Category Archives: Photo Challenge

Photo Challenge: Wall

“Wall” is the word for the weekly Tuesday photo challenge.  This wall is next door to the coffee shop where I gather with quilting friends once a month.

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Walnut Street Gallery Outside Wall (looking west on 3rd Street).  Photo: TLClark, 7/13/19.

Walnut Street Gallery, a framing shop and art gallery in uptown Ankeny, uses parts of painted picture frames to create seasonal scenes on their outside walls.  I remember a Christmas tree in December and a large heart in February.  July (or is it all summer?) is flowers and a flag.

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Flowers, Walnut Street Gallery.  Photo: TLClark, 7/13/19.

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Closer look at the red flower.  Photo: TLClark, 7/13/19.

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American Flag on outside of Walnut Street Gallery.  Photo: TLClark, 7/13/19.

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Flag and Bench.  Photo: TLClark, 7/13/19.

For more “wall” pictures, visit Dutch Goes the Photo!

Photo Challenges: Outdoors & Flower of the Day

Outdoors is the Jansen Photo Challenge this week and I couldn’t resist a second post.  And since it’s three flowers, it also works for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge.

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Photo: TLClark, July 3, 2015, Pilgrim Heights Camp & Retreat Center, Iowa.

Outdoors - Flower - White

Photo: TLClark, July 3, 2015, Pilgrim Heights Camp & Retreat Center, Iowa.

Outdoors - Flower - Blue

Photo: TLClark, June 9, 2012, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Iowa.

Photo Challenge: Outdoors

When I read outdoors was the Jansen Photo Challenge this week, I thought of grand, panoramic vistas and the delicate details of wildflowers.  But in the back of my head I heard Mom’s voice, “Go play outside.”   My childhood home had a swing set in the backyard and an entire school playground across the street.  With camera in hand, I headed to a local playground this morning.

The simple, straight lines of the monkey bars of yesteryear have been replaced with a curved span of triangles.

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Monkey Bars.  Photo: TLClark, 7/4/19.

The long metal slides of my childhood are long gone.  Tubes and curly-queues are more the norm today.

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Slides.  Photo: TLClark, 7/4/19.

The merry-go-rounds of my youth were definitely not this safe!  Nor did they need dad to make them go round.  We’d all push, running as fast we could before jumping on.  (Thanks to this dad and son for allowing my to take a few pictures.)

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Round and Round We Go.  Photo: TLClark, 7/4/19.

Of all the playground equipment, swing sets have changed the least over the years.

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Receding Swings.  Photo: TLClark, 7/4/19.

It’s no longer hard ground or gravel below the swings; spongy mats making falling off a bit less painful.

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Single File Swings.  Photo: TLClark, 7/4/19.

As far as I could see, there are no teeter-totters on this playground.  Have they disappeared completely?

Hoping you get to go outdoors today!

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Radiant

My first thought for the photo challenge “radiant” issued by Jansen Photo was of a bride glowing on her wedding day.  New parents gazing at their new bundle joy also came to mind.  Then I thought of family and beautiful smiles at special events.  While looking for smiles in the electronic files I was sidetracked by pictures of stained-glass windows.

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Stained Glass Window at Parking Lot Entry, Trinity UCC, Quincy, IL.  Photo: TLClark, 6/9/19

The first photo was taken on the Pentecost Sunday my youngest niece was confirmed.  I was struck by the dove at the top, the red glass, and the flames of fire – all symbols of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  The blue glass makes me think of Baptism which is closely associated with Confirmation.  The tree (could it be a vine?) and the branches remind me of Jesus (“I am the vine and you are the branches.”  John 15:5).  The butterflies  symbolize resurrection and new life.  Is the owl there for wisdom?  Are the three eggs in the bird’s nest a symbol of the Trinity?

The next photo is of a window in the sanctuary at the same church.  You can see greenery and grass through the clearer grass at the bottom of the window.

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Stained Glass Window – Tree, Trinity UCC, Quincy, IL.  Photo: TLClark, 6/9/19.

The most radiant window that I’ve photographed in the age of digital cameras was at a church I served in eastern Iowa.  Here it is on an Easter Sunday.

