I love the playfulness of Ann-Christine’s challenge this week. It’s a wonderful choice to brighten this winter day. For me, stripes are cheerful and bold. Checks are dramatic. As I dug through my archives, I uncovered a few images which highlight stripes and checks in different contexts–nature, architecture, and art.
Stripes in Nature
Every year the Meier Gardens Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan fills its greenhouse with thousands of butterflies. These elusive butterflies are very hard to capture, but with a zoom lens and a lot of patience, I was able to bring some of these stunning insects into sharper focus.
I asked the Zebra,
Are you black with white stripes?
Or white with black stripes?
And the zebra asked me,
Are you good with bad habits?
Or are you bad with good habits?~Shel Silverstein
Stripes in Art
I love this Egyptian funerary headdress at The Art Institute of Chicago. The artistic details are astounding. Below, I’ve included a poem written during Egypt’s New Kingdom (1539-1075 B.C.).
The Flower Song (Excerpt)
To hear your voice is pomegranate wine to me:
I draw life from hearing it.
Could I see you with every glance,
It would be better for me
Than to eat or to drink.
Stripes in Architectural Details
I couldn’t resist reposting two images from my archives. On the left, you can see an arcade in Melbourne, Australia filled with checks and stripes of all types–made with glass, tile, iron. On the right you can see the iconic striped pavement in the Lisbon’s Rossio Square. It was an optical illusion and a visual delight.
I hope you join us this week for Ann-Christine’s Stripes and Checked Challenge. Please be sure to stop by and see her post. Remember to link your post to Ann Christine’s, and use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you in the Reader.
Looking back at last week LAPC#131: Emotions challenge, I can sum it up in one word: Wow! You delighted us with your images focusing on a rainbow of emotions–joy, excitement, wonder, surprise–to name a few. Your images were a real visual treat and gave all of us a lot to admire and smile about.
Next week, it will be Amy’s turn to lead the challenge, so please stop by and join the fun on Saturday, January 30th at noon.
Once again, I’ll end my post with a note of gratitude to all of you in our creative community who remind me of the enduring power of creativity and community in these difficult times. Your continued participation, support, enthusiasm, and creativity inspire us! Have a wonderful, creative week and please stay safe.