Fun Foto Challenge: Man Made

With this challenge from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge the gate is wide open. The first thing that popped in my mind was the new I-74 bridge connecting Illinois to Iowa or the other way around. It has been fascinating watching this huge thing go up, then they will tear the old one down. I give you a before and after scenario with one side of the arch almost complete and the the closing of the arch. When you think of the power and amount of water that goes down the Mississippi at any given moment, this is amazing.

The other side of man made which hits closer to home…and my kitchen as “home made”, with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast includes a good southern helping of buttered grits covering scrambled eggs that are smothered in sausage gravy. Lunch is scrambled dogs (how you spread three chili dogs for 4 people) and Dinner is fried pork chop, turnip greens, black-eyes and tomato gravy on buttered toast.

The following are a few other photos I took that are worth mentioning with man made. The wooden statue on the end was of a tree that died so the owner carved a knight out of what was left. The home now is a home for those trying to get back on their feet.

In this fun of looking at Man Made items, remember one of the easiest, least expensive and most beautiful things man can make is…kindness.

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JusJojan & Monday Windows a Possibility

It is a possibility to join two blog ideas that have nothing in  common but in reality if you turn your words right anything can be a possibility. For instance…

The possibility for modern day construction to be able to replicate the beauty created in older stone work of buildings made in the early 1900 is not really possible or feasible thus making it an impossibility.

Coming home from work today I caught the image of the windows of the 3rd and 4th floors of the county government building and was intrigued by their beauty. I was driving so I apologize for them not being straight, plus it is my phone camera.

This spring I plan to make a blog post on the beauty of the stonework in my area. Some of it is quite beautiful and some of it you look at and go ‘what were you thinking’ thus proving the possibility of most any design regardless of it making sense. Maybe by then I will have a real camera.

May you have a week of great possibilities that make you happy. And if you do or even if you don’t, remember the rest of us struggling with our impossibilities and be utmost kind.

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Behind the Pulpit, Lines & Squares

Our church is a wonderful mix of traditional antique windows and more modern architecture.  In the 60s a tornado came through and ripped off the steeple crashing it through the roof behind the pulpit. Since the old world architecture can not be exactly duplicated very well or cost effectively, we opted a different route. We removed the steeple permanently and revised the pulpit area. Fortunately for us, the pipes of the organ, which us behind the screen of the cross,  were not damaged beyond repair. Today this is the look which goes greatly with out style of worship combining traditional with a more contemporary sound.

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It is not really what our churches look like but how they make us feel and how we can feel His presence. Looks are only secondary to how we feel.

As you go through your day, remember the importance of kindness and how it makes you feel and spread that feeling to others, who then will spread it and so on. Its a ripple effect.

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Lines of a Circle; lines&squares

I don’t care much for the recognized day of Halloween because my Christian beliefs and for a certain experience I had.  But I saw this web coming into church today and webs can be quite beautiful with water droplets clinging to them, so I thought I would share with Lines & Squares for Becky’s challenge and give the photo a touch of dark creepy light play on it.

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These are the types pictures where I wish I had a better camera. It really was a quite elegant web.

Even in  things we don’t understand, there is usually a touch of God’s creative beauty, kindness and love in things that have breathe of life in them. Remember the creator’s kindness shared with us and share likewise.

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Lines, CFFC

What is a line anyway…it’s the space between two dots.

When you look through nature and your surroundings, in my opinion, the only straight lines come from man. At least for any distance. God likes to make things interesting. Even when you look at things under the microscope, there may be burst of short straight lines but they are angled away from each other.

I love old stone architecture and all lot of that has some straight lines mixed in with curved lines balancing their beauty. These pictures are the straight line of a building of many floors accentuated by lines of rounded granite strips with curved lines thought them. The details between the windows is an interesting take on things you would maybe see in Egypt . It is quite beautiful and again a mixture of straight lines and curved.

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The square lines from the granite block mixed with the curved molding lines.

The building is currently being renovated and turned into condos. The entry way is beautiful and I will do a post on this building when I do a series I am gathering pictures for about architectural stone buildings.

