Lens-Artists Challenge #116: Symmetry. It’s hard-wired.

In my graduate studies in Psychology, one unit we studied was "interpersonal attractiveness". The professors at my university had done numerous studies of what makes a person attractive.  They asked thousands of study subjects to rate photographs of various people, male and female, young and old.  There are many dimensions to attractiveness, and different people …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #115 Inspiration

I am always inspired by the monumental, and not-so-monumental, works of human ingenuity.  Whenever I see a bridge, or a mountain road, or a tall building, it reminds me of how people, down through the ages, have altered their environment by building things to make their lives easier, or to commemorate occasions or people.  Structures …

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Freedom…It’s a beautiful thing!

For the first eleven days of September, Hubby and I drove from our home in Washington State to South Dakota and back.  We went through the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota. The State of Washington has a state-wide "mask mandate", requiring all open businesses to require all their customers …

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Scenes from South Dakota

On September 1, my Hubby and I got into our car, and drove to South Dakota, for a Ricochet meetup with members from all over the US.  Our drive took us through Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota finally.  It was an uneventful drive, and the scenery we saw was spectacular.  We …

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In the 1930s, they built a wall.

In the 1930s, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration sent crews to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Little Missouri National Grasslands portion, and set them to work building infrastructure.  By the side of the North Dakota highway, there is a turnout with a viewpoint, and a low wall demarcating the …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #114-Negative Space

As I understand it, Negative Space in a photograph is the space around the subject, not the subject.  The Wide Open Spaces of Montana and North Dakota supplied some excellent subjects on our recent trip across country.They don't call Montana Big Sky Country for nothing.The white barn almost disappears in the Big Sky, under the …

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Retirement. It’s bittersweet, for me.

Tomorrow, Monday, August 31, will be my last working day at my current job, which I have held for 12-2/3 years.  That's the longest I have ever worked at any job in my entire working life.  My original goal in life was to work forever, and never retire.  Well, the Wuhan Coronavirus put an end …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #112, Pick a Word

For this week, bloggers pick one or more of the following words, to illustrate with their photos.  The words are: Growing, Crowded, Tangled, Exuberant, and Comfortable. I think I can find at least one photo that illustrates each word for the week. Let's start with Comfortable. People who are owned by a cat know that …

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