Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

This was a challenging challenge. Not because I never look up, but rather because I look up a lot and have a gazillion shots that fit the bill. Maybe I’ll post several times…? 🙂

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Marilyn and some peepers, in Palm Springs, California.

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Now, *that* was unexpected… In Dijon, France.

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Can’t stop loving this shot. Look how beautifully entangled these trees are…! Los Angeles, California.

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Karim Abdul-Jabbar. Someone we all must look up to. At Staples Center, Los Angeles.

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Look up and make eye contact. In Venice, Italy.

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Endurance

Today Los Angeles hosted its 2016 Marathon. As I do every year, I went to see the 25,000 runners from around the US and the world zoom by my neighborhood on their way to Santa Monica. I missed the members of the elite teams (who ended up winning the race) by a few minutes, but it’s always fun to see and cheer for the thousands of athletes and regular runners who show enormous endurance and determination to complete the 26.2-mile race under pretty hot conditions. These photos were taken in Brentwood, which is Mile 22 or the race, just a few miles from the finish line, where I plan to be next year. 🙂

Santa Monica Daredevil

Twice in the past weeks, I happened to catch this man doing some pretty risky stunts at Palisades Park, in Santa Monica. Both times he was running, doing handstands and other tricks on top of the narrow concrete wall above the Santa Monica bluffs. Below, on one side of him, was the Pacific Coast Highway. One false step and he would almost certainly fall onto the highway traffic and possibly die. On the other side, a less threatening but busy ramp where cars coming from the PCH exit to Santa Monica. I don’t know for sure but I suspect it’s illegal to do this… Yet, he keeps coming back. Until the next time, here are two slideshows from the two days I caught his act. Some friends suspect I’ve become a groupie of the unknown stuntman, but it was really a coincidence. 🙂

The latest, on February 6.

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The first time, on January 21

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We Meet Again!

Three weeks ago, I came across a guy performing some very risky stunts near Palisades Park in Santa Monica, including running on top of the narrow concrete railing along the ramp just above the Pacific Coast Highway. I took a series of impromptu shots of him then. Today, much to my surprise, he was there again, this time with photographers, working on a photo shoot. I still don’t know who he is and what he does, but took another series of shots, which I will put together in a slide show and post soon. For now, I’m using this shot of the Santa Monica Daredevil, with the ocean and today’s gorgeous sunset in background, as the 37th photo on my 365 project.

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Travel Theme: World Cups

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is World Cups, so as one might expect, this Brazilian football fan immediately associated it with one of the greatest sports events in the world: FIFA’s World Cup. The tournament, which happens every four years in June/July, is being hosted by Brazil this time around, and I am here enjoying the excitement and agony of the thirty-two participating national teams and their adoring fans. As the tournament reaches its half point, sixteen teams have been eliminated and the remaining sixteen are going through the knockout phase, with nail-biting matches happening every day. The excitement is only beginning! So, what else could my take on the “World Cups” theme be?

And it is a rather biased one, I’m afraid!

http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/06/27/world-cups/