Shadows Highlight the Texture of a Rough Wall

Some walls are smooth and others, like this one, are rough. When the light falls on it just right, the texture springs out. The light and dark brings out the extremes. This particular rough wall is the exterior of one of…

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Purple Flowers Spilling over a White Wall

Walking around Victoria, BC, you’d think you were in an English town. Except perhaps with a bit too much sun. But there are neat gardens and well-manicured lawns. Small walls. Purple flowers flowing down. Managed chaos. Even double decker buses.…

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Green Building Points to the Deep Blue Sky

Some buildings are green because they are environmentally friendly. This green building is because of its paint. It looks more like a ledge with a trapdoor, but it’s a wall with a window. Looking up shows the deep blue sky…

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Aluminum Siding on an Apartment Building

Courses of possibly aluminum siding run up the side of a building. Vents peek out to see what’s going on in the alley below. We look back and dare them to break their silence. Even though it’s not where we would…

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Tree Trunk Contrasting with a Smooth Wall

Walking around a Caribbean island means lots of sun and shadows. Pair that with bright, colorful walls, and you have a recipe for contrasts between light and shade. When the sun is shining through leaves, shadows play across the wall. You…

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Red Wall with Door

The Pyramid Atlantic Art Center moved recently to Hyattsville. For several years, they had their work space in downtown Silver Spring.The building stands out in the neighborhood with its vivid red pigment. Except for the one shared with another building that…

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Shadow on a Wall in Curaçao

Curaçao is a colorful place. Literally. Like much of the Caribbean, color is everywhere. Greens. Blues. Reds. In this case, the wall and window in the western hemisphere’s oldest surviving synagogue are a pleasing mix of yellow and brown. For this photograph, the…

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Window Shutters on St. Croix

The shadows across the wall and window shutters belie the warmth of the day in Frederiksted on St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Locals offer walking tours of the town. Most of the commercial district is along the…

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Wall and Window of Fort Frederik

Fort Frederik is a Dutch fort in Frederiksted on St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was one of the first (if not the first) foreign outposts to salute the United States as an independent country. The fort…

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National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian’s American History Museum focuses on the history of the United States. When I went there, it focused mostly on the Atlantic seaboard. I’m from Texas, so I was disappointed by its portrayal of the Southwest, but I still enjoyed the trip. The building isn’t…

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