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Wordless Wednesday – July 24, 2013


Travel theme – Tilted

Ailsa has some wonderful photos this week of things that are askew and off-balance and tilted. I don’t have nearly as much to contribute to this week’s theme, but here’s a photo I took almost exactly four years ago on a visit to Washington D.C.

TiltedWhatIsIt_DC2009Back then, this piece was on display near one of the many sections of the Smithsonian. It’s a huge version of something that used to be very common, but nobody uses them any more. Do you recognize it?


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Travel Theme: The Four Elements

What does Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack want to see this week? Pictures featuring earth, air, fire, and water – the ancient “four elements”. Here’s my selection –

(Click on any of the pictures to see the gallery one image at a time.)


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Philly Walls

Day before yesterday, I met with a friend, and we walked through a large chunk of center city Philadelphia, taking pictures as we went. A few of them –

Some walls in Philadelphia have murals painted (or otherwise constructed) on them, like this one  – the “Lincoln Legacy Project” – in the 700 block of Chestnut Street.

PhillyMuralChestnutStLeftI couldn’t get all of this mural in one photo. It faces into a narrow parking lot…

PhillyMuralChestnutStRight…and if I had stepped back any farther, the mural would be hidden by the building on the other side of the lot. (Or else I’d have been standing in the middle of Chestnut Street, which isn’t a good idea.) You’d need a wide-angle lens to photograph the whole thing, and I didn’t have one.

(I’d give you more information about the mural, but the mural project website doesn’t discuss its meaning – I suppose it speaks for itself. I can tell you that it’s partly a mosaic made of more than a million glass tiles, and that the left side was painted by inmates at Graterford Prison.)

Then there are walls that are artwork in themselves –

PhillyStoneCarvingWindowFrameCarved stone on 5th street near Market.

PhillyIndependenceHallStairsBeside the stairsteps in Independence Hall.

PhillyIndependenceHallStairLandingThe stair landing in Independence Hall. We often think of eighteenth-century architecture as fairly austere, and compared with what the Victorians built, it is. But builders in the 1700s were perfectly happy to include a bit of ornament, as long as it didn’t compromise the classical proportions of their work.

Another fast frazzled post

Too much going on to do much in the way of writing today, so –

RomanPalmTreeSince it’s Palm Sunday, a photo of a palm tree. I was surprised to see that Italian palm trees grow all the way to the southern city limits of Rome.

Just a photo

It’s been one of those weeks – I’ve got too much to do and at the same time I’m a bit under the weather. Result? I haven’t managed to write anything that’s ready to post. But just to let you know that I’m still roaming around in the depths of the Internet, here’s a picture I like – an unusual building from Copenhagen.

Aug06CopenhagenTwistedSpireAndGablesI like this shot, first of all, for the behind-the-scenes look at these gables – if you stood squarely in front of the building, all you would see would be wildly curlicued brick facings. If you stand just a little off to the side, you realize that behind the fancy false fronts are very simple structures sheathed in what’s probably plates of copper.

But never mind the secrets of the gables – what I really love about this building is that silly-looking twisted spire, a little bit like a narwhal’s tusk. This narwhal has to swim along holding its mouth out of the water, though, so the weather vane on top of the spire can catch the wind.

Travel theme: Mountains

Ailsa wants to see mountains this week – of course, mountains come in different sizes, depending on where you are. My little corner of the planet barely has hills, let alone mountains – so any mountain photo I can offer has to be a travel picture, just right for this project 🙂

MountainTopOfCadillacMountainLookingTowardBarHarborMEThere are the less ambitious mountains, the kind we have here in the eastern U.S. This is the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain, Maine, looking down toward Bar Harbor (just above and left of the middle of the photo).

Aug03NeedlesNearMtRushmoreOn the other hand, some mountains are so tall and steep and rocky nothing even tries to grow on them – these are in the Black Hills of South Dakota, not far from

MountainAug03MtRushmoreMount Rushmore.

(Unlike Ailsa, I don’t have any snow-topped mountain photos handy. Somewhere, boxed away, there should be pictures from the time we hiked up Mt. Ranier in Washington right to the foot of the glaciers (at those heights, you really notice that there’s not nearly as much oxygen as here at sea level), but that was in the pre-digital days, and it would take a long search to find the prints.)