Here is another collection of stairways, both near and far. (Most of these near, it would appear.) In most of these, I’m looking down, but the last two are looking up.
Here are several spiral staircases I’ve seen.
A double helix spiral staircase in Paris, France. 2007.
An ironwork spiral staircase inside the library at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. 2014.
Stairway inside a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland. 2015.
Boston, MA 2014
Kyoto, Japan 2004
Cambridge, MA 2009
New Lanark, Scotland, 2015
Water lilies in Barcelona, Spain. September, 2009.
Water lilies in Hangzhou, China. May, 2012.
Water lily in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. September, 2015.
(Apparently I take a photo of water lilies roughly every 3 years.)
Truth be told, none of the balls in these photos are likely to be rolling any time soon. But they did provide me with an excuse to take the ball and run. Or take the ball theme and run. Because if there’s one thing I love to do, it’s run with a theme. I am far more likely to run with a theme than to run with a ball. I’m much less likely to get winded.
Brick ball in Massachusetts.
Stone (or perhaps cement) ball in Barcelona.
Metal ball in Dublin.
A gate in Barcelona, with stylized blooms and thorns.
For somebody who is not especially partial to flowers, I sure do take and post a lot of photos of flowers. I guess that’s why this week’s friday foto finder theme of “floral” made me think to find something floral that wasn’t actually flowers. Turns out I also did that once when the theme was “flower,” what with my iron flowers of hardware on a rusty vintage tractor. This time, though, I have a range of metal flowers from near and far that were actually designed to depict flowers.
Close-up of the Barcelona blooms.
Another fence in Barcelona.
Flower-shaped window grates at Boston University.
A Dublin streetlamp with shamrocks. (More leafy than flowery, but still flora if not actually floral…)
An iron bench with a flower pattern (and a lion face) at a Massachusetts farm.
To see what other flowers have been picked for the theme, and/or to share your own, check out the fff blog.
When I visited mainland China in 2012 with my cousin for a conference in Shanghai, we also made a quick trip to Beijing so that we could make an excursion to see the Great Wall. Even though it was a short trip, we also wanted to see some of Beijing, including the Forbidden City. Between a hole in the wall place where we had breakfast and the Forbidden City, we encountered this impressive building:
Stone guardian lions are quite a frequent sight in China, but nowhere else did I see a guardian duck. This little (well, actually, it was quite a large duck) welcomes visitors to the Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant. (I’d never have remembered that, but I can make out the English text on the very shiny golden revolving door.) The internets inform me that this is quite a famous restaurant, and possibly the home of the original Peking duck. We did not enter this colorful building, so I can’t speak for the interior, or comment on the quality of the food. I can only vouch for the memorability of the duck.