Munchies & Munchies

Do you need your fix?

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Sweet, for which I posted a rather Valentine-themed entry yesterday.

Today, I thought it might be interesting to provide a more year-round winner of the candy category, which has been a staple for sweet-tooths for quite a while: M&Ms!  While I am not a fan of chocolaty, crunchy candies (I prefer Dutch licorice and chocolate with caramel), they are interesting to photograph…

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Mounds of Munchies!

You might feel the urge to reach out and grab the rainbow of M&Ms!

What is your go-to candy fix?

Have a great weekend!

Sweet Things

A sweet moment!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Profuse, which is rather appropriate during this week when the most candy and chocolate is bought.

‘Tis the season for giving sweets to one’s sweetie!  So I thought I’d share one of my sweet photos for this occasion…

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Sweet Valentine!

Hope that you are having a wonderful week!

Three Line Tales – Moirai

What shall our fate be?

Many thanks to Sonya for Week One Hundred and Seven of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales, week 107: diaries, roses and bobbins with sewing thread
photo by Frank McKenna via Unsplash

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Life’s threads, allotted,
Fine, woven cloth created.
Atropos’ shears cut?

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Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – In My Life

Salute of Innocence

Welcome to Week 96 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Thanks to all of you wonderful participants for a truly outstanding week of entries for the theme of Exotic!

This week’s inspiration started not with an image, but rather a song that has been stuck in my head for the past couple of days…  That said, I thought it might just make a good theme to have this week’s entries be focused on In My Life!  It will give everyone the opportunity to share some of the things that are part of their lives, whichever they are.

In my wife’s and my life, a good portion goes to the dogs, literally!  As we truly enjoy having our dogs be part of our family, their contribution to our lives has been and continues to be significant through their wonderful acceptance of being part of the pack and sharing their every moment with us.  With 4 Cardigan Welsh Corgis, our house is usually not very quiet, but it is always filled with joy.

Have fun with this week and I’m looking forward to your contributions!

Here is one of those little demons….

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Dorothea Lange

Dora, or Bean, as we often call her, is currently taking over the role of dominant female in our pack, as Bette is getting older and slower; her name was a happy coincidence of dogs and photography intersecting!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I’m looking forward to your what you choose to share of your life!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 95

Beaty and exotics!

Welcome to the 95th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This week’s Exotic theme definitely received some extraordinary repsonses.

The turnout this week was amazing, as the exotic nature of the challenge stimulated lots of interesting posts and photography.  Your choices ranged from locations, to birds and flowers; there were exotic people, animals and even and exotic phone book…  All of your entries were a lot of fun to read and I want to thank you for all of your effort that you put into your posts!

You’ve created another fun week of posts!

