A Walk Across the Forum – pt. 2

From 2017, one of my favorite places to go for a walk! It’s a journey through history, as there is an incredible concentration of sites that were significant in European history.

Dutch goes the Photo!

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Forum in Roma.  After all, the Forum was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city’s great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million sightseers yearly.

Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. The Roman Kingdom’s earliest shrines and temples were located on the southeastern edge. These included the ancient former royal residence, the Regia (8th century…

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lock

Locked onto love!

Welcome to week 173 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Please note that last week’s Round Up will be published later tonight (EDT)

After a week of exploring all that is Overhead with fantastic results, I thought I would really mix it up this time. The theme came to me rather quickly, as I was browsing through some of my images. I saw this view from high up (kind of overhead view of Vienna…) and Lock‘ed in! Yes, there’s the Lock, such as this padlock, but there’s also a lock of hair, a lock through which you can travel with your boat… I’ve got the feeling that many of you will lock into something rather creative!!

Have some fun with this theme and I’m very curious to see what wonderful posts that you will create.

Here’s the love lock in Vienna…

Eternal Connections

This shot is from high up on St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna (luckily, there’s an elevator), where there’s a fantastic view and this eternal declaration of love!

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)!!

Lock your focus on something that catches your eye!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 172

Overhead can be a good thing!

Welcome to the 172nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Things are looking up! Your posts for this week’s theme were spectacular and showed a tremendous amount of creativity. There certainly were a couple that blew me away, both in terms of content and artistry, and I’ll be curious to hear which among all these great posts had a similar effect on you. I feel privileged to read all of your contributions to the theme of Overhead, and they were extremely enjoyable!!

Thank you for all the effort that you put into these posts, and I hope that you enjoy reading each other’s posts!

Here’s a bit more of an overhead view…

And not a drop of rain…

This art installation was in one of the main shopping streets in Brno, Czechia; it was fun to try and capture the colorful aspects of the installation on such a beautiful, rain-free day!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Sarah starts things this week with an extreme reduction of overhead in her post in By Sarah; this is why cooler heads prevail!!
  2. Jez brings a supermassive crane in his post in Jez Braithwaite; great shots of something that one might not want to walk under…
  3. Nicole shares an absolutely lovely image in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; it will inspire many to look up more frequently!
  4. Brian proves that timing really is everything, as we can see in his post in Bushboy’s World; it looks like he has the world by its tail 🙂
  5. The feeling I get from the wonderful photo in Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery is that either I’m stuck in the well, or things are looking up…
  6. Debbie takes us back to Moldova in her post Travel with Intent, where we encounter little Guguta’s big hat. In a second post in Travel with Intent, Debbie takes us through the queue into Kew gardens for some lovely views! And, not to be outdone, Debbie shares a third post this week in Travel with Intent, where she brings on the color of the Batala at the Fringe festival in Edinburgh!
  7. This week we get to visit the Hagia Sophia in Don’t Hold Your Breath, but not the one that everyone has heard of…rather, the little Hagia Sophia, which is stunning as well!
  8. This week’s amazing photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau takes us into the sky at an Estevol in the town of Blond; is it a bird or is it a kite?
  9. Xenia shares two great posts this week; the first is in Tranature, where she captures what will lift many birds overhead. A great day for peace! In WhippetWisdom, we encounter those amazing whippets and there’s something floating overhead… More fun!
  10. Klara takes us back to Brussels in her post in Sliku soju ljubim II, but I might just pass on that dinner invitation… Hope nobody dropped their silverware!
  11. There are some amazing views in pensivity101‘s post, which I very much enjoy; my favorite among these has a truck passing over the boat…
  12. Ken takes a rather playful approach to the them in his blog Pictures without Film; we get to see the shot from overhead, but might wonder what the other photo would show us!
  13. This week in The Jesh Studio, we get a playful set of looks at the 90 days of Summer.
  14. Ann-Christine shares some rather amazing overhead views in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; that bookstore definitely grabs my attention!
  15. In a wonderful post in iBallrtw, we visit Budapest for a stunning art installation hanging inside a beautifully constructed dome!
  16. Jase’s post in Proscenium is all about hope… Hope for a Garden, and I think that things are looking up!
  17. Maria has a couple of great photos for this week’s theme in her blog Kamerapromenader! I’m not sure that I would dare to sit on that edge in one of them…
  18. Viveka has another great set of photos for this week’s theme in her post in MyGuiltyPleasures; I bet those balloons were amazing to see in the sky!
  19. Len put together a great set of photos in his post in Len Journeys, which also has an excellent quote! Those teddy bears are fantastic!
  20. A wonderful post in the blog Mama Cormier has us looking to see what is overhead and the variety is wonderful!
  21. Jackie brings us an overhead view from a boat in Junk Boat Travels, and we get to see locks! Love locks that is!
  22. Teressa is prepared for the weather, as we can see in her post in Another LQQK; of course, on a sunny day you don’t really need it…
  23. David captures some amazing skies in his post in David M’s Photoblog; the color and composition of these images is stunning!
  24. In an awesome post in Zombie Flamingoes, Emily has us looking up, and I know that I can’t jump high enough to touch that!
  25. Susan goes way up high in her post in Musin’ with Susan: all the way to the moon!! Also, take a look at her week in review in Musin’ with Susan, as there are some amazing photos!
  26. Kammie’s collection of shots for the theme in Nut House Central is fantastic; they also made me smile!!
  27. Na’ama manages something special in her post in Na’ama Yehuda: the bird is both overhead and overheard!
  28. Some cultures use different methods than we expect to ward off evil spirits, as we see in an interesting post in Heart 2 Heart!
  29. Deb catches something very useful overhead in her post in Twenty-Four; that should eliminate a bug or two!
  30. Cee’s photos in her post in Cee’s Photography provide some great overhead shots; I particularly like the reflection!
  31. Woolly definitely has traveled to some great places, as we see in his post in Woolly Muses, where the eagle soars and the leaves rustle!
  32. Ulli gives us a great view looking up in Suburban Tracks, which makes me want to explore more of what lies overhead.
  33. The Captain takes us on a great trip to Paris in Capt Jill’s Journeys, as we get to see some wonderful overhead shots in the city of light!
  34. Robert gives us a magnificent view of the arch of the bridge in Photo Roberts Blog; I love the tonality and composition of this shot!
  35. Clearly the monorail is the way to get around in Las Vegas, as we see in Tatiana’s post in Vegas Great Attractions; Tatiana also gives us a great view of bird’s nests in her post in Travelways.
  36. Sometimes the art is right overhead, as we see in a great post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0; what caught my eye is that this piece of art is a creation by George Sherwood, who has an exhibition of pieces at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA, one town over from me.
  37. I have to say that I’m blown away by the great overhead views in the post in SheetalBravon; those Swedes have the best subway stations!!
  38. Another light-hearted post in sgeoil shows what happens when someone goes to fly a kite!
  39. Irene captures something that is overhead all of us in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; that is a stunning sky!
  40. A great set of overhead views are in the post in A Day In The Life, where Nature shows off her best!
  41. A wonderful post Left Hand, Left Foot… Marching On, has us looking up to see some wonderful overhead vistas!

