Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban


This week’s photo challenge is:  “Urban”

An excerpt from this week’s photo prompt the from folks at WordPress:

“The idea behind urban photography is to photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are. Unlike the photoshopped pictures to which we are accustomed nowadays, urban photography presents a more direct, unaltered view of life.”

**Click above link to see more examples of Urban Photography**

As you know I don’t live where I grew up and I’m sure that any urban shot where ever I happen to reside would be just fine for this challenge but I thought it would be fun to share these un-photo-shopped images I’ve come up with.

The first one (above) I scanned quite a few years ago onto a CD.  Now, because of this week’s theme I’ve gotten it into my little portable hard drive.  My mom took this picture of the horse-drawn trolley business her and my dad started back in 1983.  We’re parked on the corner of First Avenue and Cedar Street in my home-town of Sandpoint, Idaho. 

Sometimes, late at night, I can still hear those sleigh bells clang, clang, clanging.  Not really, but if I close my eyes and think Christmassy thoughts it’s there. 

However, it’s not so much of a “clanging” sound anymore but a nice ringing.  Time has a way of softening things doesn’t it?


This next image was an attachment in an email from my sister.  She sent it this past June with the title: “ATTACK of the Giant Spiders!”.  I remember thinking, “Attack?  Spiders?  What in the world is she sending me?” 

It’s a screen shot via a web-cam mounted on top of the old J.C. Penny’s building on the very same First Avenue and Cedar Street in Sandpoint.  That particular web-cam updates every five minutes and she just happened to log on and view it at just the right moment.  She thought it was funny and creepy enough to copy and to send me.  Totally in agreement!  Who knew I could incorporate it into a blog post?  More importantly: Who knew there were spiders of that size in North Idaho?!

Bottom left in the photo is where the Trolley always parked; two weeks at Christmas-time and from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend for many a year.


These last two web-cam shots are from this morning about seven o’clock Pacific Time, though the last one couldn’t really pass for “urban”.


Will someone from the Sandpoint area please hike up Gold Hill and wipe the web-cam lens?  It’s beginning to obscure the view and I can’t possibly live under these conditions!

Enjoying the Selkirk Mountain range from afar,



7 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

  1. Oh, I love the picture of the little trolley! So cute – I really should have participated in this one. I went back to my hometown (about 15 miles away) today for a funeral. Post to be published next week….probably.


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