Lens-Artists Challenge #161 – Feet and Shoes

rain boots, boots, color, girls
Rainy Day Fun

“Anyone in kindergarten knew that a girl should wear shiny red or white boots on the first rainy day, not to keep her feet dry, but to show off. That’s what boots are for – showing off, wading, splashing, stamping.”

Beverly Cleary

This week Ann-Christine invites us to have a look at feet and/or shoes. I’m taking the opportunity to respond with some images from our travels including my opener above and the image below. Both are from the fun, artsy Neve Tzedek area of Tel Aviv. I hope the little girls there follow the advice of my opening quote!

ballet shoes, umbrellas, Israel
Dancing Feet

“Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.”

Erol Ozan

The beautiful display above was part of the Suzanne Dellal Center for contemporary dance. I just loved the colorful dancing feet and couldn’t resist including them this week although I’ve used this one on a previous post.

piano, baby, music
Musical Feet

“There are words in the soul of a baby, wanting and waiting to be written.”

Toba Beta

One final image from Tel Aviv, the capture above shows a young child using his pudgy little feet to play a musical rug in a local park. Although I couldn’t swear to it under oath, I’m fairly certain the “piano” actually made music. I DO remember how much he was enjoying his own serenade!

shoes, blue, high heels
Fancy Footwear

Tell me where is fancy bred, in the heart or in the head?”

William Shakespeare

Back in the U.S., the image above goes back quite a long time, to my niece’s wedding. As she and her bridesmaids were getting ready for the big day, the ladies had lined their shoes up waiting to be worn at the last minute. As most women know, there is NOTHING comfortable about high-heeled shoes – surely they were invented by a man – just sayin’ 😊

sparkles, shoes, pink
Future Cinderella

“I’m just a common girl wanting to be someone’s Cinderella, hoping that the shoe fits only me.”

Namrata Gupta

Like the image that precedes it, the sparkly pink shoes above were worn for a wedding on New York’s Hudson River, this time by a young attendee. As you might guess, it was an outdoor service and rather than throwing rice, flower petals were provided for tossing at the exiting couple following the ceremony. Hopefully before she reaches a bit more maturity high heels will be out of vogue.

shoes, Budapest, memorial
Shoes on the Danube Bank

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

Richard Puz “from an Irish headstone”

I’ll close with one of my favorite images everan example of shoes that are clearly not meant for fun. The shoes were among 60 pairs that are part of a memorial we visited on the Danube River in Budapest. The memorial represents the shoes that were left behind when 3,500 people were made to remove them before being shot and falling or being pushed into the river in 1944 and 1945. It is an extraordinarily moving monument that for me personalized the horrific events of that terrible time.

A big thank you to those of you who joined us for Patti’s Inspiration challenge last week. We were inspired by every one of you! We hope you’ll join Ann-Christine and the rest of the team for this week’s feet and shoes challenge. Remember to link your response to her original here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you in our WP Reader section. Finally, we hope you’ll join us next week here on Travels and Trifles as I lead our next challenge. Until then, as always, please stay safe and be kind.

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