Bench series #16

For the month of April I’m looking for benches with a view

El Capitan from Cathedral Beach
A picnic bench on Cathedral Beach, Yosemite Valley, with a view of El Capitan

If you would like to join in with the Bench photo challenge then please take a look at my Bench Series page. No complicated rules, just a bench and a camera required 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: April
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag ‘bench series’ so everyone can find the benches easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Sunday in May.

My Picks of the Week:

Some that I particularly liked this week are from Jo, who managed to capture a few benches into her weekly walking post. Pauline has a bench on a ship – don’t get many of those on here! Karen (formerly Elizabeth) has benches galore on one of my favourite walks around Sydney. And I particularly like those curvy ones.
If you are a Francophile you will enjoy this view from Klara.

A new entrant this month is soletusknow with a lovely soft photo of a bench practically IN the water. Aletta’s bench is deceptive – don’t get too comfy. And finally Yvette has a tour around Washington DC, with a bench of course.

Thanks to everyone who joined in – more links can be found within the comments so do have a look around.


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I now live back in the UK, but spent several years travelling the world and then living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

74 thoughts on “Bench series #16”

  1. Some great benches here Jude (with good views) but I have to give it to your shot of Yosemite. As much as I like the coast, that is some view!
    The bench on a boat offers ever-changing views though, so runs a close second.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. You’d get a crick in the neck staring up at the ‘rock’, there are mountains all around you, but it felt quite open on the ‘beach’. Just wish we’d had a picnic!

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  3. Jude my eyes gazed upward to the cliff and then the picnic table came into my peripheral view. Looking so tiny under the massive rock face. I love this photo. I can’t even tell you exactly why but it feels so very clever to me. 🙂

        1. I would be happy to chat about it Jude. I have not been to the other Maritime provinces, something that must be fixed, but I definitely know lots of folks who have.

  4. I’m going to echo Sue Slaght’s comment. I thought it was a “wow” to see the massive stone wall with the trees dwarfed in front of it … then the tiny little bench came into view. What a beautiful shot! I want to be there 🙂

    1. The whole valley feels like an open cathedral. It has such an amazing atmosphere – you feel so small and insignificant – nature dominates, in a good way.

      1. oh that was cool to read – and that is the second time I have read something from you that gave me this “nature moment” – and not to sound too cheesy – but it is true. the other was on a post of yours with that view from the train window – and actually my husband has written an instrumental song (guitar) and he said it has a train ride theme to him when he wrote it – and I told him it reminded of a blogger’s post earlier this year – and I will have to share it with him sometime
        anyhow, thanks for the reply 🙂

        1. Thanks for your comment, it is so lovely to know that something I have written has had an affect on someone else. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment 🙂

  5. Amazing view Jude that tiny bench is just dwarfed with that soaring rock face. I’ve been there we slept in a bus (the Green Tortoise) and woke to that magnificent view, just took my breath away.
    Thanks for the link and this week I am remembering my time house sitting in Geraldton and walking along the Chapman River

      1. But you’d sit there absent-mindedly stuffing food towards your cakehole whilst gazing eternally upwards, wouldn’t yer ?

  6. Wooow, this ist the the ultimate spot for a bench. OMG. You’d beam me over to this one any time, even very early in the morning. 🙂 What a sight!! Congratulations.

    1. I expect you do! Not so far from where you used to live. How I envy you having such gorgeous locations at your doorstep, though you were probably too busy with the family to do a lot of exploring, I know I was in SA!

      1. That’s the thing isn’t it? We managed a few trips when the boys were little but once school began and all that comes with the terrain, well, you know the rest … 😉

  7. Wonderful shot, Jude! I’ll have to come back to read your post about it and visit some of the others but I just popped in to say ‘ta’ for the link. 🙂 It’s been on my list forever! Sigh! 😦

    1. Hi Jo, you got back before me! Home today and a quick squizz through the post to collect some picks for tomorrow’s bench post! Hectic hey? And although I was able to keep up with most of the comments whilst away the connection was rather erratic so I am sure I have missed some posts. Anyway I am glad you enjoyed this little taste of Yosemite – and YES – you do need to get over there pronto! See you later 😀

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