Otres 1 Beach Pier

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

This pier on Otres 1 Beach (near Sihanoukville, Cambodia) has seen better days. The concrete surface was reinforced with a strong rebar mesh, but the beach end has broken. Some practical person has reverted to ancient technology to create a rudimentary ladder, although a climber must be cautious to avoid stepping through the pier surface at the top.

The Khmer Times of January 21, 2016, shows a picture of this pier under construction.  The picture is credited as “Supplied;” we certainly hope that this pier has lasted more than one year.

 

 

This photo was taken on February 27, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/8 , 1/160 sec, 4.5 mm

Self-Made Men — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 30, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 30, 2017.

This living statue was sitting on Rue Azais on Montmartre just down the hill from Basilique du Sacre-Coeur in Paris, France. The partially-created man on the right is chiseling the man on the left from stone. These street performers did not move while we were observing, except that the eyes of the man on the right thanked me for my donation in the box labeled MERCI (“thank you”).  The quote

les oeuvres d’art ne se trouvent pas seulement dans les musées

means, in English,

Works of art are not only found in museums

This work is derivative of Bobbie Carlyle’s bronze sculpture titled Self Made Man, photos of which can be seen at her official website. According to her website,

Self Made Man is perhaps her best known work depicting man carving himself and his future from the raw stone from which he emerges.

This photo was taken on September 17, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/3.4, 1/200 sec, 9.6 mm

 

Bus from Sa Pa to … Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – July 28, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – July 28, 2017.

We saw this sign each time we walked between our hotel and downtown when we visited Sa Pa, Vietnam.  Vietnam is a long, skinny, S-shaped country in Southeast Asia running north-south beside the South China Sea to the east (or “East Sea,” as it is known in Vietnam).  By land, Vietnam is bordered by China to the north,  by Laos to the northwest, and by Cambodia to the southwest.  North-to-south, it measures about 1650 kilometers (just over 1000 miles) and is about 50 kilometers (just over 30 miles) wide at the widest point.  In area, it is approximately the size of Germany.  Sa Pa is in the northwest, and the cities listed in the first four lines of the bus sign are in the North with Sa Pa. Of the cities in the last line, Hue is about halfway down Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City (“Saigon”) is in the South.

This photo was taken on February 16, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, 4.5 mm

Sundial near Sunset — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Numbers: Anything with Numbers on It

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Numbers: Anything with Numbers on It.

This sundial in Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia, was photographed shortly before the 4:46 pm sunset.

This photo was taken on December 5, 2016.   Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/15 sec, 55 mm

Closer than it appears — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire Trucks, Fire Houses, Fire Hydrant

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire Trucks, Fire Houses, Fire Hydrant.

Luckily for us, this fire truck was not responding to a call.

This photo was taken on July 28, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/250 sec, 9.61 mm