For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, we are asked to share a photo of an object or person in an unlikely place, an unpredictable experience, a serendipitous accident.
So I decided to share a few photos taken during an unlikely trip to an unlikely place, Barrow, Alaska.
Barrow, also known by its Inupiaq name, Utqiaġvik, is a city in northern Alaska. It is the northernmost city in the United States and nearby Point Barrow is the country’s northernmost point.
What were we doing way up there at the tippy top of the world? Good question. Our son, who had just graduated from law school, got a job as an assistant magistrate for the city. And my wife and I went up there to visit him.
So here are a few pictures of our very unlikely visit to Barrow, Alaska.
The first picture shows our tour guide securing a sign at Point Barrow that had been blown down by some stiff winds. Following that is the Welcome to Barrow sign with whale bones on either side. The last picture is a mile marker in central Barrow. New York is only 3,380 miles southeast of Barrow, while Seattle is just 1,960 miles due south.
This week’s Photo Challenge is all about lines. We are supposed to “share a photo with a composition dominated by lines — hard or soft, straight or curvy, vertical or horizontal, or made in nature or as part of a cityscape.”
Maybe my first picture is taking the word “lines” a little to literally, as in long lines of people waiting at the DMV.
My next picture shows the lines of wood planks in a backyard table I was refinishing.
And then there is this one when my wife and I were shopping for tiles for our kitchen’s backsplash.
And there’s the line of ducklings swimming in a pond between their parents.
How about the roof lines of a local museum in the foreground, the tree lines in the field, and the street lines on the hill on the right?
And finally, the lines made by a formation of clouds.
Okay. Enough lines for today.
For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, we’ve been task with showing, in the spirit of rebirth in the spring season, an image of an awakening.
Where I live (San Francisco, CA), we don’t really have a old, snowy, freezing winters, so many plants (and other living things) continue to grow and bloom year round.
My wife loves orchids and we have a bunch growing in our garden and five or six potted orchids inside our home. During most of the year, some of them are in bloom. Right now, though, there’s only one that seems to be “awakening.” And so I decided to take this picture (with my iPhone 8 Plus) of the new buds that my wife assures me will be opening up over the coming few days.