Three Line Tales – Advertising

These are not the signs you’re looking for…

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

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photo by Austin Chan via Unsplash

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Befuddled, unclear,
the message does not tell all.
Cautionary tale!

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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 77

Hour best time!

Welcome to the 77th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This was a week filled with wonderful hours and allusions to them!

The hours chosen varied in your posts for this theme, but all of them had creativity and wonderful work in common!  As photographers love this time of day, I was not surprised to see a lot of great golden hour images.  Then some of you also found clocks to let us know the hour.  The one post that surprised me most, was one that had me going cuckoo!  You’ll be sure to find it when you read through this awesome set of contributions!

Thank you all for playing this week and making my reading that much more fun!

And here’s the morning hour, even though I’m not really an early bird…

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Morning’s Fire

This is an image from my commuting series.  When my job didn’t have the same time pressures that my current one has 🙂  This is Rocky Pond in Boylston, MA, which allowed me to get some wonderful images throughout the seasons.

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

  • Sarah kicks things off again this week in By Sarah, with an hour that many of us like to encounter: Happy Hour!  Go check it out and enjoy it!
  • Sheena’s post in Leaking Ink is definitely touching in the way she describes that hour that is more special than any other hour!
  • Nicole regales us with a beautiful set of photos in Une Photo, un poéme, showing the true colors of the golden hour!
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2‘s first entry of this week,  we are treated to warm golden hours, which are condensed to golden moments in the second entry in Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2.
  • Ladyleemanilla shares some beautiful hours with us in her post this week!
  • Ed posted some wonderful views into the golden hour in his blog In my Mind’s Eye.
  • This week, iball round the world shows us that camel drivers get a break around the golden hour!
  • Xenia’s first entry in whippetwisdom.com includes a haibun and prayer for Las Vegas.  Her second entry in whippetwisdom.com is wordless and full of color.
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales takes us across a number of hours and the impression that they left.
  • Mara’s Artistry is back this week with a couple of great photos in her wonderful blog!
  • This week, theonlyD800inthehameau let’s us know exactly what the hour of the day is in another great photo!
  • In the Blog of Hammad Rais, we find ourselves in some wonderful hours that are inviting us to spend them outside.
  • Following Him Beside Still Waters not only captures the theme in wonderful photos, but also includes a great poem.
  • In ARHtistic License, Andrea takes us to the library, or, more precisely, outside the library to find the hour!
  • This week, we find a different hour in Musin’ with Susan, as she shares the blue hour in wonderful photo!
  • A great shot in BlackBody gives us insight into that hour we all dread: rush hour!
  • Frank’s entry in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking takes us on an hour’s walk through a great park!
  • Miriam’s entries in Out an’ About are always full of great photos and interesting to read; this week is no exception as she takes us to some surreal landscapes!
  • Bullyboy brings us some really interesting photos in his post in Travel387; the light in both shots is unusual and even a bit surreal.
  • Another great take on a theme in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, where we arrive at lunch hour!
  • Donna’s contribution in her very interesting blog Wind Kisses has us going cuckoo in a rather unusual location!
  • In Bajezen, we find various hours of the day covered in a wonderful fashion; time keeping is very precise!
  • Layue’s everday photo blog brings us a gorgeous shot that uses the light from the golden hour in stunning fashion!
  • Na’ama Yehuda shares another wonderful post, documenting the bewitching hour with photo and verse!
  • Miriam takes us for an hour’s walk in the Shower of Blessing, as she documents the changing of trees’ colors in Portland and the squirrels that love the park!
  • Robert’s photos in his post in Photo Robert’s Blog are bathed in that most wonderful warm light that we know to be the golden hour!
  • Imelda brings us the pleasure of kayaking around the hour of 5:00 pm in her post in My Wall; beautifully done!
  • In Pilgrim’s Photography, we find that their favorite hour is the morning twilight with some great beach photos!
  • Khürt’s post in Island in the Net brings us to Princeton for a wonderful night hour in another great photo!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand

The sands of time

Welcome to Week 78 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

It definitely took me hours to appreciate all of your wonderful entries for last week’s challenge.  The round up for those entries will appear a bit later today, as I am still catching up from my wonderful weekend guitar retreat (a post about that later in the week!)

This week is inspired by another walk along the beach; this one was during a recent, very snowy Winter, when I joined a group of intrepid (and hardy) photographers, as we went exploring various beaches on the last day of January.  There was lots of snow on those beaches, which was phenomenal, but I also captured this week’s theme: Sand!

Now, I know that your creative minds are jumping all over this right away!  And you say, quite rightly, that Sand can also be a verb…  Yes, it’s not just a pretty fun material for beaches, so take this one in the direction of your choosing and have some fun with it!!

Here’s the view of that sand…

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Fabled Lands through the Lens of Time

What drew me into this faux dune landscape were the ridges that had been carved into the sand, next to the glacial water; you know that it was cold, as salt water freezes at a lower temperature.  Peering over a ridge, this gave me the sense of looking across a desert landscape at the edge of an ice ocean.

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 you find in your sandbox, belt-sander or hourglass…

Also, an appropriate image for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Scale.

Guitar Retreat

Wonderful weekend of art

This weekend, I’m enjoying myself at a guitar retreat, where we focus on songwriting, performing, playing and general creativity. It is a great time, as I don’t often get the time to focus on guitar for this long a period of time. As you can imagine, I’m learning a lot and having a great time.

Another wonderful aspect of this retreat is its location, at Essex Woods Retreat & Meeting Center in Essex, MA. The center is set in the woods and we’re surrounded by Nature’s beauty and art, as the center used to be an artists’ center.

What you see here are a couple of the art works, from among the many great ones that are on the property.

Wobbly Walk across the Ness

A gentle walk!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Pedestrian.  A rather quotidian topic that we can treat thusly!

Yes, it is a very pedestrian response, but this foot bridge in Inverness, Scotland, came to mind.  This bridge has some rather interesting features!  It is a truly lovely walk across the river Ness, which gets a bit more adventurous, as you depart from either shore.  This bridge has quite a bit of wobble and flex to it, which makes it feel somewhat like one of those old fashioned ravine crossing bridges!

Cross at your own risk…

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Caution: bridge may wobble!

How many of you have crossed wobbly bridges?

Three Line Tales – Writer’s Block

Getting the words down…

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

three line tales week 88: dip pen and ink because it's Inktober, innit
photo by Kira auf der Heide via Unsplash

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Blank page, staring back…
Pen feels heavy, ink is dry.
Inspiration fleets!

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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 76

Wonderful signage!

Welcome to the 76th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  With this installment, I’ll be in sync again this week, which is a good sign!

You’ve certainly come up with some amazing evidence of your creativity and exploring spirit in the contributions that you’ve made to last week’s challenge of Signs!  There were some absolute stand-outs and some great humor!!  I really enjoyed reading the posts, particularly as there was wonderful variety and plenty of humor; signs seem to bring that opportunity!

And then there are the signs that Winter is coming…

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In case your drink needs some…

I came across this little scene a couple of years ago, as I was enjoying a day of beach and waterfront photography on a very cold, and photographically awesome day!  I found the snow on the letters of the word ‘Ice’ to be a bit amusing!

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

  • Sarah kicks things off this week with a trio of posts, starting in New Zealand’s Mirror Lake in By Sarah, then taking us to Middle Earth in her second entry in  By Sarah and leading us down a path marked by Ahu in the third post in By Sarah.
  • Ladyleemanilla entertains us with a wide variety of signs, among which I definitely have a favorite; which is yours?
  • Nicole takes us on a tour in Une Photo, un poéme, and I must say that it’s a good sign to be on the Alsace Wine Road!
  • Gwenn’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill has some rather eclectic signs, although I question the veracity of one…
  • Poetry in Pictures has a penchant for posting interesting responses, and this week is no exception!
  • This week, iball round the world found some rather interesting signs to contribute; wherever we go, we might need one!
  • Klara’s post in Sliku svoju ljubim II is rather peaceful, as long as we don’t disturb the neighbors!
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2‘s entry of this week, we witness the signs of impending Autumn; arachnophobes might want to be careful!
  • Stella’s array of signs, in her post in Giggles & Tales, are truly impressive.  I’ve been to some of those places; how many have you visited?
  • Photogate brings us a rather humorous view of the use of signs that can indicate a state of mind or a phase of matter.
  • The Kiwiontheloose provides us with a fantastic photo with a sign; I just wish there was a drink with it!
  • Miriam brings us the sign of her daughter’s pregnancy in the Shower of Blessing, and we hope that the delivery went well for mom and baby!
  • Bikurgurl shares both a wonderful photo and poetry in her entry; signs of luminosity are in evidence!
  • Judith puts us in a quandary in her blog, Nature Knows Best; which way will you decide to go?
  • Cee finds some rather interesting signs in Cee’s Photography, and there is one that really cracked me up!
  • Xenia’s poem and photos in whippetwisdom.com tell us about the signs of Autumn that are definitely there!
  • In this week’s post in ARHtistic License, Andrea shows us the detail of a lamp post that also provides us a sign!
  • This week’s post in Musin’ with Susan shows a wonderful collage of signs from the Women’s March with messages that need sharing!
  • This week, theonlyD800inthehameau provides great image of a sign that I can definitely buy into!
  • LeAnn provides some great views of signs in LeAnn’s Captures!  The cacti give us pause to stop and the vintage feel is awesome!
  • Bushboy’s World shows of a wonderful array of signs that he captured in his post this week!
  • This week, Urban Liaisons teaches us to say hello in many languages with a wordless sign that tells it all!
  • Marie brings us an interesting prohibition in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect: no shark fishing!
  • Frank’s entry in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking commemorates Summer and shows the first signs of Autumn!
  • In CitySonnet‘s post, we see the end of Summer and signs of Autumn, particularly in the emptiness of the beach!
  • Mike’s post in Weakly Thoughts questions the messages in the signs he saw.  I’m with him that these are not good signs to find…
  • Robert presents another amazing photo in his entry in Photo Robert’s Blog with a simple, delicate touch!
  • You’ll find humor in the photo in the post in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, which is a beautiful blog!
  • Magicandbeauty has a wonderful post with signs around the city of Sarajevo, both commemorating and informing!
  • Miriam takes us Out an’ About in her post, with signage that is both helpful and humorous, as well as the signs that the universe gives us!
  • Dawn’s post in Snap That Bug! brings us to Patchewollock, with a beautiful photo and the clear sign that this is a great area to visit!
  • Sheena’s post in Leaking Ink is wonderful in the nerdy approach that is taken to the theme!  Math nerds should love this one!!
  • Ron’s post in Locating Frankenstein’s Brain is a great array of signs!
  • Following Him Beside Still Waters gives us a great view of road signs as they are often superfluous.
  • Bullyboy closes the array of entries with some great signs in Travel387; it seems that the love of signs is everywhere!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!