Foto Friday #91

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Over 2,000 years ago, Pompeii was a thriving settlement in an emerging Roman state until a terrible eruption of Mt. Vesuvius buried it in the year 79 A.D. Volcanic debris, flames, and thick clouds of smoke and ash filled the skies on that fateful day; but during our visit, the only thing in the clear blue sky besides wispy white clouds was erratic condensation trails from overhead jets — something the doomed people of early Pompeii would never have seen.

For Lens Artists Photo Challenge: Old & New

Foto Friday #88

To better appreciate the structures in this photo, I cropped out the street and most of the tree to the right. Photo taken near Freiburg, Germany.

I felt like this shot was too wide so I reduced the size. By placing the steeple at a third, the flowers in the foreground are near center and the out-of-focus tree on the right is gone. I also cropped out the rail at the bottom, straightened the frame and brightened the color. Photo taken in Strasbourg, France.

For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cropping the Shot

Foto Friday #84

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Crisp mountain air, all the greens of Spring, and not a soul in sight! If you listen carefully, you just might hear the wildflowers grow. Look toward the heavens on a cloudless night and I’ll bet you could count the stars. What could be simpler than that?

For Len Artists Photo Challenge: Simplicity

Photo taken near Independence, Colorado

Foto Friday #82

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“Go with the flow

Slow down and meander

Be thoughtful of those downstream

Go around the obstacles

Immerse yourself in nature

Stay current

The beauty is in the journey!”

~ Ilan Shamir

For Lens-Artists Challenge: A River Runs Through It

Photos:

The Rhine River from Marksburg Castle in Braubach, Germany

The Windmills at Kinderdijk on the Lek River in The Netherlands

The Southwark Bridge over the River Thames in London, UK

The Railroad Bridge over the Muskingum River in Zanesville, Ohio

Foto Friday #81

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“Chaos”

The world is drenched in panic and fear

like a ship on a stormy sea

desperately trying to stay afloat

amid wave after wave of debris

Tread with care through the turbulent ocean

Drown not in the depths of despair

The sun will shine on calmer waters

Smooth sailing soon will prevail

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For Lens Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Wishing you good health during the pandemic… and always!

Photos: Sunset on the Baltic Sea, Strong winds off the Isle of Capri, Sailing on Lake Malaren in Stockholm, Sweden

Waiting

As a photographer, I have done my fair share of waiting.

Waiting for the sun to set in the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of Australia:

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Waiting for geysers to erupt in the geothermal valley near Rotorua, New Zealand:

But what about these animals… what are they waiting for? Food? Companionship? Freedom?

For Lens Artists Photo Challenge: Waiting