Photo a Week – Blue

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – Blue

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT FEATURES THE COLOR BLUE.

Blue is one of those colors that soothe. And calm.
(which makes me wonder why it is also a description for sadness…)

About 10 years ago, my husband and I went on a cruise to Bermuda for our 30th anniversary. Blue was everywhere! Impossible not to relax.

This photo was taken from the back (the stern?) of the ship…in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Needless to say, we had perfect weather!

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Photo a Week – From Above and Below

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – From Above and Below

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A SET OF PHOTOS SHOWING THINGS FROM ABOVE AND BELOW (OR THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM).

What do you do when you are delayed for 5 hours on a flight home? Exhausted in a happy satisfied way after spending 3 days with one very adorable 2 year old.

Take photos at the airport!

Specifically, the main corridors for departures at Reagan National Airport. After getting my boarding pass – and noting the delay – I took a few photos for this prompt.

Before taking the escalator down to the next level, I stood behind the middle panel pictured in the last photo.

From Above:
at the entry level looking straight down…

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and looking down and straight across…
The glass windows are decorated all along the corridor.

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The railings on the upper level (where I came in) are designed with colorful panels and this photo was taken looking up from the set of 4 chairs in the above photos.

From Below:

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Then…
Down the corridor.
Passed through security.
And here I wait at the gate.

Happy Sunday!

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

The theme this week is Bridges

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) OF BRIDGES.

I inherited hundreds of my grandfather’s color slides.
Many of the slides were taken at family events, but many were from his trips to Europe, India and throughout the USA. He documented everything. Business trips. Personal adventures. With 8mm home movies as well. He was an ultra tourist. And thoroughly enjoyed travel. By air. By train. By car.

A few years ago I looked through all of his slides, but was dismayed that most were not labeled.

These are “Mystery Bridges” from the 1940’s (or very early 1950’s) Europe.

If anyone out there in blogging land knows where these photos were taken, please feel free to comment! I am very curious.

Look familiar?

 

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Mystery Bridge #1

 

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Mystery Bridge #2

 

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Mystery Bridge #3

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Reflection

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

The theme this week is: Reflection.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF REFLECTIONS.

Two years ago my husband and I rented a small condo across the street from a short stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. It was only for 3 months while waiting. Waiting to sell our house. Waiting for our new condo to be finished. So we could move on to the next phase of our lives.

My favorite part of that hectic time was walking up and down the beach in the late afternoon. Especially at low tide. It was off season (October through December) and I often had that stretch of beach to myself. It was glorious.

Peaceful alone time.

At 3:58 pm – on December 1st – I caught these moments.
The setting sun reflecting off sand…sky…clouds and surf.

Here are three photos in sequence – taken within 2 minutes…
(with my iPhone)

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Hampton Beach, NH

 

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Hampton Beach, NH

 

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Hampton Beach, NH

A Photo a Week Challenge: Through Glass

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

The theme this week is: Through Glass

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF ITEMS VIEWED THROUGH GLASS OF ANY KIND.

Apple Crisp is a favorite in my home any time of year, but especially in the fall when local apples are for sale in the supermarket.

A simple recipe with Macintosh apples topped with a mixture of oats, gluten free flour, butter, brown sugar, apple pie spice, cinnamon & lemon juice. It IS all about the topping, so we go heavy on that.

This afternoon’s result…in a glass baking dish…

Ready to bake!

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Whimsical

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2018/10/11/a-photo-a-week-challenge-whimsical/

The theme this week is: Whimsical – IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A WHIMSICAL PHOTO OR TWO.

In my former life as a registered dietitian I met some wonderful people who just happened to be my patients. Our common goal was improving their health through diet and lifestyle changes. Often the greatest challenge was achieving a healthy weight.

One couple – two retired public school teachers – came to see me together for several years for diet/medical issues including weight loss. With varying degrees of success. But always hopeful and motivated. One December they came in with the following gift for me. The Mrs. half of the couple – a former second grade teacher – made a set of “Before” and “After” holiday figures. She told me they represented my patients “before” they started diet counseling with me and “after” they succeeded…by following my advice.

Of course, real life did not always imitate art in this case, but I absolutely loved the sentiment.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Gilded

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/a-photo-a-week-challenge-gilded/

The theme this week is: Gilded – IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF GILDED OBJECTS.

I visited the National Portrait Gallery during a trip to Washington, DC a few years ago. I was fascinated by this painting of George Washington…and appreciated the quote posted above it.

It was displayed beautifully – in what I assume is a gilded frame.

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I was intrigued by the quote – and curious about its context. It is taken from a letter GW wrote to Catharine Macaulay Graham – a British historian made famous by publishing A History of England (Volume 1) in 1763…thereby cementing the belief that a woman could write history.  She was the first female English historian! – and of course there is a blog – Female Historian

Washington’s letter (containing the above quote) is a response to a letter he had received from Graham several months earlier. Very interesting reading.

I realize I have gotten off track from the challenge, but one thing led to another. Or, should I say, one question led to another.

…Since this photo was taken in 2012, the gallery has been refurbished and although this painting is still there, the accompanying quote appears to be gone.