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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Juxtapositions, what a great word for a challenge.  Even greater to find pictures that fit the bill.  I went back to a trip to Solvang, CA.  Going through the outdoor corridors provided juxtaposition enough if you look at the Danish building across the street from the shaded corridor.  I added to the effect using Photoshop to place the entire corridor from where I was standing looking both directions.


I love framing shots.  A good frame makes everything look more interesting to me.  Using a close up camera lens was my favorite shot, but the wide-angle revealed more juxtaposition of old and new.


While we were there, I came across a beautiful quilt shop.  the quilts hung side by side, but one quilt was a particularly good example of juxtaposition of images.


Solvang, CA is a beautiful area to visit in the spring, fall and winter.  By summer the temperatures soar into the 100s, and I can barely walk around.  According to my real estate sales person husband, Vince, there are currently ninety-six homes available in Solvang.  Many of these are trailers starting at $59,000.  Oh no, he found a house he liked for only $299,000.  Fortunately for our pocketbook, neither of us bought the objects of our affections.   What do you like to shop for, but rarely purchase?


This last picture I chose for the wires.  The windmill created energy long ago, yet we still have to have wires to deliver it.  The sun is the juxtaposition in the second picture.  I just happened to notice that wires ran through this tree as well, so I tried lining up the wires for a different effect.  Ok, forget the lining up!  It’s the idea that counts.

I hope you like my juxtapositions.  Click here for more examples.

By the way – WATCH OUT for careless quilters!  This weekend we stayed in a hotel full of quilters.  About ten of them ambled across the street after the light going against them turned green.  I stopped to let them all cross, but the car coming over the hill behind me did not know why I stopped.  By the time he did, he had just enough time to jackknife his car and screech to a stop before hitting my car.  I feel grateful to be alive today, and even more grateful that I didn’t end up killing any careless quilters.




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  1. Hi MVBFM 😀 I always thought that quilting was a dangerous hobby, but, thankfully, you lived to tell the tale 😉 Ralph xox 😀


  2. We use to go there quite often. Never got tired of it . There are plenty of things to take pictures of not only of the buildings but also of the people.


  3. What do I love to shoppe for but rarely buy, you ask?? Hats, absolutely! And vintage typewriters, pipes, pocket-watches and flasks. But especially hats. Always gawping at them, scooping them up with loving care, cavorting about stores with them pinned to my head, and stopping to gaze deep into their beautiful cigar-ashy depths with such delight…but not to buy, or not often (to Sir’s great hat-wearing relief).

    I don’t have a massive hat budget. My latest love is a beautiful bowler from Madrid. Dates back to the late 1800s. It is a beauty. The company was called something like F. De Francisco. (I’m no expert. I should convert into one sometime.) It comes with the original hat box. And would you believe it, it fits Sir’s head absolutely swimmingly…he could tottle about in the thing with his musician’s black suit-jacket. Oh yes, SHARP! A bowler paradise. Ah…to dream. 🙂

    Occasionally I will discover a majestic old man hat in a thrift shoppe for a few pennies, and the darling is MINE. Not too commonly, however. Enough drivel.

    Love this post and the different views you have provided. Excellent work for the challenge indeed. That last picture is quite electric! Loved it! Solvang sounds, and looks, absolutely exquisite, indeed! Hope to see it one day. Cheers,


    P.S. So grateful you avoided a careless-quilter-related collision lassie!! Bug hugs,



    • Loved the hat tale. It’s too late to make my story, but I’ve got to make one of my next characters a hat person. Maybe Roxie. I think Roxie would make a perfect hat person. Yes, I can already see it. When you come out, we will surely go to Solvang. 🙂


    • Yes, that’s exactly what they were. They just ambled across as though I wasn’t there, and as though the car behind me didn’t just about kill us all. It was a little out of this world-ish! 🙂





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.

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