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Weekly Photo Challenge: Prolific

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My choice this week is to highlight an artist who was indeed highly prolific. Marc Chagall lived a long life (1887 – 1985) and his entry in wikipedia is huge. He not only produced lots of paintings but his work extends to a quite astonishing number of different media. And a great deal of it is displayed for all to see, not just squirrelled away by collectors, or hidden in the vaults of museums.

Marc Chagall's Ceiling

This is the ceiling of the Paris Opera (Palais Garnier) commissioned in 1963.

The Four Seasons: Chagall

“The Four Seasons” is a ceramic mosaic on four sides of this huge block of concrete in Chicago.

Chagall panorama 2 plane

I made a stitched panorama from one side – its 4535 wide so worth downloading from Flickr. Here are a couple of details

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And then there are these stained glass windows at the Art Institute

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And we have only lightly touched the surface of his oeuvre.

Bonus – I found another from our trip to Paris in 2012 – this was in the Centre Pompidou

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April 18, 2018 at 10:18 am

WPC Awakening – part two

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Yesterday I responded to the Weekly Photo Challenge with pictures of a Blooming Spring taken in 2015, basically because of the absence of sunshine and blue sky. I am pleased to report that conditions in Vancouver BC have recovered today – though the forecast is a return to rain tomorrow. However, I made the best of it, with an outdoor patio lunch and a brief walk through the neighborhood to get a car2go.

Tulips & Heather

Blossom

White blossom

White blossom

As usual I am not good at putting names on botanical objects, so by all means add the information – if you have it off the top of your head – by clicking on the image and leaving a comment on the picture’s flickr page. Thank you.

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April 12, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

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“For nature-lovers, there are few things more wonderful than the awakening of life after a cold, gray winter. Spring is a glorious green renewal.”

Well, here in Vancouver it has been raining a lot, and the blossoms we saw yesterday were distinctly bedraggled. So this collection of images comes from March of 2015 when I took a walk around our neighbourhood and managed to collect a whole album of pictures which I entitled “Blooming Spring in Vancouver“. The awakening of the plant life is happening, of course, but under cloudy skies this year.

 

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April 11, 2018 at 9:46 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

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via Photo Challenge: Smile

This week I face the greater challenge of using my tablet to post.

My MacBook is in the shop awaiting diagnosis of a display issue. That is taking longer than I expected. I have a couple of photos with nice smiles that meet the challenge, both have been used before but that means they are at least accessible.

And they both make me smile too! Good because I am need of cheering up right now.

I saw the exhibition that is referred to in the original challenge, at least I saw it being set up at the VAG, but the staff were most insistent that I could not take pictures of it. And what I did see did not tempt me to return.

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April 4, 2018 at 11:30 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

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“For this week’s photo challenge, share your favorite photos of a sunrise or a sunset”

I am going to be restrained here and just post a few images. First sunrises

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At the end of the Panama Canal Cruise

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From an upper window of my then house in Richmond in 2011

Then sunsets – many more of those to choose from as our current home has west facing windows

Pretty Sky

Sundown with Crepuscular rays

There is an album of my sunrise and sunset images on Flickr 

All of these images are as taken with no special effects or filters added.

And if you like the ones with crepuscular rays there’s a Flickr group for that that I administer with contributions from many lucky photographers.

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March 28, 2018 at 9:25 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favourite Place

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Favourite Place (and yes I have anglicised the spelling) ought to be harder to pick. But “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone” and while there are many places in Vancouver that I could pick, the loss of our view cones and corridors is one I feel very strongly about. We are blessed with a place of quite extraordinary beauty – a deep inlet (actually a fjord) at the foot of the North Shore mountains. For a long time Vancouver was mostly concerned about cutting down trees and making stuff from them. The old growth forest is almost gone except for one or two areas of park managed to make it look like we imagine it ought to have looked. Stanley Park is actually just one of several such places.

For as long as I have been here, there was a firm policy to protect the view of the North Shore mountains and the inlet from a number of significant places. Now the pressure to allow ever more taller towers across the city means that these views are vanishing. And one such development is right next to where I live. I took this photo with my phone while walking on the Arbutus Greenway at W 37th Avenue. Overlooking Quilchena Park with a spectacular view – and two tall cranes in the process of blocking that view with condos. The developer has recently gone back to the City to ask for permission to add more floors to the part of the development nearest to our six storey building.

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The roof of our building is just below the height of the current tree canopy, so it almost invisible. The new buildings will be up to 72m (263 ft). The developer says that fits the view because it would match the nearest skyline of the North Shore mountains: the snow capped peaks will still peer over the top. The City has yet to rule on this proposal, and I took the photo so I would be able to look back in future at what we will have lost if the developer gets what he wants.

I went back and took a picture with my camera using the zoom lens.

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March 21, 2018 at 10:35 am

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story

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I am late to the field this week – and I missed the previous one altogether. I have been busy on flickr posting the pictures I took on my trip to Chicago. These images come from the flight home and after I posted them I realised they made a story.

For this week’s challenge, do some visual storytelling with your photography.

From the 'plane window

I try to get a window seat. I don’t always get good pictures. This one was driven by a recent viewing of a painting by Georgia O’Keefe at the Art Institute. This is leaving Chicagoland.

From the 'plane window

Since the plane was flying westward, we saw the sunset for a prolonged period. The autofocus was having a terrible time but one or two shots proved worthwhile.

From the 'plane window

To get a decent sunset, you need clouds. Being on top of them is a different perspective.

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The sun is now near the horizon but is only visible through the cloud

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And then the sun was below the horizon, and we were getting close to Vancouver.

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March 13, 2018 at 5:42 pm