From Japan to North Carolina to Austria, a few standout photos from our recent challenge.
The thing I love the most about combing through Weekly Photo Challenge entries? Easy: it’s the whirlwind round-the-world trip they invite me to take each and every week. This was certainly the case in our recent “Ornate” challenge, where you treated us to some seriously gorgeous shots. Here are some of my personal favorites.
I never thought that a photo of the Taj Mahal (Agra, India) could take me by surprise. Yet Vidur Mithal‘s focus on the minarets’ decorative motifs revealed a very different side of the iconic structure — one that felt almost intimate.
I’m sure somewhere in the world there are people who can resist a spiral staircase. I’m not one of them. Looking at Steff‘s shot of this Baroque staircase in Melk Abbey in Austria, all I want to do is run all the way up, dizziness be damned.
It was already chilly in Colorado in November. When Megan at The MomHood found her garden covered in frost one recent morning, she made the most out of it. The result is a beautiful series of macro photography focusing on intricate ice patterns on stems, leaves, and petals.
Gargoyles are by definition an outlet for the architect’s and sculptor’s imagination. These two, captured by Tara in the Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina), seem almost alive — and none too pleased to see all the tourists.
Yokohama, Japan-based blogger tagnoue presents a different take on the ornate in this photo from an unnamed shrine. The texture of the wood feels sober and rustic, but the woodwork, along with the calligraphy attached to it, channel something unmistakably ceremonial, even festive.
To all of you who’ve participated in this challenge — thank you! I look forward to your future contributions.