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Trying something new: sharing pictures, stories and meditations.

Which Way

These are from a walk we took on the Great Wall of China last spring, from Jiankou to Mutianyu. These are all from the unimproved section (Mutianyu is one of the large sections that has been improved.)

The walk was about five miles and the package we used had a driver who drove us to Jiankou, then walked with us to the first tower on the wall (that is a steep-ish, but short hike), after taking our picture he returned to the car and drove around to Mutianyu to meet us. Once on the wall you can follow it and the instructions provided easily. I can recommend the outfit we used: “Wild Great Wall”, I’ve used them three times for different activity levels. We all felt that is was beneficial to see both the unreconstructed and the reconstructed wall. If I stay on task this week (not real good odds) I will post pictures from the reconstructed section of the wall next week.

For Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge.

 

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge-Week 15

PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 15 of Pull up a Seat. Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

I have a question for you all: is it helpful to have me list links to entries for the previous weeks? I do so to try and make it easy to take a look at the wide variety of photos that people enter, but it does take a little time…and the risk that maybe I miss someone, or misspell something. What do you think?

Thank you to everyone who participated this week. It is always fun to see the variety of ideas.

Here are mine for the week:

From a visit to the Arboretum at South Seattle Community College in September:

More random:

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Who needs a chair when you have a tree?
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…or Mama’s lap?

Over to you.

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White Clematis

Wandering about as I try to backup and organize my archives and create a system for moving forward I ran into these clematis photos from last May. Since I have been experimenting with post processing in LightRoom lately, I tried out a couple of techniques.

The second picture used techniques described by Bren at Ryan Photography.

The second photo above uses a LightRoom preset from Julie Powell that is from her Sunday Stills class.

Posted for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Squares of the Times

20181204-Times_Squares-01Advent wreaths count down to Christmas, in reality they probably predate the concept of Christmas and are part of “pagan” celebrations of the solstice. I like the idea of advent, gradually preparing for our celebration of the change from darkening to lightening (Christmas is fundamentally that: a celebration of the return of light to a dark and weary world) and have “celebrated” it in my own ways for many years now.

This year I decided that I will try to add to that celebration participation in the “TimeSquares” Photo Challenge by each week during Advent.

From our visit to London last June:

From this past week, time passes so quickly:

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A vest I made last weekend for my son, beside two I made for him when he was a child.

 

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge-Week 14

PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 14 of Pull up a Seat. Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

Thank you to everyone who participated this week. It is always fun to see the variety of ideas.

My contribution for this week: a gallery of sweet, seasonal seating from various gingerbread houses and villages.

Over to you.

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