Don’t be afraid to be an odd bird…Photo 27

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Photo 27 was taken several years ago during a family vacation to the Dominican Republic.

I love taking pictures like this.

There is something about patterns in displays that catch my eye, but it isn’t until later that I see what really caught my eye.

This vendor had several wooden pink flamingo statues for sale, every row has one or two birds that don’t match the others – odd birds.

Gotta love those odd birds.  They stand out and get noticed from the crowd.

I have noticed the same in life.  It is the odd birds that stand out and get noticed.

Don’t afraid to be different.  Not only will you get noticed, you’ll be rewarded.

I like this photo.  I hope you like it too.

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Patterns in the Arab world continued…Photo 26

Photo 26 Arab patterns

Continuing from the last post, Photo 26 was also taken in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

As a westerner you wonder what is Islamic art.

After you visit this museum and become aware of your surroundings you find the geometry used in the patterns displayed on doors, walls, ceilings, etc. make up part of the art in the region.

Combined with the calligraphy of Arabic writing you find it is a simple but powerful form of art that has one purpose – to worship Allah.

I have really come to respect and appreciate the Islamic art and glad my wife and I took the time to visit the museum on a few occasions while living in Doha.

I really like this photo.  I hope you like it too.

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Patterns in the Arab World…Photo 25

Photo 25 patterns in the Arab World

Photo 25 was taken in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

Having spent the last three years in Doha, I have noticed patterns in art and architecture that are part of the rhythm of living in the Arab world.

No matter where you go you find symmetry and patterns that repeat themselves.

The Geometric pattern is seen everywhere.  It is a beautiful pattern with the purpose of honoring Allah.

I grew used to the patterns and and found the symmetry pleasing.

I like this photo.  I hope you like it too.

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Can you smell the spices…Photo 24

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Photo 24 comes from the Istanbul Spice Market.

My son and I had a chance to visit the market in August 2012.

It is a famous market with many shops, but primarily spice and sweets.

Just walking through your senses are overwhelmed by the images, sounds and smells.

Throughout the region spices, nuts and sweets are sold as they have been for several generations.  Old world style.

Can you smell the spices?

I hope you enjoy the photo.

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A life’s work…Photo 23

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Photo 23 comes from a trip my wife and I made to Italy in the fall of 2012.

Our first stop was the beautiful city of Venice.  We made a trip out to the Islands of Venice one rainy afternoon.

As with several stops on the islands there are demonstrations of how the products are made – glass on Murano, lace on Burano

On the small island of Burano we stopped in a shop that sold many products adorned with lace.  When I saw the demonstration by this old woman it showed me how important her life’s work was to her and the community.

Is yours equally as important?

I really like this photo.

I hope you like it too.

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Let the in the light…Photo 22

22_The Light of God

Photo #22 comes from a trip to Istanbul, Turkey.

Windows always catch my attention.  Whenever I look at one, I usually find something of interest.

In August of 2012, my son and I were in Istanbul, Turkey for a few days and spent some time touring the ancient attractions.

On this day we discovered the Blue, or Sultan Ahmed, Mosque.  It is a beautiful facility, well worn with years of worshippers and tourists passing through.

On this day in front of the crowd of visitors and tourists these three me sat in front of these immense windows to study the writings of the prophet.

How small they look in comparison to the windows.

I hope you enjoy the photo.

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Light a candle for me…Photo 21

21_Light a candle for me

In churches all over the world candles are lit by the faithful to mark or request a prayer.

Lighting candles has a purpose and a meaning to each person that performs the act.

Candles are lit during times of tragedy – September 11 and during times of celebration – birthdays.

Photo 21 is from the Il Duomo in Florence, Italy during a visit in October 2012.

It is one of the most interesting votive candle displays I’ve ever seen.

Given the long history of the church (consecrated 1436) and amount of wax on this candle tree, a lot of prayers have been offered.

I really enjoyed our trip to Italy and Florence last year, and seeing things like this made it special.

I hope you enjoy the photo.

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Hey buddy got a light…Photo #20

20_Hey buddy got a light

Oh my, what would the world be like without street performers.

Photo #20 comes from a trip to London in the fall of 2011.

In London you will find many interesting characters doing lots of things for attention and a few pence.

This guy sits outside of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square entertaining the masses of people that pass through each day.

I wonder if he makes a living doing this, or just enough for a few pints on his way home…

I certainly enjoyed his brief show, but I don’t recall dropping a coin in his case.

Oh well, thanks anyway.

I hope you enjoy the photo.

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Harness the world…Photo 19

18_Harness the WorldIn the Katara Cultural Center north of Doha in West Bay there is the cultural center of Qatar.

On the back of the amphitheater this very large statue sits on top of a high wall.

When I look at the statue it reminds me of all the things Qatar is doing to put and keep itself on the world stage.

It is an Arab country that is leveraging its vast wealth to harness the world either in the world of sport or culture or investment in real estate and major companies around the world.

This tiny country is showing it can have an impact globally.

I hope you enjoy the photo.

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Protecting the Crown Jewels – Photo #18

19_Protecting the Crown Jewels

I’ve been away from the blog for awhile.  My day job has kept me busy for seven days a week since late December.

To pick up where I left off, photo #18 of my 100 favorite photo project comes from a trip my wife and I made to London in September 2011.

One of our favorite sites was the Tower of London  It is next to Tower Bridge (often mistakenly called London Bridge).

The Tower of London is a former prison, but today is a famous landmark and home to the Crown Jewels.

This young soldier is standing guard outside of the building housing the jewels.  He looks as serious as the canons he stands next to.

I enjoyed my trip to London and especially the time we spent touring the Tower of London.

I hope you enjoy the photo.

 

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