Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #49: Favorite Things

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The places I love most are the ones that feel like home.  Salamanca, Spain was home to me for a semester during my undergraduate studies.  This is the view of the beautiful Plaza Mayor from one of the cafés there.  We spent many hours there, drinking a caña or chocolate, studying, talking, and having our Spanish corrected (laughed at) by young waiters.  I hope to someday see this beautiful city again; just looking at this picture takes me back there.

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

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Lens-Artists Challenge #48 – WILD

I can’t think of a place that better encapsulates the idea of “wild” than Skellig Michael, off the coast of Ireland.  It was once inhabited by ascetic monks and is now home to colonies of seabirds, like these puffins that have little fear of people.

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

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.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #46 – Delicate

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Nothing like a trip to Pompeii, Italy to remind you of the fragility of human civilization.  Even sturdy Roman columns can seem delicate compared to the power of a volcano; Mt Vesuvius destroyed the city in 79 AD.

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