Tuesday Photo Challenge – Retrospective

A walk through time…

Welcome to week 193 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After recovering from the holiday season (or not quite yet), and reading all of your wonderful posts, I thought it might be fun to ring in the New Year! As we also come to the end of a decade (don’t start me on counting…), we’re seeing a lot of retrospectives, so let’s have our theme be Retrospective! Feel free to look back across 2019 or the 2010s, or whatever comes to your creative mind, when you are feeling retrospective!

Please, have fun with this challenge and may each of you have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

Looking back to our vacation in Ireland…

Inch Beach, County Kerry, Ireland

There were many spectacular sights in Ireland, especially, as the weather was just about perfect during our entire stay! This walk along Inch Beach was just lovely and gave a great view the Dingle peninsula!

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)!!

Look back and have fun revisiting all those great memories!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 192

Peace on Earth!

Welcome to the 192nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

As we’re closing out the December Holiday season, I was blown away by the fantastic responses to this week’s prompt! It definitely made my reading all your posts a lot of fun that some of you took it outside the holiday season and that there were some light-hearted fun messages along with many great sentiments!

I hope that you enjoy this season and wish all of you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020!

Here’s another holiday sentiment….

Peace on Earth!

This photo came about during a visit to a holiday display 8 years ago; it caught my eye, as the message of Peace on Earth is appropriate for all humanity. It’s something that I think many of us can agree on!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. This week we start the entries with bringing a bit more light into the world, as the Menorah is light for the first night of Chanukah in a great post in A Day in the Life; and this post also features a bit of music, so go check it out!
  2. Diane definitely feels the magic of the holidays, as we see in her lovely post in pensivity101; I expect that each of us may feel it differently, but holidays are a great time to gather and reminisce!
  3. Jackie shares some of the holiday magic that is created by Disney in her post in Junkboat Travels; it certainly looks like an amazing experience!
  4. Na’ama’s post in Na’ama Yehuda takes us back to some of the ancient parts of the holidays, when druids brought us in touch with the world around us. In her second post in Na’ama Yehuda, we find a wonderfully touching narrative to keep out the cold!
  5. A lovely post in the Jesh Studio gives us a sense of wonderment that accompanies the holiday season!
  6. In Tatiana’s post in Vegas Great Attractions we can definitely experience that Las Vegas doesn’t do any celebration small! The photos that Tatiana brings us in this post give a wonderful sense of the grandeur of Vegas!
  7. More than anything, Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme gives a wonderful sense of how one might want to spend time during this great season!
  8. David brings us a variety of holidays in another stunning post in David M’s Photoblog; from each holiday there’s a special moment!
  9. Teressa shares some of that feeling that makes holidays special in her post in Another LQQk, as each photo captures coziness and joy!
  10. Rupali takes us back into Winter with a view from holidays in another awesome post in Mazeepuran; the scenery is just gorgeous!
  11. Nandini has some wonderful haikus on a significant variety of holidays in her post in queennandini; do you have a favorite among them?
  12. In an amazing holiday post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we learn about the founder of the Ming dynasty and visit stunning sights in Nanjing!
  13. Maria takes us back to her holiday in Madeira in Kamerapromenader. She highlights one of the key parts of holidays: remembering their wonderful moments during the dark, cold and grey Winter months!
  14. Irene’s photo in Heaven’s Sunshine captures one of the fun parts of the holiday season: the decorations in the stores! Irene captures another amazing shot in Sunshine’s Macro Monday; that shot is stunning!
  15. Deb highlights something that I enjoy about holidays in her post in Twenty Four: discovering the unusual during one’s travels!
  16. Speaking of the unusual… You should check out the awesome post in Thief Images Blog! Yes, it’s mot every day that I get to see what is captured here!
  17. Bren must have been good this year, as we get to enjoy a lovely shot using a Christmas present in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; I’ve been thinking about getting one of those, as it looks like a lot of fun!
  18. Susan’s photography is always stunning, as we can see again in her post in Musin’ with Susan; the Menorah looks fantastic! Also, take a look at Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan for more amazing shots!
  19. A lovely post in Looking for Enchantment reminds us that there is more than one way to celebrate the holidays! I really love seeing this tree from 2 different angles!
  20. Another great post is in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0, as we get to enjoy the magic of the holidays and the fantastic decorations!
  21. Sarah finds a really interesting location in By Sarah, as the clever merchants know how to lure the shoppers… Makes me wonder how successful the sign is!
  22. The pressure of the holiday season may be getting to some of us… so don’t do what you see in a great post in Land of Images!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #028

Standing the test of time!

Here comes the twenty-seventh mystery location post of this year….

