Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 196

Reaching toward the sky on Skye…

Welcome to the 196th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

My apologies for the late posting of this round up, as I was still fighting the tail end of a bad stomach bug and found myself exhausted by the end of the afternoon on just about every day.

The volume and quality of your posts was breathtaking, as your creative eyes captured many different shapes of trees, each with their own character. I really enjoyed reading through your posts and learned about some trees that I didn’t know and was entertained by many a unique shot!

Thank you for all the effort you put into your posts!! Please share your thoughts with one another!

Here’s another tree…

This Monkey Puzzle Tree is still one of the most amazing trees that I have encountered in my travels. Found in the gardens of the clan MacLeod estate on Skye. The sheer scale of this tree is awe inspiring.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. I love Nicole’s optimism that showcases in her post in Un Photo,Une Poeme, as she gives me the thought of Spring!
  2. Bren features an amazingly idyllic location in her post in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; I expect the elves to appear any moment!
  3. There’s yet another great photo in Land of Images, as the reflections are amazing!
  4. The wonderful sculpture that is highlighted in My Camera and I… makes me wonder: is it art, or Nature? Or both?
  5. The photo in Paperkutzs shows us what is not exactly a tree, but the flowers make me forgive it all the time!
  6. Kammie put together a great set of tree images in her post in Nut House Central; which one is your favorite?
  7. Xenia has a great set of posts this week, first with her post in whippetwisdom, which speaks of the wind and ice! In Tranature, we get to see a small forest, as lichen surrounds us… And last, but not least, we cross the forest bridge in Tranature, surrounded by trees!
  8. Emily captures an amazing tree in her fantastic post in Zombie Flamingoes; that is some set of branches!
  9. The wonderful post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery asks the question whether it is a tree or an ent… or is it a house?
  10. Diane has a wonderful take on trees and the memories they bring for her in her post in pensivity101; talking to trees is really important and the tree in the photo is simply stunning!
  11. Jackie’s post in Junkboat Travels tells an amazing tree story, as their drive up the mountain road on Hawaii is interrupted by a tree… you’ve got to read this incredible story!!
  12. In another magnificent post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get to see some of the trees of the Himalayas. That really makes me want to go visit the area!
  13. Na’ama’s amazing poem in Na’ama Yehuda tells the story of a tree, whose roots are tired.. Wonderful!
  14. Elizabatz’s post in Albatz Travel Adventures has an incredible array of trees from all over; stunning shots!
  15. Cee shares a wonderful set of trees in her post in Cee’s Photo Challenges; her photos are awesome!
  16. Maria takes us for a walk in her post in Kamerapromenader: a walk among the beeches that is a true pleasure!
  17. A great post in the Jesh Studio brings us some of the sense of Winter that we all love for its beauty, and trees!
  18. I agree that the trees shown in Beautiful Photographs are rather special and provide a lot of interest!
  19. Nandini really gets the trees in the great haikus in her post in queennandini, and the photos are amazing!
  20. Sarah’s not only captures the trees in her post in By Sarah, but also brings us the wind!
  21. Indira finds us a great fruit bat in her post in Sharing Thoughts, which makes for a great silhouette!
  22. Julie takes us to one of those mysterious locations that is on my bucket list in her post in Julie Does Stuff, as we get to see some of the trees at Angkor Wat.
