Three Line Tales – Lion Eyes

Lovely, yet…

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

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photo by Maxim Leyssens via Unsplash

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Looking with intent,
Approaching, ever so lovely.
Lion eyes deceive?

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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 – Toys

Toys, not just for kids!

Welcome to Week 122 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  All those great posts, each one in a Row after the other, were a delight to read and view!

Quite often I spend time looking at a variety of images to decide on the theme for the week.  This time, the theme came to me right away, as this playful image guided me to Toys!  I think that our human condition puts a premium on play and inventiveness, of which toys are a perfect expression!  Of course, there are lots of different toys, many of which can be found in the most unusual locales!  One of my favorites is the spindle of adhesive tape dispensers, which makes a fantastic top 🙂

For this week’s challenge, share some of your favorite toys, whether they are found in everyday objects or true expressions of a creative mind.  I’m looking forward to seeing what you may share in these images!

As I’m a bit of a collector, here are some of mine…

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Jumping Brains gather for a meeting

These are Jumping Brains, a design from the super creative mind of Emilio Garcia (website), whose art products often sell out within minutes of their release.  I’m fortunate enough to have a substantial collection of Emilio’s work, particularly some of his early work.  They are displayed with pride in my studio and a lot of fun to look at.

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 seeing what winds up filling your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 121

Lots of pretty things…

Welcome to the 121st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Another record setting week of responses!

I think that your posts touched on every interpretation of the theme of Row that I can come up with.  Filled with creativity, your contributions were great fun for me to read and view.  The effort that you put into each one of these posts shone through!!

A heartfelt thank you for your participation in this week’s challenge.  Now I have to think of a theme for 122 🙂

Here’s another row, even though they are not rowboats…

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Volendam Fishing Boats

I’m sure that you can’t blame me for capturing this photo, as the the bright Red, Green and Blue look to be jumping off the screen!  During a visit to the old Zuiderzee fishing town of Volendam, I came across this view and had to catch it with my camera 🙂

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

  • Sarah’s entry in By Sarah takes us to some rather interesting rows, as they will be very tasty at some point in the future! [N.B. – blog may be set to private]
  • In pensivity101‘s post is a really interesting read, as she manages to use just about every version of the word row in this post… go see, if there’s one missing!
  • Petra creates another awesome post in Photoworld vol. 3, as she puts all the pretty things in a row! Great photos!
  • Kammie goes exploring in her post in The Nut House, and she finds lots of interesting sets of rows!
  • Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival really sucked me in, as there were some awesome rows, including a row of Batman actors, whose voices are compared!
  • Michelle features a wonderful photo in her post in Take a Walk and Discover, which takes the theme in two directions.
  • In Sync with Deep‘s post, we get a beautiful poem that was inspired by the photo that accompanied this week’s theme.
  • The post in Jordy’s Streamings brings us rows of contradiction, with wonderful photos and celebration!
  • This week’s contribution in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery provides rows in several dimensions…
  • Charles treats us to a view of the Straits of Magellan in his post in charlesewaugh, where we find a very well-trained row of birds!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom combines beautiful photos with a lovely haibun, as whippets enjoy the tidal pools.  Xenia’s second post in her blog, Tranature, shares amazing photos of black currants all in a row and a great haiku!
  • Lisa captures some great photos on the theme in her post in A Day in the Life, which leads me to wonder which one you like best? I have my favorite!
  • Nicole leads us to Saint Malo, where we visit the breakwaters at the Plage du Sillon in Une Photo, Un Poéme; this is a truly beautiful post!
  • Miriam’s post in The Shower of Blessings takes us to Huntington Library, where there are a number of gorgeous rows!
  • In her blog Out of my Write Mind, Sandy shares row upon row of hand-tied flies, which are little works of art and are useful!
  • Shubham’s post in Hadd Hai Yaar takes a look at a variety of rows with a set of wonderful photos!
  • This week’s post on the theme in One letter UP – diary 2.0 is filled with something that would make me salivate…
  • In Na’ama Yehuda‘s post, she takes us back to some of the darkest times in human history with a deeply touching photo from the concentration camp in Auschwitz and a moving poem…
  • A stunning photo on this week’s theme is in Chateaux des Fleurs, as fish were trained to swim in a row at the Mystic Aquarium!
  • In MV Obsession‘s post, we get to see the benefit of visiting locales during the off-season: plenty of seats available!
  • Stella has a great collection of photos, as seen in Giggles & Tales; there are some amazing rows in them as well!
  • The post for this week’s theme in Fatma Mahmoud is simply lovely!  A beautiful row of crescents frame the Moon in a great image!
  • Klara takes us to a UNESCO World Heritage site with her photo in Sliku svoju ljubim II; Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest minaret!
  • Olga brings us along on a visit to a vineyard in Niagara in her post in Stuff and what if…; now, if we could just taste some of the wine too!
  • Susan takes us for a serious row in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which also features stunning colors in the photo!
  • Jason may be on the right track in his post in Proscenium: just make sure that you look behind you occasionally!
  • In another great post in WoollyMuses, there are some fantastic rows, and I learn the meaning of the word bollard!
  • In an entertaining post in Jottings and Writings, I got the feeling that there may have been a row with a sprayer…
  • Sonia explores the beauty of symmetry of rows in her post in Sonia’s Musings, for which she provides evidence!
  • Sonya gives us a lovely view of Port Nicholson Yacht Club in her post in Middleton Road; the view is simply stunning!
  • Robert shares a great photo in Photo Roberts Blog, which gives me a sense of other-worldly creatures standing next to the port…
  • With a wonderful set of photos, the post in Life Amazing shares a number of rows that are very interesting!
  • In a post that features some relaxed rowing in Serendipity, Encouraged, Todd shares some of his experiences from his visit to India.
  • A lovely post by Ju-Lyn in All Things Bright and Beautiful has a great photo that shows us many rows!  How many can you  find?
  • Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent whisks us away to Madrid this week, where the great vistas yield some wonderful rows!
  • In a great post in the 59 Club, Alice takes us to the theater district in New York City, where she features a wonderful venue!
  • Debbie wrote another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, as she shares how she manages to forgive herself for being upset about the uncertainties that she faces; a great read!
  • George documents a set of three chairs through the seasons in an awesome post in Alchemist of the Woods; these chairs are looking for some people that they can support!
  • With a great set of photos in Pictures without Film, we get to view the Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle in a novel manner (it involves advanced geometry!)
  • On a magnificent beach in this week’s post in Land of Images‘ we get to look at some weathered groynes… Yes, you better go find out what they are!
  • Bryan treats us to something rather special in Bushboy’s World: black beans!  You have to check out these beauties, as each bean weighs about 30 grams!
  • We always get treated to something interesting in the Blog of Hammad Rais, where we find out about the motorbikes of Karachi!
  • Marie’s post in the New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect features a truly unusual site: the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa!  This really looks worth the visit!
  • In a wonderful post in Photography Journal Blog, we also visit a grotto: the Blue Grotto in Malta, which looks truly gorgeous!
  • Ron takes us under the bridge in his post in Progressing into Solitude, as we get a different view that looks fantastic! No worries, there are no trolls!
  • Maria’s photo in KameraPromenader‘s post for this week’s theme is a gorgeous capture of water drops!  You’ll want to check it out!
  • Ilka takes us to the nursery in her entry for A Thousand Miles, tree nursery that is! All stand at attention!
  • Tatiana’s post in Travelartpix features a wonderful photo of a row boat that has seen better days!  She also features some great rows of drying fish in another post in Travelartpix.  You can see more of her work in Travelways.

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Row

All the pretty things in a row!

Welcome to Week 121 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After another week of wonderful responses from all of you to the theme of Field, my challenge was to select another new theme.

As the quantify of these challenges grows, it becomes ever harder to come up with unique themes that fit with my idea of providing multiple directions for responses to the challenge.  This week’s theme of Row has a number of possibilities, as it can denote a line of people or items, a street, propelling a boat with oar(s), a quarrel, and I’m sure there are others that haven’t come to my mind yet.

Open your creative minds to row through the waters of ideas!  I’m excited to see what fantastic posts you’ll generate in response to this week’s theme!

