Taken on the C&O Canal towpath near the Monocacy aqueduct.
Also submitted for the weekly photo challenge.
I personalized this week’s challenge in its interpretation – to try to find pictures from various recent travels that derive a significant part of their character from the presence of lines in them. I was moderately successful, I think!
This is a picture from the window of our hotel room in Reno, NV, during a trip early in 2017.This is a picture of a hotel in Mammoth Lakes, CA. The lines on this hotel came to life in the early morning light.The lines on the sand dunes of Mesquite Flat in Death Valley, CA, are the only natural ones that I have in this collection of pictures. You will notice that these lines are the only ones where there are curves that are obvious. (There is probably a lesson somewhere in there!)A couple of months later we visited the New England area. This picture shows the lines on one of the trains on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire. The engine is at a different angle than the carriage because it is stopped at the edge of the slope.Lines and angles dominate the picture of this covered bridge over the Ammonoosuc river in Littleton, NH.The lines on the Icefields Parkway dominated my six day bike ride through the Canadian Rockies in the later half of 2017.This picture was taken in St. Louis, MO later in 2017. It should not be difficult to guess what the subject matter of this picture is.This picture was taken at Middle of the Earth, just outside of Quito, in Ecuador on the equatorial line in November 2017.This picture is of a corridor in the Design Hotel in Chennai in India at the end of the year. This is considered a “boutique hotel“.I love the lines on the Boeing 787-9 that we saw at Charles de Gaulle airport on our way back from India.The lines of the roof at this gas station in Effingham, IL, caught my eye during a road trip earlier this year. Yes, we had some late-season snow in our part of the world, but it is all over now!
The subject of this week’s photo challenge, “I’d Rather Be…“, suggests a sense of wanting to be in a different place doing something different. Yes, I would rather be be exploring the world like I was fortunate to be able to do last year – California, Nevada, Missouri, a bike ride in the Canadian Rockies, Ecuador (including the Galapagos), and finally India. But when I see a sunrise like this in front of my own home, I also realize that one does not necessarily have to wander far from home to experience the wonders of this world.
This week’s photo challenge proved to be somewhat thought provoking for me. I was not sure exactly how to approach it. In the simplest sense, one is almost always trying to take outdoor pictures that are noteworthy and perhaps “out of the world”. In another sense, one also tries to capture outdoor images with the camera that are unusual, and that may seem out of this world. But nothing is really out of this world in the real sense, is it? How often does one take pictures out of this world? Does this picture of the moon and Venus qualify? Looking through my archives, I realize that I have already posted a bunch of pictures in my blogs that could fit this theme – pictures of the skies and the earth that seem like they are not of this planet. Here is one that might not have appeared before. This was taken in the area of the Smoky Mountains. The planet is on fire in the morning light. The town of Gatlinburg lies below us.
All in all, it was tough figuring out what tack to take for this week’s challenge. In the end I decided to go with pictures that could be considered out of this world to some people, but may be more commonplace to others in their own circumstances. Here goes.
This is the fruit of Queen Anne’s Lace. This wild plant is quite widespread close to where we live, but I am pretty sure it would seem to be something out of this world for some of the natives.I wonder how many people have taken the time to notice something as simple as what is seen in the picture below. Even the simple things can seem out of this world once you open your eyes, and perhaps your imagination.And then there are things that could seem exotic to some of us but are not so unusual in other places. I have already forgotten which part of the world this flower is originally from.Would something like this, a mud pool, be considered out of this world? You can see them in New Zealand.From this perspective it might be difficult to recognize that the picture below is that of the face of a snapping turtle. Look at the eyes. Isn’t this out of this world? We actually came across this creature in the park not far from home.