Friday, March 7, 2014

Photo Challenge Words and Letters…Time to Rest?

A couple of months ago I took a *photo of something I thought was neat before I realized what the challenge was for March.

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So back to Sholom Park I went to take more photos.

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But of course that wasn’t good enough, honey went with me and we counted them!

So when it’s time for a rest, there are 48 of these benches in Sholom Park. (and several more concrete benches, too…and we may have missed a few! lol)

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Made in America always makes me proud! 

“VICTOR STANLEY™ begins its 51st year offering one of the finest collections of site and street furnishings in the world.

With 200,000 sq/ft. (18,500 sq/meters) of manufacturing space, our two modern factories in Maryland utilize four custom-designed state-of-the-art powder coating systems, thirteen computerized welding robots, complete in-house extrusion process for recycled slats, and automated metal- and wood-working equipment.”

Quotes from their website HERE.

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So if you come to visit me, we’ll take a quick drive over to Sholom Park and walk all of the trails (which takes about an hour) and then sit on a bench to rest.

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*Above…the first photo I took.

I’m taking part in Donna’s photo challenge.

Won’t you join us?

49 comments:

NanaDiana said...

GREAT pictures, Diane. How wonderful to see something green and growing THERE after seeing all the cold and snow HERE! Those are great looking benches and what a neat park. xo Diana

Primitive Stars said...

Oh my, so so pretty, love to see the flowers and greenery. Beautiful bench, wish I was sitting there, Blessings Francine.

Vee said...

Oh it would be lovely to sit in the sunshine there. I'm pretty sure that I need some vitamin D!

Donna said...

One of the most rewarding things of the photo challenges is witnessing the creativity by the participants. And you did a tremendous job with the "words and letters theme by telling a story!

Even the way you presented it was super cool, because your gradually honed in with your sequence of shots until you reveal the full name of the manufacturer. You worked the shots! (That harkens back to the "composition variations" theme last year.) Bravo, you hit a home run with this challenge!

Diane said...

Neat how the greenery is surrounding the benches. We certainly need to see more "Made in the U.S.A." labels!

Mary said...

Love how the lettering is quite unobtrusive in its location on the side of the bench - sounds like a great company and it has stayed in business a long time. With so many companies closing down their factories here and manufacturing lower grade products overseas, it's always wonderful to find 'Made in USA' on anything! We need to bring the manufacturers back - otherwise we are nothing more than a throwaway nation filling the landfills with sub-standard products that last a year if you're lucky!

OK, that's my little soapbox lecture for today! Meanwhile dear Diane, enjoyed the walk through the park with you and am hoping to do similar walks around chilly NC soon!

Happy weekend - Mary

Dee Lapin said...

It looks so warm and beautiful there. I wish I could sit on those pretty benches.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Those benches are so inviting! I love the way they are nestled in the shrubbery. A lovely place for peaceful relaxation and reflection!

TexWisGirl said...

very pretty - especially with those ferns!

Pamela Gordon said...

That is a beautiful bench design and it sure would be nice to sit in the sun and smell the flowers for a while on one. It is milder here today but the wind is blowing so it feels colder. Enjoy your Vitamin D. :)

Connie said...

Hi Diane, the other day I was somewhere (I can't remember Home Depot or Lowes) and they had a bench very similar to this one. I remember checking it out and thinking how it would be a great choice for outside because it was all metal. To me that means it weathers very well, know sanding and painting every other year like wood. Just a can of spray paint every few years. I love the graphic design in these benches, but most of all I love the flowering hedges . . . It looks like you already are having spring weather in your neck of the woods:)
Have a happy weekend and thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comment.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Noelle the dreamer said...

Such bench reminded me of my Granny who took us to the colonial park every Wednesdays, Saturdays and often on Sundays, the latter after a matinee or concert.
Life seemed much simpler, families were spending time together and benches such as this one were the sites of countless storytelling, snack sharing and lots of hugging!
What is that phrase? 'Those were the days!'
Sounds as if that park would have been perfect for Granny, she loved to rest a moment, feel the sun and smell the flowers!

Art and Sand said...

Gorgeous color . . . beautiful benches . . . thanks for the walk through the park.

Inger said...

How I would love to sit among the ferns and rest awhile. Thanks for these wonderful pictures.

Laurie Ritchey said...

Such pretty pictures, Diane, and I'm impressed that the benches look so clean. This is a well kept park. I'm afraid if I went with you, I'd do more sitting than walking, but it looks like a lovely place to do some sitting. laurie

Susie said...

