I’m grateful to Sofia Alves whose challenge this week has me thinking about the contrast in perspectives–looking up and peering down. Many thanks, Sofia!
Here’s a small sample of some of my “up” and “down” images from around the world.
Looking Up at Architecture and the Sky
Once you have tasted the taste of sky, you will forever look up.~ Leonardo da Vinci
When we travel, I often peer upward, marveling at the local architecture and the sky. Here, you can see the changing skies over Melbourne, Australia, a fabulous city.
I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera. – WB Yeats
Oxford is another place to look up at the sky and admire the historic academic buildings where artists, poets, and great thinkers dreamed, lived and studied. This visit brought back memories of books set here, like Brideshead Revisited.
Looking Up and Finding Artistic Treasures
In places with rich artistic history like Italy, I spend hours staring upward at the ceiling. This was true when we visited Ravenna, Italy, once the seat of the Holy Roman Empire. If you look closely at this stunning ceiling in the Basilica of San Vitale, you’ll see that it is inlaid with intricate mosaics.
Looking Down at Landmarks and Nature
When we spend time in New York City, I’m often craning my neck, trying to get a better look at the newest skyscrapers that are pushing upward, creating an ever-changing vista. But sometimes, I look down–like the time this summer when we went for an early morning walk in Central Park and stopped for a visit to the Bethesda Fountain. Here, we are looking down at the fountain, the intricate brickwork and the people stopping to take photos.
I’ll end this post with an image shot recently on a walk in Stanley Park in Vancouver, B.C. When I was wandering through the rhododendron garden, I spotted this marvelous example of nature’s intricate beauty.
Sofia’s challenge helped me realize yet again that I must be an optimist! As I searched through my archives this week, I found dozens of images captured while looking up at trees, buildings, and the sky. But I’m also a realist with my feet planted firmly on this earth. I see beauty in nature, in creatures that crawl and fly and prowl. All these things fill me with happiness and wonder.
A special thanks to Sofia Alvez for leading the challenge this week and inspiring us. We hope you join us and share your favorite up and down views from all around the world. Thanks also to Amy for her “Keep Walking” challenge last week. I loved getting glimpses of your favorite walks near and far.
Next week, it’s my turn to lead the challenge, so be sure to stop by here next Saturday, September 11th at noon to join the fun. In the meantime, have a joyful and inspiring week, and please stay safe.