Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 137

A quiet moment is worth much!

Welcome to the 137th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Tranquil moments abound in the amazing array of photos that you shared in response to this week’s theme.  Many of you echoed the sentiment that it’s important to take a deep breath and step back from the chaos, particularly during this holiday season.  Your posts truly captured this sense of serenity that we often lack in our daily lives.  Thank you for all the work you put into them and the creativity that you brought to bear!

I hope that you enjoy these wonderful posts, as much as I did.

Here’s another bit of quietude…

Soft Circles among Leaves

This image is one that draws me into a meditative state, reaching inner tranquility, as my mind’s eye floats among the leaves…

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

  1. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival shows that she’s truly elf-taught: and she has great tips on photographing holiday lights!
  2. In Charles’ entry in his blog, charlesewaugh, we visit Skyline drive and get a tranquil vista of Shenandoah National Park; this is an area that I certainly want to visit!
  3. Irene shares the hush of the morning with a wonderful photo in Heaven’s Sunshine.
  4. In Jordy’s Streamings we encounter a hypnotic view of rose spirals, beautifully photographed!
  5. In this week’s entry from Don’t Hold Your Breath, we visit Shamian Island, an unhurried oasis amidst a bustling city.
  6. This week, pensivity101 takes us out on the water, where tranquil moments abound, as we glide along its surface.
  7. No shortage of tranquil location in the Limousin area, as we find out in theonlyD800inthehameau; this image certainly showcases that!
  8. Alice takes us to lovely locations in her post in the 59 Club; water brings out the tranquil moments here!
  9. In another great post in WhippetWisdom, Xenia brings the tranquility of the beaches and a wonderful haiku.  In a second post in Tranature, we enjoy tranquil moments along forest paths.
  10. The post by Na’ama Yehuda brings us in touch with Nature’s tranquil presence through a fantastic poem.
  11. In another awesome post in Junk Boat Travels, we find out about those tranquil moments on a tour bus, thanks to WiFi!
  12. In Life Amazing, we not only get to see some tranquil locations, but find out that real tranquility is achieved when the youngest children sleep!
  13. Ulli’s post in the interesting blog Banactee takes us back to a simpler time in a wonderful wooden still life!
  14. In a lovely post in A Pause for Nature, we learn to appreciate the tranquil moments of the river, as that means that it is not flooding its surrounding areas.
  15. Sarah’s posts in By Sarah and By Sarah show us two different views of tranquility.
  16. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography features a location that is known for its tranquil nature: a Japanese garden.
  17. Anita’s post in for the Love of has all sorts of tranquility, as even the birds are quiet this morning.
  18. In a great post in Roaming Urban Gypsy, we get treated to a number of sites in Brooklyn that are very tranquil.
  19. Tatiana shares a lovely post TravelArtPix of the foggy views in Nova Scotia. in Giftsmart, we get to enjoy the color purple in tranquil landscapes.
  20. Brian captured some wonderful quiet moments in Bushboys World with stunning photos!
  21. In this week’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand… Ann-Christine captures a true moment of tranquility in a gorgeous photo!
  22. Jase brings a different post in Proscenium that is all about snow business and its impact!
  23. In Heart to Heart‘s post it’s all about me time, as it’s a great time to relax!
  24. In this week’s post from MyTravelCSP, we can see ourselves sitting and being mesmerized by the water rushing by…
  25. In her post in Finding My Own Way, Laura shares a stunning photo of tranquil times in the landscape.
  26. Cee shares some wonderful shots in Cee’s Photography, where water and sky feature to quiet our mood.
  27. Woolly has several tranquil photos in his Woolly Muses post, one of which really stands out for me!  Which one really speaks to you?
  28. In a lovely post in Fleeting Muse, we are treated to two different times of tranquility: evening and morning.
  29. In Nut House Central, Kammie features several great photos and can rest easy, as Wednesday is just fine for TPC entries 🙂
  30. Maria’s photo in her post in KameraPromenader is simply stunning and wraps us in a cloak of tranquility.
  31. Deb’s photo in Twenty Four is one of those landscape images that you can simply look at for hours!
  32. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 talks about the serenity of sunsets and demonstrates it beautifully!
  33. In Photo Roberts Blog, we can feel ourselves drawn into the photos and feel the tranquil moments.
  34. Hammad showcases the silence of the blues in his photos in his wonderful Blog of Hammad Rais!
  35. In another great photo, Susan truly captures tranquility in her post in Musin’ with Susan!
  36.  With another stunning photo in Land of Images, we cherish a rare moment…
  37. In her awesome blog, This is Another Story, Yinglan features some stunning photos that really talk to this week’s theme.
  38. In another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, Debbie reviews the year and really captures the tranquility that she has achieved!
  39. In a lovely post in A Young Retirement, Bud and Jane definitely found some tranquil spots!
  40. In Sgeoil‘s post we go into Nature for a generous helping of tranquility.
  41. Olga certainly captured a beautifully seren scene in her post in Stuff and what if…, and the poem is icing on the cake!
  42. Ilka’s wonderful post in A Thousand Miles reminisces of her sons’ favorite hiding places when they were little, and their being extra quiet in hopes to not be discovered…
  43. Marie shares a gorgeous photo of a very tranquil kitchen in Aarhus in her post in the New 3R’s: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect!
  44. In a great post in Pictures without Film, we escape the maelstrom of the daily grind in Cornwall with a photo of the engine house at Carn Galver.

