Transmogrify

This reflection gives the viewer a vague understanding of the concept called transmogrify
This reflection gives the viewer a vague understanding of the concept called transmogrify

Transmogrify

Transmogrify – transform, especially in a surprising or magical manner. for example, “the cucumbers that were ultimately transmogrified into pickles”

Here is my visual interpretation of transmogrify.

The sidewalk was transmogrified into a bank building.

Enjoy the picture and I’ll see you next week.

Transmogrify

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Quest

man on a quest, photo by author
man on a quest, photo by author

Quest

The above image depicts a man on a quest. In past eras, this role has been primarily reserved for the male gender, but today anybody can go on a quest – male or female — no questions asked.

After contemplating the subject matter for a second or two, I decided to jot down a few characteristics of a person, who has set on a quest.

  1. One specific goal  —  In this case we do not know what this man’s goal might actually be, but we do know that he has set himself on a narrow path, symbolized by the pole he is walking on.
  2. Traveling Light  — Traveling light symbolizes dedication to the task at hand. In many cases, material objects are excess baggage.
  3. Little Room for Error — As in this case and with many other quests there is not much room for variation. If you veer to the right or the left, you fall off the path.
  4. No distractions  —  In a true quest, the traveler or voyageur cannot be distracted by events along the way. In this case, the man must ignore the crane. It is a bad distraction.
  5. Search for truth — Historically, quests have always been associated with a better understanding of the laws of Nature and human endeavors. That is probably true today as well.

Quest
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Mirror

Woman in red is reflected and stylized in this Las Vegas photo
Woman in red is reflected and stylized in this Las Vegas photo

Mirror

The Fashion Mall on Las Vegas’s famous ‘Strip’ provides the setting for this week’s photo. In this image the same model, is duplicated multiple times to obtain an unusual visual effect, sort of like walking through a house of mirrors.
Mirror

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Narrow

Two lines of train cars form a narrow lane of escape in Great Falls, MT, photo by author
Two lines of train cars form a narrow lane of escape in Great Falls, MT, photo by author

Narrow

This picture is framed in a way, where the two lines of train cars form a narrow place. From this point the photographer can continue walking or trace his steps back out of this narrow place.

Narrow

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Curve

Proof of relativity, photo by author
Proof of relativity, photo by author

A Curved Phenomena 

Here we have a straight telephone pole that has a distinctively curved shadow. There are two possible explanations for the curved shape of the shadow in this photo. One is that the building is moving at a very high rate of speed and thus the curved shadow. The other possibility is the surface of the building is not square, but rounded instead. What is your opinion?
Curve

Pure

The Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine is one of America's most photographed lighthouses
The Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine is one of America’s most photographed lighthouses, photo by author

Pure

The sensory overload at this cherished site on a warm blustery, summer day is almost impossible to describe. One can see from the picture that the visual imprint is terrific. The towering limestone tower set against the rocky coastline of Down East with an active surf is something you just have to experience to fully comprehend and understand.

Then there are the things you can’t see, like the offshore breeze, the warmth of the sun and incredibly delicious smell of the salt air. Ahhhhh, I wish I was there now.

Pure

In Addition

Thanks for the overwhelming response to this week’s photo challenge theme. As a result, I have added some more photos of lighthouses from Maine, plus one from the Gaspe region of Quebec.

The bug light is a tiny lighthouse overlooking the Portland Harbor.
The bug light is a tiny lighthouse overlooking the Portland Harbor.
Further out from the Portland Harbor is the South Portland Lighthouse
Further out from the Portland Harbor is this South Portland Lighthouse, called the breakwater light
Travel up the coast (or  down east as the locals say) and eventually you will come to the Pemaquid Light, which like the Portland Head Light is very much photographed and rendered in paintings
Travel up the coast (or down east as the locals say) and eventually you will come to the Pemaquid Light, which like the Portland Head Light is very much photographed and rendered in paintings
As you travel north along the coast, the lighthouses change shapes. This is the Gaspe Light located at the tip of the Gaspe Penninsula in the Forillon National Park of Canada...a wildly beautiful spot
As you travel north along the coast, the lighthouses change shapes. This is the Gaspe Light located at the tip of the Gaspe Penninsula in the Forillon National Park of Canada…a wildly beautiful spot
A sunset at the Breakwater Light in South Portland
A sunset at the Breakwater Light in South Portland

 

Admiration

The front of the San Francisco de Assis Mission in Ranchos de Taos is less familiar than its anterior counterpart, which was made famous by a Georgia O'Keefe painting
The front of the San Francisco de Asis Mission in Ranchos de Taos is less familiar than its posterior counterpart, which was made famous by a Georgia O’Keefe painting. photo by author

The San Francisco de Asis Mission

The San Francisco de Asis Mission is the formal name for the old Spanish mission that takes most of the space in the central plaza of Ranchos de Taos, a small town in northern New Mexico, which is situated right outside Taos. More commonly, the old church is often referred to as the Ranchos de Taos Mission or simply the Ranchos Church. This is one of the few buildings in the world, where the posterior view is better known than the anterior view. The culprit in this case are several early 20th century artists, such as Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe, who made stunning images of the backside, which happens to sit almost adjacent to a major NM state highway. Here is one of the oil paintings of the rear side of the church that Georgia O’Keefe made back in the 30s.

One of several paintings done by Georgia O'keefe in 1929 & 1930 of the Ranchos Church.
One of several paintings done by Georgia O’Keefe in 1929 & 1930 of the Ranchos Church.

Adobe

Adobe is nothing more than mud (with a heavy clay content) mixed with straw. It is common building element used in the third world, but used much less so in a modern industrial society. The ingredients are inexpensive, easy to apply and durable, especially in drier climates. Adobe churches are still found in Northern New Mexico, where every 5 to 7 years, workers gather to apply a new coat of mud and straw to these structures. This old-fashioned type of adobe should not be confused with the numerous cement-coated structures that are painted an earth color in order to resemble a real adobe building. The adobe structures are not limited to churches and can be found all over the region. Original adobe walls are built with mud and straw bricks that are air-dried in the Southwestern desert sun and then covered with a mud and straw stucco mixture. This stucco breaks down after awhile , so it has to be re-applied every six years or so.

My Admiration

My admiration comes in the way that modern builders and craftsmen are able to keep an old building tradition, despite the advances and onslaught of modern civilization.
Admiration