“How do you interpret the word afloat? It could be the expression on your son’s face as he jumps on the bed. Maybe it’s your daughter’s triumphant smile after tossing training wheels to master her two-wheeler. It could be a beautiful cloud formation, pollen on the breeze, or an errant birthday party balloon making its escape into the sky. So looking forward to seeing what afloat means to you.”
So we all know that ducks (at Codrington College in Barbados) stay afloat on water quite easily …
… but I can imagine I’m afloat on a bed of clouds whenever I travel (which is quite often) …
… and soar even higher in reality as I am welcomed home 🙂
Ooooooh! Do you want to go on an adventure? It’ll be fun! Well, no … not really … I’d rather just stay at home and read a good book on my Kindle but be that as it may, I have experienced an adventure or two in spite of my preference for solitude.
In coming up with something to share with my readers I thought about trips to Malaysia, South Africa, Spain and Rome but felt the biggest adventure was the my visit to Beijing China where I got to walk on the Great Wall in May one year. Now that was a thrill – of sorts – indeed.
Beijing is a city of history and amazing people, and there was much to see en route to the wall. We were not disappointed when we finally arrived. For me, a fitness diva, the wall never ended. You climbed and climbed and climbed (and huffed and puffed and huffed some more) – there were always steps left over. Sometimes the steps were evenly spaced, at other times they were very narrow and the climb became very steep. The going was rough (and sweaty and sticky in the humid afternoon) yet I pressed on because how many times do you have such an opportunity in life? I definitely did not regret leaving my Kindle behind this time around. But now it’s your turn: what’s your adventure? Leave me a comment or a link to your journey 🙂
Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history, the Great Wall of China actually consists of numerous walls and fortifications, many running parallel to each other. Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c. 259-210 B.C.) in the third century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed. The best-known and best-preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D., during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Though the Great Wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it came to function more as a psychological barrier between Chinese civilization and the world, and remains a powerful symbol of the country’s enduring strength. Read more here.
Hmmmm … let’s talk about contrast … as per this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. Sounds easy enough right? Or is it? Well it took me quite a while to come up with something but I ended up leaning towards extra support from my Oxford dictionary and thanked it for confirming:
“the state of something being noticeably different from something else when put or considered together” and “a thing or person noticeably different from another” and “the amount of difference between tones in a television picture, photograph, etc.”
Finally think I’ve gotten it now, so here goes.
Contrasting national costumes
I’ve done quite a bit of travelling and always marvel at the contrasts in national dress. Here are a few examples below – all very beautiful yet uniquely different.
Contrasting the same person
In thinking about this post, I thought about the contrasts which could exist in the same person and chose to highlight my aunt – seen in both photos below. Wasn’t she beautiful? I’m honestly not sure what fashion statement is being made with the necklace perching off to the side but it matches her earrings and that’s what’s more important … right? I look at these photos and think it’s a pity we can’t grow old without aging (if that makes sense) but what is sad about this contrast is that in the younger photo she has full control of her mental and physical faculties … today, she has been totally robbed of these and is a mere shell of her once vibrant self.
Contrasting light and dark
No better photo illustrates contrasts light and dark than one taken of a sunset. I thought my inexpensive point and shoot camera did an amazing job of capturing this beautiful scene. What do you think?
Contrasting the mind of a photographer 🙂
My last example is a bit extract in that I’m looking at the underlying message of unity being communicated by two children with contrasting skin tones, as they tightly link hands and prepare to tackle their uphill journey – together.
I think we can extend this thought to include looking at the contrasting or different decisions made in shooting this awesome photo (taken by a friend as we participated in a very early morning walk for charity) with others that could have resulted in a more ordinary shot i.e.
instead of taking the photo with the children facing us, it’s taken of their backs
instead of asking them to pose, we’ve caught them totally unawares doing what little girls do naturally (talk a whole lot)
instead of taking the photo looking down, the focus is on their movement up the hill
instead of having the sun behind, the camera’s lens is facing into the glare of the sun as it peeps through the leaves of the trees
Hope these examples are not too far-fetched as I admit that this challenge inspired me to think outside of the box. But how would you rate my ‘contrasts’? Were they good, bad or ugly? Leave me a comment … and here’s to a continued appreciation of the contrasts in our lives 🙂
The Details of the Challenge: This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST. Join me in navel-gazing, or show us something more everyday — your cat cuddled up with your dog, a red car in front of a yellow house, a figure silhouetted against a setting sun. Try a less literal take and snap a shot of the John Grisham and Shakespeare volumes sharing space on your bookshelf, or go totally figurative and share an image of a person you find full of contrasts. We look forward to learning what says “contrast” to you!