Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music

A song of photography!

Welcome to Week 62 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s entries were absolutely spectacular!  I expected to see a great turnout with the theme of Unusual, and you blew my mind with those creative, funny and intriguing entries.  As I was thinking about this week’s theme, I was leaning toward something rather tricky, which I may still use at some time in the future, but decided to expand the reach of the challenge a bit with Music.

Music is all around us and more than just a human form of expression, as Nature is filled with examples of great music from the birds in the trees to the whales in the oceans.  As usual, you can take poetic license into any direction that you desire, so that it can be music to your ears, a great performance or a cacophony of atonal sound!

One way of capturing music for reproduction is shown here…

The Score

This image is from about 5 years ago, when we were challenged to provide some appropriate wall decor for a music school that was just opening nearby.  Interestingly enough, this is not one of the images that was chosen, even though I thought it to be technically superior to one of my images that was selected.

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 a symphony of wondrous entries!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 61

You’re all unusual!!

Welcome to the 61st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  In picking the theme of Unusual, I knew that I’d open the doors wide for your creative brains…

It was an absolute joy to read your posts, some of which made me think, chuckle and snort and some of which made me laugh out loud!  Your eye for the unusual was combined with a great view of how to present that unusual in the best light.  Please read each others’ posts and be as amused and tickled as I was!!

Thank you for another great set of entries and all the hard work that you put into your posts!!

Here’s something rather unusual (it’s one of a kind!)…


Graffiti Anatomy

As many of you are aware, I collect unusual, custom toys/collectibles, some of which are rather frightening or disturbing.  This Graffiti Anatomy was a very limited edition cast made by Chris Alexander; what makes each one unique is that the purchaser was allowed to select the color scheme to be used by Chris.

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

  • pensivity101 went full tilt with a series of winners to the caption contest that was implied with the image that I provided; punster indeed!
  • I have to say that the image in Bushboy’s World was one that truly surprised me, although it is clear that Nature has plenty of surprises for us!
  • Ladyleemanilla alwys has a wealth of images to share for these challenges, and this week’s unusual set of contributions were, as always, wonderful!
  • Raj’s images in his blog XDrive provided some unusual images, which, as he said, can only happen in India!
  • Nicole’s post  in Une Photo, un poéme tells us about Bréhat Island off the coast of Brittany, which is rather unusual… go find out why!
  • Charles takes us to the unusual geography of Yellowstone in his post in charlesewaugh!
  • Sliku svoju ljubim II provides us with the most unusual cross between a mustache and a beard!!
  • Gwen of the wonderful blog Field Notes from over the Hill has a bunch of unusual occurrences in her post this week!
  • Stella’s images in Giggles & Tales have some wonderfully odd views; she proves that sometimes the way you look at something can have quite the effect.
  • As Cee is well known for her odd ball challenge, I was not surprised that her entry in Cee’s Photography was truly unusual!
  • Photo Robert’s Blog is filled with amazing photography and his entry in this week’s challenge was quite apt!
  • A Fiery Spirit is a cool blog and what unusual images in the post for this challenge!
  • Candace’s photo series in Netdancer’s Musings .truly has one of the most unusual occurrences that I have ever seen…you’d better go see for yourself!
  • Miriam’s post in Showers of Blessing has wonderful photos of one of the more unusual geese: the Egyptian goose!
  • By Sarah is a beautiful blog and her entry proves that two heads are better than one!
  • Xenia goes wordless in whippetwisdom.com this week; it must have been the stunned silence by Eivor staring at the castle that caused this.
  • Marie found a total screamer in her unusual post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect!
  • What is so unusual about a white horse, you say?  Go to theonlyD800inthehameau, and find out for yourself!
  • Judith has found some really nice fruit in Nature Knows Best; there’s something unusual about it ….
  • Cookies & Moo entertains us with a rather unique view!
  • Let me know, if you can view Miriam’s post in  Out an’ About without laughing!
  • Marga’s post in The Photographer Smiled… may be a bit unusual, unless you cut your apples with scissors every day!
  • Lacy’s photos in Adventures of a Busy Mom capture some rather unique formations, but leave me wondering: how do trees feel about this?
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects presents a most unusual being: the forgiving person!
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 shows us an image that I find hard to explain, as it presents so much unusualness!
  • Sonya allows us to relate in her post in Middleton Road, as we’re all likely to have found ourselves in that position…
  • Khürt extols the unusual powers of Hüll Melon hop in his post in Island in the Net; Troon Brewing knows just what to do with this hop!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation! Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!

Catnaps and Sundays

Cat photo contribution!

At some point during our week, we all look to get some time to relax and recover from the busy schedules that keep driving us forward during the workweek.  Usually, it’s not until Sunday that this time arrives, as Saturday has time for errands and other minor tasks around the house.

Unfortunately, there’s still some leftover work to be done before starting Monday’s busy schedule, but with a morning jog and a visit from my daughter it should still be relaxing.

Despie that, there is one denizen of our house that manages just fine….

Noodle’s abode

A shoebox is all that Noodle needed to relax!

Where is this location?

Strange and mysterious

It’s been quite a while, since I have challenged you with a mystery location.  The last mystery location in November baffled most people, as it was a while back in Hamilton, Bermuda.

I will narrow today’s location down a bit, by letting you know that it was during my recent travels that I came upon this location.

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What is this place?

I had to reach around a bit with my iPhone to even get this shot, so the light was definitely not the best.  What can you tell me about this location and what happened here?

Highlights of Italy

It’s just a beginning

As there still are hundreds of photos to process, I thought I’d give you a look back across the first couple of weeks’ batch with some of my favorites among them.

They are definitely beginning to get their own flavor…

Which of these are among your favorites thus far?

Three Line Tales – Gorgons

Float with a sting!

Many thanks to Sonya for Week Seventy-Two of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

photo by Joel Filipe via Unsplash


Floating through space long,
Algol’s offspring finds Gaea!


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!

A Walk through Pienza – pt. 1

A renaissance experiment

In the continuing quest to edit my photographs from our trip to Italy, I decided to let my interests in the image follow a meandering path that had me stopping by the town of Pienza this past weekend.  As I got about half of my images edited, I thought I’d share them today in a first installment.

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Before the village was renamed to Pienza its name was Corsignano. It is first mentioned in documents from the 9th century. Around 1300 parts of the village became property of the Piccolomini family. after Enghelberto d’Ugo Piccolomini had been enfeoffed with the fief of Montertari in Val d’Orcia by the emperor Frederick II in 1220. In the 13th century Franciscans settled down in Corsignano.

1405 Corsignano was the birthplace of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Italian: Enea Silvio Piccolomini), a Renaissance humanist born into an exiled Sienese family, who later became Pope Pius II. Once he became Pope, Piccolomini had the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance town and renamed it after himself to Pienza. Intended as a retreat from Rome, it represents the first application of humanist urban planning concepts, creating an impetus for planning that was adopted in other Italian towns and cities and eventually spread to other European centers.

The rebuilding was done by Florentine architect Bernardo Gambarelli (known as Bernardo Rossellino) who may have worked with the humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti, though there are no documents to prove it for sure. Alberti was in the employ of the Papal Curia at the time and served as an advisor to Pius. Construction started about 1459. Pope Pius II consecrated the Duomo on August 29, 1462, during his long summer visit. He included a detailed description of the structures in his Commentaries, written during the last two years of his life.