Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 40

Flocks, herds, schools, prides and much more!

Little did I know that this week’s theme of Animals would turn into a stampede of wonderful entries that have just kept on coming in! Ā Thank you to all of you, as you have made this a banner week for the TPC; of course, I feel no pressure to come up with an equally good theme for next week šŸ™‚

I should have known that animals are near and dear to all of us, across the entire globe. Ā Often, they provide our connection to Nature, which is essential to maintain, as we stay in touch with the planet that we inhabit. Ā Please, go and check out these wonderful posts and let the authors know how much you enjoy them!

These animals are also looking to find their way into your heartsā€¦


This image is what happens when you try to take a landscape photo of a farm and the cows spot you; they must have thought that I was some kind of famous photographer, who was there to increase their celebrity among cows!

The following were this weekā€™s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • ladyleemanilaĀ started us off with a variety of animals ranging from slow to fierce!
  • Charles brings us bison at their most playful in his post inĀ charlesewaugh.
  • Georgie’s post in the blog Third Time Lucky! featured animals both domesticated and wild, one of which made me smile (guess which one!).
  • Xenia provided two entries; the first in WhippetWisdomĀ with a haiku and the second in WhippetWisdom with just her whippets having fun.Ā  Ā Both are joyful!
  • Leaking InkĀ shows us that even lizards like a cup of chai from time to time…
  • pensitivity101 introduces us to Maggie; go look and say hi!
  • That Little Voice speaks to us of garden cats in a wonderful post!
  • The always wonderful Cee’s PhotographyĀ brings us animals that you may just want to cuddle for their loveliness!
  • Michelle’s post in Southern By Design brings us the sweetest cat (of course, all cat owners will note that theirs is the sweetest šŸ™‚ ).
  • Miriamā€™s post inĀ The Showers of BlessingĀ brings us into the fun times had by a squirrel.
  • Susan’s shares a post in the Abject Muse with a cat that just made me laugh; go check it out…
  • Candace brought home the roosterĀ inĀ Netdancerā€™s Musings and Photography; great color and texture too!
  • Susanā€™s blog Musinā€™ with SusanĀ brings us some fun that is being perpetrated by Gabby with her friend.
  • Ron professes that he’s been to a zoo or two inĀ Progressing Into Solitude,Ā and the photography is stunning!
  • Stella shares a photo inĀ Giggles & TalesĀ that has some of my favorite (non-pet) animals in the world.
  • The blog Black Body exposes us to a very different world that is submerged just a bit; you’ll want to check it out!
  • Tisha’s post on foundroundandabout.comĀ brings us a variety of cute button noses; irresistible.
  • Miriamā€™s entry in herĀ Out anā€™ AboutĀ has an amazing variety of animals in lots of great photos!
  • In her post inĀ The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, Marie shows us that pigeons know how to throw a party!
  • The post in the awesome blog alfaazmeredilse brings us animals wild and tame!
  • Judith shares some of her favorite animalsĀ in her blog,Ā Nature Knows Best; the cats playing is my favorite!
  • The post in Following Him Beside Still Waters has some unusual animals captured beautifully!
  • Emily brings us the most quintessential cat photo inĀ Zombie Flamingoes; see, if you agree with me which one her photos it is.
  • Nikki posts some wonderful photos in her blog Flying Through Water!
  • Steve introduces us to his feather friends in his post in Steve Newcomb Photography.
  • Middleton Road features great photography by Sonya and this week’s entry is no exception!
  • KhĆ¼rtā€™s post in Island in the NetĀ brings us the most unusual animals of all…go check them out!

Thanks to each of you for your participating in this weekā€™s challenge. Ā This has been the highest turnout thus far, which put a smile on my face!

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

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