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Weekly Photo Challenge: The EDGE

09/09/2016

“We all have an edge. We all are floating our psyche on top with a great ocean underneath.”  Brad Dourif

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Edge - From mountains to bluffs and body of water edges

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Edge – From mountains, to bluffs, to snow capped buildings, and body of water edges

Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.  Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

For this week’s photography assignment on – EDGE I chose some of my photos that I feel were good representations and that gave me a bit more to consider and play with. I placed the photo of those geese hanging out by the Hudson River in the center of my selections because it offers two views of the river’s edge. To the left is the Metro-North tracks that are separated from the edge by rocks that prevent the tides from washing away the tracks. The bench faces another angle of the water’s edge from Hudson Park and, in the distance, you could see the NYC skyline. I love taking walks here in the morning because it is so calm and beautiful.  The plaque in front is a memorial to the lives lost on 9/11. On that tragic day, you could see the burning towers from the water’s edge. As the anniversary approaches, I can’t help but think of the events of that sad day. May those precious souls rest in peace.

On another note, the top, far left image is of the water’s edge from my hotel room in Annapolis, Maryland.  I had a fabulous view and the sunrises/sunsets were amazing. Next to it is the edge of the Berlin wall and some of the folks who gathered to take selfies and group shots… what a memory!

 

“Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything.” Henry Adams

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Edge - From mountains, to bluffs, to snow capped buildings, and body of water edges

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Edge – From mountains, to bluffs, to snow capped buildings, and body of water edges

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Edge - From mountains, to bluffs, to snow capped buildings, body of water edges ... and more

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Edge – From mountains, to bluffs, to snow capped buildings, body of water edges … and more

Come To The Edge – Poem by Christopher Logue
“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, we’re afraid!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, We will fall!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”

If you guessed that the next shot after the Berlin wall is a divider on a highway, you are right. It was taken last fall and shows the beauty of fall colors and the road.  The next shot is of a tunnel and the lighting and tunnel walls which were quite edgy. It was taken on my return from Maryland and I just love the depth perception and lighting of that shot. For some odd reason, the short poem above has always been mis-attributed to the wrong poet. When I dug deep and couldn’t find a poetry site that gave Guillaume Apollinaire recognition for it, I knew something was amiss… just like life on the edge, a bit of caution and some sleuthing is imperative. For the locations of the rest of my photos, check out below and come back later for more.

More below!
“If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water’s edge.” Napoleon Hill

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Edge - From mountains, to bluffs, to snow capped buildings, body of water edges ... and more

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Edge – From mountains, to bluffs, to snow capped buildings, body of water edges … and more

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Edge - From mountains to bluffs and body of water edges

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Edge – From mountains, to bluffs, to snow capped buildings, and body of water edges

The Forest at the Edge of the World By Rynn Williams
I stood on the edge of a forest, someplace upstate,
and looked up into the branches of my first
true and majestic tree, in the first real forest—trees
instead of buildings … the tree was limitless, the scent of the tree,
the bark and the branch and the six-year-old sightline,
which goes on to the edge of the known world.

 

The four photos on the lower part of the collage represent images that were taken in two places, NY and France. The first shot is a classic winter shot of a snow capped roof and balcony edge. I love the shot because it shows how much snow fell that day and while it looks pretty, it was not fun to be cooped up indoors for a few days. Ha! Next to it is a bluff in the south of France on our way to Normandy beach. it was such a beautiful, picturesque setting and scene that I took a few shots. The next photo with the kid sitting on the edge of a huge drop is the top of Overlook Mountain which the southernmost peak of the Catskills Mountains. It has a 3,140 ft elevation and is a favorite hiking point in Woodstock, NY. I try to hike it once a year, and connected with his parents on the way up when I hiked it last time.  I hope to get there before it gets too cold.  Last but not least is a body of water/canal in Caen in the south of France. The trees planted on the edge of the water are reflected in it, and it is quite a pretty site with a crossover bridge to the other side of the town.  Oh, and in the first photo to your far right is a shot I took of the wing of my KLM flight, as we approached Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. I hope you enjoyed the selections. Tell me, which one is your favorite shot?

Have a restful weekend!

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: EDGE For this week’s challenge, share your own interpretation of “edge.” Take a photo from an actual edge, like a balcony, a window, or a seaside bluff (wherever you are, stay safe!). Focus on a sharp angle or object, or show us the outer margins of a building, a face, or a book. I look forward to seeing your photos!

 

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Christina Aliperti permalink
    17/09/2016 8:46 pm

    I always am drawn in by your photos, they are amazing. Then I stay for your words which are always thought provoking.

    Like

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