  23. Viveka brings us the story behind the Snapphane Oak in a great post in her blog, myguiltypleasures; the circumference is stunning!
  24. Irene captured a lovely reflection in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine, where the trees stand tall next to the pond! In another wonderful post in Heaven’s Sunshine, we get a view of the winter marsh! And last in Heaven’s Sunshine, and definitely not least, the sunrise breaks through the trees…
  25. Brian takes us to the tip of the tree in an interesting photo post in Bushboy’s World; now to see the rest.
  26. The esplanade of the Chateau Amboise is stunning, as we can enjoy in the post in theOnlyD800intheHameau; great tree structure!
  27. In a lovely post in MyTravelCSP, we get to enjoy a wonderful variety of trees from all over!
  28. David takes us to some absolutely stunning shots, as he captures trees in various moods in his post in David M’s Photoblog! Gorgeous post!
  29. Lisa tells the story of a very specific tree in a wonderful post in A Day in the Life, as it is the tree that her grandfather planted when she was born.
  30. Sandy brings us what I consider the best time for trees in her post in Out of my Write Mind; the colors are simply stunning!
  31. The photos that we get to enjoy in Chateaux des Fleurs are gorgeous! I particularly enjoy the mysterious path that is formed in the second image…
  32. Eric must have endured a bit of cold for the great shot that he shares with us in From the Lens; Winter is one of my favorite seasons as well!
  33. In a lovely post in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we get to enjoy some of the amazing variety that trees bring to us! The Walking Tree is incredible!
  34. Susan documents an unbelievable tree her post in Musin’ with Susan; that Banyan tree is just a single organism! For more great photos, go check out the week in review in Musin’ with Susan!
  35. A great post in radhikas reflection brings us a some really interesting tree views. The tree that forms a big ‘O’ is asking for a small swing…
  36. Deb presents us with an absolutely gorgeous photo in her post in Twenty Four; a very inviting view of a location that all of us could enjoy!
  37. Tatiana shares a truly stunning Winter image in her post in GiftSmart; beautifully executed photo!
  38. Yinglan always has great photos and her post in This is Another Story proves that point!
  39. There very much is art in the sky in a wonderful post in One letter UP ~ diary 2.0; the colors and the tree make for a compelling image, and yes, that tree could tell stories!
  40. Ken takes us to the big tree in his post in Pictures without Film, where we get to enjoy a rather unique shape in this tree!
  41. Chris takes us to Bretagne in his post in What’s (in) the Picture; the mood in this image is just outstanding as I can really feel myself there.
  42. Hammad shares the fight of the green giants in a wonderful post in the Blog of Hammad Rais; those giants are fighting for humanity!
  43. I really enjoy the capture of shape and framing in the photos in Photo Robert’s Blog; Robert really has an eye for catching just the right view!
  44. Woolly leads us down lanes flanked by trees in a couple of gorgeous photos in WoollyMuses; stunning views!
  45. Amy’s wonderful post in Photography Journal Blog shows us how sometimes a little adjustment can do wonders for an image!
  46. Ramya captures a tree overcoming an interesting predicament in her post in And Miles to go before I sleep… It’s just amazing how Nature adapts!
  47. Joanne captures a gorgeous sky and the bare trees against that sky in her post in Joanne’s Crafts and Adventures; absolutely lovely!
  48. In a great post in Alive and Trekking, we get a stunning view of foliage that asks us to go explore further!
  49. Debbie showcases what happens when you look to see what is presented at your feet in her post in Travel with Intent! The reflection of the tree in the puddle is just gorgeous!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Cat

