Cee’s B&W Challenge – Structures

Cee’s B&W Challenge – Structures

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This week’s Black and White Challenge is Structures. The definition of a structure is ‘mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents.’ This is one of my favorite subjects, as most structures are stationary, allowing more time to get the photo you want.

The first photo is the Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Lighthouses are fascinating structures with a colorful history. This tower was built in 1874

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This photo is of the spiral staircase that takes you to the tower.

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© Susan Spaulding

Galveston, Texas has some beautiful old churches, which are massive. Here I focus on one part of the church.

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Windmills in Kansas used to power a water well. These simplistic structures are still used in many places in the Midwest.

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This last one was taken as we drove through a tunnel in downtown Dallas, Texas

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Architecture in Monochrome(Day 12)

Architecture in Monochrome(Day 12)

I love black and white photography, and enjoy taking picture of architecture. Unfortunately, I had to resort to using existing photos but I found several that  capture the theme of Architecture in Monochrome. I hope you enjoy them.

This first photo is Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol Maine. This is actually the second Pemaquid Lighthouse, build in 1835. The first was constructed in 1827 and used salt water in the  mortar mix, which eventually began to crumble. This lighthouse can be found on the National Register of Historic Places, reference number 85000843

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To reach the top of the lighthouse, you have to walk up this 3-story winding staircase. This is a view from the top of the tower looking down.

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This old monastery in Mission, Texas is near the banks of the Rio Grande.  I think it might be La Lomita Mission, but I can’t be sure. My husband and I wanted to safely see the Rio Grande while we were there. Our hotel desk clerk gave us directions to a retiree RV Park right on the river. This monastery was one of the waypoints. The clerk said it was haunted.

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This is Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston, Texas. Originally built in 1884, Sacred Heart was once the largest church in Texas. The original church was destroyed by a hurricane in 1900 and rebuilt in 1904.

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I don’t remember where this was taken. It is another magnificent church building. I couldn’t get a good photo from a distance, so I decided to take one looking straight up.

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