Last week’s offering was correctly identified by someone who used logic! Awesome job to pinpoint Fort William in Scotland! This week, I’m going back to one of the towns where I spent quite a bit of time in my younger years.

Again, we find more water…

A location from my youth

Standing proud, looking out over the harbor for a long time! What town are we in?

Three Line Tales – Stirring

Hamstering it up?

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

three line tales, week 204: a hamster in a bit plush green towel
photo by Frenjamin Benklin via Unsplash

Creature comforts found,
Good feelings and joy abound!
Stirring, not today…

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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 and Halloween!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Holidays

There’s magic in the air…

Welcome to week 192 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You were wonderful in your creativity on the Common theme of last week! This inspired me to get a little creative with this week’s theme of Holidays! December is a month, during which Holidays are in the air, as we celebrate the Winter Solstice and our re-emergence from the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. We invoke the magic of the solstice and the season in our celebrations, as Santa delivers his presence, Saint Nicholas visits the Netherlands, and the Krampus might just be around for those naughty kids.

The challenge for this week is to bring out the magic that you find in the season and share it with one another!

Please enjoy the peace and magic of the season, as you invoke the magic of your creativity!

Santa might be in the air…

There’s Magic in the Air!

A special thanks to Luminar 4 and Skylum in providing the Fairytale Sky package. This sky is pure magic and allowed me to do a bit of creative editing, starting with a night-time image of Nubble Light on Cape Neddick in Maine, which I captured just of 5 years ago. I’ll admit that I’m rather pleased with the results.

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)!!

Let the magic of the season wash over you and fill your creative minds!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 191

A walk across history…

Welcome to the 191st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

The common came through nice and strong in your posts this week! I’ll have to admit that you came up with some interpretations that I hadn’t even thought about when I created this theme. You’ve been incredibly creative in your interpretations again this week! Thank you for giving me so many interesting posts to read! It was a pleasure.

Here’s a rather well-known common…

An Ancient Common

The Forum Romanum is probably one of the most significant common areas for the history of Western civilization. The amount of intrigue that happened in this area is likely not even captured fully in our history books!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Diane starts things off this week with a set of photos that have something in common in her post in pensivity101; a wonderful approach to our theme!
  2. Brian proves a really great point in Bushboy’s World: what we might label common in Nature can be filled with beauty!
  3. There’s nothing amiss with the Common Yellowthroated Warbler, as we can see in another wonderful post in A Day in the Life; it’s a beautiful bird!
  4. The Christmas essentials may be on the way out in a spectacular post in Land of Images! The photo is stunning!
  5. Kammie put together a great post in Nut House Central! You’ll want to go check out the common theme in this post!
  6. A wonderful post in Take a Walk and Discover highlights the common that may not be so common depending on your location!
  7. Emily has a penchant for capturing common objects that we get to see in her post in Zombie Flamingoes…do you do this as well?
  8. Viveka catches some great common objects in her photos in myguiltypleasures; her approach to capturing them makes them stand out as something not so common!
  9. The sheep look rather common, as they stand out in the field and look toward the photograph in theOnlyD800intheHameau‘s post; wonderful capture!
  10. Xenia, Eivor and Pearl bask in the moon glow and we get to encounter a common seal in another awesome post in whippetwisdom! Xenia’s second post this week in tranature brings us the Winter solstice with beautiful images!
  11. Nicole has a wonderful approach to our theme in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; it’s quite intriguing!
  12. Jackie brings us an amazing set of common objects, which have been transformed to art in her post in Junkboat Travels; it’s cool how the common can become the uncommon!
  13. Another fantastic post in Don’t Hold Your Breath takes us on a mission to go out there and watch some people! Always an interesting subject!
  14. Nandini brings us a very interesting set of common ideas in her post in queennandini; you’ll want to check the out!
  15. Na’ama’s post in Na’ama Yehuda is filled with an appreciation for the common good, which we may often overlook. This post is definitely worth a read and ponder!
  16. Teressa has some fantastic common tools in her post in Another LQQk, as we get to do something that has been around across the ages!
  17. Another great post in the Jesh Studio brings us a great variety of images; see what there might be in common!
  18. TiongHan put together a a truly interesing post in TiongHan’s Blog; it brings us something that now is extremely common, but was revolutionary!
  19. The beauty in common objects is appreciated in Kanlaon, which is something that I fully agree with!
  20. Chris shares an absolutely gorgeous photo in What’s (in) the Picture?; the rolls might be common, but the photo is anything but!
  21. David’s photos for this week’s topic are stunning, as we can see in David M’s Photoblog; I particularly like the Common Kingfisher!
  22. Cee has a wonderful set of photos of common objects in her post in Cee’s Photo Challenges. Go check them out and decide which one you like best!
  23. Woolly might find some of the subjects of his photos in Woolly Muses getting to be more common, but that might not be for all of us 🙂 Great post!
  24. Eric shares a delightful picture of Lainey Lou in Up North! Who is Lainey Lou, you ask? Go find out!!
  25. Lisa brings us the common song of the wind in her post in Peace of Life Today, which can be rather pretty!
  26. Laura’s post in Finding My Own Way brings us some views that may be common! She photographed them beautifully!
  27. Rupali captures some of Winter’s ordinary scenes in Mazeepuran; fantastic photos!
  28. Susan brings us something rather common: forks; go check in Musin’ with Susan to find out how she made them special! Also, take a look at Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan…great photos there too!
  29. Carol found a great way to spend some time at the motor vehicle registry, as we can see in her post in Light Words; great common theme!
  30. Deb brings us something that is pretty common in her post in Twenty Four, with a photo that makes it rather interesting!
  31. The photo in Chateaux des Fleurs might portray some rather common objects, but it looks simply stunning!
  32. Judy has a wonderful set of photos of objects among the common in her post in lifelessons; great set of photos!
  33. Russell brings us the view of Queen Pirouette of the common people in a wonderful post in Beautiful Photographs!
  34. Tatiana brings us to something that might be pretty common in her post in Travelways; Winter holiday celebrations in Germany might be common, but they are wonderful to see, as we see in the great photos in this post!
  35. I just love the post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0, as crayons might be a common object, but their colors make the photo just fantastic!
  36. There’s a great intersection between multiple challenges in a great post in Thief Images Blog! Love those dogs! In a great second snap in Thief Images Blog, we get to see a stunning silhouette!
  37. Bren brings us an item that has become common in popular culture over the past couple of years in a great photo in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; that elf does look rather naughty…
  38. Maria has a rather common visitor to her Rowan tree, as a Fieldfare stops by in her post in Kamerapromenader. Great photo!
  39. Hammad might have found some common lights for his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais; the photo of them is fantastic!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #027

