This week, Jake at jakesprinter is asking us for pictures of “natural resources”. That’s kind of challenging at first glance! Finally I decided to go with the basics –
– and there aren’t many natural resources more basic than oxygen. Every moment of your life, you turn oxygen into carbon dioxide, and so does every other human being on earth, and every cat, dog, whale, chicken, snake, bee… Why haven’t we run out of oxygen by now? Because all day long, all the plants around us sit quietly turning carbon dioxide back into oxygen.
Thank you, plants.
(Yes, of course these are pictures of oxygen! Don’t you see all the oxygen in the air around the solid objects in my photos?? 😉 )
Last Sunday, Jakesprinter asked us for pictures of Autumn. But it was still summer! Much too early for fall photos. I had to wait till today, the equinox, the official start of the season, to get these shots.
You know it’s autumn when supermarkets start to sell pumpkins and potted chrysanthemums. Or do you? Stores are notorious for rushing the season, after all – by the middle of January, they’ll want us to come out through the snow to buy summer clothes.
Let’s see what Nature has to say. This maple tree clearly believes it’s still summer.
But the oaks are giving the game away. Yep, it’s fall, and much too soon, it’s going to be winter, I’m afraid.
This Sunday, Jakesprinter wants photos illustrating “Reflection“. Here we go –
When we visited the Grounds for Sculpture sculpture garden back in July, most of the art was outdoors, but not all of it. I tried to take a picture of one indoor exhibit through the window – unfortunately, I wound up with a shot that shows the photographer, reflected, at least as well as the art inside!
In this one (also taken at Grounds for Sculpture), the water and trees are real; the boat, not so much, and the people on it, not at all. Yes, it’s a sculpture of a couple sailing.
Finally, here’s the most famous image of all showing “Reflection”: Rodin’s statue of The Thinker. (Taken outside the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, several weeks ago.)
Jakesprinter has another weekly challenge for us – a “long shot” or “distance shot”. He remarks that these shots are “often used to show scenes of thrilling action in a war film or disaster movie.” My picture is peaceful in the extreme, but about 150 years ago the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg was fought in very similar countryside.
This is a typical view of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania as it looked yesterday – actually, it’s typical of rural central Pennsylvania in general, any summer.
I spent most of my childhood not very far away from Lancaster County, and this kind of scenery has had a strong effect on what I expect the world to look like – for example, roads should twist and turn up and down rolling hills. And I find it hard to take a barn seriously unless it’s at least twice the size of the associated house. (The white building with the silvery metal roof just to the right of center in this picture is a barn – the red-roofed white building, half hidden behind a tree, to the barn’s left is the house.)
More photos of Lancaster County to come soon…
This week, Jakesprinter asks for black and white photos – either ones taken back when black and white film was available, or pictures edited to make them grayscale. My submission is a little different: this picture was taken in color, and is still a color photo. The day I took it, the world was black and white.
Taken during one of the several severe snowstorms we had in February 2010. It’s been edited to reduce the file size; otherwise, nothing about the original shot has been changed.