Sunday Snapshot

Simple objects made into art!

For this Sunday, I thought I’d share another snap from our visit to New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill in Boylston, Massachusetts.

Jellyfish Afloat

The artful displays for the Night Lights event were everywhere and one of the indoor areas had us walking through an ocean of beauty, including this gorgeous creation.

What caught my eye is that most of the displays were made from everyday objects, including this one. Many recyclables were used to show how our simplest items can be turned into an imaginative display.

A Walk through Reykjavik (part 1)

A brief walk through part of Reykjavik and impressions gathered.

Traveling across Iceland provides a wonderful opportunity to capture its great variety of landscape, which definitely is the star of any photography tour.

Despite all this wonder, it’s worthwhile to take a walk through Reykjavik, as it features great architecture, inspiring art and a connection to its history. On the final day of the photography trip, we took such a walk.

One of the locations that stood out for me is the Hólavallagarður cemetery. It is rather different from many other graveyards in both its layout and its landscaping…

Hólavallagarður Cemetery

As you can see in this image, there are many trees planted, which gives the light a filtered quality that lends a sense of mystery to the graveyard. Walking through the cemetery, one gets a sense of the overall mood and can’t help but feel a connection with the people who lived (and died) here.

Hólavallagarður cemetery was established in 1838, and, as such, is the new graveyard, replacing one that had been used since Viking times. Some of the headstones have been sculpted by well-known Icelandic artists, such as Einar Jónsson.

Lighting the Way for the Soul

Many details can be seen in the graveyard, such as lanterns and other small objects, which one can imagine were placed to assist the souls of the departed along their continuing journey. This graveyard has the feel of connecting one to past generations through its intimate details; it’s a great place for a quiet visit.

Walking along the streets of Reykjavik, one also finds a connection with modern life…

Street Art by Deih

This mural is done by the Spanish artist Deih, and brings a very strong sense of comic book art and wonder about the nature of the character. It’s stunning and intriguing!

In another post, I will spend some time to feature some of the architecture, including Harpa!

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #023

Tossed about in the landscape…

Here comes the twenty-third mystery location post of this year….

Last week may have been a little too easy…the Tate at the Albert Docks in Liverpool is a popular location and very recognizable! For this week’s offering, I’, going to something a bit more obscure…

Under gorgeous weather conditions, something odd appeared in my path…

What happened here?

Of course, the dogs have their own opinion of the art work 🙂

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 158

Technology has a spine!

Welcome to the 158th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Fantastic use of technology this week! Your creative touch was firmly on display in the variety of technology that you brought to the table. It was a delight to read all of your posts! Of course, technology did rear its fickle head as well, as somehow more of your posts were caught in the spam filter than normal…

Regardless, I think I found all of them; if I missed one, please let me know and I will try to make amends. Please read each 0theres’ posts and have fun with them!

A bit of unusual technology…

Graffiti Anatomy

The technology layers in this images are many! From the photography to the creation of the art work, and what it represents, there is technology everywhere!

  1. Sarah kicks things off this week with another wonderful photo in her post in By Sarah; the pressure has to be just right for the IPA!
  2. Ann-Christine brings us to the intersection between technology and nature in a great post in To See the World in a Grain of Sand…; the bird should be careful!
  3. In a very cool post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are exposed to high technology in the kitchen; liquid nitrogen to make dessert looks both interesting and delicious!
  4. Bren’s photo in her post in RyanPhotography reminds us that Stewie is very interested in technology!
  5. Na’ama brings us a rather interesting post in Na’ama Yehuda; the blessed bus has amazing technology!
  6. Maria takes us to a marvel in technology in Kamerapromenader, which I have visited myself; the Falkirk Wheel is a wonderful combination of both old and new technology!
  7. Another great post in Minding my Ps with Q shares appreciation of the technology of the internet and lovely buttercups!
  8. In another enjoyable post in Photography Journal Blog, we find out what happens when rules are broken! Great result!
  9. In a very interesting post in For the Love of…, we see the results of bad planning and see what could be done!
  10. In another wonderful post in pensivity101 we learn that even a self-professed technophobe can use technology to good effect!
  11. Ken brings some stunning technology in his post in Pictures without Film; the in-box is scary… also I wonder, if the other machine works!
  12. In a great post in Life Amazing, we explore the various types of technology, which runs the gamut!
  13. This week’s entry in Fleeting Muse expertly captures the various technologies at work in reading a blog!
  14. Jase touches on some of the key aspects of technology in a great post in Proscenium, where eyes with a face are better than without 🙂
  15. This week’s contribution in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery goes back a bit in time to explore communications technology!
  16. Danny’s entry this week in Danny James Photography takes us for a ride, bicycle ride!
  17. Yinglan brings us up close to the keyboard in her exploration of technology in This is Another Story!
  18. In a very cool post in Another LQQK, Teressa brings us along the upgrade path of one of mankind’s ubiquitous devices: the phone!
  19. Sandy hangs in the breeze in her post in Out of My Write Mind, as the wind carries her onto the path of power!
  20. In another awesome post by Heart 2 Heart, we explore various protective technologies: the ever-watchful eye and the evil eye!
  21. In a truly interesting post in iBall Round the World, we learn about the technology of monitors, which are amazing ships!
  22. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent goes to the pinnacle of high tech in Seoul, South Korea!
  23. Brian features a set of birds that clearly enjoy living on the edge, in Bushboy’s World; powerful images!
  24. In this week’s post in Land of Images we find that technology can carry us a long way; in this case 100,000 miles of it!
  25. David’s contribution in David Meredith’s Photoblog features some truly tried and true technology that we still get to see at fairs!
  26. Another excellent post this week in One letter UP – diary 2.0, as we go back to classic video technology that was featured at many a family movie night!
  27. Debbie shares a wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, as she brings us the technology to make it through hard times…
  28. Donna asks Siri whether or not she likes paper maps in her post in Wind Kisses; I agree that sometimes, paper maps are wonderful!
  29. Khürt’s post in Island in the Net shares some of the technology that he uses in making the wonderful images that he shares with us!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Toys

Toys, not just for kids!

