Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 45

A wonderful look back!

The 45th episode of our fun little challenge brought us opportunity to look back in a whistful manner, as the theme was one of Nostalgia.  Each of you have a unique outlook on the past and what provides you a touch of nostalgia.

There was great variety in your posts, as some of you shared some old photos, while others brought back memories of things that you did during your childhood.  There were also photos that reflected on great times that were had on vacations at wonderful locations.  The variety was wonderful!  The quality of your posts was a constant, as it was clear that each of you put thought and effort into them; it showed in the images and the prose and poetry that you shared!  Thank you!!

One of the other nostalgic areas for me, the country of my birth: the Netherlands…

Volendam Fishers

These fishing boats also tell the story of times past, when there was plenty of fishing on the Zuiderzee, a rough in-land sea, that was dammed off by the Afsluitdijk in 1932; the resulting lake was renamed to Ijsselmeer, which still is a popular location for sailing in the Netherlands.  This image was captured in Volendam, as I was struck by the bright colors of these ships.

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

  • The entries were kicked off by Mini on Tour‘s post, which looked back to time in the military and the joy of working on vehicles!
  • Tisha’s post in Found Round and About brings us the wonder of old photos and their memories, even of snow in North Texas.
  • Charles shares images of himself and his smiling brothers in CharlesEWaugh.com; also, he shows us old signs and a relic of a telephone!
  • Mac shares a true find in her post in Southern by Design;  this kind of place is truly unique!
  • Emily takes us on a tour into the past in Zombie Flamingoes, all the way from sundials to horse-drawn trams.
  • pensitivity101 takes us on a numismatic trip, when tuppence and thruppence were still well understood!
  • Marie shows us some true blue nostalgia in her post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; it’s a beauty!
  • Netdancer’s Musings brings us Candace’s post about family mementos!
  • Leaking Ink‘s entry talks about a time before 24/7 television and internet; a time when hobbies still had a place in our lives.
  • Judith, who writes Nature Knows Best, shows us some of her books from an era that seemed just a little less stressful
  • Khürt has not lost his marbles, as you can see in his post in Island in the Net, where he shares his memories of old the great games he played as a child.
  • Xenia’s post in WhippetWisdom connects us to both love and nostalgia with a great haibun!
  • Miriam talks about living in the United States for 40 years, with nostalgic thoughts to her family in Hong Kong in here post in The Showers of Blessing.
  • Cee shares some really old images images in her post in Cee’s Photography; it’s always great to look at old photography!
  • Joanne’s blog, Three Little Oaks, brings us a wonderful old photo that screams nostalgia!
  • Debbie brings us a poem about forgiving and peace in ForgivingConnects and includes a video of her reading the poem; in a second post in ForgivingConnects, Debbie takea a nostalgic view at herself.
  • Ron takes us to the Ford museum for some great nostalgic images in his post in Progressing into Solitude.
  • PtitNFit‘s entry brings us to wonderful times in Jordan and Beirut, and shared soda and cookies; a nostalgic journey of fun!

Each of these posts were a pleasure to read; thanks to each of you for sharing them, and I hope you had a lot of fun with them!  Next week’s challenge is coming up…

Not Exactly Arid

Warm and not dry!

It was another day of unseasonably warm weather this Saturday in New England: it was about 65F, which is unheard of in February, particularly for the third day in a row.

So it was a great day for a walk through the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Harvard, Massachusetts.  With the recent melting, it was not exactly arid, but definitely worth visiting…

Water Feature

This view of melting ice trapped among the trees is one of the many spectacular ones that we were treated to on this warm day!

Hope you have a chance to get out in nature this weekend!

Inspired by WordPress Daily Post prompt of Arid.

Three Line Tales – Nostalgia

Those were the days!

Many thanks to Sonya for Week Fifty-Six of Three Line Tales part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales writing challenge week 56: the lady with the Chevrolet
photo by Clem Onojehungo via Unsplash


Red pickup’s fun times,
Youthful dalliance ‘plenty.
Wish they never end.


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!

Travelling through Atlanta 

As I’m flying back to Boston from Atlanta, I am going through Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. The airport is easy to access from downtown Atlanta using the MARTA transportation system.

This is a large central hub for the Delta system, so the airport has a large number of concourses.  Traversing between concourse A and B,  you go through a rain forest. I want to share one impression from that. 


