Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

In the central Valley of California we can’t always see the horizon for the fog.  There is a certain romance about an obscured horizon if you are not claustrophobic.

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In the Midwest, where my brother, Randy, and I were born, the horizon seems endless, and very far away.  We had never been to Chicago, so on our way to Indiana, we played for two days in this metropolitan city.   Here I am looking in a northwest direction across Chicago directly down at the Chicago River which runs through the center of Chicago.  I wonder how far away the horizon is.

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From 100 stories up looking out of the sky deck of Willis Tower in Chicago there is a haze which blurs the horizon just a bit, but no one doubts that there is a horizon.  Interestingly, when I tilted the camera from that height, the image of the horizon displayed the curvature of the earth.  I felt almost like I was in a spaceship looking down at the earth.

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Here is a different view looking at the horizon across Lake Michigan.  It turned out a little less spaceshipish.

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The next day Randy and I took a water taxi going from Museum Campus to Navy Pier in Chicago.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a mid October day, 75 degrees and clear sky showed off this Lake Michigan horizon.

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Randy, who is scared to death of heights, not only braved the Willis Tower, but agreed to go on the ferris wheel at Navy Pier.  The cars for the original famous ferris wheel in Chicago, built for the 1873 World’s Fair, held 60 people.  Riders would have had to be free of both claustrophobia and acrophobia to ride that giant wheel.  The horizon from this height looked fairly straight.

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I hope you enjoyed my midwestern horizons, and pictures of my play days in Chicago with my brother.

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I don’t think Randy cared much for his view of the horizon from the 5 foot plexiglass cage hanging 100 stories in the air.  In spite of his acrophobia, as soon as I turned my back, Randy had disappeared.  All his protestations of, “I’ll never go out there,” went out the window when a pretty, young photographer asked him if wanted his picture taken.

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All that was on his horizon at that moment was his determination to overcome his fear, and he certainly did a great job of that!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

I love most colors.  My house and clothes closet swell with many colors that reflect my love of variety and life.  I love contrast.  Blue might be my favorite hue because it is the color of both sky and water, it was my mother’s favorite color, my eyes are blue, and people compliment me when I wear blue.  I’m a pushover for compliments.

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My brother Randy and I took a cross-country trip, and saw many beautiful sights.  A picture that illustrates some of my favorite colors is one of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis where we attended when we were children.  All the colors are crisp.  I love red brick with white trim, dark green trees and perfect sky blue even without the clouds.

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Here is one Chicago building I liked that displays many shades of blue. The color of aged copper  roof ornament contrasts with the reflective glass panes.  Set against a perfect sky, few pictures could show my favorite hues more beautifully.

One way to narrow down what you like is to throw out what you don’t like.  This next picture epitomizes the colors that depress me.

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I love green, but these green trees did not invite me to sit under them and have a picnic, nap, or a chat with a friend.  These sparsely clad autumn trees said, “You are welcome to hold on to me to keep from blowing away, but I may fall over, too!”  I love clouds, but these clouds are dirty gray, not even promising rain, just cold. Even the sand and turquoise water in Lake Michigan has a grayish cast. I don’t recommend visiting Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan in late October.

I hurried up to get this challenge post completed before the new one comes out tomorrow.  If you haven’t taken a look at other people’s posts, click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Today Randy and I made our way north to Michigan to the Warren Dunes State Park.  I would describe it as infinitely blustery!  It was infinitely uninhabited.

The pier acts as a windbreak.
The pier acts as a wind break.

The water stretched infinitely far, but I didn’t venture close enough to get a good picture of how unending Lake Michigan appeared because the wind blew so hard that it seemed like it was sprinkling even as far away as I stood.

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I got a kick out of the red flag.  No swimming today.  DUH!  Infinitely stupid!

This poor bird didn’t budge when I crouched to take its picture.  In fact after standing with the wind ruffling its feathers, it hobbled over to me.  I think it wanted to cuddle.  I wanted to take it home.  It was warm just two days ago, so I imagine he didn’t listen to the weather report and was taken by surprise at the sudden change of temperatures.

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He looks like he is surrounded by an infinite amount of sand.  In reality he hovers with me under the cover of the abandoned restroom building.

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There was an infinite stretch of sand.  You can see the barriers stretching along the coastline, but they didn’t stop the buildup of mounds of sand across from the parking lot.  Wind blew streams of sand across the parking lot where they sometimes got stuck into little drifts.

The dunes are in back of the parking lot, but I think one was beginning to form around our car.
The dunes are in back of the parking lot, but I think one was beginning to form around our car.

The road in and out of the park looked infinite, and the colors were infinitely beautiful.

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Randy and I had visited the Lake Michigan coast infinitely long ago – about 50 years or so, and we both wondered if this was the place.  The season was July (I don’t say that entirely in jest), and we swam in the lake, but I remember everything was cold where we were in Michigan – even in July.

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I’ll leave you with one infinitely funny sign.  No glass containers OR animals?  What’s the connection?  Is it an either or choice?

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