Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

It’s been overcast here the past few days, so the assignment: go out and take pictures during The Golden Hour, has resulted in some lovely photos, but none that show off the fine light which the challenge is looking for. So, I went back in the archives to a spring visit to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC, during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

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If you want to play along, head on over to The Daily Post for the rules.

Travel Theme: Peaceful

Unfortunately, I read Beyond Paisley’s post on this theme before starting on mine, and now I’m jealous that she thought to include Otis Redding’s Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay, because that song epitomizes the theme. I lost a competition I hadn’t even entered yet! 🙂

OK, down to business. This week, Ailsa over at Where’s my Backpack has challenged her fellow bloggers to post photos that show the theme “peaceful.” Since the weather outside today is anything but peaceful, I dug through the archives (and just doing that provides some measure of peace). These are the images I think fit the theme this week.

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There were a lot of people wandering around the Tidal Basin during the Cherry Blossom Festival, but the atmosphere was peaceful, nonetheless.

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Time to have a nap under a tree.

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Waiting … waiting for the sun to come up and take the fog up with it, on Walden Pond.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

This week, we’ve been encouraged to look for patterns, and share some photos with that theme.

Patterns are easy to find, but they don’t always translate well into photos. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Detail from the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

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Arlington National Cemetery – different, yet similar patterns from all directions.

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A light dusting of snow accentuates the patterns in the bricks.

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The snow created and enhanced many patterns here, during “Snowmageddon 2013,” in Quincy, Mass.

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When snow blows sideways, interesting things can happen. A chain-link fence, Quincy, Mass.

What patterns do you see when you wander around your neighborhood? Join in the fun at the Weekly Photo Challenge and share!

Travel Theme: Light

This week, Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack challenges us to share photos of light. So many possibilities. We could go literal, with photos of actual lights, or use sunlight or moonlight – shadows, even! Maybe something that makes you feel uplifted, or light.

My contributions vary among a couple of those categories. I hope you enjoy them, and head over to Ailsa’s page to find out how to play along!

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Early morning light framing the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin. Even a tiny sliver of moon shows as a point of light.

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Moonlight reflected off of the water of Quincy Harbor, Houghs Neck, Mass.

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Late afternoon sunlight reflected off the tips of the flower petals at Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Mass.

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Boston skyline, with lights reflected back onto Quincy Harbor, Houghs Neck, Mass.

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A more literal take on the theme: Nauset Light, on Cape Cod, Mass.

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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