I love to look up – always have – there are intriguing images to be found when you train your eyes to look at the world from different angles.
Sometimes to look up, I look down…
And sometimes I might get down on the ground to look up…
Up may be close at hand or far away into the treetops.
Whether at a cedar tree in a Seattle city park or an architectural gem on the High Line in New York, pointing the lens up rewards me.
Another muscular beauty on the High Line reveals its angles and reflects the clouds differently depending on where you stand.
The meditative expression and intricacies in the carving of this grand Buddha revealed themselves when I gazed up at Dia Tang Temple, a Seattle area Vietnamese Buddhists temple.
Looking up at a botanic garden delights my eyes with the soft pastel colors and underwater shapes of an akebia vine.
In a shady grove of cedars, fern fronds catch sunbeams and cast their shadows on one another. (The tilting LCD on my camera is indispensable when it comes to getting shots like this one.)
Looking at the reflection on the water, I imagine a frog’s-eye view of the grasses that edge the pool.
At the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the jostling angles of Frank Gehry’s design form endlessly interesting compositions with Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, which looms overhead.
Maybe I shouldn’t have looked up (actually, for me, this is tantamount to an invitation!)
But if I didn’t look up, chances are I would have missed the way budding tree branches mix with their own reflections against a highrise.
When I looked skyward at a downtown building in New York, I focused my lens at a point midway up, ignoring the building’s foundation and its top, and something new happened.
But then New York is newness personified, and gawking at the skyline gives everyone a thrill. Take that New York habit of looking high up with you wherever you go, point your camera or phone at what you see, and press that shutter.
There are many more ideas and views relating to what’s UP here, at the WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge.