Lotus at Green Spring Gardens

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Take New Photos – Any topic.

We visited Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia, today to see how the flowers were faring after our hot spell of weather.  We found that the lotus plants in the large pond were thriving, although many had progressed to the seed pod stage.  The lotus flower in the photo is beginning to deteriorate, but the petals are still beautiful.

This photo was taken on August 15, 2019. Specs are:

Fuji X100T, ISO 200, f/2.5, 1/250 sec, 19mm

 

Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees.

The Raul Wallenberg Memorial Garden, behind the Great Synagogue (Dohany Street Synagogue) in Budapest, Hungary, is the site of the Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial.   We visited it in April on a dreary, rainy day, which seemed appropriate for this emotional memorial.

Created in the form of a weeping willow tree, the memorial records the names of thousands of Holocaust victims on its stainless steel leaves.

The Memorial Garden is located at the World War II entrance to the Budapest Ghetto, where 6000 Jews were buried in a mass grave.  That huge number is only 1% of the 600,000 Hungarian Jews who perished during the Holocaust.

 

 

Goat Herd at Badami

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Animals.

In February of this year, we toured the sights of Badami in the Indian state of Karnataka.  Our hotel nearby featured a nice balcony for recovering from a day spent walking in the hot sun.  As we sat admiring the golden hour before sunset, we became aware of a goat herd, complete with two herders and a busy small black dog, making its way home for the night.

 

This photo was taken on February 16, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 320, f/5.6, 1/160 sec, 87 mm.

 

 

Magnolia at American Art Museum — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close up of Flowers

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close up of Flowers.

We visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C. last month. Near one of the entrances was a magnolia tree in bloom. We remarked that the blossoms looked like a painting. This is a photo of one of those blossoms.

After wandering around in the museum for about 75 minutes, we came across the painting Magnolia by Charles Walter Stetson.  Stetson (1858 – 1911) painted Magnolia in 1895, using oil on canvas mounted on fiberglass.

Here is a closeup of the blossom in the painting.

These photos were all taken on June 14, 2019, with an Olympus TG-5.

Five Swan Boats — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 5+ Items

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 5+ Items.

Lake Gregory in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, offers many types of pleasant water activities for the whole family, including whimsically-painted paddle boats in the shape of large swans.

This photo was taken on February 9, 2018. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/9, 1/320 sec, 5.87 mm.

Margaret Brassler Kane’s Harlem Dancers — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2 items or the number two

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2 items or the number two.

We recently visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D. C. One piece of art that we particularly liked was Harlem Dancers, a sculpture in Tennessee marble created by Margaret Brassler Kane.

 

This website is a good source of information about Margaret Brassler Kane.  Born into a wealthy family in 1909, she married in 1930 and began sculpting human busts and animal figures, creating models in clay and having them cast in bronze.  After the stock market crash of 1929 and subsequent reduction in income, as well as the birth of her first child, she switched materials from the more expensive bronze casting to marble, which she could process closer home with the full support of her extended family. Her first marble piece, completed in 1937, was Harlem Dancers.  Later in life, this sculpture was duplicated in bronze and she donated the original marble statue to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1993.

 

The figure is generously sized at 29 7/8” x 14 ½” x 14”, although the table on which it stands is tall enough that viewing the individual heads is a bit difficult.  What we particularly appreciate about this piece is how its simple curves are able to suggest more complex shapes and emotions.  The dress of the female dancer is form-fitting yet elegant; the pattern of the skirt was, in fact, based on the design of peanut shells and suggests movement. Using only a few simple lines, the man’s suit is classically formal.  The two forms, man and woman, fit together well.  Our favorite part of the piece is the quiet serenity of the woman’s face.

 

 

 

Platform No. 1

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 1 Item or the Number One.

In February of this year we rode the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) toy train from Coonoor to Ooty in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. We boarded the train at the Coonoor Railway Station (ONR), which has two platforms where travelers queue to wait for their train.  Platforms are indicated by signs in two languages, one of which is English.  Our best guess for the second language is Sanskrit.

This photo was taken on February 5, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 6400, f/9, 1/500 sec, 61 mm.