Here’s a selection of photos that contrast rough and smooth textures for Jude’s 2020 Challenge.
You were expecting clear blue skies over a stunning canyon vista, weren’t you? You can just make out the rim of the canyon through the fog, mist and clouds — it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins!
Right, prepare to scroll down and down … herewith, the remaining Bench Series 2015 photos, presented geographically. It’s a mix of incidental benches and focus benches. I’d like to give a huge thanks to Jude to hosting and organising this challenge all year. I now have to train myself to stop photographing every bench I see!
And a trio from Kew Gardens, one of my favourite London places.
I love Eastbourne. I used to walk along the coast, up and down those rolling chalk cliffs with the amazing views out to sea.
Somewhere in Wales
I don’t mean to be cryptic about the location, I just forget where this is!
I don’t remember the name of my hotel, but it had this lovely grotto out back.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Lamy, New Mexico
Never heard of Lamy? Me neither. But I spent a few hot hours at its train station, waiting for a train whose arrival time became later and later …
Williams Junction, Arizona
Another place you may never have heard of — unless you’ve taken the train to the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon Village
near New Orleans
This is Oak Alley Plantation, well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
And that, you’ll be relieved to learn if you’ve made it this far down the page, is the end of the Bumper Bench Bonanza. “Thank you” to everyone who has visited these posts over the past year!
Don’t you think the Grand Canyon is, well, rather … dull? Underwhelming? Ho hum, yawn, been there done that. What it really needs is a bright yellow message on a bench! *
* no benches were defaced in the production of this image
This was my first view of Grand Canyon: a monochrome world of washed-out blue-greys. To say I was disappointed would be gross understatment! I did not even leave the bus. Click here to see another monochrome photo taken a few minutes after this one, but of vibrant greens and reflections caught in a raindrop hanging suspended from the tip of a branch.
I seem to have become infected with Jude’s enthusiasm for benches. On my recent holiday in Canada and the US, I found myself zeroing in on benches. “Ooh, that’s a cool bench!” I would think. Snap snap. For Jude’s June theme of “arty benches“, I’ve chosen a bench on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona. Above is the original; below are a selection of Photoshopped alternatives. Do you have a favourite?