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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

April 25, 2013

Sometimes we do not need words of explanation or captions for photos. Such is the case here with my interpretation of “Up”.


Tall building in New Yourk

GW Bridge

View from the car of  a highway loop

Soutwestern Church with ringing bell

Tall business building in Tucson

I responded to several Weekly Photo Challenges before:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections


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Text and photos copyright © 2013 by Alicja Mann

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

March 7, 2013

I have been so lost in time lately, absorbed by the detailed work of finishing an important publishing project, that I almost missed today’s deadline for this photo challenge (by Word Press). Actually I found the title and description of the challenge a bit confusing and decided to interpret it as Lost and Found in the Details.

Here is how I see it:

Silver Beach on Cape Cod, MA

Silver Beach, Cape Cod

Walking on this familiar beach after the high tide you can see the dark clumps of seaweed on its sand. They are not very attractive and soon will be removed to make the beach more pleasant for visitors. Those clumps are not attractive at first, but there is some beauty in them that I tried to capture it in this photo.

Seaweed and sea shells  entangeled on the beach

Sea Offerings

The seaweed entangled with the shells, the color, the texture, and the feeling of some mystery attracted me enough that this photo, in a large format, hangs in my studio as a reminder of my visits with the ocean.

New Orleans building with the decorative iron work

Charm of New Orleans

The minute I walked into the New Orleans streets, I was charmed by that city’s ambiance and its characteristic architecture with the decorative iron work. The detail of that ornamental work represents for me the essence of that New Orleans charm – visually.

Detail of the ornamental iron work

Detail of the ornamental iron work

The above examples of details were sought by me intentionally, but sometimes one can stumble on such detail accidentally. That was the case with a photograph I took in my native Warsaw (Poland) a few years ago. I was attracted to the balcony full of flowers on Nowy Swiat (New World) street and only much later discovered the very attractive decorative details of the building on both sides of the balcony.

Warsaw balcony and flowers

Warsaw balcony and flowers

It is so nice to have flowers around us in many forms – they bring smiles to our lives.


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Savannah Delight

August 25, 2011

Some places on the map attract me for the pure pleasure of seeing and hearing their names. El Paso, Tallahassee or Pocasset — there is some mystery in those names like in exotic dishes that I am eager to taste. Savannah is one of them.

For a while already I had wanted to go there. I have heard about its charm and its southern hospitality. So on the way to the Cape by a southern route, Savannah, Georgia was a perfect stop.

There was no special agenda, nobody there to meet, no particular monument, battlefield or cemetery to visit — a great contrast with the visit to Montgomery, Alabama. The only goal was to stay in the center of the city for the possibility to walk everywhere and stumble upon things — to experience that city intuitively and intimately.

Our hotel was located in the historic district near the Savannah River and a wave of southern hospitality touched me immediately at the reception desk. A very kind, elegant gentleman — wearing a bow tie — glanced at my Priority Club Rewards card and upgraded our room, without extra charge, to a room ”with the view” as he put it. And what a room it was! A penthouse with four windows, and every one with a slightly different view of the Savannah River.

From the moment of checking into the hotel, till two days later checking out, the Savannah visit was a pure delight.

Here are some photos illustrating what I stumbled upon there.

Lion fountain, Savannah GA

Lion Fountain near the Factors Walk area

Savannah River from neaby roof

Savannah River - view from the hotel's roof

Savannah, Georgia historic waterfront, looking eastward

Historic Water Front - eastward

Savannah, Georgia - historic waterfront, looking westward

Historic Water Front - westward

Savannah, Georgia water front building: texture

Water Front building - texture

Bradford making roses, Alicja Mann and Bradford

Bradford making a rose for Alicja

Sweet Mellisa's Restaurant on Whitaker Street, Savannah, GA

Sweet Mellisa's restaurant on Whitaker St.

Marshall House - oldest hotel in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah's oldest hotel

College of  Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

College of Art and Design

Architectural detail in Savannah, Georgia

Architectural detail

Park at Wright Square, Savannah, GA

Park at Wright Square

Southern Live Oak tree

Southern Live Oak

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss

Spanish moss is a very interesting, self-sufficient plant, not a parasitic one as some seem to think. For me the most intriguing fact is that this plant is not related to other common mosses but (I would never guess!) to the pineapple. They are distant cousins in the family Bromeliaceae. Let me know if this is not correct or what you think about it.

In the meantime, just for fun and your pleasure here is an interesting old tale about Spanish moss (reprinted from Wikipedia):

There was once a traveler who came with his Spanish fiancée in the 1700s to start a plantation near the city of Charleston SC. She was a beautiful bride-to-be with long flowing raven hair. As the couple was walking over the plantation sight[sic] near the forest, and making plans for their future, they were suddenly attacked by a band of Cherokee who were not happy to share the land of their forefathers with strangers. As a final warning to stay away from the Cherokee nation, they cut off the long dark hair of the bride-to-be and threw it up in an old live oak tree. As the people came back day after day and week after week, they began to notice the hair had shriveled and turned grey and had begun spreading from tree to tree. Over the years the moss spread from South Carolina to Georgia and Florida. To this day, if one stands under a live oak tree, one will see the moss jump from tree to tree and defend itself with a large army of beetles.

Well, the beetles did not attack me while taking this picture! Perhaps they were sleepy that day.

Wright Square, Savannah, GA

Wright Square

Elegant street pot in Savannah, Georgia

Elegant street pot

'till next time, Savannah

Till next time Savannah!

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Photos and text (except the Wikipedia article) copyright © 2011 by Alicja Mann.

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