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travel theme: pastel

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:

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pastel shades in Köln (Cologne), Germany

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London

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a Christmas rose flower (hellebore)

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water lilies for sale in a temple in Myanmar

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cherry blossom

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lotus blossom bud with grasshopper

Do you prefer pastels to brights? Take a look at some more here.

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Discover challenge: doors

 

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.

 

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not so much into the lion’s den but in through the lion’s mouth (entrance to an Indian temple)

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entrance to the Durgiana temple, also known as the Silver temple, in Amritsar, India

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view through a doorway in the Golden temple, Amritsar

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a doorway in the old village of Khajuraho, India

 

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a door with a fairy tale to tell (Luxembourg-Grund)

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main entrance to the Katasteramt (cadastre/land registry office), Trier, Germany

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a door within a door, Trier, Germany

travel theme: abstract

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building in Koln

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modern architecture in Dusseldorf

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modern batik in Singapore

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knotted rope in Thailand

sharing abstract with Ailsa & co.

word a week photo challenge: mural

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)

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a climbing wall in Hamburg

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Brussels

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work in progress, in London’s Portobello Road

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St Basil, Goreme open air museum, Cappadocia, Turkey

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the beautiful, painted interior of the Jesuits church in Vienna

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the red room in Helga’s Folly, Sri Lanka

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the royal rock temple, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Sue’s word of the week . Did you share any photos of murals this week?

Daily Post: achievement in Sri Lanka

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

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The approach is innocent enough
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but then you have to climb the cliff
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don’t look down
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better still, don’t look up either because this is what you are climbing up
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so far so good, here are the cloud maidens but you haven’t reached the summit yet
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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
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past the mirror wall
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with the rock face towering above you
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then out on to the plateau of the lions paws
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before the final ascent
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with spectacular views, albeit a bit misty, from the top
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it’s hard to imagine that people actually lived at the top and had to carry all their supplies up
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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?

Texture Tuesdays: free and easy edition

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.

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I used Kim’s cool grunge texture on this photo and reduced the opacity.

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travel theme: silver

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silver coloured door knocker in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus

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silver leaf monkeys in Kuala Lumpur

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silvery windows of the Islamic Art Museum in Kuala Lumpur

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Bo-tree leaf shaped silvery votives at the white temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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a decorative pyramid made of thousands of the above votives

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silver birch tree in Luxembourg

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silver coloured sculpture in Friedrichshafen, Germany

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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?