Here are a bunch of posts, standing in a row…

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Beached Order

This image is from near the end of a day of photography on snow-covered beaches.  It was a very cold day, which produced many memorable photos, as the combination of snow and deserted beaches is not something that is very common, even in New England.

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 seeing what winds up filling your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 120

A vast field of fields!

Welcome to the 120th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Another record setting week of responses!

In your posts, you went afield and explored across various fields; there were many gorgeous fields that were photographed expertly and lots of interesting commentary that you included with your posts.  It was a fun read and kept me busy for quite a while, as you did set anothe record for entries!

Thanks to all of you for putting such quality entries together!

Here’s another field, this time from our trip to Italy…

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Tuscan Fields

This field had caught my attention in the morning, as we passed it, but didn’t quite have the lighting that I wanted to see on it; luckily, the afternoon provided a wonderful sky and light that gave some character to the beauty that lay in front of me.

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

  • Nicole led off this week’s barrage of posts with a wonderful entry in Une Photo, Un Poéme on the flax culture in Normandy.
  • In pensivity101‘s lovely post, she highlights a color that might not be her favorite, but I agree that it looks amazing in Nature!
  • The day is peaceful, as we look across the field in Land of Images‘ contribution and see that the hay has been harvested and is ready for pickup.
  • Sarah’s entry in By Sarah gives us a view of one of those fields that you just want to walk through, as it is surrounded by beauty! [N.B. – blog may be set to private]
  • Kammie features some amazing fields in her post in The Nut House, so I’m curious to find out which one is your favorite!
  • A wonderful photo is featured in the post in Fatma Mahmoud, as we look across the lightposts to the blue field of the sky!
  • Not only is there a great photo that expands our field of view in Jordy’s Streamings, but I also enjoyed reading the post!
  • Ron shares a number of stunning photos of fields in his post in Progressing into Solitude, which show a true appreciation of wheat!
  • Ed captured a stunningly unique field in his post in In My Mind’s Eye, as it’s not every day that one sees a vertical field!
  • In a lovely post in Touring with Kids (a must read blog), we visit the gorgeous fields on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.
  • A pair of stunning photos are featured in Chateaux des Fleurs, as we get both an exotic and more quotidian look at fields!
  • Lee’s post in ladyleemanilla takes us to some rather lovely fields, which look very inviting!
  • Another fantastic post in CitySonnet, where Maria studies the lovely flowers that we might find in the fields!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom shows that whippet eyes are smiling among the fields of flowers.  Xenia’s second post in her blog, Tranature, gives us a stunning view of an orange poppy!
  • Ramya brings us truly amazing fields in her photos in And Miles to go before I sleep, which look very peaceful!
  • In Na’ama Yehuda‘s post, she brings us to the fields of gold, which also happens to be one of my favorite songs!
  • Lisa put together a great collection of fields in her post in A Day in the Life, which should also include some buffalo wings…
  • In another great post in WoollyMuses, there’s lots of yellow in the canola fields, and we also find time for a little cricket!
  • Jason is going for the cat cuteness factor in his post in Proscenium: I could use an entire field of cats, when they look that cute!
  • Candace may have encountered some storm clouds in her post in Netdancer’s Musings, and these clouds make Scotland look even more wonderful!
  • In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are treated to some stunning scenery as we get to see the landscape of Malwa.
  • In a captivating photo in I’m Talking to Myself, the field is shrouded in fog, which adds to the mood of mystery!
  • Stella clearly has done some travelling, as is evident from the fields that she shares with us in Giggles & Tales; the photos of the fields are stunning!
  • The sheep may be looking for a place to get some food, as the really cool bit of agricultural memorabilia in the post in theOnlyD800intheHameau is missing…
  • Miriam’s post in The Shower of Blessings transports us Longleat, where she finds a rather nice estate, and some monkey business!
  • In a really interesting post in MVobsession, we go to a different field: a gallery where the cows float around!
  • The fields is amazingly bright in the post from Photography Journal Blog, which includes a great description of the photo!
  • Yinglan entry for this week’s theme in her blog, This is Another Story, has amazing vistas!
  • The great posts just keep on coming in One letter UP – diary 2.0, as we’re taking back in time for a bit of field exploration!