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Lines created by multiple floors, love the lines at the roof line
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Details of the curved line work

I totally went over board with Cee’s CFFC and lines, sorry but I thought these lines were amazing.

Remember in all the beauty of the world you see, to reflect that beauty with kindness. You just may make someone’s day.

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Monday Windows, FBC Davenport, Iowa

What a fun and interesting challenge for windows. Doors and windows are amazing portals into an different world belonging to the building or boat or whatever, to let God’s light shine in and warm its space. Ludwig has created this fun challenge and those who participate with Monday Windows usually have amazing pictures to share.

I am posting again on the windows of my church, First Baptist Church of Davenport. An amazing historical building that is still filled with wonderful life. Today’s window showing, while it is in my church, this time it is not in the sanctuary. We have a room called the Parlor where more fancy events or serious meeting occur. It is filled with beautiful antiques and soft comfortable sofas.

All three windows for this room are similar with a different scripture texted across the lower section of the arch portion of the window.

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I do apologize for not holding my phone straight but the window’s beauty still comes through. Two windows are on one side toward the front and one window is on the side facing the parking lot. The outside of these windows are almost as pretty as the inside with the beautiful stonework between the windows.

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Come join in on Monday windows and as you share the beauty you see, remember to share everything to do, or say or everywhere you go, to do it all with kindness.

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Monday Windows

Ludwig has a fun post to show off Monday Windows. My church is one of the oldest churches in the area dating back to the 1880’s and is know for its beautiful windows. below are the outside and inside view if one of them.

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Outside, obviously

The stonework on the outside really is beautiful.

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There are 3 large windows like this and 4 others that are a little smaller. And they are all dedicated to someone long before my time.

If you look around your town, I am sure you will see many beautiful old buildings, some no longer used but still quite stunning.

And always when passing new and old acquaintances remember to be kind, it may be just the light someone needs that day.

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Thursday Doors, 9/5/19

I enjoy doors and windows. That is where the character and soul of a building reside. Norm’s weekly challenge of doors shows so may beautiful doors.  You catch yourself as you drive around town – “Oh look at that door’, where before you may never have noticed. Come join in on Norm’s Thursday Doors and see the beauty and creativity of builders and other bloggers photographs.

Mine this week jumps from churches, to homes, to businesses…ending with a cemetery.

Church doors…

A couple of businesses….as you can tell, I am a fan of stonework

Homes…

And last but not least the forgotten door of too many years gone by…with a tree growing in the mausoleum’s roof…

As you see the interesting doors around you, remember when you go through one, you enter into the world and life of that building. Respect its story to be told and share it if possible. Just like people, they all have a story, so share its story of beauty and remembrance and always be kind.

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Monday Windows of Old

Doors and windows are the very breath of a building. They either let people go in and out or they let light and air in and out. Old architecture has always fascinated me with the intricate details they used with masonry and stone. Below are a few from around town that I thought were interesting.

Ludwig has invited us to join his challenge Monday Windows to post your “Monday Window” photos on your blog. Tag your post Monday Window and add #MondayWindow in your text. See other window post here.

Norm has always let us show amazing doors so I am glad someone came up with windows as both show the beauty and heart of a building.

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Upstairs downtown

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This is from the college with the dormer type windows and the concrete arch ones below.

Windows let in the light of day and shine out the light of man at night. Always let your light shine though your window and be kind.

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CFFC, Roofs

Cee has challenged us with a fun topic this time of ROOFS. Its a part of our homes we sometimes don’t think about until weather is bad, then we are oh so grateful. I have a small leak around my vent so I have someone coming to look at it Thursday. But when I think of interesting roof lines, I think of the old beautifully architecture you usually find on castles or cathedrals. Since we don’t have either of those in the midwest, here are some wonderful old church roofs, with a few others mixed in.

And then next one is not mine but proof of the hail damage we can get here.

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The last one is a fun one down at the river…where the musician play during festival times.

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And as I always close with a reminder of wherever you are you can always find an opportunity to be kind.

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