Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 53

Life’s mysteries abound!

Welcome to the 53rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Together we have crossed a milestone in completing our first year’s worth of Tuesday Photo Challenges!  A heartfelt thank you to all of you who have contributed, read, commented and kept this series going across the first 52 weeks!  Let’s see what the 2nd year brings us!

With a theme like Mystery, I intentionally left the door wide open for your creative horses to gallop through and blaze new trails!  You found mystery and wonder in the world around us, the sky above and even the symbols that we summon to represent us.  You have once again managed to surprise and amaze me!  Thank you!!

Thinking of the theme Mystery, this was one image that also came to my mind…

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Resisting Escape

This image is from my series of surreal images, each of which has a touch of mystery within it.  In this image, we might wonder what is drawing the woman into the sky, or what lies behind this sky?  Why would she resist escape from this dismal bathroom?

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

  • Xenia posted first this week with a great haiku and photos in her blog Whippetwisdom.
  • Rheka’s post in wHakAahUa is filled with the mystery of flowers, which is enhanced by technique and beauty.
  • Charles’ image in charlesewaugh is truly mysterious in that, while recognizable as metal, it is not easy to figure out what it really is.
  • Ladyleemanilla combines the mysterious in both some of the unusual items that she captured and the beautiful text that accompanies it.
  • The only deadhead in the hameau provides a stunning, mysterious image in theonlyD800inthehameau; go check it out…
  • iBallRTW brings us to the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India, for some very unusual animal tracks.  Can you tell what animal made these tracks?
  • Candace juxtaposes the old and new in her post in Netdancer’s Musings; a mysterious blend results.
  • Leola’s brings us a mystery in Spiritually and Emotionally Connected with a photo that asks the viewer to identify what might be happening.
  • Ron brings us a touch of mystery in his post in Progressing into Solitude, and adds a touch of Elmo to it!
  • Amy brings us the mystery of horses in her blog The World is a Book…; what might these horses be hiding?
  • Marie’s post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect is a bit mysterious, as Jupiter was crying…
  • George, who writes the blog The Alchemist of the Woods may not have enjoyed flying (for all the right reasons), but did bring some mountain mystery with photos and poetry!
  • Miriam went all out in her post in the Showers of Blessing, as she peeled back some of the layers of mystery of our favorite planet!
  • Leaking Ink has a cat with a nose for mysteries, who solves them without any encouragement of humans!
  • Steve celebrates Earth Day with us in a Bum without a Beach and brings along some Muscovy ducks for good measure!
  • Judith shares a mysterious look from her cat in Nature Knows Best with a little touch of Macavity!
  • Debbie brings us another Forgiving Fridays post in ForgivingConnects, examining the mystery of love with a little encouragement of Meister Eckhart!
  • Khürt brings us the mystery of looking into a house in his blog, Island in the Net, as we wonder what might be going on in this house…
  • Miriam shares mystery and wonder in her post in Out an’ About, as she brings us the moon, the flowers of the earth, the road ahead and many other images!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation!  Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!  You have truly made this first anniversary very special!

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 3

Exciting landscapes abound!

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this third episode, we take a trip to one of the marvels of this planet: Iceland.  Its location at the northern end of the mid-Atlantic ridge, the meeting place of the North-American and Eur-Asian tectonic plates, provides for an unusual landscape filled with geothermal and volcanic features.

These images are from my short trip to Iceland in 2015, which gave me a taste for the wonders that fill this island.  I’m very much looking forward to go back one day to properly explore Iceland with my camera.

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an Canon EF 24-104mm f/4L lens.

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 2

Highs and lows

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this second episode, we find ourselves at the location of the Earth’s largest tidal variation: the Bay of Fundy!  The Earth’s interplay with the Moon has been key to the development of life on this little planet, and the tidal movements are a diurnal reminder of this interaction…

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Bay of Fundy at Low Tide

This image dates back just about 10 years, from when we went to visit Nova Scotia.  As my wife was running our dogs in agility, I explored Nova Scotia and found this low tide scene in the little town of Digby.

Technical Details

This image was captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using an Canon 28-80mm f/4-5.6 lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/125 second and f/9 with 400 ISO.

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 1

Where water and life meet

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

The first one, highlights some of the interesting aspects of our planet, such as water, a biosphere, temperature variations and the colors green and blue…

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Frozen Tree in Wachusett Reservoir

This image dates back just over 11 years on a chilly March day in 2006.  Due to wind and water movement, the ice tends to creep up on the shores of Wachusett Reservoir, which caused this lone tree on an outcropping to become entangled.

Technical Details

This image was captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/400 second and f/11 with 200 ISO.  It was a rather chilly shot!

Fry (or Fried)

Fry or Fried! Both!

The WordPress Daily Prompt is often a source of inspiration and sometimes amusement, which is the case in today’s prompt of Fry.  Of course, the lovable character from Futurama comes to mind immediately, but from there my brain split its paths in two directions:

  • What we use to fry
  • What tastes good fried

The latter options response could very well be: everything!  We all know that things taste better fried 🙂

Visually, two images jumped to the foreground for me:

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Wood’s Energy

and

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Time for a Fair!

Hope you enjoyed this little diversion and have a wonderful day!

Three Line Tales – Glowing

Follow the lights!

Many thanks to Sonya for Week Sixty-Four of Three Line Tales part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales week 64: light bulbs – there is a light that never goes out, maybe
photo by Nick de Partee via Unsplash

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Glowing filament,
Encased in glass, noble gas.
Incandescent guide

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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!

An Opaque Landscape

Opacity creates wonder!

We all need something Opaque in our lives from time to time, no matter how transparent we try to be in all our dealings.  It is through the opaque quantities in our lives that we learn to value both their presence and the transparency that surrounds them.

The opaque are the shadow to the light of transparency; without one, the other is not defined…

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PondScape

While looking for the Ponies of Chincoteague, opaque beauty lay right at my feet.  This is an image that I still enjoy looking at even after more than 3 years.

Technical Details

This image was captured using a Canon EOS 5D MkIII with an EF 70-200m/f2.8 lens. Exposure settings were 1/30s at f/6.3 and 800 ISO.