Trashing the USA

Ice baby, ice!

No, this is not a political post!  I just want to share that I’m starting a new series of images that have been inspired by what I tend to encounter during my jogs and walks throughout this country: litter, trash, detritus!  My intent is not just to document these eyesores, but to put a style around them, which will be an interesting challenge!

Here’s the first item….

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Stone cold detritus

Walking past the high school in town, it’s clear that there either are parties that parents might not know about, or this bottle was thrown out the window, while driving past.  Either way, not what we hope to see!

Have a great day!

Heavy Glow

Through the fog of time

The WordPress Daily Prompt provides the theme of Encrusted, which is a rather interesting theme to find.

Not surprisingly, my first thoughts went to those famous jewel-encrusted crowns and swords of the fantasies of the Middle Ages.  This brought me on the path that I usually take, when looking at thematic images: go for a browse through my somewhat extensive image library.

This search led me to encounter the image that I feature here…

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Heavy Glow

Of course, you are right to question what this has to do with the theme!  When I think of jewel-encrusted objects, I see the light that creates specular highlights across the various gems, creating a sea of beauty!  This image immediately connected me to that across the fog of time….

Have a wonderful day!

Three Line Tales – On Guard

Dancing in the streets

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

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photo by Daniel Garcia via Unsplash

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Dancing on the edge,
Floating across time and space.
Guardian Angel!

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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!

Constant Tempo

Tick tock

The WordPress Daily Prompt provides the theme of Constant, which would be something rather unvarying…

The idea of something constant made me think of a metronome, which, after all, provides a constant rhythm, and is a constant companion to the musician looking for just that beat!

I photographed a metronome a couple of years ago for a show at a music school…

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Keeping Time

This was taken with a single exposure, setting my flash to provide a series of bursts that I dialed in to get the timing just right.  With a bit of control, I managed to keep the background solid black, so that there was very little editing to be done.

What is your constant companion?  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Shape

Shape up for this challenge

Welcome to Week 97 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Your contributions on last week’s theme of In My Life were outstanding, so I figured that I’d better come up with something interesting this week.

When thinking about this week, I came across this rather interesting image that I captured several years ago; it put a smile on my face and gave me an idea.  The idea is that of Shape.  Of course, you can use any kind of shape that you like for this week’s theme, but I would challenge you to find some shapes that catch the eye in an unusual way.

Have fun with this week and I’m looking forward to your contributions!

Here is particular shape….

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Bunny Lake

This particular watery shape caught my eye, as a group of us photographers walked by it; out of the corner of my eye I noticed something, so I stopped and took a couple of steps back to capture this image!  Bunnies are everywhere!

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 finding out what shapes you come across!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 96

Life’s little fun moments!

Welcome to the 96th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This was a rather interesting week, as this week’s theme left room for some introspection, as well as sharing the world around us.

As a result there was wonderful variety in the posts, each with their own view into the bloggers’ lives.  Ranging from the piano that could have been floating along the canals and rivers to books and the people and companions that are so important in our lives.  Each of you provided something very insightful and often very deep; and don’t forget to listen to our bodies, as they tell us what’s important in our lives!

Thank you for a truly interesting set of posts to read!  You make blogging fun!

Here’s a look at another aspect of my life…

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Autumn’s Leaves

In looking for a photo that would touch on multiple aspects of my life, I like this one; it connects to Nature, autumn, photography, rich colors and blue!  Each of these are part of what makes my life fun!

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

  • ladyleemanilla started things this week with an overview of who and what’s important in her life with some great photos!
  • This week, pensivity101 shares some of the things in her life, and now I can’t get the boat with a piano out of my mind!!
  • In this week’s entry from the excellent blog, Black Body, we get to relax, kick back and wait for a bus!
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau brings us Merseyside with a city so cool, that it lacks one thing only: a yellow submarine!
  • Xenia’s first entry in whippetwisdom shows us that there is nothing better than togetherness in the Winter Sun!  Her second post in whippetwisdom is all about the sweet smell!
  • In her post in Field Notes from Over the Hill, Gwen has some awesome photos of some the great parts of her life; I think Maggie has it made!
  • Na’ama’s post in her blog Na’ama Yehuda really hits on what is most precious in our lives… I think you’ll agree!
  • With a great post, Fleeting Muse tells the story of Skooby, who may look innocent, but have several tricks up his proverbial sleeve!
  • Danny James Photography provides us with an introduction to Wilson, Elvis and Purrcee, who clearly know how to live well!
  • By Sarah knows how to live right, as she’s pretty crafty.  She knows how to land on the front page of her local newspaper too!
  • Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme catches my eye, as there are some cute four-legged friends featured in it!
  • Miriam tells the story of life lived well in her post in Out an’ About, and love makes it just perfect!
  • In Enatistic‘s view of life, we get to see some of the important things: a good book, a beautiful day and a flower to mark the page!
  • This week’s response by Land of Images talks of the joy of Nature and shows it in a great photo!
  • Frank has another great poem in his blog, Poetry, Short Prose and Walking, as he also shows us the outside component of his life; I can relate!!
  • In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie came face to face with an important aspect of her life: listening to her body, as her painful, swollen toe was actually broken and requires time to heal!
  • This week, in the Blog of Hammad Rais, we get a detailed view of Hammad’s life with a tray full of clues!
  • Musin’ with Susan has a beautiful aspect to her life: amazing flowers that enhance each day, while they bloom.
  • In The Nomadic Architect, we get a great view of a street in Kolkata, which provides something of importance for humanity: books!!

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

A Present from the Past

When the present meets the past!

The WordPress Daily Prompt provides the theme of Present, which can be interpreted in multiple ways…

Whether we interpret present as the current time, or a gift, or something that we show to someone, or indicating that we are here, there’s no shortage of options!  So, I figured that I’d present you something from the past, when I was present at an autoshow….

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A Present from the Past

This 1955 Chevy Bel Air also presented a view of what was then thought as the future, in its hood ornament; the highly stylized jet might well be in the air at some time in our future!

Have a wonderful day!