Favorites – A Finale

Magic unfolds

Over the past week, I’ve posted a number of entries that linked to the final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of All-Time Favorites. Sadly, the Weekly Photo Challenge is no more, so I want to close out this workweek with one last image in this series (although I may never stop!)

With this image, which is among my favorites (there are a number of photos from Skye that fall in that category), I simply enjoy the sense of being in a different world from our planet, as the light plays across the hills and changes with the movement of each cloud…


The Isle of Skye is a photographer’s dream-world, as each turn of the road presents one with a new, stunning landscape to try and capture. While up in the hills in the Qiuraing, I was continually astounded by the changes in the vistas, even while staying at the same location. Watching the light dance across the hills, changing the colors and highlighting features, was akin to watching a great magician doing their work, but at a scale well beyond even the larges stage.

Have a great day!

Three Line Tales – Overhead

Escher’s vision

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

three line tales, week 123: a strange reflection in a puddle
photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin via Unsplash


M.C. Escher looks,
Puddle inspires art’s vision.
Reflected heavens.


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!

WPC Final Week – Favorites – Pt.5

A line toward the horizon

The Final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has presented their final theme of All-Time Favorites, which, while being a bit sad that it’s their last prompt, is a great way to finish.

In the 5th contribution to this last hurrah of the WPC, I’m going to another simple image that I still enjoy very much after a number of years.  Sometimes, the limitations of the equipment that we use in our photography can be used to our advantage, such as ws the case here.

Simple, yet complex…

The Line

This railroad track runs through the town, where I live, West Boylston, Massachusetts. I had thought about photographing it before, simply for the effect of the railway converging toward the horizon.  As I liked the colors that I saw, I stopped and took the time for this shot, which added another dimension: lens flare.

The lens flare created a separation between the left and right parts of the image, which added to the interest of the scene. I thought about shielding the lens, but decided against it, as it told me that there’s something more to this scene than the simple railroad…

Have a great day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Promise

Promise is ours!

Welcome to Week 112 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Your posts on last week’s theme were fantastic, so I had to come up with another inspiring theme!  While looking through some of my images, I found some that showed a bit of promise, so I picked one for this week’s theme of Promise!

As always, your creativity is the only limit to the directions, in which you can take the theme.  I’m curious to see your interpretations of what holds promise and might be so full of promise that you just have to share it!

Here’s a bit of that promise that I saw…

Morning’s Promise

I came across this scene during my daily commute, a number of years ago.  The promise of the sun rising to bring in a day filled with possibilities, to be harvested.  Carpe diem!

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 might ring true in your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 111

Reaching new heights!

Welcome to the 110th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Your responses have reached new heights!!!

Your posts in response to this week’s theme of Height have both been creative and inspiring, as you brought height into your posts in many ways.  There were many wonderful photos in your posts, as well as fantastic prose and poetry, which made it a true pleasure to read each and every post.

Thank you for the great work and truly inspiring posts!


Here’s someone reaching for something up high…

Sense of Loss

This was an image idea that came to me within seconds of entering this room, as the light guided me to provide direction toward a searching ascent into a miasma of otherworldly souls.  Many elements came together in this image.

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

  • Sarah takes us across the longest swing bridge in New Zealand in By Sarah, which looks like it would be a little scary, to say the least!
  • In Serendipity, Encouraged, Todd tells us about what the learned in Hindi class, which happens to be ‘really, really high’.
  • In a wonderful post in Urban Liaisons, we learn that what rises high may just fall sometimes!
  • With a beautiful photo in Une Photo, Un Poeme, Nicole takes us to great heights in Galloway.
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales takes us on a tour of many examples of great heights in various configurations.
  • In pensivity101‘s excellent post, we get to ponder the fate of tall pines…particle board?
  • In another great photo in theonlyD800inthehameau, we look up to the sky from what seems to be a rather tall tower…is it?
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom takes us for a Nature walk with a view of the height of a mountain.  Xenia’s second post is in her blog Tranature shares some ducks that are really making a splash!
  • In Black Body we go really high: the Himalayas, where we find shoes on the stairs leading into a house.
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude brings us height on 2 levels, as the jump adds to the already dizzying height above the lake!
  • Donna is truly up high by the Grand Canyon in her blog No-Madder Nomadder and also introduces her to three of her grandchildren, who seem to have no fear of heights either!
  • Brian’s entry in his awesome blog Bushboy’s Blog takes us to Split, Croatia, for a view from up high!
  • Wanda likes to watch and photograph birds in her blog Cookies & Moo, where she posts a wonderful shot!
  • Yinglan tests her fear of heights in her post in This is Another Story, where she walks across a glass skywalk, high up in the air!
  • This week, Nicole takes us to Santorini in her post in Doar Nicole, where she shows us its beauty from up high and includes a lesson in the sirtaki!
  • Klara brings us a great shot in her blog Sliku svoju ljubim II, unless you have fear of heights!
  • From Na’ama Yehuda, we go for great heights by soaring on high with a stork and a great poem!
  • With another great post in Land of Images, we appreciate the wonderful cliffs that one can find in England!
  • Ilka brings us along in A Thousand Miles, where her post features the design work of her children who bring her to new heights!
  • Debbie is back from a blogging break in ForgivingConnects, with a great post that features some of the heights she reached while speaking at a U.N. caucus!
  • Pranab’s post in Fleeting Muse tells the tale of how his wife saved him from rolling down Koko Head trail…plus he also posts a great photo of Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Donna’s post in Wind Kisses gives some great advice from Eleanor Roosevelt, along with some great photos of Marble Canyon!
  • In a very inspiring post in So Not Simple, Mariyaah tells the story of going on a hike with her cousins and how her disease limited the progress she could make.  Her courage shines through in this post!
  • Susan captures a new height in her post in Musin’ with Susan, as the caps go up in the air during her grandson’s graduation!
  • Marie has us looking up to heaven in her post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, as she shows us the amazing architecture of St. Jeronimos Monastery.

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

WPC Final Week – Favorites – Pt.4


The Final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has presented their final theme of All-Time Favorites, which, while being a bit sad that it’s their last prompt, is a great way to finish.

Sometimes the images that I favor are rather simple and straightforward, such as today’s choice.  What is simpler than a tree in a field?

Such as this tree that has stood the test of time…


What caught my attention, and caused me to take this shot, is the evidence of wind’s influence on the growth direction of this tree. While it spread in many directions, so as to catch the Sun’s positive influence, there is a noticeable lean to this lovely tree.  Also, the deep yellow tones in the field, as contrasted against the deep blues of the sky, contributed to my interest…

What this tree told me, more than anything else, is the value of persistence, against the elements and to stand across the years.

Have a great day!

WPC Final Week – Favorites – Pt. 3

Nubble brooding

The Final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has presented their final theme of All-Time Favorites, which, while being a bit sad that it’s their last prompt, is a great way to finish.

Today’s choice is one of those photographs that has gotten a lot of positive reactions from many people, both on-line and those who have seen it in print. As a subject, it was something that I avoided for years, as it had been photographed so many times before and some great photos already existed. Until, this day in June 2013, when I was inspired…

So here’s what came about…

Nubble Brooding

The vista that lay in front of me was not quite as dramatic as this final image.  There was a bit of surf; there were some (rather bright) clouds overhead.  My decision was to get down low to the water for this shot and find the right spot for the composition, which I wanted to be a little bit out of standard.  Then I took a series of exposures with different solutions to get all the elements that I needed.

I took five weeks before I was in the right mood to edit this image and produce what you see here.  There was a need for some darkness in this image, as well as the light that gives hope.  Hope you enjoy!

Have a great day!