With this challenge from Cee’sFun 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.
The appreciation of beauty even in small things gives us a chance to enjoy the artist vision, whether it be man or God. I have been doing the windows of my church and today’s focus is on a couple of the single smaller windows whose color are just as vibrant and beautiful. These windows face a courtyard on the side of the church.
I do apologize for the crooked pictures as I was making sure I had the camera straight with me instead of the slant to the floor which makes them look crooked. But their beauty still shows through. I will do better with the big windows left to show.
In this fun and wonderful medium of blogosphere, if that is such a word, we are gifted with sharing the pictures and words of beauty that move us. What a wonderful thing to be able to do. I will never be able to go across the “pond” but am so grateful for all the photographers who do or live there and share their work for all of us to enjoy.
As an always reminders to me as to anyone who may read my post, remember the most beautiful things to share is love and kindness. Many of the notes I share are beautiful pictures with gentle words expressing the importance of always being kind. I am a firm believer that the smallest act of kindness can shatter a dark gloomy day so I always close with reminders of kindness. Maybe if we spread enough kindness it will begin to take hold and change the world for the good it can do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The stonework on the outside really is beautiful.
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.
While this week’s challenge from Jansen Photo is Outdoors, I believe it is meant for the beauty of nature…well, I am going to bend that just a bit and be amazed by the architecture of man spanning the Mississippi River. After all, it is outdoors. This bridge has been under construction now for about 2 years and I think it is due to open by end of next year. It has been amazing to watch, I posted earlier pictures in November if you care to go see those here. We went across to the other side and had to use this bridge – what a reroute you have to go through right now, glad I don’t have to use it everyday because the roads are moving as well.
But I was amazed at the progress, especially knowing the winter we went through and the massive flood (91 days) that has just now settled back into its banks.
So check out these pictures and remember even though man can aggravate you at time, he can be pretty amazing as well. I also realize that I am a bit of a geek since I came from quality management but I think these are neat. Hope you enjoy.
These white things sticking in the air are going to be archways spanning across.
And in closing, I remind you to maybe reach out and build a bridge over to someone or something who needs to cross into kindness. It may bring brightness into their lives.
Each month Linda Hill gives us a prompt for those of us who still enjoy coloring and now books, calendars and such have pages to color and enjoy. It is relaxing, as mine stays by the bed on nights when the brain will not shut down.
I think it very appropriate that my color page this month has a river in it as we are fighting the mighty power of water in a river.