Lens Artists Photo Challenge #103 – Surprise

While exploring the walls of the medieval city of San Gimignano, we discovered this fascinating door, a lovely surprise.  While it appeared to give a beautiful view of the Tuscan countryside, I suspect it may actually have been a portal to another world.  It just had that feeling. 🙂

What do you think is on the other side?

You can find more surprises at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102: A Quiet Moment

One of my great joys of touring Europe was visiting churches and cathedrals, not just for the beautiful architecture but also the spiritual experience.  My favorite was La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.

It’s funny right now to think of being in such a public space with so many people, but I don’t remember it feeling crowded at all.  I remember it feeling so peaceful with all the light and colors and forms of nature.  As a Catholic, I was very moved; this church helped me feel the presence of God.

I think of morning as being a quiet time, though I am not a morning person at all.  Taking an early morning walk down Grafton Street in Dublin was such a contrast to visiting the day before during shopping hours.

You can find more quiet moments at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #100 – The Long and Winding Road

A lovely hike in the Maumturk Mountains in Connemara, Ireland.  You can see the rest of the group up ahead on the path…I was more interested in taking pictures of the views than in hiking alllllllll the way up there.  Sometimes a road can be too long and winding!

But who cares how long the road is if it has a view like this one? This one was in Ireland’s Beara Peninsula.  We weren’t traveling it so much as taking advantage of a nearby hillside for a picnic lunch.  It was tempting, though!

Of course, what good is a road without someone to travel it with?

You can find more long and winding roads at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge#99: Old and New

Rome is the most fascinating mix of old and new I have ever seen: thousands of years of history all on top of each other.  It is a thriving modern metropolis, yet everywhere there are reminders of the past.  Buildings that would be “old” here in the States are practically “new” there! Here is one of my favorite shots from our bus tour of the city (I previously used it for challenge #58).  I love the mix of the motor bikes and the historic architecture.

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Another great image I have used before: the famine memorial in Dublin, Ireland, across the River Liffey from the new office buildings that make up the financial and tech hub of the country (including Facebook and Riot Games).  A way of remembering the past while looking forward to the future.

You can find more old and new at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge#98 – Delicate Colours

Nature provides many delicate colors in her palette, but today I’m featuring some man-made examples from my travels.

The Torre Glòries in Barcelona has such an interestingly subtle color scheme in the day time.  (Very different from its bold nighttime look, lit up with LEDs)

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I suspect these frescoes in Pompeii originally quite vivid, but time and volcanic ash have made them appear much more delicate.

You can find more delicate colors at the original Lens-Artist challenge.