Friday Mystery Place – Vol 24

Light at the end of the isthmus

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place was recognized with great accuracy by Justbluedutch, which should not be surprising given that the location is in the Netherlands.  Specifically, it is a view across the Maas river in the port city of Rotterdam.  We’re looking toward the Erasmus bridge and the Kop van Zuid (Head of South) with its high-rises.  And, yes, that is a water taxi coming in our direction.

I’m confident that this week’s mystery place will find an answer…

Exotic Lighthouse

When I saw this lighthouse, I found it to be very exotic.  Where is this location?

As always, extra credit for any additional detail you can provide!  Best of luck!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  The exposure settings were at 1/125 second at f/8 and 400 ISO.

Three Line Tales – Great Spirit

One with the universe

Welcome to episode 26 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 26: summer camp
photo by Maher El Aridi – here’s the full-size version


Tipis in the night,
Sky holds the Council of Chiefs.
Great Spirit’s Embrace


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

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page –

  • 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!

Wednesday Wonderment – Ep. 27

True nothingness…

In today’s moment of Wonderment, I would like to focus on something that is nothing. This may sound contradictory, but as I find deep enjoyment and awareness in Stillness, there may be some sense to this statement.

What is Stillness? In its simplest form, it is doing nothing. Of course, doing nothing is not as easy as it sounds, as our minds tend to be rather busy, used to racing from moment to moment, anticipating this and remembering that. To achieve Stillness, we have to actively help our mind to achieve the quietude that we seek.

In quieting the mind we remove all the distractions of doubt and worry. In meditation, we practice unhooking from them, detaching for a short period. This proves useful in daily life, too. Quieting the mind works in concert with concentration. Because it is very difficult to stop thoughts by force, we use concentration to guide them instead, accepting each thought and allowing it to flow through us and out of us.

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Peaceful Morning

Paramahansa Yogananda said, “When the activating power of the mind is stilled by concentration, restlessness ceases and we become absorbed in the transcendental Bliss of the soul.”

Through practice we can find moments of Stillness and bring them into our lives more and more frequently.  I find that each such moment recharges me and helps focus my energies toward the tasks that are ahead.

I hope you find some moments of Stillness in your day!


The Elusive Rose Particle

Between dimensions lies beauty

In the annals of Particle Physics there is always discussion about the next particle to be discovered.  At which energy level can we expect to find it?  Can we verify its theoretical mass?  How stable will it be?

Heady questions, all of these!  In the alternate reality that surrounds us within hidden dimensions, we simply need to uncover the pathways into these dimensions and let our mind’s eye guide us across them.  When we are in an adequate frame of mind to follow these pathways, we find untold beauty and a wealth of new knowledge.  One of these paths leads us to this elusive vision of beauty…

Rose Particle

The Rose Particle is a rather elusive superposition of energies within interstitial dimensional space.  When perceived, it radiates universal energies, which have been known to establish beautiful patterns.

In response to Daily Prompt – Elusive.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/3 second with f/16 at 200 ISO; a zoom blur technique was used to create the effect in camera.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trash

Showing another side of trash!

In this, the 15th edition of the Tuesday Photo Challenge, I challenge you to look for subject matter that you might ignore most of the time, as it’s not the most glamorous of material to photograph: Trash aka Rubbish, Refuge or the Detritus of Civilization!

The challenge that I pose to you is to depict the trash in a way that brings interest to the photo.  Use composition, color, humor or any other technique that makes it likely that someone else will look at the image you created and have some type of emotional response, be it a pensive moment or a chuckle.

There are lots of times when we look at some item that has been thrown away carelessly and we shake our head with a certain amount of ennui; see, if you can take that moment and turn it into something creative.

Such as what happened to me, as I almost drove by this scene, where someone had dumped their couch about 50 yards from the Town of Shirley dumping station.  After an initial head shake, I decided that the color composition was too precious not to capture it; the bright red of the couch against the deep greens worked rather nicely.

Lonely Couch

So, let’s see, if you can dazzle your followers with some inspiring trashy pictures!  Of course, you’re going to succeed and show a side of trash that makes us all think and/or smile!

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • 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
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

This should be a fun challenge with lots of interesting images, and make you look at the world around you with a slightly different eye:-)

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Sanctuary under a Leaf

The protection of a strong leaf

When the rain starts coming down on a tropical day, there is that feeling of instant relief from the oft oppressive heat that may embrace you.  You step out into the rain to feel its cooling effects on your body.  Within seconds, it soaks you to the core and now you look for sanctuary…

Beauty of Structure

The light radiates through the protecting palm leaf, as you appreciate its ability to shelter you from the rain once again…

In response to Daily Prompt – Sanctuary.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/125 second, f/8 and 400 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 14

Orange beauty abounded!

After taking a day off from blogging this past Sunday, I figured that it’s time to start Monday of with Round Up #14 of the TPC.  It was great to see the level of participation this past week, particularly given that it’s Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and vacation time for lots of folks!

As I mentioned in the challenge, the color Orange has incredible variety and its position in the spectrum between red and yellow gives it lots of room for expression depending on the particular mixture.  More yellowish orange can often give the sense of a more subdued color, whereas the reddish orange hues tend to be very rich and bold (my truck’s color is the latter:-) ).

The entries were all stunning and showed a great variety of oranges (including oranges, the fruit).  I know that some of you discovered the complexity of the color orange and hope that it drew you in to examine other colors in a similar fashion!

Autumn Winds

This image is a somewhat abstract approach to capturing the movement of Autumn in the yellow and orange hues of this tree.

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

  • Emily’s exploration of a variety of orange hues in Zombie Flamingos showed the way in a great fashion for those who dared follow!  Orange-brown is a great cat color!
  • Ladyleemanilla posted with an incredible array of orange photography, ranging from fruits to drink and safety vests to a line that I think is on the equator based on the cities that marked on it.
  • Irene is a photographer who writes the Heaven’s Sunshine blog showed us some fiery orange in her photo of a zinnia.
  • Kim hit the orange on the head (bad pun is mine) in his blog Do You See What I See?; if you’re curious about the pun, I suggest you look to Kim’s blog to find out why:-)
  • Amy, whose awesome blog is titled Bedlam and Daisies, tempts us with a mimosa…  I’m still thirsty after seeing it!
  • Mick, from Lincoln, England, writes the gorgeous blog My Garden Bio-Diversity, and he shared a fantastic post with us this week!
  • Sonya, in her blog Middleton Road, was kind enough to post a beautiful floral shot rather than a Dutch football jersey!
  • Miriam, of the Out an’ About blog, has orange in many locales ranging from the dirt to rocks and the good times around a campfire!
  • Nikki’s post in her blog, A Kinder Way, was filled with mug shots!
  • Steve’s new blog Steve Newcomb Photography, used this week’s challenge as his first blog post!  Time for all of us to follow Steve’s new blog and check out his take on orange from the silly to the gorgeous!
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, found her way home on the orange line, which led her all the way to Home Sweet Home to touch orange again
  • Last, but not least, Marie, in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, connects us to the earth in the orange she captured!

I am truly honored by the number of great posts that were in this week’s response to the challenge.  I appreciate each of you taking the time to play along!

I’m germinating an idea for this week’s edition…  It will be there in the morning:-)