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

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #014

Wonderful architecture

Here comes the fourteenth mystery location post of this year….

Last week’s entry in this series was very difficult, so this week should be a bit more straightforward, as the landmark is rather pronounced…

Where is this?

Plenty of mystery here…

There are some advantages to business trips, such as getting great views, such as these!

Three Line Tales – Gold

Follow the road…

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

three line tales, week 184: rainbow brick road leading towards an Icelandic church
photo by Dave Herring via Unsplash

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

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Colors of rainbow,
Lead us forward on the path.
Where’s the pot of gold?

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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!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 171

Straight lines, right angles…

Welcome to the 171st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you for your patience! As always, I really enjoyed reading your posts and I have to say that there were a couple of posts that really surprised me with the novel, creative way, in which you approached the theme of Rectangle. Well done!! Thank you also for the excellent effort that you put in these posts! It shows in the quality and level of photography and prose and poetry that you produce.

Please enjoy each other’s posts and give some props to your fellow blogosphere community members!

Here are some more rectangles…

Colorful, yet foggy!

This scene is at the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, Iceland. The town os Siglufjörður is a great place to visit; when you visit, you may notice that the two served as a backdrop for a significant number of locations of the Icelandic mystery series titled Trapped in English.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Danny starts things this week with a large number of rectangles in his post in Danny James Photography; he’s cruising!
  2. Erika has her own collector of rectangles in Nora Vista, who also makes something rather nice out of those rectangles!
  3. Sarah probably has the most delicious rectangles in her post in By Sarah; which flavor speaks to you?
  4. Jez captures a great variety of rectangles in his post in Jez Braithwaite; the combination of curvature and rectangles really speaks to me!
  5. Modern architecture in Abu Dhabi looks amazing thanks to the great photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau! Wonderful curvature too!
  6. Plenty of rectangles to be found in pensivity101‘s post, as the boat was a great place to find them!
  7. Michelle brings us a lot of metal in her post in her blog Take a Walk and Discover...; neatly arranged in their rectangular cubby holes!
  8. Ann-Christine has another wonderful view of Iceland in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; look closely and you will see a steeple in the pattern…
  9. Elizabatz has an exhibition opening up on August 7 that will be shown during the entire month of August. The poster is in Albatz Adventures; if you’re in Vancouver stop by the Brittania Art Gallery on Napier Street and enjoy!
  10. Ken features some amazing, ancient rectangles in his blog Pictures without Film; this abode in Melin Llynon, Anglesey, is truly interesting!
  11. Another great post in iBallrtw shows us tons of rectangles, as the containers are stacked in Lucayan Harbour!
  12. This week’s amazing post in Don’t Hold Your Breath takes us to the Museum of Tiles in Lisbon, Portugal. The tiles are pure works of art!
  13. Klara takes us to Brussels in her post in Sliku soju ljubim II, where we get to enjoy a festival of lights!
  14. Maria finds rectangles everywhere with a great shot of the new building of Uppsala University in her blog Kamerapromenader!
  15. In this weeks’s entry in Chateaux des Fleurs, we get to see a creative approach to the theme, as the framing of the image creates the rectangle!
  16. Jackie finds us a lot of creative rectangles in her post in Junk Boat Travels, which are amazing pieces of art in their own way!
  17. In another fantastic post in the blog The Jesh Studio, Jesh brings us a sense of serenity and a beautiful rectangle!
  18. Na’ama truly captures a sight to behold in her post in Na’ama Yehuda, with a poem that shares what is really important!
  19. Jase goes on a surfin’ safari in another cool post in Proscenium, as the fun of paddle boarding is explored!
  20. As we can see in a lovely post in radhikas reflection, rectangles are everywhere, even in some delicious places!
