Posted by: Naomi Baltuck | April 21, 2012

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun (Worship)

Sunset at Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.

Reconstruction of an ancient home in the Jewish quarter of Cordoba, Spain.

Traitor’s Gate in the Tower of London, where prisoners came in by boat, and looked back one last time at the sun.

In Seattle we have our own kind of sun worship–get  a snatch of the sun’s pale rays if you can, but huddle together for warmth while you do.


Responses

  1. HI,
    Great photos, and a very good photo of Traitors Gate, a place with a fascinating history.

    • Thank you, Mags. Last year my daughter and I had one day in London, and we spent the whole day there. What a place to absorb English history!

  2. Love the first one Naomi! Absolutely stunning! This is one of the best submissions I have seen so far!

  3. Hey Naomi – your Traitor’s Gate is just beautiful – the tragedy about to befall anyone entering at that time couldn’t have been made plainer:)

    • Thank you! I always think about that when I see the Trator’s Gate or the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. I appreciate your visit.

  4. I agree with Madhu – the sun in the first one is such an integral component, making this shot work so well. Ditto for the Traitors’ Gate with the sun making the shadowed patterns. And the last one, well that’s just fun.

  5. Such beautiful pictures. I especially like the models for the final one… Great post, Naomi!

    • Thank you, Katie. I thought I’d better not tag them for this one, but I expect some folks might recognize them anyway. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. This is a very nice set. I too, liked Traitor’s Gate.

  7. Loving these photo essays and what they stir up in you.

    • Hi Cathryn, Thank you. It has been interesting–fun to revisit some of the places I have been to. Thanks for the visit.

  8. Love these pictorial posts. Short, sweet and refreshing. Love the photographs especially the last one: all tangles of limbs. Enjoy the sun.

    • Thank you, Tess. The moment the sun shines, Seattleites crawl out of the woodwork like cockroaches when the lights go out in the kitchen (not MY kitchen), and bare their frog-belly white limbs to the sun. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Wowwww!! Stunning photos Naomi!
    Love the silhouette in the first one, and the composition on the traitor’s gate, with the light and shadows.
    I also like the concept of worship in the lat one.

    Hope you are doing great!

    • Thanks, Pablo. Coming from you, that is a real compliment. I managed to catch both my kids praying to the sun god.

  10. The pictures are beautiful. So glad you shared.

    • Thank you, Nae. I really appreciate your visit. xoxo

      • I am always delighted to read your post.

      • Dear Nae, thank you! I always know when I look at yours I will feel moved, and maybe even a little wiser.

  11. The Traitor’s Gate got me. What a beautiful place with such a sinister connotation. Eeek. You made it look so benign and pretty that the supreme irony of it just smacks the viewer in the face! That’s an effective presentation if I ever saw one.

    • Thank you, George. I really felt it too. I appreciate your stopping by.

  12. Beautiful photos of the foreign places, but I also loved the Seattle shot. I have family in that area so I’ve heard about the need to soak up the sun any chance you get. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate it!

    • Yes, in Seattle we are conditioned to seek out the sun’s pale rays and make the most of them when we can. The first few days of sunny warmish weather you need sto wear un glasses, not from our pale Northwest sun, but from the glare of all the frog-white legs and bellies that are exposed to soak up a little vitamin D. Thank you for your visit!

      • Ha ha! I know a little something about that pale skin. :)

  13. Hi Naomi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I gather you live in Seattle, and it’s always nice to meet a fellow Puget Sound blogger.

    Your blog is awesome, even though it’s tremendously jealousy-inducing. I have a real travel bug and have not been to many of the places you seem to have been.

    I look forward to stopping by for more when I can.

    Cheers!

    • Thank you so much! It IS good to know a fellow Puget Sounder. Bellingham is a lovely place. I look forward to receiving your posts. Cheers to you too!

  14. Love the photos, I really like the one from Spain, it has a “feeling” to it… Love your blog!

    • Hi Anne,
      Thank you for your kind words. I find it so interesting that the photo from Spain stands out for you. I love the light in that photo, too, but you are the first (and only) one to mention it over the others. I appreciate your taking the time to visit, and share your thoughts.

      • My pleasure, maybe it’s soemthing hidden it that picture, it actually reminded me of a convent the first time I saw it..

  15. Beautiful images but the last one made me laugh…with joy…with a feeling of sunshine allover. Thanks…have a wonderful day.

    • What a sweet comment. It makes me smile. Those are my kids basking in the sun–they reminded me of a carefree litter of puppies, so I thought I’d capture the moment. You have a wonderful day too!

  16. Love the photo of the Traitor’s Gate — the combination of light rays, shadows and reflection on wet pavement is very striking.

  17. The water in that Traitor’s Gate freaks me out. It’s like split pea soup where the sun hits it. Terrific job capturing the rays in each shot!

  18. the last photo, double (X-crossed) sun worship, is very amusing!

    • Thank you, Frizz! That deck is one of the most popular room we have, and the instant the sun comes out, so do we, like bugs out of the woodwork, to make the most of of it.

  19. Lovely photos. We’re fortunate to have the sun the whole year long in tropical countries like Singapore. Love your theme.

    • Hi Myra,
      Thank you for your visit. We Seattleitites have learned to catch our rays when and where we can. We wander around with silly grins on our faces, shading our eyes, trying not to stare at the sun, while exposing our frog-belly white limbs to its blessing. Some people say native Seattleites have webbing between their toes, but I was born in Michigan, so I couldn’t say for sure.


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