Gallery: pick a word (July)
Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?Ralph Waldo Emerson
Can one word describe a photo, or a photo define a single word?
That’s the challenge set by Paula in her monthly Pick a Word post. Five words, five photos inspired by those words. I enjoyed my first attempt at this last month, so now I’m back for another go. And as before, I’ll try to be succinct while also giving a bit of context to my choices.
A small cove south of Salalah, Oman
We were following the main road south along the coast from Salalah in southern Oman when our guide Hussein stopped and invited us to follow a short track up a ridge. Camels were grazing on the rocky slopes around us, and at the top we were treated to a view of a beautiful cove below us. Its white sand and turquoise waters would not look out of place on a Caribbean island!
In the Place Dauphine, Paris
No one does debonair quite like a Parisian! Whenever we visit our favourite city we like to stroll through the Place Dauphine on the Ile de la Cité. We spent our honeymoon in 1981 staying in a very cheap hotel on this pretty triangular haven. Today it’s a very desirable area, but still a popular spot with the locals for a game of boules. I spotted this debonair gentleman sitting in the shade of the Palais de Justice watching a game.
Statues of the Great Leaders in Pyongyang
The bronze statues of the Great Leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, stand on Pyongyang’s Mansudae Hill. They are twenty metres high and appear even taller, thanks to the stone plinth on which they stand, which adds a few more metres, and the fact that you approach them from below.
North Koreans come to pay their respects and lay flowers at their feet. Some will be here to mark a special occasion, such as a birthday or wedding, while others are (rare) visitors from out of town. This ritual is expected of them but is also important to them. The vast majority are confident that the Leaders have always looked after their people and protected them, and that they continue to do so today.
In the spice market in Jaipur
The metal of this spice container in the market in Jaipur, Rajasthan, is pockmarked from years of use and glowing with the rich colours of the spices.
A window in Reykjavik
I find the traditional domestic architecture of Iceland very appealing. Corrugated iron walls, often painted in bright colours, the ridges creating interesting patterns of light and shade. Punctuated by white-painted window frames sometimes, as here in Reykjavik, offering a glimpse of life inside.
This was an inspiring collection, well chosen.
Thanks so much Ruth 😊
That cove, turquoise water and white sand … in Oman of all places! That’s quite extraordinary – I like that! But the photo of the guy in Paris – I like that even more!!
Thank you 🙂 As soon as I saw the word debonair I thought of him!
You have a great eye Sarah, and talent 🙂
Thank you so much Paula, that’s a lovely compliment 😊
Great variety of shots. The cove is not what springs to mind when I think of Oman!
No, the often beautiful coastline surprised me too Helen 🙂
That man is debonair and loved This post!
Thanks so much 😀
I’m probably dense, but I don’t know what the fifth word is (for the window). Beautiful photos – I think Debonair is a harder one to illustrate than the concrete examples like Cove and Texture.
You’re not dense, you’re observant – I missed off the heading. It should read ‘Window’, I’ll change it now. Thank you 😀
Great choices, the photos are beautiful as always. I like the ‘gigantic’ choice in particular. That cove in Oman is gonna be on my mind throughout this sweltering day. I almost went to Oman many years ago, but it wasn’t meant to be. Perhaps, one day…
Thanks Leighton! That cove looked beautiful although I couldn’t see how you would get down there, short of abseiling! But there were other beaches nearby almost as inviting 🙂
Great choices for the words. I especially like the debonaire photo.
Thank you Teresa, glad you liked them. That’s a favourite of mine and I think it works well in the B&W version too 🙂
Great photos for the words Sarah 🙂
Thanks Brian 🙂
Excellent photos, they tell stories.
Thank you Amy, that’s good to hear – I hoped they would!
Great selection, Sarah!
Mike and Kellye Hefner
Your selections and descriptions are perfect fits for the words.
Thanks, I’m glad you liked them 🙂
Thank you Margaret, I enjoyed picking them out 🙂
Always love your eclectic collection of places and this was again a delight!
Thank you Annie 😊