Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

This week’s Word Press Photo Challenge is Up. We’re instructed to find a photo that makes us think “up.”

If you happen to look up when you’re inside the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, DC, you might see this beautiful chandelier.

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Inside the subway stations in our nation’s capital, if you don’t look up, you’ll miss this!

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Looking upwards on a summer day in Boston.

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Looking up at an umbrella on a Boston sidewalk.

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The ceiling of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, recent host to President and Mrs. Obama, when they were in Boston last week for a service.

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A Word A Week Challenge: Old

This week, Sue’s dictionary fell open to the word “Old,” and now we are challenged with finding photographs that fit the theme.

So, because my mother’s birthday would have been Sunday, I’ll start with an old photo of her from around 1947:

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Next, a bit of detail from an old light fixture inside the Smithsonian Castle:

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Last two are faces of our elders. There is wisdom that comes with the years.

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Travel Theme: Pale

Over at Ailsa’s place this week, she’s asking us to share photographs in the theme: Pale. Funny that this theme is the opposite of the Weekly Photo Challenge, yet still presents many opportunities.

These images were all made this weekend in Washington, DC. The first was outside the Smithsonian Castle, the second at the Smithsonian National Zoo, and the last two were at the Tidal Basin. The cherry blossom trees were on the cusp of full bloom, while the magnolias were hard at work being gorgeous. The first image is, if I recall correctly, the blooms of a Paper Tree. I have no idea what the second flowers were, other than beautiful.

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