This week, Patti has chosen Filling the Frame as the subject for the Lens Artists Photo Challenge and my first choice for this particular challenge was Mount Rushmore. I say ‘first choice’ as I work mostly with zoom lenses and most of my photo shoots include close-ups so don’t be surprised if you see another entry from me later in the week. Thanks, Patti!
This week, Amy has picked Landscapes as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. There are so many places yet to visit in this country but here are a few of my favorite landscape shots from my travels thus far. They include scenes from Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and South Dakota.
For more on the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge go to Landscapes.
The topic for the Weekly Photo Challenge is Liquid and comes fortuitously for me as you will see, later in this post. Water can have a very calming effect and, with everything that’s happening in the world today, we could all use a few moments of tranquility to reflect, which is why, instead of heaving seas, raging rivers and tumbling waterfalls, I’ve opted for more peaceful scenes. The first two images were captured in Snowy Range Pass, Wyoming.
The next two pictures were taken at Sylvan Lake and Palisades State Park, South Dakota, perfect places to sit and meditate.
Wisconsin also has some very scenic spots in which to enjoy some relaxation time.
These gently rippling waters lead me to an opportunity to share a link with you that I sincerely hope you will try. My eldest grandson, someone of whom I have written about in several of my previous posts has recently started a podcast called Exit The Echoes. I cannot say enough good things about this young man, who recently became a father for the first time, and I am more than happy to give this new venture a mention here on WordPress. The subject of his latest episode seemed to fit in so well with the pictures that I had in mind for this post, so please, if you can, spare a few minutes of your time to listen to Meditation: Ripples And Echoes and I’m sure you will enjoy his liquid tones.
These last two pictures were taken at Whitefish Point, Michigan and Council Grounds, Wisconsin.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Liquid
I only ever went camping once and that was enough to tell me that I didn’t like it. Add to that the fact that neither of us is as spry as we once were and you can see why we rarely take the road less traveled. Easy access is what we’re looking for these days. However, even though we rarely get off the beaten track, there are still times when, no matter where we are, we experience that brief moment when everything seems serene and peaceful, as though we were the only people there to enjoy the view. Let me give you a few examples.
We certainly weren’t the only people who decided to take the Snowy Range Scenic Byway in Wyoming one day in October a couple of years ago but, pulling off into a convenient parking area along the way, we took a brief walk and were soon in a beautiful spot that offered a calming respite from a tiring day of driving.
After traveling through Wyoming we ended up in Utah where we were visiting our daughter and her husband. They love hiking! Rather rashly I agreed to accompany them on a ramble up to Cecret Lake near Alta and was rewarded by some fantastic scenery. We passed a steady stream of people hiking back down the trail who kept telling us it was well worth the effort and every once in a while, when I was able to stop, take a deep breath and look around, I was inclined to agree.
The day we visited Antelope Island in Utah there were storms in the area. One had already passed through and another was on its way which probably explains why there weren’t that many people about. The island seemed to be taking it all in its stride, very calm and serene.
On our drive out of Utah we stopped at several scenic overlooks along the way and always managed to time these breaks to coincide with a jolly bus-load of tourists whose exuberance and laughter became a familiar sound as we climbed out of the car at each stop. I loved it! I got caught up in their enthusiasm and when they left, the place seemed deserted. We were left to take in the magnificent view in silence. Until the next stop.
Spearfish Canyon in South Dakota was a popular spot on the day we decided to take a drive through there. Parking spaces along the highway were at a premium as everyone caught a glimpse of the same stunning views, all scrambling to capture an image before moving on to the next turn in the road. But despite the press of eager photographers, this was one of those places that made you feel like you were the only one there.
4 am at Lake Dalecarlia in Lowell, Indiana. I wanted to make sure I caught the sunrise and got up way too early. Everyone else in the house was still sleeping so I grabbed the camera and crept outside.
And finally, The Chicago Botanic Garden. I don’t know how many thousands of people visit this place every year but be in the right place at the right time and it can feel like you are the only one who has discovered this tranquil paradise.
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Solitude. Even when you’re not alone you can feel a sense of solitude, as I’m beginning to discover as I get older. I always find this picture of my mother, sitting at the Chicago Botanic Garden, rather poignant. Although she lived with us and was very rarely on her own, I knew that she felt lonely. Most of her contemporaries had already died and she was far away from a place that she had known as home for almost seventy years. When she passed away a few years ago, she left me with my own kind of solitude, taking with her shared memories of people, places and events that no one else but me remembers.
Sometimes, even when you’re standing right next to a crowd of people, you can feel like you’re the only person on earth.
Arches Nation Park in Utah.
The Badlands in South Dakota.
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This week, Cee is looking for rocks for her Black & White Photo Challenge.
As you cross the causeway to Cana Island in Door County, Wisconsin, you’ll see quite a few of these cairns, or rock piles, lining the way.
An iconic feature of Arches National Park, Balanced Rock stands 128ft tall, the top part being as large as three school buses.
Another interesting rock formation also in Utah.
Split Rock Creek in Palisades State Park, South Dakota, is lined with beautiful Sioux Quartzite formations.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/10/13/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-rocks/