Last night, my wife and I visited Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Winter Lights; each winter holiday season, they do an amazing job creating a wondrous display of lights, which presents some interesting photo opportunities.
Their lighting creates moments, such as this cherub, simply to be enjoyed and taken in.
As it’s a week of business travel and the usual all day affair of meetings and meals, I’ve been remiss in posting; so here’s a quick post of a couple of captures while walking back to my hotel here in Brno.
This statue of the revered Father Martin Streda struck me with the interesting lighting, as it stands next to the Jesuit Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Father Martin Streda’s reverence comes from the time of the siege of the city of Brno by Swedish troops during 1645; according to the stories told, the Virgin Mary appeared to him during his prayers and told him that the city of Brno would not be conquered, if everyone obeyed God. After this apparition, Martin proceeded to be uncannily accurate in his predictions of attacks by the Swedish and the last cannonball fired at the city landed at his feet and remained motionless.
This statue produces another interesting shadow due to the way it is lighted. It is known as ‘Little Mozart’ and stands in front of the Reduta Theatre on the square known as the Cabbage Market (still in operation 6 days a week). In 1767, the then 11 year old Mozart performed at the theater along with his sister Maria Anna. The statue is unusual in that it has the head of a mature Mozart on an child’s body with a single wing; the latter is likely included to mark the tragic death of the composer.
If you get the chance, Brno is a fabulous city to visit with lots of sights, great restaurants and hospitable people. I always enjoy coming back here.
And yes, the meetings and trip have been extremely productive!
Here comes a seventh mystery slide post of this year….
I expect that this week’s slide is an easy one to figure out, as it’s eminently google-able (is that even a word?). My challenge to you is to try and figure this out from the clues in the image without the aid of any search tool…
I look across the harbor, as I go out to the sea in my ship…
For extra bonus…try to pinpoint the year that this slide was taken! I’m looking to see how the car aficionados do with this!
Welcome to the 118th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Another record week in responses!!
Your responses were all very playful and filled with variety. There were a couple that definitely put a smile on my face in their creativity and unique approach to this week’s theme! Thank you all for putting such wonderful effort into each and every one of your posts!
I enjoyed reading all of your posts, and hope that you’ll enjoy browsing through each other’s posts as well!
Here’s another bit of play…
This image came from a nice walk through Tower Hill Botanic Garden, as we chanced upon Pan hanging about in the woods. With his pipes he lures us into his domain, where we are captivated by its beauty and wander for eternity…
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
Sarah kicks this week off with a wonderful little dog in By Sarah! That dog looks ready to play! (FYI – as Sarah’s blog is marked private you may have to request access).
Nicole’s post in Un Photo Une Poeme has really captured the game, and it certainly looks like a lot of fun!
A wonderful post in Banactee brings about a real game changer with a stunning photo!
Kammie’s post in The Nut House has lots of variety of play and they sure look like they’re having fun!
There’s lots of play at the beach, as we can see in MV obsession‘s post; a bit of sand, lots of water and unbridled fun!
Very colorful is what we get to see in theOnlyD800intheHameau! The kids will be ready to make use of that cornucopia of play!
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Waiting. An interesting theme, that made me think of a number of images that I shot over the years. On Wednesday, I posted a photo from a model shoot that had a Lady in Waiting, so today it’s time for something a little different.
This particular model stood very still indeed, as she gazed across the ages with the wistful look of love lost. Is she waiting for her long gone paramour?
What are your thoughts?
This image came to be at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, where this lovely statue was placed among the plants in the Orangerie.
In most of my photography, you’ll see that I tend to shy away from the standard approach of keeping the sun in your back and you’ll be safe… As a matter of fact, I love shooting into the sun and adjusting exposure to get the subject in there just right.
This image is one where I had the luxury of getting multiple shadow sources to work for me and a bit of assistance from years of water nourishing plant life…
Some may find this image a tad disturbing, as vacuous eyes look out toward the viewer, not revealing intent of any kind. She really is a beautiful water feature at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.
How do you use shadows in your photography?
This image was taken with a Canon EOS 5D MkII using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. Exposure settings were at 1/50 second at f/13 and 200 ISO.
The theme for the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Face, celebrating our many different faces.
As the face is our primary interface for communication with one another, it has been featured in art throughout the ages; from the beautiful bust of Nefertiti to the grotesque expressions of gargoyles on cathedrals, the face has been central, such as in this sculpture at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
The expression on her face draws us in to wonder what thoughts are crossing her mind. Is she thinking of a love long lost?
What do think is on this lady’s mind?
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens. Exposure settings were 1/200 second, f/8 at 400 ISO.
Hope you enjoy this post inspired by the Daily Post WPC – Face