Photos We Loved: Ornate

From Japan to North Carolina to Austria, a few standout photos from our recent challenge.

Photo by Tara (Thin spiral notebook).

The thing I love the most about combing through Weekly Photo Challenge entries? Easy: it’s the whirlwind round-the-world trip they invite me to take each and every week. This was certainly the case in our recent “Ornate” challenge, where you treated us to some seriously gorgeous shots. Here are some of my personal favorites.

Through the Lens

Photo by Vidur Mithal.

Photo by Vidur Mithal (Through the lens)

I never thought that a photo of the Taj Mahal (Agra, India) could take me by surprise. Yet Vidur Mithal‘s focus on the minarets’ decorative motifs revealed a very different side of the iconic structure — one that felt almost intimate.

18-200 mm View

Photo by Steff, 18-200 mm View.

Photo by Steff (18-200 mm View)

I’m sure somewhere in the world there are people who can resist a spiral staircase. I’m not one of them. Looking at Steff‘s shot of this Baroque staircase in Melk Abbey in Austria, all I want to do is run all the way up, dizziness be damned.

The MomHood

Photo by Megan (The MomHood.

Photo by Megan (The MomHood)

It was already chilly in Colorado in November. When Megan at The MomHood found her garden covered in frost one recent morning, she made the most out of it. The result is a beautiful series of macro photography focusing on intricate ice patterns on stems, leaves, and petals.

Thin spiral notebook

Photo by Tara (Thin spiral notebook).

Photo by Tara (Thin spiral notebook)

Gargoyles are by definition an outlet for the architect’s and sculptor’s imagination. These two, captured by Tara in the Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina), seem almost alive — and none too pleased to see all the tourists.


Photo by tagnoue.

Photo by tagnoue

Yokohama, Japan-based blogger tagnoue presents a different take on the ornate in this photo from an unnamed shrine. The texture of the wood feels sober and rustic, but the woodwork, along with the calligraphy attached to it, channel something unmistakably ceremonial, even festive.

To all of you who’ve participated in this challenge — thank you! I look forward to your future contributions.

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  1. These are breathtaking! I think the staircase or the last one… I love the oriental air. 🙂 🙂



  2. Thank You @benhuberman for the feature! All of the photos are wonderful and capture such detail! I’m honored to be a part of this and the community of such talented photographers! 🙂

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