Do not leave your shoes in place — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 8, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 8, 2018.

When we visited Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, we also visited the sacred fig tree Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in the Mahamewna Gardens.  As is the case in all such sacred places, visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering. The question is always, where shall we leave our shoes? Usually there is a staffed building nearby with shoe-minders, where shoes can be left safely and retrieved after paying a very small fee (50 Sri Lankan Rupees, or about 35 cents, for three pairs of shoes).  In the picture below, the small building can be seen in the back. The grassy space in front is roped off with a sign in the local language as well as in English:

Do not leave your shoes in place

Of course, we see many “shoes in place” (even on the base of the sign), as well as a man in the very act of ignoring the directions.

This photo was taken on February 4, 2018. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 800, f/11, 1/640 sec, 21 mm.

The Shoes of Majdanek

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Scale.

We visited the Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC yesterday. It is mostly a photographic and video display. With displays in chronological order, one follows a timeline in which a people — very much like us in the beginning — slip into barbarism and the eventual destruction of their nation.

With the old, mainly black and white, images, it is easy to feel slightly detached from the events depicted.  That is, until one reaches the display shown in the following photograph, with some of the 4,000 shoes on display taken from people before they were murdered. This is a tiny fraction of the actual shoes found at the Majdanek concentration and extermination camp just inside Lublin, Poland. (This camp was also used for sorting and storing the property and valuables of victims of other camps.)  This camp, which was  operated by the Nazi SS from October 1941 until it was liberated in July 1944,, was one of many such camps. The first thing one thinks about is one’s own shoes and how they could easily be included as a very small part of a pile of such immense scale.


This photo was taken on October 11, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-5, ISO 100, f/2.0, 1/20 sec,  focal length 30mm (35mm-equivalent)

For more information about this museum, visit their website at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Yes No – Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: March 26, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: March 26, 2017.

Yes No

This photo was taken in the schoolyard of a preschool in Ta Van, near Sa Pa, Vietnam. After a simple breakfast in their classroom, the children were lining up for early morning exercises led by their teacher. The little girl whose shoes say “Yes” and “No” cannot speak or read English or Vietnamese; she speaks only her local dialect. She is quite color coordinated (for someone under six years old) and her socks match each other, unlike those of the children around her. The most popular shoes we saw in the area, worn by all ages, are the tan slip-ons.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Abandoned

This is my entry in the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Abandoned.

Abandoned Shoes

This photo shows flip-flops and sandals that have been abandoned on the beach in Fort Cochin in the state of Kerala in South India. To keep the beach clean for the many visitors, someone has collected the shoes into a large pile at the edge of the sand.

This photo was taken on March 17, 2013 with an Olympus TG-1.  Specs are f/3.2, 1/640 sec, ISO 200, 9 mm (35 mm equivalent of 49 mm) focal length.