Knight in shining armor?

Here comes the twenty-seventh mystery location post of this year….

Last week’s offering was correctly identified as the the equestrian statue in the ice rink in Brno! The statue can be found in front of the Moravian Art Gallery and Governor’s Palace. Nice job by a number of you! This week might prove a bit more difficult… the challenge is to do this without Google!

There’s plenty of water here as well…

Ready for action!

This metal creation stands at the ready holding his ski…where would he go skiing around here?

Three Line Tales – Reaching…

Meet me at the edge…

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

three line tales, week 203
photo by Cameron Armstrong via Unsplash

Elements connect,
Supporting life at the edge.
Boundaries dissolve.

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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 and Halloween!

Khürt’s 52 Week Smartphone Challenge – Week 2

Happy Holidays!

As I mentioned last week’s post, Khürt Williams start this awesome new photo challenge series, the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge, which is described in the link. The concept is fairly straightforward and inspired by the great quality cameras that are in smartphones these days: shoot something that goes with the them and pingback/tag it to have it show up under the challenge.

The second week’s theme is ‘Rule of Thirds’: “You already know what the Rule of Thirds is, now is the time to use it”

Holiday Lights Galore!

This photo is one that I shot over the last week, as kind of a drive-by image. My wife had mentioned that there was this awesome display on a side street. Well, we found it!! The big, bright red lights are flood lights for their mini-ice skating rink! I took this shot with my iPhone 11Pro Max using the NeuralCam app. This app has become one of my favorite photography tools!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Common

Paperclips are special!

Welcome to week 191 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thanks again to all of you for the wonderful posts on last week’s theme of Mist! I have to admit that I struggled a bit with this week’s theme, as the holidays are also coming up and I wanted to leave some options for next week’s theme. However, after some looking around, I thought that it might be interesting to go for something rather Common… Whether it is the every day, common object or the things that you have in common, or crossing the town common… This is a word that allows for plenty of creative directions to be taken, so feel free to take the one that speaks to you!

I look forward to reading all of your posts on this theme and seeing what path you have chosen on this theme.

Here’s a rather common object…

Common Objects

There are few objects that are more common than the paperclip: a bit of metal, bent several times to give it utility. My goal in this product shot was to lend something a bit more artistic to this run-of-the-mill object. By using a very low angle of incidence in my lighting of the scene, more shadows were projected by the paperclips, adding a bit of drama.

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)!!

Let the common be your guide to uncover the uncommon in the every day!