Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 146

Beware of proffered fruit…

Welcome to the 146th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

First you rose to the occasion and then you went for more growth! What an amazing array of posts! Not only were you creative in your photos, but you also provided wonderful prose and poetry with them! There was also a bit of humor, which I always appreciate 🙂 Thank you for making this another week of fun reading and rounding up!

I hope that you also enjoy all these great posts!

Here’s a delectable growth…

Orange and the Lady

This shot comes from one of my many visits to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, which presents nearly unlimited material for any photographer. Its displays are filled with color, form, structure and combine Nature and human creations in stunning fashions!

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

  1. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s wonderful post, we take a trip around the lovely town of Shillong!
  2. Nicole brings us up close to the new growth in her post in Une Photo, un Poéme; the brambles look brilliant!
  3. This week, pensivity101 helps us follow some fantastic growth: those ducklings look very cute!
  4. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival lays out her plans for ensuring that the diet will be successful; it all starts with a pantry!
  5. In an excellent post in A Midnight Rider, we learn about the salt marshes of Cape Cod, which support the growth of much wildlife.
  6. Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude brings us fresh growth on the coconuts; can’t wait to see the tree!
  7. Yinglan brings us a lot of wild plants in her post in This is Another Story; luckily they are not in her yard!
  8. In theonlyD800inthehameau‘s post, we get to enjoy a stunning photo, all the way from the Botanical Garden in Sydney!
  9. Na’ama’s poem in Na’ama Yehuda provides keen insight into the suddenness, with which life’s growth can catch us by surprise.
  10. Xenia brings us to the snowy dunes post in WhippetWisdom, which is a wonderful experience. In a second post in Tranature, Xenia takes us to the giving tree…
  11. With another gorgeous photo in Chateaux des Fleurs, we see the wonder of growth that carries promise.
  12. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie brings us a to a favorite place of tequila lovers: a blue agave growth!
  13. Maria’s post in her blog KameraPromenader brings together the elements that create growth…
  14. Sarah’s photo in her post in By Sarah is stunning! Those pumpkins appear to grow everywhere!
  15. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand brings us a set of amazing photos capturing growth.
  16. With a really interesting photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, we see that there can be growth in beer…
  17. Robert’s images are simply gorgeous in his post in Photo Roberts Blog; they give an enticing view of growth!
  18. The growth captured in the images in firehorseworld portray most interesting examples of growth!
  19. In a tremendous post in the 59Club, we get to see a tree’s second life in its role as provider…
  20. Jase’s post in Proscenium gives us a fish out of water, which limits the growth of the fish, but contributes to our growth!
  21. In a truly awesome post in Heart to Heart, there’s plenty of importance shown for growth!
  22. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine shows how the tiny paperwhite narcissus is growing!
  23. In another lovely post in Anita’s Images, there’s plenty of growth to be seen with great photos!
  24. Debbie contributions this week are twice the fun, as in Travel with Intent, she captures the shrinking feeling. In a second post in Travel with Intent, Debbie brings what grew on us…
  25. In Pictures without Film, Ken shares the potential of growth that is locked within the pine cones.
  26. In an amazing post in Touring with Kids, we get to learn about growing greens in the middle of Iceland!
  27. In a lovely post in Reflections, we learn about aging gracefully. There’s some good advice there!
  28. Sandy focuses on growing slowly, but steady in her post in Out of my Write Mind, which is good for tethered souls!
  29. Penny’s lovely post in Penny Wilson Writes tells us of the importance of nurturing to allow for growth!
  30. Cee’s focuses on the mosses in her post in Cee’s Photography with a stunning set of photos!
  31. Mike captured the tenderest of growths in his post in PhotographyOCD! Imagine that becoming a tall sunflower!
  32. In a great post in Apple Pie and Napalm, we get to see some paperwhites growing up fast!
  33. Deb’s awesome post in Twenty Four has a fantastic capture of growth in all its beauty!
  34. In a cool post in Lillie-Put, Joseph shares some some growing things, which are lovely!
  35. Woolly’s post in Woolly Muses is a lovely scented reminder of the Tao of Poo! It’s amazing what grows on it!
  36. Kammie reminds us of something important in Nut House Central; Nature’s growth will take over!
  37. Ramya’s post in And Miles to go before I sleep… features a truly powerful growth: holy basil (tulsi), which is potent!
  38. Amy shares some of the joy in personal growth in Photography Journal Blog; there are some useful techniques here!
  39. In a lovely post in her blog ForgivingConnects, Debbie shares her journey and the importance of forgiveness and peace.
  40. In another great post in Banactee, we get introduced to a very grown-up trunk! (it’s not what you might think)
  41. Olga takes us on a walk through Nature in her post in Stuff, and what if…, where growth is stunning as always!
  42. In a cool post in Land of Images, we a reminded that growth can be of a very cold variety!
  43. In an amusing post in willowsoul, we learn the valuable lesson that growth is loving yourself!
  44. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 not only has us looking up toward some beautiful growth!
  45. Another awesome post from sgeoil has one of my favorite areas of growth…go check it out!
  46. Khürt takes us into the woods in search of growth in his blog Island in the Net; he produced some amazing photos there!
  47. Liz’s contributes two posts this week; the first one in One Million Photographs has potential for something rather delicious in a short time! The second in One Million Photographs has a gorgeous mushroom!

