WaterFire

WaterFire is an event that takes place on summer weekends in Providence, Rhode Island. It began in 1994 as an art piece, and has become a self-sustaining arts organization. Saturday night was our third time visiting, and each time, it gets cooler (and I don’t mean temperature-wise).

It looks like origami, but it's not  paper.

It looks like origami, but it’s not paper.

Lighting the fires, with a bit of flair.

Lighting the fires, with a bit of flair.

Fire being lit.

Fire being lit.

Farther into the burning process.

Farther into the burning process.

Supermoon over WaterFire.

Supermoon over WaterFire.

Wider angle, with Super Moon.

Wider angle, with Super Moon.

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Adding wood to the fires. Sparks!

Adding wood to the fires. Sparks!

Memorial garden.

Memorial garden.

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Gondolier guiding his boat down the river.

Gondolier guiding his boat down the river.

Travel Theme: The Four Elements

In this week’s Travel Theme, Ailsa challenges us to share photos that show earth, air, wind and fire. What I learned while looking through photos is that some of those elements are difficult to illustrate, and that often, more than one is present. Here is my attempt:

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Water. With a grey harbor seal to add interest. This was at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary near the tip of Cape Cod, May, 2013.

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Air, since the heron couldn’t fly without it, and also seen in the mist in the background. This could easily have been a photo illustrating water, as well. This was at Walden Pond, near Concord, Mass., fall of 2012.

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This is my best attempt at earth. Rock formations caused by movements in the earth’s tectonic plates, trees growing out of the earth, and again, water. This was upstate eastern New York, fall of 2012.

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The fire photo once again includes water. This was at WaterFire in Providence, RI, last summer. A fun event, if you’re in the neighborhood.

Travel Theme: Benches

Today, Ailsa is challenging us to show off photos of benches. How did she know I had been wanting to post photos of a series of very artistic benches in O’Hare Airport in Chicago? But, naturally, I can’t stop with just those benches. I have so many more. Sigh. I do it to you again, friends. Here are waaaay too many bench photos to wade through.

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Do you have any bench photos to share? If you don’t, you’ve got plenty of time – a whole week! – to get outside and start shooting. I’d love to see what you come up with.

Lights in an alley

These lights hanging above an alley in Providence, RI, caught my eye, and then my lens, as well. I also love the light reflected on the building in the background.