Macavity…

Welcome to week 197 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! I’ll be catching up with the round up by Wednesday.

As our household grew by the arrival of a Siberian Forest Cat, while I was in India, I thought I’d dedicate this week’s challenge to the theme of Cat! Among all of our pets, cats tend most imbued with mystery and often a bit of aloofness. Plus they feature large in plays and mythology, so they are a great source for inspiration of all kinds. Please bring your most enjoyable cat to the forefront this week and let them reign supreme over the challenge (it’s just like being home for them!).

Have fun, and may your best cats appear all over the web!

Here’s the Cashew who is taking over…

The Napoleon of Crime

His name is Cashew and he is a little devil, as he will grab your entire leg when you walk by him. Cashew is a Siberian Forest Cat and he’s 6 months old. Fully grown he’ll be an easy 20 pounds of crazy fun. He’s already an absolute love and after less than 2 weeks, he’s taking to roaming the house and letting the dogs know who’s the boss… I took this shot with my iPhone 11 Pro Max using the Portrait mode and Stage Lighting.

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)!!

Hopefully, you won’t need nine lives to present your cats!!

Three Line Tales – Dog-Pen

Please let me out!

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


three line tales, five year anniversary edition: beware of the dog
photo by Ben Williams vis Unsplash

Outside, playtime there!
Running wild, tails a-wagging!
Penitent canine…

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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 – Trees

Welcome to week 196 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Among all the themes that I haven’t done yet, I was surprised to find Trees (or Tree) among them! As I captured several interesting trees along the way, I thought there may be some possibilities here. Your challenge is to share some of your favorite trees with one another, and I’m sure there will be something of interest!

For me, trees are both symbols of permanence and also persistence against the elements. They stand the test of time and can be admired and even revered. I’m looking forward to the trees in your lives!

Here’s a magnificent banyan tree…

Banyan on the streets of Mumbai

Trees are making a come-back in Mumbai, which is great to see. I particularly love these banyan trees, some of which are so large that the road has lanes going around them.

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)!!

Looking forward to see what kind of shade your trees cast!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 195

Pride in transport!

Welcome to the 195th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! I’m slowly catching up here in Mumbai!

What an amazing set of posts! You really went all out to highlight some of the more creative modes of transport, including a snowplane! Also, some were brought back to basics, as our own feet can provide transport… Thank you all for making these posts fun to read, informative and amazing!

Thank you for all the effort you put into your posts!! Please read all of them!

Here’s another transport…

Decorated with pride!

Trucks in India can very much be a source of pride, and they are often decorated to reflect some of this by their owners. I expect that over time, this truck will see even more decoration!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Julie certainly transports us in her post in Julie Does Stuff, and I think everyone would like that location!
  2. Sarah’s photos in her post in By Sarah remind us of the devastating bushfires that are raging in Australia; seeing these images gives a real sense of the impact.
  3. With another lovely post in the Jesh Studio, we get an idea of the focus for the new year and how transportation problems might be solved!
  4. Bren must have had a grand voyage on the wonderful train that she features in her post in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; I suspect that the Grand Canyon added even more to the grandeur!
  5. I fully agree with Jez’s love for ferries, as he shows in Jez Braithwaite; they have transported me to many a great location!
