It’s been a while since I’ve done a 52 Photos Project post! I have a few moments and wanted to participate in this week’s prompt: gold.
This is a piece of gold leaf that was left on a ruin in Sukhothai, Thailand:
When I was in Japan, we visited a town called Kanazawa. There is a lot of work done with gold leaf there, and we got to see a demonstration. This man works with gold leaf and I was enchanted with all the dust that covered him – including his lips!
Here’s a tiger lily from a hike I did in the Olympic mountains:
I cannot resist a dahlia bursting with color:
Nor the green and gold bacterial mats in the geysers at Yellowstone:
And finally, any excuse I have to share a Buddha picture, you know I will take it:
This week’s prompt revolves around scent and fragrances. There were so many ways I could have gone with this, from various dishes that make me salivate to blossoms that make me swoon. There are scents that calm me, and scents that invigorate me. There are unsavory scents, of which I will not speak further!
At the top of my list is the daphne odora. This is a small cluster of blooms that radiates the most amazing scent. I think it smells like a hand lotion. If you stick your nose in really close, it gets pungent like a jasmine or gardenia, but from a few feet back, it’s pure bliss. I love this time of year in Seattle because I walk around, hopping from bush to bush and inhaling like I’m going to run out of air.
A few other blooms that make me swoon:
Sarcococca confusa or sweetbox
Mystery Blossom in Portugal. Would love to know if any of you know. When I smelled it, I just wanted to stay where I was and keep sniffing.
And finally, this pair of balsam pillows. My grandmothers always had them around their houses, bringing a little bit of the outside in. Now I have my own, and my collection is growing. We love it when we catch a whiff of that dry, piney scent.
This week’s prompt from 52 Photos: Wildlife. I take so many pictures of birds, I thought I’d give you a glimpse of a few other animals I’ve captured in pixels.
An ibex on Mont Blanc, in France:
Great horned owlet at Nisqually NWR, Washington:
Otter in Yellowstone National Park:
Mangrove Skipper at J. N. “Ding” Darling NWR, Sanibel, Florida:
Pink and purple (and possibly dying) sea star, West Seattle, Washington:
I haven’t done a 52 Photos post in WEEKS! And I checked for the latest prompt and it was teal. I nearly died. I have so many teal things to wear it’s a little insane.
For your viewing pleasure, I present the accessories: a (new) pair of gloves, a pair of earrings, and this hat!
Other teal items I own that are not included: boots, a cardigan sweater, another hat, and a pair of pants.
I also love photographing birds, as you all know. I just happen to have two different teal ducks!
There this adorable pair of blue-winged teals:
And this pair of cinnamon teal ducks:
This week’s prompt was around desserts! I usually do make a variety of sweets, but for some reason, I haven’t taken many pictures of them.
For the first time this year, we also went to see the gingerbread “house” competition in downtown Seattle. I will note that this is a fundraiser for an organization working around juvenile diabetes. Yeah, the irony was not lost on any of us.
I had two “houses” in particular that I really loved. One was Hawai’ian (I know, you are all SHOCKED), and the other was a love letter to Seattle.
Bertha – Seattle’s BIG DIG
You can see the rest of the pics here.
In case you were looking for a temptation you could eat, I offer up this:
I did try out a chocolate mint thins with candy cane crunch from the NY Times, and it’s been a huge hit in our house. One word of caution – do try to crush the candy canes as much as you can. Chomping into a big chunk does put a damper on the enjoyment.
This week’s prompt was RED!
I do love the color and I had such a hard time choosing. Here are a few:
Egret in the reflection of the torii gate at Miyajima:
Condemned! Red wetsuit:
Red Gold and White Platform Shoes:
Red lantern blooms:
This week’s prompt was Look down! I don’t often take up the challenge of the prompt, but I did this week. I have to admit, I’m always happy when I do, too!
Sunday was a cold, brisk day. We took a walk down to the Pike Place Market and then back up the Hill. I looked down, hunting for treasures to photograph. Here’s what I brought home:
A maple leaf stain
Ice lace draped over grass
Fire and ice
I also love this step from the sidewalk art on Broadway, The Obeebo, that I took last summer.
I’m taking the prompt very loosely this week. I’m not totally sure what makes architecture vintage, other than it being old!
Here’s Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto:
NOT trompe l’oeil building in Lisbon:
Wat Arun in Bankgok, Thailand:
And finally, some neoclassical architecture in the heart of NYC, just west of Penn Station – the US Post Office:
I can’t believe I haven’t posted any pictures from Okunoin, the most enchanting cemetery in Koya-San, Japan. For Point the Camera UP, I give you this view:
Some hoodoos from below at Bryce Canyon:
And blooms, because this blog is all about blooming!
This week’s prompt is orange. I was in NYC last week and saw these skulls in the window of a shop. I loved them, as well as the calaveras.
A few more orange images from the archives.
Young monks on the Chao Praya in Bankgok, Thailand:
Orange fungi from the Olympic Peninsula:
Blue and Orange tiles in Lisbon, Portugal: