoir writing class for women, but when the class was over, some of us wanted to continue, and we’re still at it almost two years later!
Our local library also hosts many events, including once-a-month movies on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Recently, the library instituted a new policy of automatic renewal. Many libraries are doing this now. Most books will automatically renew for up to four months. The exceptions are new books or books with a limited number of days, or if someone has requested the book.
There are also computer classes, lectures, town hall meetings, information fairs, music performances – it’s hard to keep track of everything that goes on at the library!
I’d rather be riding in a bumpy, dusty Land Cruiser…
and watching creatures great…and small…
and in between.
I’d rather watch egrets congregating on the banks of a lake…
and male impalas grazing.
I’d rather be photographing birds, such as this ground hornbill with a snake in its mouth…or this crowned plover looking for bugs next to our vehicle.
I’d rather be spotting animals in the distance, such as a group of oryxes (the only oryxes we saw during our safari)…or a male ostrich….
and a female ostrich.I’d rather be at Tarangire Safari Lodge, watching the sunrise…
or sleeping in our tent cabin.
So how soon ’til we hit the road again??!
This day could be called the “day of the lion” because we saw several of them, males together, females together and females with cubs. When a female goes into heat, she will spend about four days exclusively with a male. Our guide told us they mate up to 16 times a day during that period, and usually with an interval of 15-30 minutes between matings!
This series of photos was taken over a period of about 30 minutes and is self-explanatory so I am submitting it for Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Story. *Caution: May not be appropriate for young children or adults whose sensibilities are easily offended! 😉