Hats off to A Word in Your Ear

Over at A Word in Your Ear, a wide-ranging travel and photography blog on WordPress, “Skinnywench” has challenged  bloggers to do a riff on hats.

Here are a few I have seen:

In a clothing store window in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

A tourist in New York City poses with a mime.

A Whirling Dervish at a Turkish Festival in Manhattan.

A couple “happily” awaits friends (or maybe family?) at an airport in Florida in January.

Caught on the fly with my phone, a man takes his cat for a stroll in Manhattan.

The original challenge can be found at A Word in Your Ear.

Unique AND Universal: Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo challenge is to express the concept, “Unique”.   I was struck by the thought that many of the images below, of people engaged in what must have felt like unique situations, at the same time express universal themes: play and self-expression, love, work, journeys, death.

A toddler throws pebbles into a lake, fascinated by each splash and  ripple, his own creation. Standing on tiptoes to kiss a statue, a young woman expresses the unique possibilities of love.  A man belts out tunes on a  piano, singing his own song, for love and money.

In pouring rain on a warm summer evening another man’s handstand expresses the sheer joy in shared experience.  A neighborhood eccentric leans across his porch to tell you a personal, intricate story about his house.  What unique stories the contents of a Marine’s rucksack, fresh from an Afghanistan deployment, must hold. And finally, graves in a rural cemetery bear flower and pottery offerings – visitors’  unique, yet universal expressions of honor and commitment.

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More images expressing the idea of “unique” are here:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/photo-challenge-unique/