Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #47: Five Elements

This view of the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca from the Parc de la Mar provides a beautiful blend of the five traditional Chinese elements, metal, wood, water, fire, and earth.

Metal: the statue in the foreground

Wood: the palm trees growing in the Mediterranean climate

Water: the park’s large pond, which I think is fed from the Bay of Palma

Earth: the stone and bricks of the walls

Fire: This one is a stretch!  My family has a joke that every modern art sculpture (no matter the name or subject) actually depicts a flame.  So, here we have a statue of a flame to represent the element of fire. Ha!

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

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #35: Architecture

After some close-ups of architecture last week, let’s take a step back.

The cathedral in Palma de Mallorca, called La Seu there, is a classic example of Gothic ecclesiastical architecture.  It was begun in 1229 and completed in 1601.  The interior shows the expected grand nave, pointed arches, and rose window…with a few surprises.

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Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí helped redesign some of the interior in the early 20th century.  Over the altar is a canopy reminiscent of the one at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

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

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #34: Close-Up

My cameras and phones have never been really good enough to get good macro shots, so here are some close-ups of architecture: Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, Spain; the capital of a Corinthian-style column in Venice; a bench wall by the sea in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

And just for fun, I was playing with my phone today, so here is a close-up of my cat Juhani.

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

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #29: Cityscapes

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The Torre Glòries (formerly Torre Agbar) in Barcelona, Spain is an office building in the Poblenou neighborhood where we stayed.  It looks even cooler at night thanks to exterior LEDs.

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We came into Venice, Italy on a cruise ship, which gave us amazing views down into the city of all the beautiful buildings and canals.

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Bellver Castle sits on its hilltop above the city of Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  The circular castle was built in the 14th century and is easily seen from the city’s bay.

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