Weekly Photo Challenge: Between (Houses)

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.DSC_0140

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between (Walls)

I am running late for this WPC.
After submitting an entry on Between (Columns), I can’t help submitting another one for Between (Walls).

The picture was taken in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We walked high up the hill with houses, passing many alleys, until we reached this alley.DSCF0974

I like the light pink color of the walls, but this picture has many other interesting features.

You can see plants and flowers hanging out from the houses, blanket hung out for drying, a balcony and what’s more – between the walls is a narrow cobbled footpath.

Above the footpath is a small bridge linking two houses.

The Croatians must love planting very much. On this small bridge, there are green plants and two women who appeared to be doing some gardening.

I was fascinated by narrow alleys and houses in Dubrovnik and couldn’t refrain myself from taking more photos!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between (Columns)

Lately, I have been too carried away by my new series of posts on my wife’s 5400 Miles journey into the US.

To the point that I have almost forgot posting on the WPC’s Theme of Between.My beautiful picture

Here are a couple of images taken at Luxor, Egypt.

I was stunned by the big stone columns I saw at Luxor.

Not only the columns but the big beams between the columns.My beautiful picture

The underside of the beams are painted – that’s unbelievable!

PS The images have been scanned from my old photos of year 2000.

 

5400 Miles in the USA (Setting Sun)

Sunset and sunrise are perhaps the most beautiful moment – especially if you are in the desert.

This picture was taken by my wife when the sun was setting in the Utah desert.CIMG4014

From the picture, you can feel that the sun was still hot as it was exerting its last rays of light.

The sand on the ground has formed ripples as wind blew across the desert.

There was not much of signs of life, except in the distance, one man was walking away  hurriedly.

There was complete silence in the area as the day was coming to a close.

5400 Miles in the US (Mono Lake)

Mono Lake is something quite unique.

The scenery was so special that has provoked my wife into taking photos – something she won’t do in our travels – I was the one who photographed while she just enjoyed the view, as she know when back home, I’ll have all the photos.CIMG3920

The following is extracted from Wikipedia:

Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in a endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.CIMG3918

This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp that thrive in its waters, and provides critical nesting habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp.CIMG3922

The human history of Mono Lake is associated with its productive ecosystem. The native Kutzadika’a people derived nutrition from the larvae of the alkali flies that live in the lake. When the city of Los Angeles diverted water from the lake, it lowered the lake level, which imperiled the migratory birds. The Mono Lake Committee formed in response and won a legal battle that forced Los Angeles to partially restore the lake level.CIMG3921

The draw down in water levels have revealed more of the salt columns.

Open Fields in Black and White

I like wide open spaces.

Especially those with white cloud, blue sky and wide open fields.DSC_0265

The picture here  was taken while travelling in the Baltic.

This is my ideal kind of picture for wide open fields . . . . . . . . . .

this is just so idyllic!

5400 Miles in the US (Arches)

This must be one of the best photos my wife has taken recently in her trip to the National Parks in the Southwest of the States.

The photo shows a visitor who has climbed up the orange red color land mass and stopped, looking up at the huge inclined landform above him.CIMG4561

Behind him was the blue sky.

He seemed to be facing a formidable barrier so that he couldn’t hike upwards anymore.

The arch just rose so steeply and at an angle above him.

This image shows a big contrast between the huge and strange shaped landform and the small and fragility of the visitor.