The clouds were so amazing today that I couldn’t resist doing another One Shot Two Ways photo challenge!
Decided on a classic retrospective from my teenage years of travel for this week’s challenge. My brother and me, in Israel, going down into the Jordan Valley, circa 1977….
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After a wonderful day in Rome’s delightful Borghese Gardens, we walked toward Via Veneto to find something to eat. I looked up and suddenly rising before me, right in the middle of a 21st century city, stood the brave Aurelian Roman Wall, constructed around 275AD, almost 2,000 years ago. Behind the wall I saw buildings from the 15th century Renaissance, which still gives the city much of its beautiful flavor. Contrasted with that was modern day technology: people talking on their cell phones, carrying plastic grocery bags, and taking digital pictures of it all. It’s not a great picture (I wasn’t interested in photography at the time) but that moment, more than any other on our trip, caught me up in the clash of culture and multiple warps of time that is my beloved Roma.
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Looking up the Poudre Canyon, Fort Collins, Colorado. Here’s another take on the same photograph since I can’t decide which effect I like best…
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
The challenge this week is to get lost in the details of an area, not just capture the broad, long view. Here I am, lost in the delicate details of the frozen Poudre River. The picture wasn’t very intriguing until I inverted the colors, then it came alive.
Here is the full shot of the area. I love this bridge. Bridges intrigue us…they lift us up from where we are, suspend us over the world for a while so we can see the broad perspective, then deposit us in a different place, for a new adventure. This bridge is so sturdy and strong as it straddles the rushing river, and yet it is graceful and beautiful with its lovely natural materials of wood and stone. It fits perfectly into its Rocky Mountain surroundings. This is the beginning of Greyrock Trail, one of the most widely used trails in the United States, located in Roosevelt National Forest, just north of Fort Collins, Colorado.
My family and friends on a trip to Rawalpindi, Pakistan, back in the 70’s. Something about these photos really strikes me…we look so white bread American in a foreign land! I was an expatriate and grew up as a foreigner. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Dickens