  6. Viveka shares one of those modes of transport we see everywhere around the world in myguiltypleasures; the variety of this transport is amazing!
  7. TiongHan has my vote for song of the day in his post in TiongHan’s Blog, as those lyrics definitely apply!
  8. There are some cool modes of transport in the great post in My Camera and I…, and there’s one that really stands out!
  9. As I grew up in the Netherlands, I can very much relate to the great photo featured in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, as it feels very European to me!
  10. I concur with the relaxation that oozes from the wonderful mode of transport in theOnlyD800intheHameau; looks like a great ride!
  11. Ann-Christine brings us a couple of magnificent transport mechanisms in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…, among which I would love to see the reindeer!
  12. Nandini’s haikus really get to the soul of transport in her post in queennandini, which features a good variety of examples.
  13. Nicole is on her way back home in her post in Un Photo,Une Poeme, as cars are like sardines! I really enjoy ferries!
  14. Brian features trains, plains and many other varieties in a wonderful post in Bushboy’s World; that train looks like fun!
  15. Diane brings back the time of gently motoring along the canals and rivers in her post in pensivity101; the penny farthing looks a bit more difficult!
  16. Alice takes us to the Juliette Gordon in a great post in the 59 Club; let’s go for a ride on this taxi!
  17. Deb takes us back to a trusty transport across the ages in her post in Twenty Four; he looks like he’s ready for a gentle stroll!
  18. In an interesting post in A Day in the Life, we get to see the might tugboat, working to transport another vessel along the river.
  19. David brings us to some wonderfully restored commercial vehicles in his post in David M’s Photoblog! The canal boats are also amazing!
  20. Amy has another great post in Photography Journal Blog, which features the ubiquitous single engine prop plane!
  21. Sandy really takes us back to another time in her post in Out of my Write Mind; I can only imagine the sense of being on that journey!
  22. Maria reminds us of one of the classic modes of transportation in her post in Kamerapromenader: walking!
  23. Elizabatz really has a wonderful set of transport photos from around the world; we can see in Albatz Travel Adventures how people get across the water everywhere.
  24. Ken may not have shared his favorite mode of transport in Pictures without Film, but the image is just wonderful!
  25. Debbie might have the record for landspeed among this week’s entries, as you can see in her post in Travel with Intent! That would be a great experience in my book!
  26. The transport might be gone in a flash in a great photo in Land of Images, but their trails remain!
  27. Teressa features a mode of transport that requires a caring act to work in her post in Another LQQk; wheelchairs have that feature!
  28. Hammad brings us a sense of carefree rides in his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais; the philosophy is just wonderful!
  29. Tatiana features some of the many modes of transport in Guatemala in a stunning post in Travelways; makes me want to experience them all!
  30. Joanne brings us along for a day out on the train in a lovely post in Joanne’s Crafts and Adventures; she really gives us the sense of being there!
  31. Susan put a smile on my face with her post in Musin’ with Susan; the pedibus is a fun mode of transport and usually a good opportunity to drink and pedal! For more great photos, go check out the week in review in Musin’ with Susan!
  32. The Surrey with a Fringe on Top is stunning in One letter UP ~ diary 2.0; it could come rolling straight out of a musical!
  33. In a magnificent post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we experience the rhythm of transport along the water; you’ll want to see this post!
  34. I suspect that the awesome post in sgeoil may be the winner for most original mode of transport: snowplane…you’ve got to see this one!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 194

