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catching up with weekly photo challenges: big & silhouette

This week’s challenge is foreign, and I’ve nothing appropriate in my photo collection, so I’ll catching up on past challenges.

 Harold Washington Library,  Chicago


State Street side of Harold Washington Library, Chicago, from several years ago when I was passing by.

This photo challenge.

From that same year, this time at University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.

This photo challenge.

King Tut
“Colossal statue of king Tutankhamun excavated by the Oriental Institute at Medinet Habu in 1930. The seventeen-foot, four-inch-tall statue was relocated to the entrance of the new gallery where it can be viewed in the round…”                     from this page

photo challenge: happy – dreaming while working…

oops – forgot to reference the WordPress page


and thanks for all you lovely folk who’ve liked this – can’t figure out why you’re not showing up here – everything’s checked & in its proper place… except your gravatars… must be a temporary hiccup on the system… gotta go back to work –

weekly photo challenge: solitary

solitary red petal
solitary red petal

Had several things in mind, but finally settled on this.
All nature’s flaws are clearly visible, yet the essence of the rose isn’t harmed, in my humble opinion.
Nothing wrong with solitary, from this perspective!

Meanwhile, here’s the dictionary definition of solitary ~

SOL”ITARY, a. [L. solitarius, from solus, alone.]  Living alone; not having company… a solitary example…  In botany, separate; one only in a place

The original WordPress post

weekly photo challeng: urban

Three differing points of view, but all “urban.”

Here’s the definition:

Ur”ban, a. [L. urbanus belonging to the city or town, refined, polished, fr. urbs, urbis, a city: cf. F. urbain.]  Of or belonging to a city or town; as, an urban population.

Link to WordPress Challenge here.

weekly photo challenge: purple

WordPress photo challenge: purple
WordPress photo challenge: purple

This week’s photo challenge is not a favorite colour, so imagine my surprise when ideas burbled up almost instantly.   Looking up the word “purple” in an online edition of Noah Webster’s 1828 Revised Unabridged Dictionary I found this:

PUR”PLE, a. [L. purpureus; purpura, a shell from which the color was obtained.]  1. Designating a color composed of red and blue blended, much admired, and formerly the roman emperors wore robes of this color.

Having just heard a rousing singalong of “Jerusalem” as part of the Proms being rebroadcast here on U.S. radio, and knowing the Olympics are beginning in London, the burblings continued.

“Royal purple” sprang to mind, and then the above month-old photo. Although not real stones, the color is!