Sometimes ones eyes need a rest from the garish colours that surround us. Pastel shades have always been restful. Here are some of my pastel photos:
pastel shades in Köln (Cologne), Germany
a Christmas rose flower (hellebore)
water lilies for sale in a temple in Myanmar
lotus blossom bud with grasshopper
Do you prefer pastels to brights? Take a look at some more here.
WordPress editor Cheri Lucas Rowlands recently shared a post entitled “Doors are stories” and invited artists, photographers, fiction and non-fiction writers to share their take on doors.
I’ve always been fascinated by doors and windows and wondered what lies behind.
not so much into the lion’s den but in through the lion’s mouth (entrance to an Indian temple)
entrance to the Durgiana temple, also known as the Silver temple, in Amritsar, India
view through a doorway in the Golden temple, Amritsar
a doorway in the old village of Khajuraho, India
a door with a fairy tale to tell (Luxembourg-Grund)
main entrance to the Katasteramt (cadastre/land registry office), Trier, Germany
a door within a door, Trier, Germany
building in Koln
modern architecture in Dusseldorf
modern batik in Singapore
knotted rope in Thailand
sharing abstract with Ailsa & co.
A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. (Wikipedia)
a climbing wall in Hamburg
work in progress, in London’s Portobello Road
St Basil, Goreme open air museum, Cappadocia, Turkey
the beautiful, painted interior of the Jesuits church in Vienna
the red room in Helga’s Folly, Sri Lanka
the royal rock temple, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Sue’s word of the week . Did you share any photos of murals this week?
One of the sites that I really wanted to visit when we went to Sri Lanka was Sigiyria, home of the famous cloud maiden frescoes.
Appropriately enough, this is the home of the Cloud Maidens
The approach is innocent enough
but then you have to climb the cliff
don’t look down
better still, don’t look up either because this is what you are climbing up
so far so good, here are the cloud maidens but you haven’t reached the summit yet
a rare photo of the two of us
you have to go down a section of rickety-looking staircase to get to the next section
past the mirror wall
with the rock face towering above you
then out on to the plateau of the lions paws
before the final ascent
with spectacular views, albeit a bit misty, from the top
it’s hard to imagine that people actually lived at the top and had to carry all their supplies up
I have to say that the climb was daunting – not for the faint-hearted or the infirm and my husband declined to accompany me all the way to the top. However, I’m glad I made it.
What form did your achievement take?
Sunflowers are such beautiful flowers and the sight of them always brightens the dreariest day. Last week I was staying close to a field where you can pick your own and made sure I had my camera with me.
I used Kim’s cool grunge texture on this photo and reduced the opacity.
silver coloured door knocker in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus
silver leaf monkeys in Kuala Lumpur
silvery windows of the Islamic Art Museum in Kuala Lumpur
Bo-tree leaf shaped silvery votives at the white temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand
a decorative pyramid made of thousands of the above votives
silver birch tree in Luxembourg
silver coloured sculpture in Friedrichshafen, Germany
this is actually a colour photo of a very stormy morning in Alanya, Turkey
Having chosen silver for this week’s theme, I wonder if Ailsa will chose gold some time soon?
Here are a few Christmas photos taken over the last few years in Europe:
shop window displays in the UK
street musicians in Strasbourg
Why not pop over to Neil Morata’s blog to see some other travel photos?
Ailsa challenged us to share our “brown” photos this week, in all its various shades
label that came with an item of beachwear a friend bought. I love the stitched and vintage effects.
coffee-roasting house in the Speicherstadt area of Hamburg
new Deichstrasse in Hamburg
volute shells (with their live animals inside them) which will provide a tasty snack, when cooked, to someone in Phnom Penh
as will these dried fish also on sale in Phnom Penh
intricate carvings at the temple of Banteay Srei in Cambodia
living condtions for the less fortunate in Siem Reap, Cambodia
fishing in the muddy waters of Tonle Sap, Cambodia
happy, smiling faces of schoolgirls out on a visit in New Delhi
the Taj Mahal museum
to light your way …..
lamp post at the Schloss Drachenberg in Germany
lighting in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Cee’s fun foto challenge