A door that leads to a door that…

Welcome to the 194th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! I’m slowly catching up here in Mumbai!

Not only did you put together a set of awesome posts on the Portal theme, but I was struck by the variety of your creative interpretations! There were a number of your posts that made me smile, many made me think and lots were inspiring!

Thank you for all the effort you put into your posts!!

Here’s are some portals…

Portals, portals, and more portals!

This shot was taken, as we were leaving the Kala Ghoda Cafe, which is a great coffee house, wine bar, etc. The cafe has expanded its location on Rope Walk Lane, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, by taking over more of the building behind it. The front looks to be mostly take out with a couple of small tables; the second room is more of a dining room, and third room leads to a wine bar!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Nicole starts things this week with her post in Un Photo,Une Poeme, which features a wonderful photo taken at Bolsover Castle.
  2. Kammie has a great collection of portals in Nut House Central, although one of them looks pretty threatening!
  3. Brian highlights one of those portals that I love to encounter in Bushboy’s World; there’s nothing like Nature!
  4. Bren created a fantastic image that she featured in this week’s entry from Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; it’s truly a portal to another universe!
  5. Another stunning photo in TiongHan’s Blog, as we get a perspective that truly makes one think!
  6. I have to say that Jackie’s entry in Junkboat Travels made me both smile and wonder…what will the future hold?
  7. Xenia, Eivor and Pearl are exploring portals in the Highlands with another great haibun in whippetwisdom; wonderful walk through along the paths! In her post in Tranature, Xenia brings us the heavenly portal…
  8. In another amazing post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we find the portal to the Emperor’s Tomb…shall any mortal enter?
  9. Not only is the photo in Chateaux des Fleurs fantastic, it just provides me with that sense of a location where you want to find yourself!
  10. Na’ama creates a sense of a future with possibilities in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; I welcome this very much!
  11. Tatiana created a fantastic image that she features in her post in Travelways; an Open Door to Dreams!
  12. Viveka brings us a fantastic set of portals in myguiltypleasures; I agree that these could be doors that leads us into the fairy tales of 1,001 Nights!
  13. Diane has Maggie leading the way in a wonderful post in pensivity101; creating a portal to go down paths in the woods!
  14. Maria shares a mystical location in the Burren in Ireland in her post in Kamerapromenader. That might just be a portal across time…
  15. Irene’s post in Heaven’s Sunshine provides us with a magnificent view through a portal of trees…
  16. Ken might have found the location of our dreams in Pictures without Film, as we just have to cross it to our wishes…
  17. Ann-Christine takes us to the deep end in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…, as we enter the lower levels! Great shot!
  18. In the lovely blog, Kanlaon, we get treated to several amazing portals, each of which holds their own story.
  19. We come to an interesting question in theOnlyD800intheHameau, as the great photo makes us wonder what lies beyond…
  20. Sarah’s photo in her post in By Sarah leads me to believe that the particular portal might be opened by a Hobbit!
  21. I have to admit that I’m a big fan of street art and in My Camera and I… we get a great set of shots that feature it!
  22. Eric brings a wonderful photo in From the Lens, as we find ourselves in the ancient sewers of Cologne; made me chuckle to think what they might smell like 🙂
  23. Khürt brings us a portal with a certain amount of spookiness in his post in Island in the Net; great photo and post!
  24. In a wonderful post in A Day in the Life, we not only find a portal, but enter it and follow it all the way to the other side!
  25. In a rather cool post in Zombie Flamingoes, Emily finds us a portal what appears to be another dimension…
  26. Julie appears to be a giant in her post in Julie Does Stuff, as that portal might be a little small for most people!
  27. David finds us a portal from differing vantage points and seasons in another awesome post in David M’s Photoblog!
  28. With a great photo in Take a Walk and Discover, we find ourselves looking at a stunning portal!
  29. Robert features some stunning photos of rather interesting portals in his post in Photo Robert’s Blog!
  30. Sandy attempts to take us through space and time in her post in Out of my Write Mind; how do we get back?
  31. Karen finds a very interesting portal in her photo in her blog Underdown; looking forward to seeing more from Karen!
  32. Deb thinks that the photo in her post in Twenty Four captures a portal… I think it is a break in the space-time continuum!
  33. Amy’s post in Photography Journal Blog brings us to a portal both of knowledge and the past; wonderful post!
  34. The awesome post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery takes us back into antiquity, as we visit the Lion Gate of Mykene!
  35. I always love the tongue in cheek approach in Land of Images, as a Luminary portal is exposed…
  36. Susan brings us a rather interesting portal in her post in Musin’ with Susan; what lies behind that door? Also, take a look at Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan for another great set of images!
  37. Chris takes us to a historical location through the portal in What’s (in) the Picture? Slane Castle in Ireland is certainly one of those locations! In a second contribution in What’s (in) the Picture?, Chris brings us to Strandhill in County Sligo.
  38. A great post in Thief Images Blog understands my idea of excitement: looking up at the stars!
  39. Jez has a wonderful perspective in his shot in Jez Braithwaite; it gives a whole new appreciation of the structure!
  40. An inspiring post in sgeoil not only has a great shot, but also a wonderful poem that brings us a stunning portal!
  41. Teressa tells us to step through the gate and enjoy the tulips in another lovely post in Another LQQk; great post!
  42. Elizabatz collected a wonderful set of portal images during her travels, as we can see in Albatz Travel Adventures; which one is your favorite?
  43. A really interesting set of photos in Stuff and What If… give us a sense of a different type of portal; fantastic job!
  44. Nandinin put together an interesting set of portal haikus in queennandini, and some really cool images too!
  45. Hammad let’s us enjoy a great set of brightened portals in the Blog of Hammad Rais; the Dubai Garden Glow had to be amazing!
  46. Woolly takes us into the wardrobe with his photo in WoollyMuses; I wouldn’t be surprised to find a lion, or a witch!

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

Friday Mystery Location – 2020 #002

Defend your positions!

Happy New Year to all! Here comes the first mystery location of the new year!!

Last week’s mystery location was a bit on the tricky side, maybe even fiendish. This fountain sits in one of the market squares in Brno, where there’s a weekly fruit and vegetable market. This week, you have a head start, as you know I’m not at home…

Where is this warrior going into battle?

Fierce displays!

My hint for you is that this is atop a hill.