Radiant - Faith UCC Muscatine - Easter

Rose Window on Easter, Faith UCC, Muscatine, Iowa.  Photo: TLClark, 4/12/12.

Photo Challenge: Trail

 

When heading out the front door for a walk, it’s a pretty good bet that I’ll end up on the neighborhood bike path.  Officially it’s a trail maintained by the City of Ankeny.  Depending on the weather, the day of the week, and the time of the day, I see bicyclists, walkers, joggers, parents pushing strollers, and kids playing.  There are always at least a few birds and maybe some furry creatures.  On a really good day, I have a camera with me and see a great blue heron (click here for a post with pictures!).

If I were to go far enough the other direction, I could catch one of the many multi-use trails in the area.

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The High Trestle Trail begins near the Farmers’ Market Pavilion in Uptown Ankeny.  The bicycle stands in the area caught my attention – scroll through the slide show below to see them all.

 

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At the beginning of the trail is a guide to trail etiquette, complete with notes for equestrians!  If you see a horse, “go slow and say hello!”

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The next sign as the trail begins provides distances (in miles).  After reviewing the photos I took before and after the one below, I can confirm that there is a bird in the picture to the left of the sign and not dust on my camera lens!

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The weather wasn’t cooperating when I had time to drive out to photograph “The Bridge.”  So, for now, you’ll have to click on this official link to see it.

Happy trails to you!

Photo Challenge: Road

Road.  “A way made for traveling.”  – Webster’s New World Compact Desk Dictionary

PART I

When I first thought of a road for this week’s photo challenge, I thought of pavement with stripes down the middle – white or yellow dashes and/or a solid line – that allows people to drive easily from one place to another.  Maybe something like this picture; I took it when shooting photos for the “tower” challenge – you can see one of the TV towers on the left.  The grain elevators in Alleman, Iowa, are at the end of the road.

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PART II

Can a river be a road?  Lewis & Clark followed the Missouri and Columbia Rivers in boats as they explored the Louisiana Purchase between St. Louis, Missouri, and the Pacific Ocean.  Modern travelers along Interstate-90 cross the Missouri River at Chamberlain, South Dakota.  This picture is looking northwest from a rest stop and shows a walking path, the Interstate, the town, and the river.

Road 01 - Lewis & Clark

Interstate-90 West takes a sharp turn south in order to cross the Columbia River in central Washington.  This plaque at the overlook provided a little highway history.

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PART III

On the road again, I just can’t wait to get on the road again…” – Willie Nelson

We’ve done more than our share of traveling in the last year.  All of it by car.  All of it on paved roads.  The longest trip was to Seattle and back:  a 4171 mile adventure for a wedding that was not to be missed!

Rest stops are essential for driver and passenger alike on long trips.  When the passenger gets excited by the landscape or is just a bit bored, the camera comes out and views through the windshield are captured.  Though not of the highest quality, here are several.

Road 02 - MT Mountains

Mountains in Montana are finally in view!

Road 03 - Western MT Rain

Heading west on I-90 in the rain, going up Lookout Pass in western Montana.

Road 07 - Seattle

At the western end of I-90, merging onto I-5 North in Seattle, Washington.

Road 08 - Seattle Garden

Beginning the trip home via I-5 South to catch I-90 East.

Road 09 - Solar Field

A Solar Panel field off I-84 near Pendleton, Oregon.

Road 10 - Yellowstone

Heading northeast on Highway-20 in eastern Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park.

PART IV

We had so much fun getting away last fall we decided to visit Billings, Montana, for Christmas.  We hadn’t counted on cross-winds with gusts over 40 MPH as we drove I-90 across a corner of Wyoming.

Road 13 - Wyoming Gusty Winds

Approaching Buffalo, Wyoming, from the east.

PART V

Take me home, country roads, to the place, I belong…”  – John Denver

In this last road photo, we’re leaving Quincy, Illinois, and are headed home.  It was just last Sunday and the Mississippi River was still high enough to close the Highway-24 East-bound bridge.  The West-bound bridge is carrying traffic both ways.

Road 15 - Quincy Bridge over Mississippi

Crossing the Mississippi River from Illinois to Missouri.

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of God’s hand.