Welcome to Week 96 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. Thanks to all of you wonderful participants for a truly outstanding week of entries for the theme of Exotic!
This week’s inspiration started not with an image, but rather a song that has been stuck in my head for the past couple of days… That said, I thought it might just make a good theme to have this week’s entries be focused on In My Life! It will give everyone the opportunity to share some of the things that are part of their lives, whichever they are.
In my wife’s and my life, a good portion goes to the dogs, literally! As we truly enjoy having our dogs be part of our family, their contribution to our lives has been and continues to be significant through their wonderful acceptance of being part of the pack and sharing their every moment with us. With 4 Cardigan Welsh Corgis, our house is usually not very quiet, but it is always filled with joy.
Have fun with this week and I’m looking forward to your contributions!
Here is one of those little demons….
Dora, or Bean, as we often call her, is currently taking over the role of dominant female in our pack, as Bette is getting older and slower; her name was a happy coincidence of dogs and photography intersecting!
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
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 your what you choose to share of your life!
Welcome to the 95th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! This week’s Exotic theme definitely received some extraordinary repsonses.
The turnout this week was amazing, as the exotic nature of the challenge stimulated lots of interesting posts and photography. Your choices ranged from locations, to birds and flowers; there were exotic people, animals and even and exotic phone book… All of your entries were a lot of fun to read and I want to thank you for all of your effort that you put into your posts!
You’ve created another fun week of posts!
Here’s another exotic denizen of our planet…
This beautiful butterfly is certainly among the most exotic creatures that I have photographed over the years. Not only is it beautful, but the fine coloring of the hairs is just stunning.
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
As part of the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Tour Guide, I thought it might be of interest to find something that ties back to this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge of Exotic.
My favorite island of the Inner Hebrides is Skye, for its amazing, rugged landscape and mountainous range that are just a dream to photograph, as every different incident angle of light creates a completely new environment, sometimes even otherworldly.
One of the interesting places to visit on the isle of Skye is Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod. Probably a fortified site from the earliest times, the castle was first built in the 13th century and developed piecemeal over the centuries. In the 19th century the whole was remodelled in a mock-medieval style. The castle is built on an elevated rock overlooking an inlet on the eastern shore of Loch Dunvegan, a sea loch.
The castle sits on a massive site on Skye, much of which is cultivated into a stunning garden that includes many exotic species, such as the tree in this photo. The people standing next to it give you a sense of the scale of this wonderful tree.
If you’re ever visiting Skye, the castle and its grounds are well worth a look!
In this final installment as your tour guide of beloved Mull, there’s one thing that I cannot overlook from our visit to Mull and really all of Scotland: Gorse!
Ulex (commonly known as gorse, furze or whin) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae. The genus comprises about 20 species of thorny evergreen shrubs in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae. The species are native to parts of western Europe and northwest Africa, with the majority of species in Iberia.
The first thing that you do notice about gorse is the intense yellow flowers, which are in bloom nearly year-round. When lit by sunlight, these bushes create beautiful patches of yellow across the landscape, which can stand out against a blue sky (yes, we found plenty of blue skies in Scotland)
Gorse is closely related to the brooms (Scottish Broom is a very hard plant, that we have in our backyard in New England), and like them, has green stems and very small leaves and is adapted to dry growing conditions. However it differs in its extreme thorniness, the shoots being modified into branched thorns 1–4 centimetres (0.4–1.6 in) long, which almost wholly replace the leaves as the plant’s functioning photosynthetic organs. The leaves of young plants are trifoliate, but in mature plants they are reduced to scales or small spines. All the species have yellow flowers, generally showy, some with a very long flowering season.
In this image you get a good view of the thorns, which you do not want to try to walk through without some adequate protection. The gorse in Scotland can grow rather large, as I saw bushes well above 2 meters in height.
In this fourth installment as your tour guide of beloved Mull, I’d like to show some of the beauty that we found there during our visit.
When visiting Mull, we had a general idea of what we’d expect from Scotland: mountainous terrain with expansive lochs and a sense of ruggedness that would be everywhere. While there is plenty of such terrain, there are also some tender, hidden gems that show up with the right light and transport one into a completely different environment.
Getting views of this kind gave me a sense of where our inspiration for works, such as ‘Lord of the Rings’, comes from. There are many places within Scotland that I found these utterly magical scenes…
Walking along the wandering paths of Mull, on a beautiful, sunny day, there were little treasures to be found around every bend.