FOTD • 25 March • Orchid

FOTD • 25 March • Orchid

FOTD • 25 March • Orchid for Cee’s FOTD challenge.

FOTD • 25 March • Orchid
FOTD • 25 March • Orchid

I stayed indoors for this photo, as it sits right opposite my work table.

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Cuban Courtyard Mural • Monday Mural, 23 March

Courtyard Mural 3 • Monday Mural

This Cuban Courtyard Mural, for Monday Mural, 23 March, is an attempt by the artist to make something out of these otherwise blind walls. It is a tribute o the Cuban poet Bonifacio Byrne, after whom this street was named. Many streets have both a name and a number; most also have two names, one pré- and one post-revolution. This Calle 79 is also called Calle Contreras, though locals still refer to it as Calle Bonifacio Byrne.

Cuban Courtyard Mural• Monday Mural
Cuban Courtyard Mural • Monday Mural
Courtyard Mural 2 • Monday Mural
Courtyard Mural 3 • Monday Mural
Courtyard Mural 5 • Monday Mural
Courtyard Mural 5 • Monday Mural
Courtyard Mural 6 • Monday Mural
Reality around the corner • Monday Mural
Reality around the corner • Monday Mural

Artist unknown to me.

Discovered in Havana, Cuba on July 4, 2016. Entry in Sami’s challenge March 23. For more Monday Mural entrees, click here.

Once We Were Windows • Monday Window, 23 March

Once we were windows • Monday Window

Once We Were Windows is my entry in Ludwig Keck’s challenge Monday Window, 23 March. This sorry sight of windows almost beyond repair is all too common in Cuba.

Once we were windows • Monday Window
Once we were windows • Monday Window
Once we were windows 2 • Monday Window
Once we were windows 2 • Monday Window
Once we were windows 3 • Monday Window
Once we were windows 3 • Monday Window
Once we were windows 4 • Monday Window
Once we were windows 4 • Monday Window

Click below to see what fellow bloggers cooked up for this Monday Window, 23 March .

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If you’d like to see more of my Monday Windows, click here.

A River Runs Through It • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89

Quay at the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89

Amy’s challenge of ‘A River Runs Through It’ made me think at first of that wonderfully melodramatic Springsteen song ‘The River’. For those who want to relive that wonderfully, cynically romantic mood again, I’ve included a link to my favorite performance of it. Ah, those childhood memories of innocently skinny dipping in the river Eem on a hot summer’s day have long since made space for associations of a river running through a city.

Quay at the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Quay at the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Lighthouse by the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Lighthouse by the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Bridge over the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Bridge over the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Water Taxis in the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89
Water Taxis in the River Maas • Lens-Artists#89

The promised link to that wonderful song then…

For more of my entrees in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, click here.

Fences and Gates • Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Cadaquès fence • Fences and Gates • CB&W 16:9

Fences and Gates • Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge is my entry for this week’s episode.

Chinatown • Fences and Gates • CB&W
Chinatown • Fences and Gates • CB&W
Gates in Berlin • Fences and Gates • CB&W
Gates in Berlin • Fences and Gates • CB&W
Gate in Cadaquès • Fences and Gates • CB&W
Gate in Cadaquès • Fences and Gates • CB&W
Cadaquès fence • Fences and Gates • CB&W
Cadaquès fence • Fences and Gates • CB&W
Rotterdam fence • Fences and Gates • CB&W
Rotterdam fence • Fences and Gates • CB&W

For other entrees click on the picture below.

CB&W

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • hello.

hello - it's been 35 years

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • hello. I’ve not been a blogger nearly long enough to be able to go a year back. So this re-post of ‘Wordless Wednesday’ on #FFF is from November 20, 2019. In hindsight, this post was one of my worst in terms of likes (just 2!) you soulless Window addicts… Didn’t anyone remember that since January 24th, 36 years ago, 1984 didn’t turn out to be… like 1984?

Wordless Wednesday • hello

Wordless Wednesday • It’s been 35 years since the first hello.

wordless wednesday • hello
hello.

Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge #204

Marrakech Tannery 2 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge

For Spread, the latest virus from Dutch Goes The Photo, I didn’t have to torture my sometimes already malfunctioning memory. It took me back to one of the souks in Marrakech, virtually immediately. While I was at least a mile from its origin when I caught my first whiff: the large open air tannery. I just wish there was some sort of way to electronically transfer this horrifying, nauseating smell, other than the way it spread through the air and nested itself into my memory.

Marakech Tannery 1 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Marrakech Tannery • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge

I never knew how a smell, or stench, could spread so far and mercilessly. It made me wonder how anyone could actually live in its vicinity, let alone work in the tannery. The mint leaves my guide gave me did not do anything to lessen this ordeal.

But all things considered, it was a beautiful photo opportunity.

Marrakech Tannery 3 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Marrakech Tannery 3 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge

The main leather tanneries in Marrakech are located in the Bab Debbagh quarter in the north end of the medina; the location provides access to the Oued Issil river across the busy road (dry in the summer months and flowing quickly in winter months). It is removed from the city, so it doesn’t bother nearby residents with the smell. Or so they say…

Marrakech Tannery 2 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Marrakech Tannery 2 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge

If you like to know more about the process of turning an animal hide into a piece of leather, which takes roughly 28 days, click here.

For my previous submissions in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click here.

Istanbul Sliding Shed Door • Thursday Doors

Istanbul Sliding Shed Door • Thursday Doors

A stark contrast with last week’s splendor is this Istanbul Sliding Shed Door for Norm‘s Thursday Doors.

Istanbul Sliding Shed Door • Thursday Doors
Istanbul Sliding Shed Door • Thursday Doors

While I had set my mind on photographing some more beautiful twin doors that I came across, a (self-imposed) quarantine because of a slight flu made me postpone that for another day. So I had to dig in my archives and found this decade old photo of a sliding door in Istanbul. Which was, at the time, in dire need of some TLC.