Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.  Oscar Wilde
 
I love this quote by Oscar Wilde, which reminds us (me) that it’s easy to get mired down in our little worlds and petty concerns.  This is entirely human.  But if we stop to look up, we can break free of our self absorption, and our tiny and limiting orbits.   In that moment, we are uplifted and taken beyond ourselves, our egos, and our little lives.
 
This is especially true today.  An hour ago, we were evacuated from our apartment because the Grand River flooded its banks and is filling the basement.  Elevators are out, water is shut off.   We all tramped downstairs with backpacks and suitcases.  Residents are huddled in the lobby, pacing, on cell phones, trying to figure out what to do next.  We escaped.  Our terrific neighbors invited us to their cottage on Lake Michigan.  We’ll head up there later this morning. 
 
Here are some photos taken at various points in my life when I stopped to look up–at the sky behind Westminster in London, at the dome of a building in Paris, at the stained glass windows soaring above the nave in Riverside Church in New York, at a little girl on a ride with her father on the Navy Pier in Chicago, at the dome soaring above Grant’s Tomb in New York, and a funky metal fish on the roof of a marine repair shop in Boston Harbor.  Enjoy!
 

Here are some great posts and interpretations of this week’s theme–Up:

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