I feel I should continue on with last week’s WPC of Between.
After my last two posts of Between (Columns) and Between (Walls), it is just natural that I should also post on Between (Houses).
On our trip to the Baltics, one of my favorite themes of photography was to photograph houses.
I like the colors of the houses and the quiet cobble stone alleys.
Here is my favorite picture taken in a quiet alley.
The picture will be a lot less interesting if not for presence of the cat on the street.
I have an almost exactly similar photo without a cat . I can appreciate what a difference a cat (for many, it is a beloved pet) makes to the picture!
So, this concludes my series.
This week, the Challenger indicted ” Since we did macros last week lets do some wide open spaces with a twist…. in Black and White.”
I like wide open spaces.
Especially those with white cloud, blue sky and wide open fields.
The picture here was taken while travelling in the Baltics.
This is my ideal kind of picture for wide open fields . . . . . . . . . .
this is just so idyllic!
When you stepped into this room, the only natural direction of sight is UP!
That’s what I did when I entered this palace room in the Baltics.
Once I lifted my head and looked at the roof, I just couldn’t take my eyes off the roof again.
You may say that there are roofs in other palaces, like the Versailles, are more brilliant.
But this roof is small and low enough that you can focus and take a good look at the details.
The chandeliers, the painting on the roof and the gold colors are just unforgettable!
This is one of the most beautiful rooms I have seen.
I like the rich colors and the details of all the things inside the room.
However, this is not the type of style that I would like to decorate my room.
It is just too grand and royal for me!
I would prefer it to be a bit more soft, lighter and ordinary.
The picture was taken in a palace in the Baltics ( as always, I got the names of various places and palaces in the Baltics mixed up, so excuse me for this).
Still fascinated by what I saw on roof tops, be it in the West or in the East.
Time is running out for this week’s WPC challenge, but at least, I would like to share the follow examples.
Lions and dragons stand at the top of Chinese style pagoda roof in Xian Shan garden in Beijing.
A ship juts out from the top of the building in Chong Qing, overlooking the Yangtze River, with a mix of old and new underneath – old houses with tiles, contemporary bridge across the river and further away, high rises.
Statues and stained glass on top of churches in Dubrovnik.
A black cat on top of the conical roof in the Baltics.
Are they just fascinating?
As we are approaching Easter, I have been thinking of crucifixion (crosses), death of Jesus and his subsequent rise from the death.
The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania reminds me of the earthly sufferings and Easter gives us new hope.
Have been reviewing some information on the Hill of Crosses, the one from Wikipedia, which is quoted below seems to be the best:
The Hill of Crosses ( Kryžių kalnas )) is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of Siauliai, in northern Lithuania. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholics pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.
I was somewhat stunned by the number of crosses when I first visited the site and walked up the Hill. These are “monuments” which come to mind this Easter.
Happy Easter :-)
Have shared some images on Street Life in the Baltics in my previous post.
However, have forgotten this beautiful one.
The image was taken using an entry level DSLR camera.
I am surprised that it takes in so many details with clarity: the colored buildings with different types of architecture; the painting on the building in the middle; the flowers on the planters; the many umbrellas and chairs of the restaurants etc.
As one who comes from a city of mostly modern and high rise buildings, I just felt the scene is just fantastic!
Have been impressed with the display of artistic talents on the street side while travelling through the Baltic countries.
For the first two photos taken, I notice that while the locals consider such display a usual part of their street life and therefore did not pay much attention. Tourist like me did find it interesting.
Here are two persons playing their musical instruments. People just walk passing by without paying much attention.
A painter was working on a painting on the street side while displaying his other paintings. Again, he was alone at work, without many people paying any attention.
I am glad that I have come across these talented people displaying their talents. It took so much of the courage and patience to do this on the street.
Also shown below is a display of works of art in a busy street. This also gives life to the street. To me it seems that they have helped to decorate the street.
More commonly found are cafes lining both sides of cobbled street.
I was somewhat surprised to find that these roadside cafes commonly occupied the road areas ( not footpath areas) and that they have no permanent shelters.
These mean that the roads must originally wide enough for them to encroach and that the weather must be reasonably good if they are to be used.
All in all, the visit to the Baltics was a wonderful experience.
This week’s photo challenge is Threes.
The Challenger wants us to tell a story with a series of three pictures.
I don’t have a story to tell.
I am going to tell you three fairy tales:
The first tale in true colors. . . . . . . . . .
Then the fairy tale is repeated as if it were a painting . . . . .
Last of all, the fairy tale is retold in black and white, making it more surreal.
You may say that I am cheating as I am just showing the same image of Trakai castle in the Baltics over and over.
Please forgive this blogger, as he is running out of stories :-)
This week’s photo challenge is One.
The images focus on one subject – Boat.
The sepia was taken in Xixi, not far from West Lake in China; obviously, the boat is the main center of attention.
The last one was taken at Lake Galve, near Trakai Castle in the Baltics – as a contrast, it shows one boat, one mansion in color in a Western setting.
Boats are my favorite subject; hope you enjoy them!