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

Friday Mystery Slide – 2019 #04

Beautiful and unusual…

Here comes a fourth mystery slide post of this year….

This week is another one from my travels, which narrows the location options a bit. The location features some unusual geology, which, to my knowledge, is available only at a couple of places on earth.

Here’s a view across this magnificent geology….

Unique Shapes…

Those stones are unusual and appear to rise from the depths of the earth.

Where is this location, and what else can you tell me about it?

Now that the location has been uncovered… Felix Mendelssohn wrote a lovely overture inspired by his visit to Fingal’s Cave on Staffa: The Hebrides.

Three Line Tales – Exclusion

Promise kept on the outside…

Many thanks to Sonya for Week One Hundred and Fifty-Eight of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!three line tales, week 158: a border with a barbed wire fencephoto by Robert Hickerson via Unsplash


Razor blades protrude,
A promise kept under siege.
Land of exclusion.


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!

Living in a Square World

Breaking free!

In my explorations in photography, I have been known to get into a rut, where I just don’t feel that I’m very creative or inspired. If you’ve ever encountered this feeling, I expect that you can relate. If it’s just a couple of days, it’s no big deal, but if this drags on for weeks, it bothers me, as I like generating interesting photos.

When I feel uninspired, I will often come up with something a little different in my approach to try and break out of the block. One of these is to put a constraint on my photography; this helps provide focus in what I look to photograph, rather than allowing the entire world to be my proverbial oyster.

Rusty Bucket

For an entire series, I restricted my images to only be square. While this doesn’t sound like much of a constraint, it did help me look at everything a little differently to get compositions that might work in a square format.

Down on the Farm

And, as you can see, rust is never a bad thing either!

To Air No More

I’ve restricted subjects, as well, or do a series of photos of the ground… And, yes, I’ve even forced myself to do different things with my camera, such as zoom blur, which led to an entire series of abstract images.

What kind of things do you do to break your inspiration free of its bonds?

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Growth

Gathers not on a rolling stone…

Welcome to week 146 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week, your entries to the theme of Rose exceeded all expectations! To say that you rose to the occasion might be an understatement 🙂 Thank you for that wonderful effort! As your enthusiasm grew on me, I came to this week’s theme of Growth. As you might have come to expect, you can go into many directions with this theme. You could document years of growth, the growth of mushrooms on a tree or branch, or that annoying growth in your neighbor’s yard that blocks your view!

Or the growth of civic pride… The choices are all yours and you’re encouraged to be as creative as your mind wants you to be. Of course, the most important thing of all is that you have fun with this challenge!

Here’s a bit of growth on a rock…

Not a rolling stone…

I’m a huge fan of mosses, as they often thrive in areas where other plants have difficulty. To see moss cling to rocks, as it holds on despite wind and weather, signifies a victory of the small over the forces of Nature. No small feat for such a small plant!

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 your ideas grow and emanate from your bright minds!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 145

Rising to the occasion!

Welcome to the 145th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Why am I not surprised that the theme of Rose caused the cream of your creativity to rise to the top? This was a big week of contributions with tons of roses and some things that rose to the occasion! The rose sky is alos tryly amazing! Thank you very much for providing me with another week of wonderful reading, which I enjoyed immensely!

I hope that you enjoy all these great posts!

Here’s the view of the Bay of Fundy, before the water rose….

Bay of Fundy

This shot goes way back and is one of my favorite locations in the world: Nova Scotia! Together with its Old World namesake, it makes for great photography.

