Gallery: pick a word (January 2023)
Good words are worth much, and cost littleGeorge Herbert
How do we define a ‘good word’? One that is appropriate for the situation? One that does good rather than harm? Or one that sounds good when we hear it spoken or read it aloud? Perhaps even all three?
Paula certainly picks good words for her monthly Pick a Word challenge. And this month is no exception. She has had me puzzling over my archives, choosing which five images will match her chosen words. This is what I came up with; see if you agree that they ‘fit’.
This month’s selection will take you to:
- A small town in New Mexico
- Beautiful Hoi An, Vietnam
- A subway station in New York City
- The Algarve coast of Portugal
- And Tallinn, Estonia
As always I haven’t stuck only to Paula’s five words, although I do try to be succinct while also giving a bit of context to my choices.
The Wheel of History
This sculpture stands in a small park in the centre of Socorro, NM. It was created in the late 1990s to illustrate the history of the town.
Taking her cat for a walk in Hoi An, Vietnam
She was happy for the cat to pose but hid shyly behind him.
Canal St. Station, NYC
A different perspective on the New York Subway, with the columns creating a sense of depth.
Coming in to land at Faro Airport, Portugal
The Ria Formosa lagoon is formed by a string of barrier islands running along the southern coast of Portugal. In the foreground is Ilha do Farol (with the Cabo de Santa Maria Lighthouse), and beyond it the Ilha Deserta.
Discarded mannequin in Tallinn, Estonia
Not only does the poor woman lack clothes, she also lacks arms!
Very nice selection. The canal St picture reminded me of our last stay in NY. We stayed just a few blocks away form canal Street. Where the jewelers seem to all be Chinese and speak perfect Spanish with a Santo Domingo accent.
Thank you Brian 😊
What a pretty kitty, Sarah!
Gorgeous, isn’t she?!
I love that wheel of history! What a beautiful and creative way to give a history lesson of the area 🙂
Yes, it’s clever isn’t it? Maybe more towns could copy!
I have no idea how I would match a photo with the word “idiosyncratic”!
Well, a dictionary definition is ‘having strange or unusual habits, ways of behaving, or features’ so I guess any photo that shows someone behaving in an unusual manner would fit the bill 🙂 You must have some of them! Funnily enough it was ‘perspective’ that challenged me the most because you could argue that almost any photo illustrates that.
Nice pictures as usual!
Well according to me a good word is one that matches the situation…
Thank you Leela, I think that sounds right 😀
I so enjoyed these photos fitting the words so well Sarah. The mannequin would have to be my favourite 🙂
Thanks Brian, I’m rather fond of her too!
Thank you Sue 🙂
Well chosen Sarah – I really d love that mannequin!
Thank you Marie 😊 Yes, the mannequin is certainly eye-catching!
What a diverse collection of photos. I know the Canal Street subway station very well. The discarded mannequin is a fascinating shot.
Thank you so much, I really appreciate your feedback 🙂
You know which one’s my favourite, I’m sure 🤗💖
Yes indeed – for you that’s ‘coming home’ ❤
Mike and Kellye Hefner
I think you chose your words and shots beautifully, Sarah! We are going to spend a night in Socorro, New Mexico next month, so I will be on the lookout for the “Wheel of History”.
Oh yes do – I hope it’s still there! Let me know 😀 By the way, I didn’t choose the words, Paula sets them as the challenge – that’s what makes it challenging!
Mike and Kellye Hefner
I will let you know. I bet it’s still there. We have been to Socorro before, but we didn’t see that sculpture. Probably because we were too busy seeking Mexican food!
What a great response to a difficult challenge Sarah. Your photos not only fulfilled the challenge, they took us on a worldwide trip.
Thank you Anne 😊 One reason I enjoy this challenge is that it IS difficult at times, and it forces me to look differently at my archive photos!
You certainly nailed the challenge.. I think my favourite is of your coming in to land at Faro. That type of shot I find particularly hard (aka impossible) to do satisfactorily.
Thanks Margaret 😊 It can be pot luck with those shots from the air – I discard far more than I keep! And they usually need a bit of editing to correct the weird colour balance caused by the windows.