There are sounds of birds and gentle rain to soothe your passage. 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Nostalgia

A Kodak moment

Welcome to Week 45 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. After a week that was dominated by Valentine’s Day and filled with the Color of Love, it was an interesting challenge to come up with the next theme.  Serendipity helped out quite a bit…

As I’m spending a couple of days in Atlanta for work, it happened that I was running an errand to gather some supplies for the upcoming meetings.  As a colleague and I were walking toward the Staples store, we came upon this old building that brought back a sense of how photography used to be.  As I looked at the image afterwards, the thought crossed my mind to make this a theme for this week: Nostalgia.

Your challenge is to share a photo or photos that make you think of the way that things used to be; this can be good or bad, your choice, and, as usual, your artistic license is to strike out and come up with your creative work!

So here’s the image that I captured that started me thinking…

Photographic Recall

Even with discount pricing and 1 hour color film developing, Goody’s did not survive the onslaught of the instantaneous gratification of the digital revolution…

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 know that I am going to love all of your contributions to this week’s challenge.  Let love be your guide, and may you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 44

Love’s daily nourishment

In this 44th installment of the Tuesday Photo Challenge round up, we are treated to views of a subject that is important to all of us, the world over. Your thoughtful posts about the Color of Love are quite simply fantastic!

This subject matter allow for a variety of interpretations, of which you took advantage, in the most creative ways imaginable.  Your colors of love vary tremendously and are all magnificent!

Here’s another image that came to mind when I thought of the color of love…

Rising Fire

On an early morning, there’s nothing like the Sun rising in all its glory to remind us of the love that permeates the entire universe.  Let the loving rays of the Sun embrace us and fill us with warmth to ourselves and one another!

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

  • ladyleemanila‘s post is filled with beautiful images that express love in a number of ways, all wonderful!
  • Xenia brings us two entries this week, with the first one a Haiku of the love shining in the eyes as daylight fades in WhippetWisdom and the second is a tanka and images that captures love in the eye in WhippetWisdom!
  • pensitivity101 brings us the color of love in a number of images, including some beauties of roses!
  • This week, Miriam’s takes us to the center of her universe in The Showers of Blessing, as she brings us to the moment of meeting the love who is now her husband.
  • Pins N Ashes shows us her color of love, which is wrapped around her wrist snugly and with great beauty.
  • Ron demonstrates his colors of love in Progressing into Solitude through a collage of images filled with colors that he loves.
  • Leaking Ink‘s thoughts on the color of love are complex and deep and demonstrated magnificently in photo!
  • Stella’s interpretation of the color of love is wonderful in her post in Giggles & Tales; her images in this post capture it with great finesse!
  • Black Body brings us to the beach with a number of natural circles that also include a much-loved color!
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best brings out a cavalcade of color in a manner that truly shows us the love…
  • Cee’s tender images in her post in Cee’s Photography can’t help but let each viewer know what love means!
  • George is the Alchemist of the Woods, in which he demonstrates that a MTB ride can define true love!
  • Mac has a very definite choice for the color of love in her post in Southern by Design;  let’s see if you guess correctly!
  • Emily shares her colors of love with us in Zombie Flamingoes and they are truly stunning!
  • Debbie shares the importance of asking for help by letting love show the way in her post in ForgivingConnects; it also has some great photos to go with it!
  • Khürt brings a tender post in his blog Island in the Net, which talks about love as a daily affirmation rather than reserved for Valentine’s Day.
  • Sonya’s post in her great blog Middleton Road has a wonderful capture of one of the love locks near the Wellington water front.

Definitely a lovely array of posts on this topic.  I hope you’ll have as much fun reading them, as I did!  Now on to next week’s theme…

Travel Sunday 

As I’m sitting here at the airport I figured I’ll write a quick post for the blog today. Work has me traveling to Atlanta, which will be a nice blast of warmth amidst the winter weather that we’ve been having. 

Earlier in the week I got myself an iPhone 7 Plus which gives some new and interesting opportunities for photography. One of the new camera app options is portrait mode…

Handsome Ransom

This is our second oldest Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Ransom. He’s almost 14 and loves sleeping in the sun, which makes him a great alternative cat. 

As you can see, portrait mode provides a pleasing shallow depth of field, making for a nice additional option in photography.