Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Me atop of the world.


Standing at 1450 feet tall, the Willis Tower, or previously known as Sears Tower, is the highest building and the most prominent structure in the Chicago skyline.


It was the tallest building in the world from 1973 – 1998, until it was surpassed by Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia. (The reigning tallest building in the world since 2008 is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.)

The view from Willis Tower Skydeck is breathtaking. Though it is an expensive elevator ride ($23) to get to the viewing area. I wonder if you get a bargain price if you climb the stairs to the Skydeck, which is a mere 103 floors.


(*Photos taken during our recent trip to Chicago.)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

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Iowa Capitol Building

This structure can be a symbol of many things. Of a State. Of a government. Of law and constitution.

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Free as a butterfly.

Or it could be a symbol of liberty. Of freedom.

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But on the day I took this photos, it took another meaning.

As a transplant, and after several years of living as an outsider, it became a personal symbol of my adopted home.

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A foreigner, no more.

(In response to WordPress The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”)

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way

If this life’s wandering takes you to……

the mountains,

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(Wyoming)

or the desert,

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(Arizona)

to waterfalls,

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(California)

and rivers,

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(Colorado)

through colorful landscapes,

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(Pennsylvania)

or to barren land,

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(South Dakota)

into the city,

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(New York)

or into lush forrest,

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(Wyoming)

or secluded farm fields,

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(Iowa)

and even to alien terrain,

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(Utah)

or if are you stuck with hundreds of travelers,

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(New York)

or all alone in a lonely highway to nowhere,

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(somewhere in the middle of nowhere)

may your journey always leads you – on the way….

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Home.

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(*this post is a response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way)

(** photo credit to my wife who took most of the pictures)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

Broken. A term that we can apply to a structure ravaged by time.

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(photo taken at Vigan, Ilocos Sur)

Or to a place ravaged by the forces of nature.

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(photo taken at Tacloban, after the typhoon Haiyan)

Or a societal state ravaged by a corrupt system, where the rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer.

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Manila

Or it can even be applied to a perfect picture of opulence….

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….when we are oblivious to the sufferings of the poor just outside our deaf walls.

Broken.

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(*This post is a response to WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge on the theme, Broken.)

(**All photos taken with an iPhone.)