I promised that I wouldn't post about the photo contest EVERY day for fear of annoying the regular readers to the blog. However, I said nothing at all about updating things every now and then.
If you haven't voted yet - what have you been up to? Vote and share the links with friends and loved ones *smile* Serioulsy, it only takes a few seconds to vote and everyone has a few seconds to spare, right? Why haven't you voted yet? Twice even?
The first photo is one that I took in Chicago at the Millennium Park. Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoor. Nicknamed "The Bean" for obvious reasons, Cloud Gate's exterior consists of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates. The sculpture's highly polished exterior reflects and transforms the city's skyline. You can vote this photo by clicking here. (remember 10 is a good vote! *smile*)
This photo currently is in fourth place with 1650 points. Goodness, we can do better than that!
The second photo is from our trip to Italy this spring. When we were in Siena we visited the Torre del Mangia which is the tower that overlooks the campo. Built in 1325-1348, it is located adiacent to the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall). When built it was one of the tallest non-sectarian towers in mediaeval Italy. At 102 m, it is now second only to Cremona's Torrazzo. We climbed the tower back in 2006. This year it was far too hot for such activity, instead we snapped some pictures and visited the adjacent Civic Museum. You can vote for this photo by clicking here.
Again - '10' is the way to go. This picture is in sixth place with 1440 votes. If this picture doesn't get some votes it will soon be overtaken by a silly pictures of dogs on a beach! GASP
The third picture is a close up I took of the poppies in Tuscany. Everywhere you drive among the Tuscan hills in late May, early June the fields of poppies cut a swathe of picturesque colour and strike a chord of nostalgia in those from countries where agriculture is now dominated by herbicides and pesticides. I understand that they were particularly brilliant this year because of the rain - whatever the cause, I was 'forced' to pull over on numerous occasions to snap photos. You can vote for this photo by clicking here.
This photo is currently in fifth place with 1566 votes - again we can do far better than that! It requires lots of '10' votes.
The fourth photo is the shadow of our balloon as we floated over the colourful fields and forests near the Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Frankly I think that it is the best of the lot yet here it is languishing on 18th place. The horrors of it all. You can vote for this picture by clicking here.
You can only vote once from any given IP address - this means you can vote once from both home and work! If you have two computers networked at home, you can only vote on one of them, however. If you have a Blackberry though that is a third vote.