The weekly photo challenge is Variations on a Theme. I have tons of photos of the Sunsphere in my hometown of Knoxville, TN.
The weekly photo challenge is silence.
The weekly photo challenge is to post my most meaningful image taken in 2017. I’ve decided to post a gallery of my favorites. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.
The Weekly Photo Challenge is Ascend. To get to the top, you have to work for it sometimes. Take the stairs, the elevator is broken.
The weekly photo challenge is transformation. While the original blog discusses weather and seasonal transformations, I decided to go in a different direction.
When we were in Krakow, Poland, we visited the Wieliczka Salt Mines. The mines have been continuously active from the 13th century until 2007. I briefly discussed our trip to the mines in my Krakow post. Here you can see some more of the mines and why it’s worth going down 400 stairs to get there.
The majority of the tunnels were lined with wood, but once in a while we would pass an area where we could see the salt seeping from the walls, creating a marble effect. Once in the mine, we started seeing sculptures and scenes carved from the salt by the miners themselves.
Once large scene, carved in the 17th century, depicts the Princess of Kinga. Princess Kinga was reluctantly engaged to Bolesław V. The legend is that she flung her engagement ring into the Maramures salt mine in Hungary. From there, the ring made its way to Wieliczka, Poland where it was discovered in a lump of salt. Thus bringing salt mining to Wieliczka.
Throughout the mines, there are scenes like this, just as old. But the most amazing is the Chapel of St. Kinga. It is a testament to the miners’ dedication to their Christian beliefs and acts as a working cathedral. They hold weekly Holy Services, sermons, weddings, etc in the large hall.
The mine is on Poland’s official National Historic Monuments registry. It is also a Unesco World Heritage site. There are different routes you can take through the mines. There is a tourist route, a miner’s route, and a Pilgrim’s route. The Pilgrim’s route includes prayers in each chapel and a mass at the end of the tour.
The Weekly Photo Challenge is Temporary. Street photography is all about catching a moment. Because once that person or people move just a hair to the left or right, the image changes and becomes something else.
The Weekly Photo Challenge is Rounded. It’s what I love about cities and towns, those curves that lead us around the corner. You can’t see past it. What’s waiting there? Just around the corner.
The weekly photo challenge is glow. I love to back light things with a sunset or sunrise to give it a natural glow. Sometimes I do enhance it a bit.
The weekly photo challenge is Scale. The over sized Gothic churches and cathedrals of Europe are a great example of this. With their massive columns, two and three story stained glass windows, and soaring painted ceilings, they make me feel tiny in comparison.
All photos are available as prints in my gallery.