Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Which Ways – Featuring Steps or Stairs


The English word “stirrup” stems from Old English stirap, stigrap, Middle English stirop, styrope,[2] i.e. a mounting or climbing-rope. From Old English stīgan “to ascend”

A stirrup is a light frame or ring that holds the foot of a rider, attached to the saddle by a strap, often called a stirrup leather. Stirrups are usually paired and are used to aid in mounting and as a support while using a riding animal (usually a horse or other equine, such as a mule). They greatly increase the rider’s ability to stay in the saddle and control the mount, increasing the animal’s usefulness to humans in areas such as communication, transportation and warfare.

In antiquity, the earliest foot supports consisted of riders placing their feet under a girth or using a simple toe loop. Later, a single stirrup was used as a mounting aid, and paired stirrups appeared after the invention of the treed saddle. The use of paired stirrups is credited to the Chinese Jin Dynasty and came to Europe during the Middle Ages. Some argue that the stirrup was one of the basic tools used to create and spread modern civilization, possibly as important as the wheel or printing press.*

The second week of the Cee’s Fun Foto Which Way challenge  is all about steps or stairs of any type.



cees fun foto challenge: road

This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is all about Road of any type as long as the road is visible … streets of  Dublin, Ireland

On, on I travel

Though I fall and die, let it be

In fields of clover ~Sora*


Along this road

going with no one

autumn evening ~Basho


Shinano road —

how many nights now

that moon on the eves? ~Issa

*cited in:

The Narrow Road to Oku

Matsuo Basho

Trans: Donald Keene

cee’s fun foto challenge: texture

young sparrows, get out of the way!

get out of the way! 

a great horse is coming by! ~Issa*

come play with me!

You, little sparrow

motherless sparrow! ~Issa*


*cited in:

The Classic Tradition of Haiku

Ed:  Faubion Bowers

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: circles and curves

 This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is:  circles and curves

just myself

also, one fly

– an enormous house ~ Issa*


*cited in:

Inch by Inch

Trans: Nanao Sakaki


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lines

This Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge week is all about lines:  vertical, horizontal, diagonal, crossing lines, etc.   

When out photographing, it’s with a sense of play: no bounds are in sight, anything is possible, and the unexpected welcome. ~Chip Forelli*


*cited in:

Tao of Photography

Philippe L Gross & S.I. Shapiro