This is our entry in Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge: Frame.

This photo shows three siblings on the way to the beach, after waiting out a violent storm with wind-driven rain. They are framed by the structure of the foot-washing station, where they will no doubt stop again on their way back from the beach. The older boy has turned back to read the warning sign about the yellow flag they are passing under.


This photo was taken on May 30, 2017.  Specs are:

Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS, ISO 800,  f/6.3, 1/1400 sec, 33 mm

The Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Old.

Gautama Buddha is the Buddha upon whose teachings Buddhism was founded. During Buddha’s lifetime,  he identified four important sites for pilgrimage: Bodh Gaya, where he attained enlightenment; Lumbini, his birthplace in Nepal; Sarnath, where he delivered his first teaching, the dharma; and Kusinara, where he died and attained nirvana-after-death. 

In September 2014, we visited Sarnath, located almost one mile northeast of Varanasi in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. The Dhamek Stupa, built in 500 AD, enlarged several times but still unfinished, is believed to be at the same location in the deer park in Sarnath where the Buddha delivered his first teaching to his five disciples. The stupa is just over 140 feet tall and 90 feet across at the base. Because it is an important pilgrimage site, many people visit this stupa and walk around it clockwise three times while reciting a mantra or prayer.

The Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath

This photo was taken on November 19, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/500 sec, 9.61 mm


The sleeper has not awakened

This is our entry in Mundane Monday Challenge #111 : Learn Photography.

The mundane subject here is the alarm clock on the nightstand. The time displayed suggests that the sleeper has not awakened.

Time to get up

(With an irreverent acknowledgement of Frank Herbert’s Dune)

This photo was taken on December 11, 2016. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/4.0, 8.0 sec, 28 mm

(Ready Aim) FIRE!

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Detonate.

Fort Macon State Park at Beaufort Inlet at the eastern end of Bogue Banks in North Carolina is a popular destination for vacationers. Garrisoned during the Civil War (by both sides in turn), the Spanish–American War, and World War II, it has a long (albeit non-continuous) military history. In addition to guided tours of the casemates restored to their original functions, tourists can view reinactments of the “Evening Gun” (loading and firing of a 19th Century cannon) and the loading and firing of a 19th Century musket of the type used by both North and South during the Civil War. The photo shows a demonstration of musket firing at the moment of detonation. (The ammunition used is a two-ply toilet paper Minié ball.)

(Ready Aim) FIRE!

This photo was taken on May 29, 2017.  Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/5, 1/640 sec, 33 mm

Take 2 – Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: May 28, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: May 28, 2017.

A popular meeting place near the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, is the bronze equestrian statue of Charlemagne and his guards.  It’s popular because it’s easy to find and shaded for some respite on hot sunny days. Notre Dame and its surrounding area is also popular with wedding photographers.  Did I mention that there are a lot of pigeons there?  They like the area around Charlemagne, too.  The last time we were there, a wedding photographer was directing his young clients to run through the massed pigeons on the ground, so that he could get an action shot of them framed by the startled flock.  Needless to say, this took many tries (the groom was a slow study), but the pigeons obligingly settled back on the ground after each try.  The photo below shows the couple checking the results with the photographer after the latest attempt.

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Take 2

This photo was taken on September 19, 2016. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 800. f/14, 1/640 sec, 41 mm

Meditate in Radiance

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Radiate.

We visited Bagan, Myanmar, in February 2017. On our first day there, we went on a photo shoot with a self-taught photographer named Maung Maung Bagan, whose stunning photos have won numerous international awards.  Near the end of our afternoon shoot, Maung Maung drove us, with our young hired monk, to a small square temple at the end of a small dusty road. The temple was locked, but the caretaker and two helpers were waiting for us. A 5000 kyat bill (less than $4 US) passed from our hands to the caretaker, and we all entered the temple.  On the western wall of the temple was a small alcove framing a perforated stone window, with light radiating from the setting sun. What a beautiful place for meditation!

iBallRTW-Afternoon in a Pagoda

Radiation for Meditation

This photo was taken on February 8, 2017, just before sunset. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/8, 1/50 sec, 18 mm