I recently stumbled across Weekly Photo Challenge posts on a couple of blogs I read. The idea is simple: post a photo or few of the week’s theme. I don’t usually go in for these kinds of things, as I prefer to keep my blog relatively personal, but this week’s horizon theme got me, as I’m a sucker for a good horizon (who isn’t?) and happen to have taken some decent horizon pictures in the past. So without further ado, here are my contributions to the Weekly Photo Challenge, and the stories behind the photos (below each picture).
1) Sunrise in Venice, late March 2011. Three Peace Corps friends and I spent a few days exploring Venice during our spring break. On the last morning, Andy convinced us to get up super early in order to catch the sunrise — we had to wend our way through the narrow streets, chasing the lightening sky and trying to make it to the island’s edge. (All of this pre-coffee.) Luckily, we made it just as the sun began to peek over the horizon, and here is my proof of that.
2) Western Ukraine, spring 2011. Iryna and her son took me on a day tour of our area of western Ukraine. We passed through towns and the village where Iryna was born, ending in Sheshory at the base of the Carpathian Mountains. I took this photo mid-morning — I was struck by the rolling green hills, their beauty and simplicity, and paused to take it all in and give thanks for living in such a beautiful place.
3) Sniatyn, Ukraine, late October-early November 2012. This is the town I lived in for the 2 years of my Peace Corps service. The day I left to return home, I went on one last morning run and took my camera along so I could capture some images of my favorite spots and views. This is one, from my favorite running road — that I called “the high road” in my head, though it technically had a name — of the best view of Sniatyn’s town center. I lived right near the clock tower, which they say is the second-highest in Europe.
4) North Sea coast, Belgium, August 2012. C and A invited F and me to spend a few days with them on the Belgian North Sea coast, where they go every August to relax and enjoy the fresh sea breezes. On our first evening there, we took a walk down the esplanade and caught this amazing pre-sunset, the sunbeams piercing through the clouds, looking like they were touching the water somewhere across the flat beach and water, on the horizon.