Here’s another exotic denizen of our planet…

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Giant Swallowtail

This beautiful butterfly is certainly among the most exotic creatures that I have photographed over the years.  Not only is it beautful, but the fine coloring of the hairs is just stunning.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Danny James Photography started this week’s entries off with a stunning display by a peacock!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery‘s post, we encounter beautiful images of exotic women in their finery!
  • Maria’s post in CitySonnet talks about the joy of cultivating an exotic plant, such as an orange tree!
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau is truly fearsome, as I wouldn’t want to encounter such an exotic creature during my travels!
  • Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme captures a beautiful exotic plant, which not only looks interesting, but is also a bit mysterious!
  • Xenia’s entry in whippetwisdom shows us that even a rather everyday object can be quite exotic to the right dog!
  • In a wonderful post in her blog, lifelessons, Judy not only shares a wonderful array of exotic flowers, but also an inspiring poem!
  • In Enatistic‘s post for this theme, we get to see a beautiful tree that certainly appears very exotic!
  • This week, pensivity101 tells us a rather interesting tale of a white peacock getting some competition…
  • With a wonderful photo, Fleeting Muse tells us of a stunning and exotic location that I’d certainly would like to visit.
  • By Sarah captured a truly exotic tableau, which made me laugh… what is your reaction to Sarah’s post?
  • Frank shares an exotic sunrise and great poem in his blog, Poetry, Short Prose and Walking.
  • This week, Photo Roberts Blog features great photographs of stunning, exotic flora.
  • In Chateaux des Fleurs, we are treated to a set of stunning birds, whose blue color is  just beyond belief!
  • Candace goes very exotic in her post in Netdancer’s Musings, as we get the beauty of an unusual species…
  • Marie’s post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, goes to a very exotic locale: Sri Lanka!
  • Miriam’s post in her blog, The Shower of Blessings, tells the tale of some exotic Geese, who like to walk in a certain way!
  • In Ostendnomadography, we go to a rather interesting location: Playa Larga in Cuba, which is probably better know as the ‘Bay of Pigs’.
  • This week’s response by Land of Images has a beautiful photo of a crocus in bloom in one of my favorite colors!
  • The photo in Layue’s Everyday Photo Blog is just spectacular, I’m sure that you’ll agree!
  • The photography of the exotic flowers in this week’s entry from Cee’s Photography is simply outstanding!  Go check it out!
  • Carol’s entry in her blog the Apples in my Orchard takes us to a location that is not only exotic, but truly inviting!
  • Miriam is dreaming of exotic islands in her post in Out an’ About, which the Maldives definitely are!  She also has some exotic times and Nature to share!
  • Another great exotic entry is from iballrtw, who shares a wonderful photo of a Kndyan fire eater in Sri Lanka.
  • Brian’s post in his blog, Bushboy’s World, takes a very different look at our theme, and it certainly put a smile on my face!
  • In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie examines on of the exotic aspects of life in the inherent exquisite beauty that lies within forgiveness, which exists in each one of us!
  • Musin’ with Susan takes us to the exotic tastes and smells of a spice stall in the Souk in Old Jerusalem!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Dunvegan Castle Gardens

A puzzling example

As part of the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Tour Guide, I thought it might be of interest to find something that ties back to this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge of Exotic.

My favorite island of the Inner Hebrides is Skye, for its amazing, rugged landscape and mountainous range that are just a dream to photograph, as every different incident angle of light creates a completely new environment, sometimes even otherworldly.

One of the interesting places to visit on the isle of Skye is Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod. Probably a fortified site from the earliest times, the castle was first built in the 13th century and developed piecemeal over the centuries. In the 19th century the whole was remodelled in a mock-medieval style. The castle is built on an elevated rock overlooking an inlet on the eastern shore of Loch Dunvegan, a sea loch.

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Monkey Puzzle Tree

 

The castle sits on a massive site on Skye, much of which is cultivated into a stunning garden that includes many exotic species, such as the tree in this photo.  The people standing next to it give you a sense of the scale of this wonderful tree.

If you’re ever visiting Skye, the castle and its grounds are well worth a look!

Have a wonderful day!

Isle of Mull – pt. 5

Beauty with a thorny attitude

In this final installment as your tour guide of beloved Mull, there’s one thing that I cannot overlook from our visit to Mull and really all of Scotland: Gorse!

Ulex (commonly known as gorse, furze or whin) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae. The genus comprises about 20 species of thorny evergreen shrubs in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae. The species are native to parts of western Europe and northwest Africa, with the majority of species in Iberia.

The first thing that you do notice about gorse is the intense yellow flowers, which are in bloom nearly year-round.  When lit by sunlight, these bushes create beautiful patches of yellow across the landscape, which can stand out against a blue sky (yes, we found plenty of blue skies in Scotland)

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Gorse and the Landscape of Mull

Gorse is closely related to the brooms (Scottish Broom is a very hard plant, that we have in our backyard in New England), and like them, has green stems and very small leaves and is adapted to dry growing conditions. However it differs in its extreme thorniness, the shoots being modified into branched thorns 1–4 centimetres (0.4–1.6 in) long, which almost wholly replace the leaves as the plant’s functioning photosynthetic organs. The leaves of young plants are trifoliate, but in mature plants they are reduced to scales or small spines. All the species have yellow flowers, generally showy, some with a very long flowering season.

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Detail of Gorse

In this image you get a good view of the thorns, which you do not want to try to walk through without some adequate protection.  The gorse in Scotland can grow rather large, as I saw bushes well above 2 meters in height.

Have a wonderful day!