WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges

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Zigzag – August 3, 2014

Some roads in South America are noted for their zigzags with good reason.  You simply don’t want to take the fast way down.  Here are a couple.  The first is the main highway from Santiago that crosses over the Andes and takes you to Mendoza.  Raeski took this photo from the bus window.  The second dirt road takes you to Machu Piccu.  If you are like most, you wish the bus driver would take it a little slower.

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Relics – July 16, 2014

Some relics we hate to see go because they remind us of a time when things moved at a slower pace and we didn’t feel so rushed.  Others are better at adding ‘character’ to fields and yards.  Those are probably best left where they are found.  Some become monuments leaving us in awe and wonderment.  And finally some remind us of a past taken from storybook pages.

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Contrasts – June 29, 2014

Sharing the road Easter Island style.

Sharing the road.
Sharing the road.

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Rooms – June 6, 2014

Dia de Patrimonia – One of the nice things about spending a year in a foreign country is that you get to see things and attend events that tourists miss.  The Day of Patriotism is one of those events.  The presidential palace in Viña del Mar in Chile is only open to the public one day a year.  People, along with Wooly and Raeski line up for blocks to see the inside and outside of the summertime residence of the president of Chile.  Here are a few of the rooms in the palace

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Split Second – May 30, 2014

It’s a life or death split second for what’s swimming below.

A fish has only a split second to escape.
A fish has only a split second to escape.

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Twist – May 25, 2014

Stairwells make such interesting subjects.  However most photographs are taken from the topside perspective.  In my continuing quest for the unusual, here is the underside of another famous stairwell.  This time it’s the underside of the stairs leading to the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

The underside of the stairwell that takes you to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
The underside of the stairwell that takes you to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

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Twisty – May 23, 2014

Sometimes interesting and occasional great photos are taken from a perspective others don’t think of.  This photo was taken at Sagrat Cor, the cathedral which sits on top of Tibidabo mountain overlooking Barcelona.  This is the staircase that leads you to the top of the cathedral.  Only you are looking at the underside of the stairs.

Stairway to the top of Sagrat Cor in Barcelona.
Stairway to the top of Sagrat Cor in Barcelona.

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Work of Art – May 17, 2014

 Nature is the best artist of the ages.  Her work is ever-present in her studio.  In this work of art, “Watercolors”, Nature’s brush strokes are glacier fed waters rushing over previously painted rocks in Glacier National Park.  Ms. Nature was very pleased when the United States protected this studio for all time as a National Park, however she is a bit annoyed we aren’t doing enough to save her glaciers.

Glacier fed waters

Glacier fed waters

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On the Move – May 15, 2014 – Surfing Easter Island

Polynesians invented and love surfing.  This sport almost died at the hands of missionaries who attempted to prohibit just about anything that defined Polynesian culture.  Fortunately zealotry wasn’t able to erase a wonderful sport that people today enjoy worldwide.  If there’s a wave, someone wants to catch it.

The first photo is someone on a large wave that would take him into rocks.  That’s right, no beach or sand, just rocks.  I watched how he gave up the wave when the water got too shallow and the rocks too close.  The rest of the photos are of a guy riding a wave on the west side of the island where he could ride the wave all the way to the beach if he wanted to.

If you surf I would add Easter Island to your bucket list.  And if you’re really good, try the big waves on the west side of the island where the rocks are.

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Window – January 12, 2014

Four Fifths

Four Fifths

Broken windows in an abandoned shack.

Contemplation

Contemplation

Sometimes you would like to know what the person is thinking as they look out a window.

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