The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme challenges us to find the endless variety that one thing can contain. Here is my take on vintage signs on the Jersey Shore. These were taken in winter, when most of the places were quite deserted.
Sunday, January 8: The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge encourages us to post photos that contain names.
As my maiden name was Cathy Birdsong, I have often used the name “catbird” on my blogs. I was in New England a couple of years ago when I came upon this aptly named studio – one I’m sadly not at all associated with. If only I had such a studio!
Last year in Chincoteague, I came upon this sign that carries part of my youngest son’s name.
My oldest son’s girlfriend is named Ariana. I found her namesake restaurant in Philadelphia – a restaurant featuring Afghanistan cuisine. Sadly, we didn’t try it out. And we could have had 20% off with a movie ticket!
Unrelated to any of my family, I found this boat in a Maryland marina a couple of summers ago, an ode to Miss Betty. Berthed beside Miss Betty is The Other Woman.
And at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, MD, I found the gravestone of Elijah Jefferson Bond, creator of the Ouija Board. 🙂
Today’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to share our interpretation of “edge.” The challenge: Take a photo from an actual edge, like a balcony, a window, or a seaside bluff (wherever you are, stay safe!). Focus on a sharp angle or object, or show us the outer margins of a building, a face, or a book.
These photos of edges are from our recent trip to Iceland. You can read more about my trip here: in search of a thousand cafés where I write about my travels in Europe.
Saturday, June 18: This week’s Photo Challenge asks us to get inspired by the curves around us, from curves in architecture to bends in nature to man-made undulations. I had a fun time looking through my happy memories to find photos for this challenge.
Sunday, June 12: The Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to show something pure:
not mixed with anything else
- clean and not harmful in any way
I love these peonies I found blooming at Meadowlark Gardens in May. They seem the perfect embodiment of pure.
Friday, May 27: Today’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to share photos representing spare:
(adjective) Additional to what is required for ordinary use.
(adjective) Elegantly simple.
(verb) To refrain from harming.
I’ve chosen some photos representing minimalist landscapes. First, on a drive to the beaches on the south of Crete, I found this spare rolling landscape.
Anacapa Island, one of California’s Channel Islands is one of the most spare and desolate landscapes I’ve seen, except for the multitudes of seagulls dotting the horizon.
Weizhou Island in the south of China has some lava beaches that look pretty spare, yet elegantly curvaceous.
And finally, the marshland of Chincoteague Island in Virginia is spare, but beautiful.
Saturday, May 21: Jubilant is an adjective: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant. So says the Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant, challenging us to “end this week on a high note, with images that say jubilant.”
Here are some jubilant moments from my life:
In Hanok Village, Jeonju, South Korea, some jubilant musicians inspired all the English teachers to join in with the festivities.
As we took a day-long drive down the King’s Highway in Jordan, my Japanese fellow traveler Minako and I felt jubilant at different spots along the drive. Me at the Wadi Mujib Nature Reserve and Minako at Karak Castle in Jordan.
The traditional dancers in Siem Reap, Cambodia showed a more subdued kind of jubilation.
I celebrated my 57th birthday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at Yod Abyssinia Restaurant, probably the most jubilant celebration I’ve ever had.
And finally, on my month-long trip through Spain and Portugal, I was inspired by the jubilant flamenco dancers at Jardines de Zoraya in Granada, Spain.