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

  1. In A Day in the Life, we learn about the rose cultivation by her grandfather with wonderful photography!
  2. With another amazing post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, we find out that a rose is a rose…or is it?
  3. Kammie shares a a variety of roses in her post in Nut House Central; which one of is your favorite?
  4. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival shows how she rose above her loss of faith in tenants; it’s a post well worth reading!
  5. This week, pensivity101 shares her love of roses and their meaning in her life.
  6. With some stunning photos in Chateaux des Fleurs, we get treated to beautiful roses!
  7. Nicole has another stunning photograph in Une Photo, un Poéme; that white rose is amazing!
  8. With a great photo, as always, we get to see roses, as they age in theonlyD800inthehameau!
  9. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we learn how the Umiam lake rose into being during the past century.
  10. Xenia takes us along for a walk with Eivor and Pearl in her blog WhippetWisdom, and the trail is wonderful, even after the storm!
  11. Na’ama’s poem in Na’ama Yehuda gives us the sense of what a rose might go through during aging…
  12. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie provides an interesting collection of roses…had you thought of any of these?
  13. Cee’s photos of roses in her post in Cee’s Photography are absolutely stunning!
  14. Sarah’s photo in her post in By Sarah is another amazing one! That is a gorgeous rose!
  15. Mike truly created a gorgeous capture of a rose in his post in PhotographyOCD! A rose is a rose!
  16. In Bushboys World, Brian shares some amazing roses with us! They are beautiful!
  17. Jase’s post in Proscenium shows us the beautiful rose color of the sky, which is gorgeous!
  18. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine has an amazing rose, that looks like butter and is just as silky…
  19. In a wonderful post in La Vie en Rose, we get to enjoy the banks of the Seine with a stunning photo!
  20. Tracy’s blog may be called Reflections of an Untidy Mind, but her photos are very tidy and fantastic!!
  21. In Pictures without Film, Ken takes several approaches to the theme and they are a true joy!
  22. In another inspiring post in Heart to Heart, get to see a stunning rose!
  23. Debbie’s catches the wave in her post in Travel with Intent; that wave rose high and looks like a true work of art!
  24. Penny’s post in Penny Wilson Writes is a double winner with a gorgeous rose and a poem that goes deep!
  25. Yinglan captured something rather special in her post in This is Another Story; beautifully done!
  26. Woolly’s post in Woolly Muses reminds us not just of the beauty of the rose, but also of the importance of certain locations…
  27. Sandy lets us know that everything is rosy in her post in Out of my Write Mind, which applies for everything in her post!
  28. Liz’s contributes four posts this week; the first one in One Million Photographs has plenty of roses! The second in One Million Photographs finds more roses. The third entry in One Million Photographs has even more roses! The fourth entry in One Million Photographs has still more roses at the LA Flower Market!
  29. Maria captures a beautiful set of roses in her post in her blog KameraPromenader; those are gorgeous!
  30. Robert’s photography skill is on display again in his post in Photo Roberts Blog; these roses are amazing!
  31. In a great post in Another LQQK, we are treated to some amazing captures of roses!
  32. The rose in Jordy’s Streamings is an amazing example of photographic skill! The poem is awesome too!
  33. Hadd Hai Yaar brings us a gorgeous pink rose! Very well captured!
  34. Carol’s post in her blog Light Words takes the theme in two directions with a rose in her garden and a Rose who had a birthday!
  35. Another amazing photo is contributed in firehorseworld, with a stunning example of the flower!
  36. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 not only has great roses, but also a wonderful memory!
  37. This week’s contribution in A Pause for Nature not only has gorgeous roses, but also tells a heart-touching story!
  38. Another enjoyable post from sgeoil brings us a rose which has a visitor!
  39. Olga plays with imperfection in her post in Stuff, and what if… to great effect!
  40. Ramya’s rose photos in her blog And miles to go before I sleep… are stunning!
  41. Amy shares her joy for the new photography toy that she is playing with in Photography Journal Blog; hipstamatic is fun!
  42. Susan goes with the theme in her Musin’ with Susan post with a rose that has a stunning color palette!
  43. Laura’s post in Finding My Own Way asks the question, if beauty ever dies…I agree with her answer!
  44. Ron’s photo in Progressing into Solitude is a stunner! That frosty rose is just special!!
  45. Khürt went outside to generate another amazing post in his blog Island in the Net; he also shares his best photo of the week in Island in the Net.

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

Friday Mystery Slide – 2019 #03

Ruins, ruins, everywhere!

Here comes a third mystery slide post of this year….

To be transparent, this one is not from a slide, but when I thought about this week’s offering, it came to my mind.

This was a rather grand view on a glorious day….

Where are these ruins?

The view here is stunning, and, as its form is captured pretty completely, I think this is not going to be the most difficult location to decipher.

Where are these ruins located? And, for extra credit, how did they get to be this way?