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 119

Whispering breezes

Welcome to the 119th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Another wonderful week of responses!

All of your posts were a delight to read both because of their creativity and the thought that you put into them.  Their were numerous interpretations of the theme Wind, each one of them interesting and beautiful.  Thank you for a great set of entries, and I hope that you’ll enjoy reading each one as much as I did!

Here’s another view of the wind…

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Autumn Winds

This image also came from a nice walk through Tower Hill Botanic Garden, as Autumn was in full swing with its rich color palette!  The breeze through the leaves gave me an idea for a slightly different technique to capture the wind…

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

  • In pensivity101‘s very creative post, she covered just about every version of wind that I can think of; go check to see, if she missed one!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom provides a wonderful haiku that sings of the wind, as Eivor and Pearl run like the wind.  Xenia’s second post in her blog, Tranature, takes a more relaxed view, as things wind down.
  • Another wonderful post in the Blog of Hammad Rais looks at those wondeful structures that are carried by the wind…
  • The day is really rather windy in the awesome photo in Land of Images‘ contribution to this week’s challenge.
  • Another fantastic post in CitySonnet, who clearly has a penchant for waves, as is evident in the great photos!
  • The windsock gives us a good indication of the weather conditions in another great post in theOnlyD800intheHameau!  The drone braves the weather just fine!
  • Olga shares an awesome event in Stuff and what if…, which is a truly epic celebration!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, there is evidence of the benefit of the wind and how we can use it!
  • Another great photo in Chateaux des Fleurs, as we get to see the wind carrying out one of its missions!
  • Petra’s post in Photoworld vol. 3 laments the lack of wind in serene images, but she did find wind in one of her images!
  • In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get to see the clouds from above, as the wind carries them forward!
  • In a lovely post in MVobsession we get to see wonderful displays of the wind and how we use it.
  • Kammie’s post in The Nut House shows off the pride of Texas as the breeze is much appreciated!
  • Jason is taking an anti-rain stance in his post in Proscenium: too much wind and rain has caused such flooding that he’s considering building an ark!
  • Candace features a rather lovely, winding path in her post in Netdancer’s Musings, which looks very inviting!
  • Ron knows which way the wind is blowing in his post in Progressing into Solitude, as the vane will tell him!
  • Sonia finds strength in the wind in her post in Sonia’s Musings, as the wind in her hair gives her the courage to face her fear of heights!
  • With a wonderful poem in Sync with Deep, we get in touch with the deep universal meaning of the wind’s breath!
  • In another fantastic post in One letter UP – diary 2.0, we see part of the wind’s effect that we may not appreciate, as the snowdrifts are pretty high!
  • Cee’s has more wonderful photos on this week’s theme in Cee’s Photography, where we get to see classic, as well as modern!
  • Stella captures some wonderful sights in Giggles & Tales; a gorgeous windmill and that Danish flag looks stunning!
  • Carol has a wonderful photo in her post in Light Words, where she talks about the impact of the wind on the flowers she put on her deck…
  • Tatiana shows off some of the beauty of Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland, in a great post in TravelArtPix; even on a windy day, it looks stunning!
  • Nicole created both a beautiful poem and photo in her post in Doar Nicole, where she describes a winding breeze!
  • In Q’s Place we get to experience a classic Dutch windmill in an unusual location: San Francisco!
  • In her blog Out of my Write Mind, Sandy shows us the tree damage that can occur due to the wind in beautiful photos!
  • In Na’ama Yehuda‘s post, she shows us the true nature of the wind’s blessing, as sailing is just amazing!
  • A great post in Wanderlust and Wonderment shows us Glacier Bay and its windy roads on a windy day!
  • Emily’s post in her blog, Zombie Flamingoes, shares the fun of the wind with us, particularly the kite-boarding!
  • Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan shares a great photo of the flags on Pier 39, which looks fantastic!
  • In a lovely post in Sharing Thoughts, Indira shows us some balloons floating on the wind, as well as an amazing winding road!
  • With great photos in KameraPromenader, Maria captured the wind in all its glorious detail!
  • In another great post in WoollyMuses, there’s lots of fun play thanks to the wind!  Kitesurfing looks like a lot of fun!
  • Jessica Marie shares a wonderful photo of her mom and herself on a windy day in Ireland in Once a Day Photos.
  • Debbie wrote another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, which focuses on a 3-step tool to help with fogirivng oneself!
  • Robert shares another amazing photo in his blog Photo Roberts Blog, where he captures the effect of the wind with subtle understatement!
  • With a great photo in sgeoil, we get to experience the beauty of the wind, echoing the words of Khalil Gibran.
  • Sonya’s photo in Middleton Road of the sunset with wind turbines is simply stunning in its serene beauty!
  • Khürt provides a truly stunning set of images in Island in the Net; he documents the Quickchek balloon festival in all its stunning colorful beauty!
  • In a lovely drawing in Cactus Dreams, we get to see a magnificent bird who is an expert at using the wind!
  • Ilka describes the winds of change in a beautiful post in A Thousand Miles, as children grow under our eyes.

