Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #23: Celebrations

 

The patron of Salamanca, Spain is the Virgen de la Vega, or Our Lady of the Meadow.  Her festival is in early September, right when we arrived in the city to study for the semester.  It was a wonderful introduction to a fun and historic city.

To see more photos of celebrations, check out the original post.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #22: Happiness is…

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Visiting Gaudi’s unfinished church La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was one of the most moving and spiritual experiences of my life.  I was prepared to appreciate the unique architecture, but I was not prepared for the feeling of wonder, awe, and peace of this space.  Truly, it is a place where you can feel the presence of God.

To see more Happiness photos, check out the original post.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: #21 Splash!

Aix-en-Provence in southern France is known as the City of A Thousand Fountains.  There really are a lot, and they are beautiful.  Here is a sampling of the ones we saw in our brief visit.

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I’ve really missed doing photo challenges, so I’m happy to join some fellow Weekly Photo Challenge alums in their Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.  I probably won’t be able to participate every week, but I’m glad to be sharing new photos again. This time, I’m focusing on photos that I’ve taken on various trips to Europe.

To see more Splash photos, check out the original post.

Weekly Photo Challenge: All-Time Favorites

From Dingle Peninsula.

I’m so sad to say goodbye to the Weekly Photo Challenges.  I’ve been doing them since March 2014, and it’s been such a wonderful way to share my trips to the Galápagos Islands and Ireland.  I had never thought about sharing my photography, or even really calling it “photography” as opposed to just some photos I took on vacation.

Until I saw some of the bloggers I follow posting weekly photos based on a theme, and I realized that I could do that, too.  And do it in a nerdy way.

The Weekly Photo Challenge has helped me learn a lot about photography, and I’ve enjoyed doing research so I could explain a little about the photos.  It also has given me an easy, regular source of popular blog posts. I always get a huge bump in views on days I post those photos.  So, it’s been good for my blog, and it’s been good for me, too.

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From Santa Cruz.

I’m sure I’ll still post some photos, maybe even weekly, but it won’t quite be the same.  I’ve found so many cool blogs through the challenges, and I love seeing all the different takes on the theme.

For our final outing, I’m saying goodbye with two of my favorite photos I’ve posted over the years, one from the Galápagos and one from Ireland.  The first photo was from the April 2016 challenge Landscape.  The second is from the December 2014 challenge Gone, But Not Forgotten.

Weekly Photo Challenge: All-Time Favorites

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

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From Dublin.

Even the little details in Dublin feel distinctly Irish: the lampposts have little shamrocks embedded in the swirls.  The shamrock has been a national symbol of Ireland for centuries; it comes from the legend of St. Patrick using the plant with three leaves to explain the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity (three persons, one God).

I particularly like this image of the lamppost because its curves contrast well with all the straight lines in the Georgian building behind it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted