A Change of Heart

Yogic Seasons

The WordPress Daily Photo Challenge provides the theme of Transformation.

One of our most constant companions, that contribute greatly to our existence on this planet, are trees. These stately producers of oxygen, building material, shelter, shade and so much more, were often worshipped in ancient times for the magic they contain. My appreciation of trees has shown itself in quite a bit of my work, and, in particular, one tree: the Yoga Tree.

Over the years, the Yoga Tree has transformed herself in response to the seasons, as well as her environment, as you can see in the Winter images. She has always stood with pride and dignity, even now, when she is surrounded by the detritus that makes up a compost farm…

Here’s a look at some of her transformations…

This tree has brought me much joy over the years that I photographed her, and I hope that some of these images bring a bit of joy to those who view them.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Build

Building success!

Welcome to Week 85 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Your interpretations of last week’s theme of Progress were simply fantastic! Therefore, I want to keep the positive themes going this week with something that is the antithesis of much that happens in the world around us: Build! After all, building a better society, where we can build each other up and build on past successes to newer ones, we can build on that!

With this theme there are many directions, into which you can take it, and I eagerly anticipate your creative output! So whether you build with Legos, build a sandcastle, or build a relationship, follow your inner voice to capture that one image that says it all for you!

As always, remember to have some fun with this!!

When we build a house, it can start with just a couple of bricks…

One Brick at a Time!

Sometimes, a simple bit of texture captures my eye, drawing me in to discover that there is so much more…

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 catches your eye this week…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 84

Progress can be good!

Welcome to the 84th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  It was great to see how you thought about Progress in all of your posts!

It appears that progress is welcomed by most of you, although you may be selective about the types of progress you support. Many of your posts looked back and found areas where progress is a bonus, such as indoor plumbing. Many views were nostalgic, which I can definitely relate to 🙂 It was a true joy to read your posts!!

Thank you all for your wonderful effort in putting these posts together!

Here’s another item that was run over by progress…

Photographic Recall

As I was walking through Atlanta, in search of an office supply store, I encountered this shuttered store; a reminder that much progress has been made in photography, as 1 hr. color film developing is not fast enough in this day and age.

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

  • Sarah kicked things off this week, by reminding us of progress that we do not want in an outstanding post in By Sarah!
  • In Land of Images, we see the changes that have taken place on poles and pylons to going underground.
  • This week, pensivity101 tells us about the pros and cons of progress: indoor plumbing is good, which doesn’t hold true for all technology changes!
  • Nicole gives us an agricultural view of progress in her post in Une Photo, Un Poeme, which highlights the combine harvester!
  • Gwenny went to a trip into past in her post in Field Notes from over the Hill! The historic house reminds us that indoor plumbins is a good thing!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom shows us the progress of the seasons, and the wonderful progress that her whippets make in their walks!
  • In iball round the world, we make progress, as we’re halfway across the Atlantic Ocean on our wy to Spain!
  • In his post in In My Mind’s Eye, Ed documents progress in the wonderful restorations that he captured.
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra brings back some of the classic VW buses and their interesting configurations!
  • In another great post in Photo Roberts Blog, Robert shows the progress of urban renewal under way!
  • In her post in Mara’s Artistry, Mara visited Berlin and reminds us of the importance of learning from our shared history, lest we repeat the mistakes of the past.
  • Candace’s post in her blog Netdancer’s Musings shows the progress that has been made in photography and videography.
  • This week’s entry in theonlyD800inthehameau brings us a wonderful photo that highlights the progress in argricultural power sources!
  • In The Nomadic Architect‘s post, we are reminded of a simpler time, when communication was not yet electronic…
  • Bushboy also remindes us of a time when we wrote letters in Bushboy’s World, which disappeared in postboxes to magically arrive at their desitination!
  • This week’s entry from Black Body treats us to progress in the view of a monochromatic white rose.
  • In a Day in the Life, we see progress over the years, as the flower girl becomes the bride! Great post!
  • Bullyboy looks at progress in multiple directions in Travel387; both horizontal and vertical progress are featured!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects takes aim at making progress through letting go of those serious aspects in life that can hinder our forgiving ourselves.
  • In Doar Nicole, we get to see beautiful images of flowers’ progress through the transformations that they undergo. Wonderful post!
  • In Wind Kisses‘ post, we get a trip to the Tonto National Monument, which gives us a view of how living style has progressed across the ages.
  • In Leaking Ink, we get a wonderful set of images that give a view of progress, sometimes at a snail’s pace, and how it starts with the first step!
  • Susan has a very interesting view of progress in Musin’ with Susan, as she has adopted a personal robot…
  • Khürt finds some really excellent progress in his post in Island in the Net; he speaks of the Mango Shape of Haze to Come!
  • In Poetry in Pictures, we get a wonderful view of the progressive waves, as they come in during the day.

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Changing Times

Seasons and industry

The WordPress Daily Photo Challenge provides the theme of Transformation.

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the change of the seasons; today, another area of transformation.

In New England, one of the changes we see in many towns is that transformation of industry across the last century or two. Mills were built everywhere during the 19th century, using the power of the water that was available in many locations.  However, as the 20th century changed the main source of power from water and steam to electrically driven manufacturing, locations of the mills would change. As a result, many of the bustling mills were abandoned and many towns faltered.

Here’s a look back into the 19th century…

Mills on the Connecticut River

The good news is that many of these classic buildings are being repurposed as office space, living space and some new manufacturing. This type of reuse is fantastic to see!

Have a wonderful day!

The more things change

Beauty of transformation

The WordPress Daily Photo Challenge provides the theme of Transformation.

Transformation is something that surrounds us at all times, as the pace of change in the world around us can at times be breakneck and at other times be glacial. One of the most enjoyable areas of change for me is the constant flow of the seasons, particular the one that I like best: Autumn.

Autumn is that one season when we get to take a deep breath after the heat of Summer dissipates and before our breath is taken away by the frigid temperatures of Winter. Add the beauty of the leaves colors in New England and we have  perfect season!

Here’s a view of this change…

Autumn Serenity

A soft look at the light playing through the leaves…

Have a wonderful day!

P.S. not sure what happened to the text yesterday…

Three Line Tales – Epiphany

That morning moment…

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

three line tales week 95: cowboys down under because the first Ashes test starts todayphoto by Tobias Keller via Unsplash


Ride through forest glade,
Morning mists embrace stillness.


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 83

Lovely connections made!

Welcome to the 83rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  My apologies for posting this round up a bit late, as I have been a bit busy this past weekend.

Your entries into this week’s challenge were not just fantastic, they showcased the connections made by bridges in lots of wonderful ways!  It was lovely to see the human bridges, as well as physical bridges; Nature also played a key role in some of your posts, much to my enjoyment!

Thank you all for great posts!

Sometimes a bridge provides us with quiet reflection…

Quiet reflection

During a morning exploration, I found this beautiful new bridge that makes up part of a trail system. On this particular day, the river was smooth as glass, allowing for a crisp, clean reflection.

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

  • Sarah takes us to the joy of her wedding day in By Sarah; wonderful moments! In a second post in By Sarah, we are treated to her jumping off a bridge (don’t worry!)
  • In his post in In My Mind’s Eye, Ed captures a wonderful scene with a lovely bridge crossing a fantastic little stream!
  • This week’s entry in theonlyD800inthehameau shows us some great photos of classic medieval bridges!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom shares one of those magical whippet dreams of the bridge between wind and waves; beautiful!
  • Gwenny takes us across the bridge in her post in Field Notes from over the Hill!  There’s also a classic crossing for trains in her post!
  • In Land of Images, we get a view from a punter on the river Cam, as we approach a bridge; where could we be?
  • Let’s Take a Walk and discover… to find a bridge that is not across water; great capture by Michelle!
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra has a wonderful array of bridges and beautiful settings, some of which take us into a fairy tale!
  • This week, pensivity101 takes us back to the golden age of trains, when steam filled the sky and their sound echoed among the hills.  Lovely times!
  • In Urban Liaisons, we are invited to cross the chasm way up high, across a bridge that is not for the faint of heart!
  • Nicole features a bridge across the river Seine in Une Photo, Un Poeme, which is not only long at more than a mile, but also has a span over half a mile between two piers!
  • In iball round the world, we learn about the subtle art of one of the most prodigioius hunters: the souvenir seller in Viet Nam!  Great post!!
  • Debbie brings us something unusual in Travel with Intent, as she captures a bridge without traffic in Scotland!  Find out why…
  • Robert’s images are always wonderful, and his contributions to this theme in Photo Roberts Blog are no exception!
  • Candace’s post in her blog Netdancer’s Musings presents us with a wonderfully framed image to give a view from a bridge…
  • In Sunshine’s Snapshots, we are treated this great little bridge in a gorgeous garden; awesome!
  • Nadia’s entry in Layue’s everyday photo blog takes us into the beautiful city of Prague and one of its amazing bridges. Gorgeous!
  • This week’s entry from Black Body, a wonderful blog, takes us to a bridge between East and West, with a new look that lifts us up!
  • In Doar Nicole, we not only get treated to wonderful colors, but we also discover a bridge that is perfect in the landscape!
  • Cee always has a great entry, and this week’s post in Cee’s Photography is evidence of that; which one is your favorite bridge?
  • Linda takes us to Rome in her post in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, with a beautiful photo of one of the Eternal City’s many bridges.
  • A wonderful entry that shortens the distance comes from the Blog of Hammad Rais, which shows a great bridge!
  • Bushboy has a wonderful collection of classic bridges in Bushboy’s World, among which I like many!
  • In a Day in the Life, we get treated to a great view of the Triboro Bridge with an interesting perspective!
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude has an impressive array of bridges in great photos!
  • In Wind Kisses‘ post, we go back to Nature to discover a stunning array of bridges created from stone by wind.
  • Andrea’s post in ARHtistic License brings interesting variety of bridges, ranging from natural to decorative.
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects tells us of building bridges between fear and love, with forgiveness at their base; great post!
  • In Leaking Ink, we take a step in time across an array of bridges, some of which are rather unusual!
  • Michael’s bridge in Life is a Hobby is a truly inspiring image in composition and color! Stunning!
  • Susan takes us to a garden in her post in Musin’ with Susan, and it’s not just any garden, as it’s Monet’s garden!
  • ladyleemanilla has me rather intrigued with her Bridge post; is it a model or is it real life?  What do you think?
  • In Arizona Mary Photos, we get a view of the Rattlesnake Bridge and learn a bit of its sordid history!
  • Khürt introduces us to a fantastic bridge and photogenic area in Island in the Net; the Institute Woods looks stunning!
  • Bullyboy takes us under the bridge in his post in Travel387; and, for an encore, we explore more bridges in Travel387; well done!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!