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Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

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A set of photos from my flickr stream, carefully chosen and curated, since the search throws up plenty of other pictures that don’t work nearly as well as these.

Waiting for a bus

There is a flickr group called “I was just waiting for a bus”- though there are plenty of others about waiting, I now find. Because I administer that group I look for suitable subjects.  This photo was taken in March this year at a hotel in Varadero, Cuba where we spent quite a bit of time waiting to be picked up by a bus – on this occasion for the flight home.

Red Hats

One of my luckier candid shot moments. Walking in downtown Denver. I wrote beneath the picture “This bevy of beauties was waiting outside their hotel

“This is one of the …chapters [of] the Red Hat Society, a playgroup for women created to connect like-minded women all over the world to make new friends and enrich lives through the power of fun and friendship! …” That last paragraph comes from someone else – if you want to find out more click on the picture above to be taken to the flickr page.

The line up

This is the line up at Kitsilano Farmers’ Market for the crepe caravan.

Cars on the tram tracks 1

St Denis, in the suburbs north of Paris. The tram in the background cannot advance due to the idiot who has parked on the tram tracks. The people on the left are growing increasingly impatient for the tram to arrive at the stop.

Loitering in the Alcove

Notice the sign above the loiterer’s head. He is just waiting for a bus in downtown Seattle.

Marking the High Tide Waiting for the Low Tide  Don Vaughan

This art installation is entitled “Marking the High Tide, Waiting for the Low Tide” and is by Don Vaughan. It is in downtown Vancouver on the north seawall of False Creek.

"Line Starts Here"

The line up is for the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. It was caused by the searches of every intending passenger by security personnel. This is the point where the line starts officially – and it had taken us two hours to get that far.


Photographers need patience. They spend a lot of time waiting.

Cormorants waiting for a SeaBus

I called this picture “Cormorants waiting for a SeaBus”

I was waiting for a tram 2007_0712

My cousin, Linda Sawyer, took this photo of me waiting for a streetcar at the Halton County Radial Railway in southern Ontario.

Written by Stephen Rees

September 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

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  1. The loiterer photo captures the essence of Seattle quite well. Good photos, all.

    Maggie C

    September 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

  2. Thank you.

    I happen to think that loitering is one of the most important activities of cities and ought to be encouraged.

    Stephen Rees

    September 6, 2017 at 10:56 am

  3. I like them all, Stephen, but particularly that last one. 🙂 I remember the line for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, where I almost lost my Swiss army knife, one I’d gotten in Switzerland in the mid-seventies. I didn’t realize that there was this sort of security, but the guard suggested I put it under one of the nearby bushes, which I did, and was so happy to get back and find it was still there!



    September 6, 2017 at 11:42 am

  4. Remarkable – that the knife would still be there, given the number of people around. I had a swiss army knife too, once. I have no idea what became of it.

    Stephen Rees

    September 6, 2017 at 12:11 pm

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  6. Maybe the sign was a reverse psychology ploy, to inspire Seattle’s rebellious nature. 🙂

    Maggie C

    September 6, 2017 at 1:53 pm

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  8. A good an interesting collection of pictures about “Waiting”.

    Carlos Menéndez

    September 7, 2017 at 2:09 am

  9. Lovely shots! Waiting too long for someone or something is frustrating though!

    Shibin Dinesh

    September 7, 2017 at 3:11 am

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