  • Petra asks us to share some love for the cattle in her in Photoworld vol. 3; they look peaceful and enjoying the fields that they are in, so let’s keep it that way!
  • In her blog Out of my Write Mind, Sandy caught a field truly aglow, which may just be a field filled with gold!
  • Olga capture a stunning image in her post in Stuff and what if…, between the sky and field, it doesn’t get much better!
  • The photo of the young cricketers, who seem eager to take the field in a lovely post in willowsoul!
  • Dawn features some of the stunning landscape that can be found in Cuba with a great post in TravelArtPix.
  • In Life in Minutes, we get treated to a wonderful photo of a field that appears to be enjoyed by the grazer!
  • Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent demonstrates that Paris is much more than the city of love!
  • With a stunning photo in Chill Mom’s Photos and Reviews, we are treated to a truly lovely field!
  • Donna’s post in Wind Kisses combines humor and Nature’s beauty, and also has a cute bear!
  • With great photos in KameraPromenader, Maria treats us to a wonderful view of a fox in the field!
  • Sonia makes a strong conection in her post in Sonia’s Musings, as the field connects nature to civilization.
  • Cee’s photos of fields in Cee’s Photography are just stunning!  Each of them brings something different and draws us in!
  • The Roaming Urban Gypsy strikes with 3 posts! Each on of the Roaming Urban Gypsy posts are part of a report on the Phoenix Community Garden.  With lots to look at, each of Roaming Urban Gypsy‘s posts is interesting!
  • Debbie wrote another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, about standing in her inner guidance and being a forgiveness coach.  Wonderful post!
  • In a wonderfully photographed post in Life Amazing, the question is asked: Can I play? Of course! Come play in our challenge!
  • Charles takes us into the great fields of Yellowstone National Park with a great post in charlesewaugh.
  • Nicole has some fluffy fun in her post in Doar Nicole, as she brings on the poppies with great photos and text to match!
  • In a post filled with great fields in Serendipity, Encouraged, the author reminisces about bicycle rides that were epic!
  • Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan features one of those vegetables that people either love or hate: kale!  Eat more kale!
  • With a great photo in Pictures without Film, we find some great stones in the field, as we approach Wren’s Egg.
  • Wandering through a field in the Blog of Hammad Rais, we get to experience the colors and lovely breezes!
  • Ilka also finds the beauty of field poppies in her post in A Thousand Miles, where she captures them beautifully!
  • With another great photo in sgeoil, we get the loveliness of the field and an appropriate quote from Ovid.
  • In a wonderful post in Ostendnomadography, we get to experience the green belt around Oostende, as we see the fields!
  • Khürt provides a report of a trip to Manhattan in his post in Island in the Net; his photos give us a stunning set of views that are wondrous to behold!
  • With a magnificent photo in Mostly Monochrome, we not only get a field, but also zebras!
  • A great post in Wanderlust and Wonderment brings us to the fields of ancestors, examining those who came before us.
  • A wonderful view of the field in front of their house is presented in the post in Pr@Gun!

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

Three Line Tales – Descendent

We are all one planet!

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

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photo by Prince Akachi via Unsplash

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Reaching down, offered
Across the chasm of time.
Descendent, as one!

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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 – Field

Fields of war and peace

Welcome to Week 120 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Once more, thanks to all of you who contributed to last week’s theme of Wind!  Your response was overwhelming and fantastic!

For this week’s theme, I’m going for something that is wide open (on a good day): Field!  Once again this is a thematic word that can be interpreted in many ways, ranging from the field through which you walk or where you play to a field of studies, and several other directions that you can field however you like!  As always, the important part is that you have fun with this theme, and take the reins off your creative powers to lead you far afield!

I anticipate another array of wonderful entries, and look forward to reading them all!

Here’s a field that is a part of history…

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Warfield Ridge

This image is from a trip that my wife and I took in 2010, during which we visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  This American Civil War battlefield is one of the most well known, both for the extreme number of casualties and Abraham Lincoln’s famous address to commemorate the battle.  Walking across the battleground, one can feel the suffering and horrors that took place in this locale, particularly early in the morning while it is quiet…

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 seeing what winds up filling your posts!