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WPC – Unusual

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, please post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. ~ Julia Morgan ~

While traveling for work we attended a training in the Endicott Square Building historic office complex completed in 1896 and located in Buffalo, NY. It’s an Italian Renaissance-style ten-story building. Very unusual architecture with some hidden gems.

At one time, this building would not have been so unusual but today with old building being demolished it is nice to know this one might be around for a while longer.

I call architecture frozen music. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When viewing this massive building and wandering around within its walls, I must agree with von Goethe.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Bridges

For this challenge, interpret the theme “bridge.” You can go the same route as I did and capture any type or style of bridge where you are, or go deeper and take a snapshot of something or someone that acts as a bridge in your life: a link, a connection, a mediator.

Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us. ~ Bruce Jackson ~

All I have to do is walk out behind my house to find a bridge connecting one side of a trail with the other allowing the hiker to easily walk across the stream. There are a couple of bridges along the way which I hope are still there after they finish clearcutting for the Pine Bush. Sadly this is not bringing much happiness to our neighborhood. With great hope we wish this area to remain somewhat the same after they’ve completed their project. This is a great place to hike no matter the season.

Some bridges we pass daily without ever paying attention to their beauty. The train trestle crossing the Hudson River between Stillwater and Mechanicville is not one of those bridges. Since my earliest memory of this bridge I have witnessed people from near and far setting up tripods to capture this bridge during all seasons, with or without trains crossing.

When the water is calm the mirror image of the train is amazing. In the summer under the early evening sun the bridge seems to glow in brilliant orange while in the fall and winter it looks brown.

Wherever I traveled, this bridge reminded me I was almost home.

There are so many bridges connecting us to different locations throughout our travels. Without them we would never be able to explore new adventures.

Now I will share some bridges that I have walked or drove over in my travels. Enjoy!

The bridge below is found along a trail at Winter Clove Inn in Round Top, NY. You don’t have to be a guest at the Inn to enjoy the trails over the covered bridge and into the woods. Walking along the path there are many hidden treasures.

Some bridges are small wooden structures to assist us across small stream while others are elaborate structures built to last for generation to carry travelers across the divide. At Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center in Craryville, NY there is a mix of bridges along the way to enjoy in all seasons. If you go in the spring bring your rubber boots and in the winter your snowshoes.


If you visit Thatcher Park in Berne, NY you will find wooden bridges connecting pathways to and from the waterfalls. In the Spring the waterfalls are in their glory, they may trickle in summer and fall and freeze in the winter.

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If you drive down the steep dirt road to the right when heading south along Cascade Lake you will discover a small wood bridge connecting the parking area to a hiking trail. Although I have never taking a journey along this path it is on my list of hiking trails to explore.

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As you enter Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, NY you will be greeted by the welcome sign and the bridge. The trail is only open on Martin Luther King (MLK) Day and President’s Day in the winter. Bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes to enjoy the trails. At the end of the snowy trail you will be greeted with hot cocoa and a snack. You can enjoy the trails throughout the summer as well with a nice refreshing dive in the lake at the end.

Along the Saint Lawrence River lie the Thousand Islands in upstate New York. If you visit this area stop for a tour of Boldt Castle. The entry arch in the photo below is a bridge for visitors to and from the boat launch to castle walkways. It’s a great way to spend the day, wandering the grounds, touring buildings and gardens.

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While visiting my nephew in New Hampshire, we did some sightseeing and stopped at a popular swimming area. If you look up there is a very old bridge, which I can’t remember the name, but as you can see from the photo below is connecting two mountain roads above the river. When standing on the bridge you have a spectacular view of the waterfalls along the river’s journey.

My daughter captured the shots below of the red covered bridge in Arlington, Vermont. We lived near this bridge when she was in fifth grade and enjoyed taking walks to explore the stream bed. Only one car at a time please. No racing, as this structure is quite old. If you would like to see covered bridges, Vermont is the state to visit. The other bridge is located in East Arlington.

If you have ever been to Mystic Seaport in CT you will recognize this bridge. If ever passing through Mystic, stop for a slice of pizza at Mystic Pizza.

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When visiting my granddaughter near Santa Fe, New Mexico she tried to find a path along the Rio Grande River to explore. We didn’t actually find the path however we did discover this bridge across the Rio Grande which was a foot bridge now. Not sure if it ever held vehicles but there was a nice view from both sides.

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When visiting San Diego, CA you will see the San Diego – Coronado Bridge. This bridge is 2.1 miles across with fantastic views. Coronado is a beautiful location to visit with parks and small shops.

As you can see, many of the bridges along my travels are either in the woods or along treed areas. Cities are nice for a quick visit however they are not my preferred locations to visit. In my stacks of photos there are snapshots of bridges in Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, and many other states including the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, AR.

What are some of the bridges that have drawn your attention? Do you have any local bridges that make you feel like home when you see them? Are there any bridges that you will not cross? For those living in the United States, possibly the Chesapeake Bay Bridge? This can be a bit scary to travel over when it is windy or there is a traffic jam.

Now I’m ready for another road trip. Maybe We will bump into each other along the roadway with cameras in hand. Be sure to say hello. Safe travels!

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Bridges in Alaska

For this challenge, interpret the theme “bridge.” You can go the same route as I did and capture any type or style of bridge where you are, or go deeper and take a snapshot of something or someone that acts as a bridge in your life: a link, a connection, a mediator.

This week I shall go literal because like trees, I also love taking photos of bridges. When given the opportunity to capture trees and bridges together, that is a special treat.

Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities. ~ Tim Fargo ~

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Walking this suspension bridge was a little scary at first. Two of the women were apprehensive so I put on my empowerment cloak to guide them through their fear while releasing my own. Then the guide decided to add to their worries by hanging off the side of the rail to the right making it every more challenging to reach the other side. Once across the women cheered and patted each other on the back for taking the steps needed to overcome and reach the next platform with a higher and longer zip line.

Another bridge to cross was while riding the Skagway Alaska White Pass and Yukon Rail Tour. When we boarded I never realized that we would be so close to the edge of the mountain or riding along tracks or would climb nearly three thousand feet in just 20 miles. After a while I built up the nerve to stand on the platform at the back of the train. At first I held on for dear life as it felt like an earthquake under foot. There were a few men standing out there with me taking photos along the way. Eventually I moved closer to the rail and balanced so I too could capture the moment. It was amazing as we could look below to the river and waterfalls. When I noticed the tunnel ahead I went back in to watch the engine and cars  disappear into the tunnel.

Although the photos are not my best the trip was amazing – crossing bridges, seeing the original remains of the Klondike Trail built-in 1898, water falls, tunnels, gorges and spectacular views of Alaska. What an amazing state!

Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change. ~ Frida Kahlo ~

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Reflections 2

You can find similar reflections and changes in perspective just about anywhere. From water and glass to metallic surfaces, share a photo that captures something reflected back to you in a way that made you look at your surroundings differently.

Reflections is another of my favorite subject matters as you will see from my photos. Hope you enjoy!

“Without deep reflections one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.” ~ Albert Einstein ~

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“As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflected the real people.” ~ Psalm 27:19 ~

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Lake Placid, NY

“Life is truly a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see & be.” ~ Trudy Symeonakis Vesotsky ~

“Time spent in self-expression is never wasted – it is an intimate date with yourself.”  ~ Paul TP Wong ~

“The beauty you see in me, is a reflection of you.” ~ Rumi ~

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Wanderlust

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” ― Dalai Lama

This week, share a photo that represents travel to you. Whether you’re crossing borders or visiting a nearby neighborhood for the first time, we would love to see how you capture these new environments and interactions!

“because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…” ~ Jack Kerouac ~

Wanderlust – A strong desire to travel or wander. Yep, that’s me. I have lived in five states, over twenty apartments, owned and sold three homes and one mobile home. You might say I was born with a gypsy soul.

My dream has been to visit all 50 states. A few years ago my sister and I had the opportunity to travel together on a cruise ship to Alaska, our first time traveling together since childhood. Alaska was the last new state to mark off the list leaving only 8 more states on my list to explore. While visiting this beautiful state we shared many adventures – snorkeling, a train ride into the mountains, seeing a glacier, zip lining and many more.

“When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” ~ D. H. Lawrence ~

 

When I discovered that I could zip line through the canopy of Tongrass National Forest I was so excited. Once at the top of the platform, looking out into the temperate rainforest, tears filled my eyes. It was overwhelming to know that I was actually experiencing such an adventure. I had been zip lining once in the Adirondacks but nothing as exciting as gliding along the rainforest canopy.

When on an adventure, time has no meaning. We stood in line for over a half an hour to buy a coffee at the original Starbucks – my sister doesn’t even drink coffee. To entertain you while you wait, young people rotating to share their talents on violins, guitars, and singing. We also stopped at Pike Place Fish Market to watch employees throwing fish to one another. There were many times we both were overwhelmed with emotion and I shall never forget the experience shared with my sister.

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Love and Light!

 


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My first post was air travel, this post is car travel. My son purchased a 1989 Porsche and stopped over to give us a rife. It was a bit cold riding with the top down but we had fun letting our hair fly free in the breeze. I travel quite a bit for work and while traveling take my time to stop and stretch, check out the sights, and snap pictures with my cell when I see something interesting. On one rainy trip north I was traveling behind a tractor-trailer and noticed a rainbow following along behind the truck. I thought it must be a sign of good luck so I snapped a couple of photos. On another trip, thinking the snow was behind us for another year I was surprised when I was traveling to the north country and ran into a snow storm. It was beautiful so I snapped a couple of photos with my cell and then stopped to capture some with my camera.

I love traveling in my car and have only eight more states to travel to in the United States. Of course, I had to travel by air to visit Washington and Alaska, and will also need to fly to Hawaii. It is the other seven states that I will be able to visit on a road trip. The next trip will include the northern states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and North Dakota. Then a trip south to Oklahoma and Arkansas – not sure how I missed them when we were so close. I think Oregon and Hawaii will both require a flight but I am looking forward to visiting both in a couple of years. The United States is quite beautiful and each state has its own unique qualities in environment and people. Love this country. Once I visit all of the states it will be time to move on to other countries. Thus far I have visiting Mexico, Canada and Iceland. I think Ireland and India will the first two countries on my bucket list.

Happy traveling to everyone!! Many times I like to travel from the swing in my back yard while reading books or visit local nearby communities. You don’t have to travel far to be ‘on the way.’ Even traveling to and from work you can be on the way – travel a new way to or from work and change the scenery. Try a new store or visit a site you haven’t been to since you were a child. Sometimes visiting your own community with the eyes of a visitor will bring new insights and experiences. Life is fun – live it with new eyes and an open heart.

Love and Light!!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.”


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Loving life on water. This weeks search for photos to represent afloat was a fun experience. It brought back memories of kayaking with my grown children, traveling to California and visiting the Huntington Library and Botanical Garden in Pasadena, CA.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Afloat.”