  21. The memorial that we get to see in Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery is certainly on my list to visit; it’s a stark reminder of what happens when people follow the wrong leaders. A wonderful post!
  22. Brian definitely captured some wonderful rectangles in his travels, as we can see in Bushboy’s World; I particularly love the ones with great texture next to them.
  23. Nicole shares a wonderful photo of Notre Dame de Langonnet in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; excellent post!
  24. Anita posts an amazing set of warm photos in Anita’s Images; I can imagine how wonderful it must be to traverse those streets!
  25. Debbie takes us to Tiraspol in Transnistria in her post Travel with Intent, which is a city and country that I didn’t know about. It’s a great post! In another post, Debbie takes us back to Moldova in Travel with Intent, where curves and straight lines intersect!
  26. Xenia manages to find rectangles in Nature, which is not that easy; her post in WhippetWisdom features great scenery and whippets!
  27. Robert’s photos in Photo Roberts Blog are simply stunning, as they bring rectangles into view in a wonderful composition!
  28. Another cool post in the59Club stacks the rectangles pretty well…containers are very adaptable!
  29. Sandy’s post in Out of My Write Mind has an amazing photo and also contains a great poem!
  30. Marie showcases some wonderful architecture in her post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; these are classic houses in Denmark.
  31. Irene photographed a beautiful windows for her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; those windows really set the mood!
  32. David shows the benefit of looking up in his post in David M’s Photoblog; sometimes the rectangles are just overhead!
  33. When one visits New York City we find what we see in a cool post in A Day in the Life: rectangles are everywhere!
  34. Hammad gives another great post in the Blog of Hammad Rais, where decorative, colored glass panels make for great rectangles!
  35. There’s nothing like getting a combination of curves and rectangles, as we see in a lovely post in Heart 2 Heart!
  36. A fun post in sgeoil provides really interesting interplay between lines and some great rectangles!
  37. Clearly, these rectangles create a place where one doesn’t want to cast the first stone, as we can see in Land of Images; fantastic post!
  38. Cee’s post in Cee’s Photography features yet another wonderful set of photos with great subject matter!
  39. Deb locks into a great view of rectangles in her post in Twenty-Four; sometimes they are right there with us!
  40. Woolly breaks out his own challenge in a cool post in Woolly Muses, so go visit and see, if you can solve the puzzle!
  41. Debbie presents us with another great post in forgivingconnects, where she focuses on some important rectangles: money and how forgiveness and self-care is critical!
  42. Viveka shares a stunning photo in her post in MyGuiltyPleasures, which is a lovely blog!
  43. The exhibit that was visited might have been Ansel Adams, which made the post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0 even more appropriate, as art was found in unexpected places!
  44. Teressa finds rectangles in one of my favorite places in her post in Another LQQK; I love the texture and feel of those buildings!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Overhead

What is green and gold?

Welcome to week 172 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Please note that last week’s Round Up will be published later tonight (EDT)

Clearly, I need to spend more time going back through all of my travel photography, as there are so many images that I have never had the time to process. The inspiration for this week’s theme came from there… As I often take the time to look at things around me from a different angle, I thought that Overhead might make a good theme. Of course, you can feel free to interpret the theme in any direction that you may wish, as the word has multiple meanings in the English language!

So, I hope that your overhead will be minimal in looking at what lies overhead this week, as you come up with some creative views and interpretations of the world around you! Have fun with this theme and definitely think out of the box!

Here’s what I saw, when I looked overhead in Israel 3 years ago…

The Canopy is Rich!

As I finished up my exploration of the wonderful site of Apollonia, just north of Herzliyah, in Israel, I walked under these gorgeous trees and looked up. And, there it was, playing among the leaves: a strong Sun making its presence felt!

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)!!

Don’t look straight into the Sun (even with your camera)! Looking forward to all of your great images!