That is a lot of benches. I'm with you....made in America is great. We certainly need more of that. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. xoxo,Susie

Barbara said...

Love those photos with ferns especially!

Musings from Kim K. said...

I can't wait to enjoy green grass and long walks that don't require snow boots and carefully walking through snow banks and ice mounds. Love your gorgeous pictures!!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

What a beautiful park to stroll in with a lot of benches and I'm really glad they are made in our country. Yay! Happy Friday to you!

camp and cottage living said...

Home town proud?
That is a lot of benches. It must be a lot of walking too.
They look so pretty nestled among the greenery.

Laurie M said...

I have missed you sooo much, but I am back, I tried to keep the same blog name but I had to start over, I just figured it all out, that is such a beautiful bench, looks comfy, some are not,

Cristal @ Dapple Design said...

It took me a minute to catch on, but I've got it now. You have a good eye for detail.

podso said...

Great photos! Fun that you went and counted the benches. It looks like a lovely place and I suggested to my sister that she visit it. Good picture of the lettering!

Red Rose Alley said...

These pictures are so nice, Diane. I love the pink flowers that surround the benches. This park looks so pretty with all the greenery. Sometimes I go to my favorite park nearby just to think, pray, and listen.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Love,
~Sheri

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Beautiful photos! How nice to have such a beautiful park close by...
Blessings,
Cindy

Montanagirl said...

Super photos! Love the benches and flowers. Very inviting.

Debby said...

So nice to see those flowers. We have wooden benches in our downtown. They are from donations in memory of residents. It's nice. We also have lots of flowers planted in the downtown. Well, not now, but soon.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You had a good eye to see the words and remember them for the challenge Diane. The benches look sturdy and comfy for a rest.

The Furry Gnome said...

I was wondering where the letters were til I got to that last one.

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

I have a friend who collects photos of benches. She would love this place.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

Lovely to see where you went out walking - gorgeous park and looks like a great place to rest on the benches.
Happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

BeachGypsy said...

Love yours too! It was my first one, was not sure what to do, so made a collage!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Great idea to get some snaps of those benches..and the fern around them is wonderful
A few soft cushions...nah..just kidding you! No cushions in a park.

Patrica said...

Thank goodness we know where to get one of those benches! The flowers are a sight for sore eyes I can tell you.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

It looks like the perfect perch to welcome spring!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

A bench is something that we just take for granted, but your photos show that this is a feat of engineering and sets off the background and greenery so well. I will have to look around my way for benches, especially now that the tulips and daffodils are beginning to bloom... finally! Have a wonderful weekend. xx

Annie said...

Thanks so much for visiting my humble efforts this month.

Enjoying your take on words and letters. Great shot of the park bench! And a great idea.

Also love the flamingos, and the waterlilies. I reading some of your recent posts. I hadn't seen a flamingo until I went to the Bronx Zoo in New York one year while visiting my daughter! They were very beautiful, but I found them difficult to photograph and get the true color of them to come out in the photo! They seemed to be a little pinker in color, from what I can remember, than yours.

Nancy Vance said...

Who would have thought something so simple as a park bench could make such inviting photos! Makes me want to sit and rest a while. Thanks for sharing! :)

Joyce Olson said...

Oh yes, I would love to be sitting on this bench right about now!
Have a super Saturday evening,
xx-
Jemma

Lori Lindsey said...

Oh how I have longed for a spring day like that! I never would have seen the markings on the bench. Good eye!

Joanne said...

Nothing like a nice clean bench to sit on after a great long walk with a pal! great pics.
Blessings,Joanne

Jeanne said...

Very clever contribution to the challenge! I would love to walk there right now. Still feet of snow on the ground here.

Cheryl said...

Nice shots, Diane! You have made me want to come and sit on one of those benches and soak up the sunshine! Our winter has been long...but I can imagine the warmth! :)

Gina said...

Diane, I can imagine how good the sunshine must feel on one's face while sitting on the bench admiring the day. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us!

fyi, I've been having trouble with my blog so I had to start from scratch. Welcome welcome!

Blackberry Lane said...

Oh how pretty!
Perfect for this week's assignment!

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

A beautiful park "Shalom park" very well named.
it looks beautiful.
so many benches, they look lovely against all the flowers.
xxxval

Linda H said...

Great photos Diane. Such a lovely bench. Looks like a park I'd enjoy strolling in...

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Looks like a very comfortable metal bench!!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Such a great looking bench!