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Heat

Hot days provide hot images!

Welcome to Week 116 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  The round up from last week’s challenge is queued up for publication later today.  There were some amazing colors in those posts!

After a week of color, I’m going for something that is rather topical for this week in New England: Heat! It has been hot and humid here for the past four days and it’s not about to let up.  As I have been preparing for a 5K race (race is a relative concept) for today, I’m very familiar with my body’s reaction to these temperatures in the mid-90s (33-35C during this period).

When you think of Heat, what comes to mind?  What images do you see and how would you portray it?  I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretation of Heat, and, as usual, take it in any direction that you may like!  Let your creative ideas flow freely!

Here’s a bit of the warmth for inspiration…

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Pyroplasm 3x

This image came about from a bit of experimentation with my zoom lens, while sitting around a campfire; I had taken some interesting burning wood details shots and decided to try out a zoom blur (I found that there was a name for this technique after taking this set of shots).

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 might ring true in your posts!

Heavy Glow

Through the fog of time

The WordPress Daily Prompt provides the theme of Encrusted, which is a rather interesting theme to find.

Not surprisingly, my first thoughts went to those famous jewel-encrusted crowns and swords of the fantasies of the Middle Ages.  This brought me on the path that I usually take, when looking at thematic images: go for a browse through my somewhat extensive image library.

This search led me to encounter the image that I feature here…

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Heavy Glow

Of course, you are right to question what this has to do with the theme!  When I think of jewel-encrusted objects, I see the light that creates specular highlights across the various gems, creating a sea of beauty!  This image immediately connected me to that across the fog of time….

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Circle

Coming full cycle

Welcome to Week 91 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  After the wonderful response to last week’s theme of Recycle, I thought it might be difficult to come up with another challenge that might interest you…

Then it struck me that I might be on a roll, as cycle’s word origin comes from the Greek word that also means wheel; and the shape of a wheel is a Circle!  So it was pretty easy to find this week’s theme.  In the true nature of this challenge, I fully expect you to take the word circle in any of its various meanings; Merriam-Webster showed 9 different definitions for just the noun [there are 4 more for the transitive and intransitive verb].

Have some fun with this, as you circle the Sun with your circle of friends!  I’m very much looking forward to seeing what might come forth from your minds!

Here are some circles, not all perfect…

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Soft Circles among Leaves

As the light played across the leaves, while shooting at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, I felt inspired to play around a bit and generate something a bit more abstract.  Slightly out of focus at f/4, I shot a series of 3 images that I later processed with Photomatix Pro.  While this is not your standard HDR image, I used the processing to extend the range a bit and create a softer palette of colors.

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 your recycled and recycling thoughts and creative output!

Temporary passage

Passsages of time

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Temporary.  As I extemporize about this topic, there is at least one more post that I want to share with you.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, All is temporary, the nature of our existence underscores the very concept of our time being short.  During this time, we get the opportunity to make the most of our lives in how we interact with people and how we appreciate the people that we’re lucky enough to meet.

Today’s photo highlights the very temporary nature of our existence, as I created it on the night that a very dear aunt of mine passed away.  As I went through shooting this image, I felt that there was a transition taking place, of which I learned the following morning, as she lived in the Netherlands.  Connections can be very strong, such that they cause vibrations across an ocean…

Transitions are something that we all will encounter..

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Transitions

This image was created using a long exposure, while rotating the camera and adding some zoom blur through lens rotation.  It still speaks to me today.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Heavy Glow in a Leaf Bokeh

Bokeh play out of focus

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Glow.  Definitely a natural fit for quite a bit of my photography, as I enjoy backlit images…

Today, my good friend and amazing photographer George and I went for a stroll in Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Harvard, Massachusetts.  As many of you might know, this area is one that I come back to frequently, as there is always some source of inspiration for my photography.  Of course, today was no exception!

Despite it being October 22, the weather was just perfect with a warm 72F (22C) temperature; you won’t hear me complain about this weather other than that it feels odd to have weather this warm this far into October.  As a result of the weather, trees have been slow to change their colors, which has allowed me to capture a mixture of color.

There were lots of great shots that I’ll share with you; for today, I share this little artistic number…

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Heavy Glow

Heavy glow within the leaves that float in the remainder of flooded landscape.

Have a wonderful day!