A Good Day at the Dog Park

The dog park is a place where dogs can run freely off-leash and socialize with other dogs. Dogs are meant to be active, but pet dogs may have limited options for physical and mental activity. They can spend most of their time alone at home, where it’s easy to be bored, lonely and overweight. Sometimes a dog park can be good for pets and their human “parents.” This post shows some pictures of dogs having positive experiences at a dog park.

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Run!
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A sheep dog sandwich
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Synchronized running
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Are you going to share that tennis ball?

And my favorite picture.

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Pull!

Monument to Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre is the inventor of the photographic process known as daguerreotypy. Daguerreotypes made using his process were most commonly used in 1839-1860. (Fun fact: The first genuine image of Abraham Lincoln was a daguerreotype taken in 1846.)

As we were walking outside the National Portrait Gallery, on the sidewalk of 7th St N.W. in Washington, D.C., we spotted the Daguerre Monument in memory of Louis Daguerre.

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The Daguerre Monument

A bust of Daguerre sits on a granite base, in front of a huge world globe. A garland is draped over the world and Daguerre. A statue of a woman (“Fame”) stands before him.

 

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The Daguerre Monument

There are three inscriptions on the memorial:

Front:

DAGUERRE

Left side:

TO COMMEMORATE THE FIRST HALF-CENTURY IN PHOTOGRAPHY 1839-1889. ERECTED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, AUGUST, 1890

Right side:

PHOTOGRAPHY, THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH, AND THE STEAM ENGINE ARE THE THREE GREAT DISCOVERIES OF THE AGE. NO FIVE CENTURIES IN HUMAN PROGRESS CAN SHOW SUCH STRIDES AS THESE.

The monument, being on the lawn of the National Portrait Gallery, is enclosed by the same fence that surrounds the Gallery.

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Fence, National Portrait Gallery

The regular rhythm and rigidity of the fence is softened by the newly emerging leaves of the trees in the landscape.

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Trees, National Portrait Gallery

 

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Freeways, Expressways, Highways

Today we needed to travel into the District (for non-locals, that’s Washington, D.C.) and it was raining. Hard. Although we had already decided to take the Metro (subway) for much of the trip, traffic was almost at a standstill for most of the drive to the Pentagon City Metro station we chose to use as our launch point. We knew that, once we were on the Metro, our trip would go quickly

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), commonly called Metro or Metrorail, serves Washington, D.C. as well as metropolitan Northern Virginia and Maryland areas.

We thought of Cee’s current challenge: “roads where you can travel fast on.”    While the Metro does not meet the criterion “should be easy for both cars and trucks to drive on,” it certainly meets “travel fast” and “multi-lane.” (The Blue Line and the Yellow Line are the lines (“lanes”) going through this station.)

We had cameras with us and decided to try to capture the “expressway” essence of the Metro. The photo below is of a Blue Line train arriving at the Pentagon City Metro station, headed into the District. Specs are:

Canon 50D, ISO 100, 0.6 sec, f/4, 17 mm

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Blue Line train arriving at Pentagon City Metro station

The streaks of light indicate how far the train traveled in 0.6 seconds, while slowing down to stop. It is no exaggeration to say that we did not travel as fast by car in driving to the station.

 

Fontaine Saint-Michel

The Fontaine Saint-Michel is located in Place Saint-Michel, placed against the back wall. It is the visitor’s first sight upon stepping from the Paris Métro station at the Saint-Michel stop on line 4.

The central figure in the fountain is the Archangel Michael  wrestling with the Devil. Standing on four pillars towering above Michael are statues representing the cardinal virtues: prudence, power, justice, and temperance.

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Fontaine Saint-Michel

Below is a close-up of Michael and the Devil.

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Archangel Michael wrestling with the Devil

Beneath Michael, the water of the fountain spills into a basin at street level, with a winged dragon on each side.

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Dragons
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Dragon

Below is a photo of young people completing a challenge by posing in the frigid waters of Fontaine Saint-Michel.

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Young people enjoying Fontaine Saint-Michel

Once photos were taken by their companions as proof of their act, the shivering group dried off, dressed again in warm clothing, and disappeared from the square. The watching bystanders shook their heads in disbelief but took photos, happy to be protected from the flying spray by their warm coats.

 

La Fontaine Médicis dans le Jardin du Luxembourg

In this post, we share photos we have taken of La Fontaine Médicis dans le Jardin du Luxembourg (Medici Fountain in Luxembourg Gardens) in Paris, France.

The photo below was taken from the foot of the long basin of water, with the eyes drawn along the line of plane trees, toward the grotto at the end.

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Medici Fountain in Luxembourg Gardens

The major sculpture in the grotto is the grouping called Polyphemus Surprising Acis and Galatea, by the sculptor Auguste Ottin. According to mythology, Polyphemus was a Sicilian giant in love with the sea nymph Galatea, who was the beloved of the river god Acis. When Polyphemus crushed Acis with a boulder, the gushing blood of Acis was transformed by the gods into the river Acis at the foot of mount Aetna.

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Polyphemus Surprising Acis and Galatea

The following three photos show a close-up of Polyphemus, a detail photo of his head, and a closer look at the lovers Acis and Galatea. Notice the pipes in Acis’ hand: Faunus (Pan) was his father.

 

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Polyphemus
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Head of Polyphemus
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Acis and Galatea

On each side of the top of the fountain is a nymph pouring water from a pitcher.

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Nymph pouring water from a pitcher

Directly beneath this nymph is a huntress, standing in a niche and leaning out to peer across to a faun in a niche on the other side (not pictured here).

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Huntress

The long basin of water, the steps leading to the grotto, and the pool at the foot of the grotto are all favorite spots for colorful birds to play.

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Duck, Medici Fountain, Luxembourg Gardens
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Steps leading to grotto at Medici Fountain

The Medici Fountain in Luxembourg Gardens is one of our favorite places in Paris.

 

 

Fountain at Place des Vosges

This post features a series of photos of the fountain at Place des Vosges in Paris, France. Short exposure times were used to freeze motion. The photos were taken on a sunny day in October, 2015.

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Fountain, Place des Vosges

The photo above is an establishing shot of one of the fountains in the Place des Vosges. Camera settings are:

Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/200 sec, f/8, 50 mm

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Fountain, Place des Vosges

This photo shows a closer view of the upper half of the fountain, with a curtain of water spilling over the edge. Camera settings are:

Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/250 sec, f/8, 135 mm

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Lion heads on fountain, Place des Vosges

This close-up shows lion heads on the lower half of the fountain. Camera settings are:

Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, 75 mm

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Fountain, Place des Vosges

This photo shows silvery water spilling over the rim of the upper half of the fountain, against a backdrop of white clouds in a blue sky. The fast shutter speed captures droplets of water. Camera settings are:

Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, 40 mm

Water in Photography

For this final assignment in Photo 101, we are to browse our collection of shots from the course, select up to ten favorites, and publish a wrap-up post with a gallery.

My favorite shots tend to involve water.

These three photos show beautiful swimming and relaxing locations, places for personal enjoyment.

These two photos show bodies of water that are beautiful to look at from a distance.

These three photos use reflection in water to enhance the beauty of the principle subject, in this case places of worship.