Skip to content

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

In the central Valley of California we can’t always see the horizon for the fog.  There is a certain romance about an obscured horizon if you are not claustrophobic.

Dec trip to coast 2012005

In the Midwest, where my brother, Randy, and I were born, the horizon seems endless, and very far away.  We had never been to Chicago, so on our way to Indiana, we played for two days in this metropolitan city.   Here I am looking in a northwest direction across Chicago directly down at the Chicago River which runs through the center of Chicago.  I wonder how far away the horizon is.

Chicago_0464r_c

From 100 stories up looking out of the sky deck of Willis Tower in Chicago there is a haze which blurs the horizon just a bit, but no one doubts that there is a horizon.  Interestingly, when I tilted the camera from that height, the image of the horizon displayed the curvature of the earth.  I felt almost like I was in a spaceship looking down at the earth.

Chicago_0466

Here is a different view looking at the horizon across Lake Michigan.  It turned out a little less spaceshipish.

Chicago_0472

The next day Randy and I took a water taxi going from Museum Campus to Navy Pier in Chicago.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a mid October day, 75 degrees and clear sky showed off this Lake Michigan horizon.

Chiskyrmr

 

Randy, who is scared to death of heights, not only braved the Willis Tower, but agreed to go on the ferris wheel at Navy Pier.  The cars for the original famous ferris wheel in Chicago, built for the 1873 World’s Fair, held 60 people.  Riders would have had to be free of both claustrophobia and acrophobia to ride that giant wheel.  The horizon from this height looked fairly straight.

ferris wheel r

 

I hope you enjoyed my midwestern horizons, and pictures of my play days in Chicago with my brother.

Chicago_0522r

I don’t think Randy cared much for his view of the horizon from the 5 foot plexiglass cage hanging 100 stories in the air.  In spite of his acrophobia, as soon as I turned my back, Randy had disappeared.  All his protestations of, “I’ll never go out there,” went out the window when a pretty, young photographer asked him if wanted his picture taken.

Chicago_0511

All that was on his horizon at that moment was his determination to overcome his fear, and he certainly did a great job of that!

For more pictures of horizons click here.

 

 

22 replies »

  1. Marsha, what a fanastic entry – talk about horizons in all directions … I hate when I can see the ground far down below me through the floor – it make me feel sick. In Willis tower I didn’t step out on the glass bit.

    Like

    • I had quite a bit of fun with it, partly at Randy’s expense. He took this pictures. I had to crop it because he couldn’t stand very close to take it. This was taken immediately after his own picture taking scare! 🙂

      Like

        • It was an experience of a lifetime, for sure! 🙂 Some things just turn out that way. If he hadn’t been so scared, it would have just been another interesting tour, easily forgotten. I’ve been up in the Space Needle numerous times, up trams, etc, but this was special because he really determined to do something that scared him to death, and he loved it! It was so much fun watching him have the time of his life. I told him I wanted it to be his best birthday ever, and he said it was. 🙂 Worth it! 🙂

          Like

          • Space Needle isn’t so bad as Willis Tower, still Sears for me. Just because of the glass section of the flower – same in Toronto. I can see on your photos that you really had a fantastic time in Chicago .. that is what life is all about.

            Like

  2. Because of my vertigo, I have trouble looking at horizons if I have to get off the ground to see them. Even your pictures taken in the Willis Tower are hard for me to look at.

    Like

Translate

Marsha

Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

Personal Links

Verified Services

View Full Profile →

#StoryChat

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge

Where to Find Quotes

Where to find quotes

How to Link to a Challenge

8 Benefits of Photo Challenges

8 benefits of Challenges

For the Love of Challenges

Teacher Resources

Click to Get Early Childhood Teaching Resources

Becky B’s Squares April – Bright

Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

Featured Blogger Award

2020 Carrot Ranch Rodeo Contest

Free Download

Use Canva to Create Social Media

Download Today – Free

Write a Top Review

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 16,423 other followers

Categories

Blogs I Follow

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 135,078 hits
Hugh's Views & News  

WordPress & Blogging tips, flash fiction, photography and lots more!

LightWriteLife

I love light, I love to write, I love life - I create my words and images to capture the light in my life.

Unique Times

Where I share my jewels of wisdom of life

Philosophy Through Photography

"A photograph shouldn't be just a picture,it should be a philosophy" Amitkalantri.

WordsVisual

Mostly photographs with some words by this arty scientist...

One Million Photographs

Follow along with me as I travel the world on a quest to publish one million photos

justbluedutch

Be it always Less, So It can be More.

David M's PhotoBlog

Sometimes It's Just About The Light

The Hermit Poet's Ramblings

Poetry BLOG By Edge of Humanity Magazine

My Camera & I

This blog is my creative outlet where I can share my photos, my travels, my random thoughts and a bit of myself.

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Fun, Fitness & Photography

Appeltjie

potpouri van stories, foto's, gedagtes, goue vroue

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

A Writer's Deli

Millennial Blogger from India | Blog interviews | Dog lover | Poet

Out of My Write Mind

The blog of Sandy J. White

photographias

photography and life

Journeys with Johnbo

Reflections on places traveled and photos taken.

Fake Flamenco

Connecting the Americas, Bridging Cultures Supergringa in Spain: A Travel Memoir

The life of B

Mainly through the lens of a Nikon

bushboys world

Photos of my world and other stuff I hope you will enjoy too. Photos taken with Canon PowershotSX70HS Photos can be purchased.

Tales Before Bedtime

Life and love in words and books by Shelley Fallows

Travel with me

Travel snapshots from Toonsarah

Deb's World

A blog about midlife, travel, adventure - and all things in between

Natalie the Explorer

Taking steps to live a healthy and enriched life

Shayan's Sphere

A Teen's Definition of Life

bend branches

Nature, history, & culture in Bend & beyond

This, that and the other thing

Looking at life through photography and words

%d bloggers like this: