Weekly Photo Challenge: Rounded

CM Rounded Bench B&W Fotor

These challenges have been so much fun to do! Either I find myself looking for opportunities to photograph something or to look through past photos I have taken to see if I can meet the challenge that way.

This time I looked through recent photos that I have taken and came across this rounded bench. For people who know me, or have read past posts know that I have a fondness for a bench. I love that someone considered someone else’s comfort and decided to provide a place to rest, to settle, to take a load off! My daughter and I saw this bench on a recent trip to Virginia. This bench was on the Chatham Manor near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Manor has a complicated history and is a place worth visiting.

I wonder who has sat on this bench over the years…..

Variations on a Theme: Wine and Crackers and Benches (Oh My!)


Where can you go for an anniversary trip that you didn’t give yourself enough time to plan for: the Finger Lakes!

We live a few hours away from the area, we have never been there, and I enjoyed Sonoma when I visited our son. Reasons enough! (Also, it was fall, and we were able to get a hotel on short notice.)

We had a great trip and are looking forward to going again soon.

Here are some benches we noticed between wine tastings!


Montour Falls


Montour Falls


Montour Falls


Elmira College


Hill Top Inn Restaurant


Glenora Wine Cellars



Ravines Wine Cellars




Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery


Buttermilk Falls


Buttermilk Falls








Variations on a Theme: Bench by Bench

Wildlife Bench MIchigan

We explored Michigan last summer, my husband and I. I mentioned we grew up in the Detroit area, but despite spending our childhoods in Michigan, we have never really explored the western half of the state. Our opportunity to rectify that came in the guise of the Row by Row Experience 2015.

Since the theme for 2015 was water, what better place to participate than Michigan? (Okay, maybe Minnesota.) My husband started planning out our trip, and because he is an engineer, he designed our itinerary to maximize the number of shops we could conquer.

Let’s just say, I have more than nine rows.

Here are some of the benches I came across in the beautiful state of Michigan (yes, I know I am partial!)

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