This months square challenge from Becky: Blue
The theme for July is ‘blue‘, and as always it is totally up to you how you interpret the square theme but whatever you decide to do, please remember there is a rule if you want to part of the Square Gang and be sure your photos are square so you can make it into the gallery.
The word prompt from the Lens-artists challenge #40: Something Different
Recently I had some visitors from Taiwan who enjoyed their tea. They had something different to drink their tea from when travelling. I found the set quite interesting. I hope you do too.
Take off the lid
Take out the cups. Put tea in the “teapot”
Put the lid on to pour and strain the tea
Yes folks……it’s time for Cees Odd Ball Challenge. Check out these other wonderful Odd Balls at Cee’s place
Of course I have a few photos to choose from so let’s get into it and let me state the obvious.
An old painted brick wall
Tea pots in a Cafe
A box of stuff to keep you entertained while waiting for your coffee
Paula has given us some great words to challenge our thinking. This time I have failed to find a photo in my folders or even find a subject to grab a shot. Where I live there aren’t many sheep as it is too wet. I have seen sheep about but do you think I could find any over the past few days. Looks like Ovine will have to wait.
Find some fabulous photos at Lost in Translations Thursday Special for March
When I travel, I am always looking for something that has some sort of appeal to me. Whether it is concrete or abstract there nearly is always a photo in something that I see and perhaps, others do too. I often find I am drawn to many the same theme. Those themes have been the subject in the past and of other blogs as time goes on. This time I would like to let you into my world of the everyday stuff that I see. Often I will take a photograph, to the quizzical looks of people who wonder what the hell is he photographing!!! This is true especially on holidays where there is a lot of people wandering about the same cities or towns as me. So off we go, starting at the top.
The tiles on rooves have patterns, shapes and colours and sometimes perhaps a plants or two.
And in this case moss or lichens. It could almost be vegetation on a terraced hillside.
I love the ceramic chimney pots. They contrast with the new looking tiles in the background.
These chimney pots seemed like rather severe looking totem poles.
This was on a roof near our Paris apartment. We thought it was our own Ned Kelly or medieval warrior looking after us, spear in hand.
Some places have the most amazing ceilings, quite often in churches but this one was in a large shopping center in Milan
Some walls in the old churches have the most amazing construction. Imagine looking upwards to see these bricks jutting out in a higgledy-piggledy fashion.
In contrast, this wall was in the cafe at the Venice Biennale showcasing modern art. Yes it is a flat wall.
Whereas this sloping wall was in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Korea.
Again, the modern art world showed geometry on the walls of the Confluence Museum of Art in Lyon.
The Koreans really embraced the world of modern art with this window between the bedroom and bathroom in our room in the Grand Hyatt.
This sign on the wall in Venice seemed poignant as everywhere we went in Italy people smoked cigarettes regardless of where they were.
There were many different floors with patterns or geometrical designs. This was hard to walk on while looking down as it made walking in a straight line difficult.
I don’t know how many cobblestone roads we walked down. This one in Stirling, Scotland, wet and late in the afternoon drew me into its seemingly wavy pattern.
Lights have always been a source of inspiration whether they are candles in a church.
Or modern sculpture like this one of cascading balls from the third floor to the ground in Korea.
Or beautiful old Murano glass light in the entrance of the hotel in Genoa.
I guess I have a certain fascination for water. The Autumn leaves floating in the water feature in Dijon summed up the first cool wet day.
Reflections in water always look so abstract. A bit of blue sky and the sides of a boat rippling on the water in the canal caught my eye in Burano.
Further down the canal the colours changed to green and “gold” to make me feel at home.
To get water often you need a tap. I don’t think much water has flowed from this tap in quite a while. The tap was in a rather large old building in Arsenale, Venice which had an art installation. I saw a few people wander over to the tap after I walked away, probably wondering what I was photographing.
Just walking down the road, exploring the neighbourhood when we got to Bologna, the blue bottle on the graffitied concrete column of the building just seemed like an art installation.
If you have water, you quite often need a teapot, even if it is part of an art installation from China.
Teapot always needs some tea cups.
There were lots of chairs in the church. This is just a part of all of the chairs. There was so many.
Sometimes looking into a sculpture changes the perception of how the work makes you feel.
This was the Canadian Exhibit in the Venice Biennale. It was a shop with so much “for sale” as well as a lot of used items to ponder.
The posters on the walls of so many places had me perplexed but I appreciated the work especially combined with the everyday life.
Road signs sometimes get altered. I have no words.
Did you enjoy my holiday snaps? Leave me a comment to let me know what you likes most. Stay tuned for the next installment of my holiday photos – better than a slide night.