Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

Perhaps any time we move our cameras closer, much closer, we produce an abstract little gem that begs the question:  What is this?  And so, when we visited Nantucket this spring, this little detail — an abstract, if you will — caught our attention:  crackled and crazed paint accenting a gentle spiral on an American handmade piece. Can you guess what it is?

Morning sun streaming in from an upstairs window highlights this detail at the Nantucket Atheneum.

Morning sunlight streaming in from an upstairs window highlights this detail at the Nantucket Atheneum.

The photo was taken at one of what we consider the loveliest libraries in the U.S. — the Atheneum in Nantucket.  With its antique chairs and tables inviting you to sit and read, its displays on current topics of interest (last week it was the upcoming Nantucket Daffodil Festival), and its enviable collection of maritime antiques (scrimshaw, figureheads, whaling artifacts), it has distinguished itself as not only a repository for books but also an architectural and cultural gem.

The Nantucket Atheneum

The Nantucket Atheneum

So have you identified the tiny part of the whole we shared above?  It’s one tiny segment of an excellent antique Windsor desk.

Antique Windsor desk in  an upstairs corner of the Atheneum in Nantucket.

Antique Windsor desk in an upstairs corner of the Atheneum in Nantucket.

For more entries in this week’s WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract, click here.

For more information:

The Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street, PO Box 808, Nantucket, MA 02554; 508-228-1110

Facebook: Nantucket Atheneumhttps://www.facebook.com/NantucketAtheneum/?fref=ts

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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11 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    A fabulous way to create abstract. I loved the gradual zooming out to leave me wondering what was coming next.

  2. Miriam says:

    Oh I do love visiting a good library. Lovely take on the challenge.

    • Miriam, I’ve started visiting more libraries since I’m on the Board of the Friends of the Knox County Library in my hometown. It’s fun to see what other libraries have on display and what their buildings look like. I may be just getting old and appreciating (finally) what’s always been just around the corner!

  3. dawnkinster says:

    Nice! Lovely light there too. Perfect library.

  4. arv! says:

    Interesting take on WPC-Abstract!…love the first picture of chair!

  5. Pit says:

    What a wonderful chair!

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