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In this, the final photo for Photo101, the theme is “Triumph,” a fitting word to end this cohort. Thanks to the gurus at WordPress, especially @cherilucas @michelleweber @jenhooks @rootjosh for running it. I figured that if they threw enough at me, something would be bound to stick. Thanks!

For people of the Christian faith, the cross represents triumph.

Cross in Stained Glass

Cross in Stained Glass

Taken in a former church converted into an art museum, Jim Thorpe, PA, USA

The first snow of the season makes people edgy about driving. A visit to the dentist’s office this morning was no exception. Already planning to close up earlier than anticipated, the receptionists and hygienists asked, “How are the roads?”

First Snow

First Snow

“It all depends on what you expect when it is snowing,” I replied.

Torn between two ideas about glass, in the first literal interpretation, I attempted to capture a handmade stained glass angel.

Stained Glass Angel

Stained Glass Angel

But I could not decide the best way to capture it. I tried dangling it from a meat fork, but when the light was best for the glass, the shadow of the fork showed on the wall behind it. So I tried a slightly different angle.

Stained glass angel

Stained glass angel

Quite certain I looked like a (bad) comedy act in the attempt, I moved on to the less literal interpretation of a bird reflected in the glassy swamp water at Magnolia Plantation.

Bird on the shore beside still water

Bird on the shore beside still water

Complete with cannon, an entrance to Fort Niagara faces Fort George, Ontario.

Entrance to Fort Niagara

Entrance to Fort Niagara

The same photo in black and white is mediocre, especially because of the shadow created by the bright sunshine. It looks lifeless to me.

Black and White

Black and White

However, by blurring the edges, the shadow is less noticeable and casts a little mystery to the look.

Blurred Edges

Blurred Edges