A Photo A Week Challenge: Flower

Pretty little flowers

“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — Hans Christian Andersen

Nancy Merrill Photography posted some awesome shots of flowers of spring. A flower’s beauty for me is priceless – simple, elegant, delicate and mesmerizing. That’s why it was a pleasure for me to join in on the photo challenge because no trip of mine would be complete without photos of flowers.

And while I write this post, playing in the background is Minnie Riperton’s song Les Fleurs.

Cosmos flowers

Lavenders at my sister’s garden

Flowers at my sister’s garden

A Photo A Week Challenge: Urban

Tokyo, day and night

Here is my response to Nancy Merrill Photography‘s photo challenge this week on the theme: Urban.

It’s also a chance for me to recall my springtime trips this year to one of the best destinations to go to – Japan.

Tokyo, day and night

This photo was taken on the same window spot of my hotel.

As soon as I arrived in my room that spring afternoon and looked out my window and I was amazed by this concrete jungle. One would think that this densely packed place might have been loud, but amazingly, it was pretty quiet any time of the day!

Those nights, the lights from the buildings around me served as my night lamp.

A Photo A Week Challenge: Nostalgia

First time I saw this week’s challenge by Nancy Merrill Photography, I started singing Aqua’s Turn Back Time.

This first one reminds me of my late uncle who was also my godfather. He would play jazz (his favorite was George Benson) when I was young (around the time when the next photo was taken). He was also the one who inspired me to learn how to play the guitar.

Vintage

Fast forward to high school and then eventually college years – these photos symbolize what were probably the prelude to my blogging days. Yes, then, there was the typewriter AND the diskette (it’s not a giant printout of the Save icon, as I have seen in a meme somewhere in the net).

TypewriterDiskette

What about you? What photos make you nostalgic?

A Photo A Week Challenge: Cityscape / Townscape

Heidelberg

I like nancy merrill photography‘s photo challenge this week because I get to browse through my archives of quaint places in Germany that D and I went to. I’m always drawn to the charm of towns – the townsquare, market place, bakeries and cafes. I’d imagine myself being in a fairy tale whenever I walk through these lovely places.

The first photo below was taken from Wurzburg, Germany. D and I went here a few years ago during Oktorberfest and we had quite a lovely weekend.

Drinks

This one’s from Koln.

Koln

And this one was taken at Heidelberg’s Old Town, my most favorite place in Germany.

Heidelberg

A Photo A Week Challenge: Vanishing Point

art

When I first started drawing one of the lessons my art teacher taught me was drawing from vanishing points to create dimensions. Ever since, I’ve come to have a deeper appreciation on vanishing points and look for them when taking in a view of a landscape.

I’m glad I this week’s challenge by nancy merrill photography lets me share these photos showing vanishing points. Hope you like them!

Boardwalk

This is the boardwalk on Freedom Island where I usually volunteer for coastal cleanups.

Dirtroad

The photo above shows the dirtroad to Nacpan beach in El Nido, Palawan.

Sand

And this one’s from my latest trip to California when I went with my mom, aunt and uncle to Malibu. I’ve been humming to Miley Cyrus’ Malibu all throughout that daytour!

 

A Photo A Week Challenge: On the Horizon

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  • “Beyond the horizon, in the springtime or fall, love waits forever for one and for all” – Bob Dylan

Here are my entries for Nancy Merrill Photography‘s challenge theme for this week – On the Horizon.

The first one was taken during my trip to Wilson’s Prom in Victoria, Australia, with my sister and brother-in-law.

trail

The second photo was taken when D and I were en route to Baguio. We stopped along the North expressway for a view of Mt Arayat early morning.

Mt Arayat

And lastly, this one’s my second project during my oil pastel beginner’s art class.

landscape

Thanks for checking these out!

A Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

bridge

I’m thrilled to have found nancy merrill photography‘s page because I find the weekly photo challenges enticing. It makes me dig up pictures from archives and as I go through them I remember the places we’ve been.

The theme for this week is Bridges. Both of the photos below were taken by our mobile phone cameras.

The first photo is taken from Firenze. It is the Ponte Vecchio bridge (also known as the Old Bridge), over the Arno River. What fascinated me about this bridge is not just its medieval architecture – it also houses several shops, some of which were founded a long time ago.

bridge

When we went to Germany in 2015, I fell in love with the charming city of Wurzburg, in Northern Bavaria. One of the landmarks is the Marienberg Fortress, atop a hill left of the Main River. The photo below is an ancient stone bridge over a moat.

bridge
Wurzburg, Germany

Check out my previous blogs where I posted more photos of bridges in the Philippines:

– Five Faves in Baguio

– Five Fave Things to Do In and Around Baler, Aurora

A Photo a Week Challenge: Reflection

Temple

I’m a day late in responding to nancy merrill photography’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Reflection. I know the theme had already changed for this week (I will respond to that too – they photo challenges are quite fun). But I just couldn’t let the theme on Reflection pass! I realized as I was digging through old photographs that I did have some photos for this theme. So here they are…

My take on Reflection: I love the dramatic effect of reflections on water.

These are are photos taken from travels D and I made from over the last decade. They were all taken by D as he has the eye for good shots.

The first one is a photo of Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. It is also called Rokuon-ji, and is one of Kyoto’s most iconic sights. When we got here, there were throngs of people getting off tourist buses. We intentionally rented a B&B close by in the hopes that we could get there early before the tourists do – we were wrong. Good thing is that the lines of tourists move quickly. The sun was not yet fully shining at the time, but nevertheless it was a sight to behold. 

This next photo shows the reflection of the pyramid at Louvre, Paris. It was just after sunset and at the time, we were using our digicam. It took a lot of shots to get this one.

And lastly, a photo of the reflection of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I’ve always wanted to go back to Siem Reap because there were too many temples I have yet to see. At the time we went there, we were only able to see the bigger, more popular ones. I saw tourists riding bicycles as their modes of transportation to temples and I would really love to do that someday. I also like Siem Reap’s simplicity, and the friendliness of its people. 

Seeing Kyoto, Paris and Siem Reap were a dream come true. We were just simply in awe by the culture, architecture, and landmarks of these cities.