Welcome to Week 122 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  All those great posts, each one in a Row after the other, were a delight to read and view!

Quite often I spend time looking at a variety of images to decide on the theme for the week.  This time, the theme came to me right away, as this playful image guided me to Toys!  I think that our human condition puts a premium on play and inventiveness, of which toys are a perfect expression!  Of course, there are lots of different toys, many of which can be found in the most unusual locales!  One of my favorites is the spindle of adhesive tape dispensers, which makes a fantastic top 🙂

For this week’s challenge, share some of your favorite toys, whether they are found in everyday objects or true expressions of a creative mind.  I’m looking forward to seeing what you may share in these images!

As I’m a bit of a collector, here are some of mine…

Jumping Brains gather for a meeting

These are Jumping Brains, a design from the super creative mind of Emilio Garcia (website), whose art products often sell out within minutes of their release.  I’m fortunate enough to have a substantial collection of Emilio’s work, particularly some of his early work.  They are displayed with pride in my studio and a lot of fun to look at.

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 winds up filling your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 108

Ever higher and higher!

Welcome to the 108th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  It’s been great to be home this week and get back into a regular rhythm of life.

Your posts were fantastic as always, and a joy to read.  Your interpretation of the theme Rise was sometimes filled with hot air and sometimes required a climb, but always uplifting and creative!

Thank you for your great contributions!

Here’s another rise to a higher level…

Resisting Escape

This image came from a photoshoot at a somewhat dilapidated mansion in New Jersey; this bathroom inspired me to generate something bold, breaking out of the space, as if rising toward another dimension.

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

  • Sarah is high up in the air this week in By Sarah, as she is flying over Melbourne with the sun rising.
  • With another great photo in theonlyD800inthehameau, I was reminded of the Irish well-wishing “May the road rise up to meet you!”.
  • Gwenny’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill has a great rise that asks to be climbed during a wonderful hike.
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom shows the benefits of rising early with wonderful whippets.  Xenia’s second post is in her blog Tranature as she rises in the highlands toward the snow.  Both feature great haikus in addition to the photos!
  • ladyleemanilla provides another wonderful post that brings us the rise of the mountains.
  • In another excellent post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we encounter a set of abandoned structures, around which the trees have risen over the years.
  • In Fleeting Muse‘s post, we get a beautiful report on Kilauea from last year, before the big eruption of the past weeks.
  • In pensivity101, we rise up to the level of the Malvern Hills, which look like a beautiful hike!
  • Stella’s wonderful post in Giggles & Tales shows the rise of all things living that is part of the rite of Spring!
  • Candace’s post in Netdancer’s Musings takes us way up, all the way to the Continetal Divide!
  • This week’s entry by Feel Purple has a beautiful photo that highlights a majestic sunrise!
  • Nicole takes us to another spectacular location in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, as we get the opportunity to climb some natural stairs in Scotland!
  • In an outstanding post in Land of Images, we get to enjoy a wonderful photo of Red Hill.
  • In Woolly Muses, we find out what it takes to rise well above the masses, as hot air lifts us ever higher!  Great post!
  • In a great post in Bulldog Travels, we go to Crystal Hermitage and are treated to wonderful photos highlighting the flowers that brighten up the landscape!
  • Donna tells us that she’s an early riser in her blog No-Madder Nomadder which results in getting really nice sunrise photos!
  • The post in Chateaux des Fleurs rises to the occasion with a beautiful photograph!
  • Andrea’s post in ARHtistic License takes us to the Phoenix Botanical Garden, where the art is amazing!
  • Hammad’s post in The Blog of Hammad Rais reminds us to rise to the occasion with a wonderful set of images!
  • Susan really captured the right moment in Musin’ with Susan, as the whale rising out of the sea looks amazing!
  • This week’s entry from Chinese Corner with Min teaches us a bit of Mandarin about rising to the challenge!
  • This week, Nicole’s post in Doar Nicole focuses on the slow rise to heart’s yearning with beautiful poetry and photography!
  • Miriam created a beautiful, touching post in her blog Out an’ About, focusing on rising through lifting others!
  • Yinglan takes us to an amazing location in her blog This is Another Story, as we visit China’s Grand Canyon, which is truly majestic!

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

Three Line Tales – Blur

Crossing dimensions

Many thanks to Sonya for Week One Hundred and Fourteen of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales week 114: a blur of a girlphoto by Charles Etoroma via Unsplash


The sound of footsteps,
Approaching from down the hall.
Blurred lines, reality!


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 – Recycle

When old becomes new

Welcome to Week 90 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.


The Quotidian approach to our challenge elicited a great set of responses that were a pleasure to read and filled with extraordinary ideas!

The lead-in from last week’s challenge mentioned recycling, which gave me the idea for this week’s theme of Recycle!  My thinking is that you can take this week’s challenge in several directions: photograph something that is or should be recycled (lots of opportunity there) or recycle something in your image…

With this creative bunch, I think that there may be many interesting responses for this week’s theme.  Have some fun and don’t hesitate to share your artistic genius!

Here’s something that I captured that is recycled (multiple ways)…

Shark Bites – Art by Cory Clinton

This image came to be during a shoot that I did for a contest, held by the Worcester Art Museum during the Art in the Park exhibit.  What inspired me in this image was the juxtaposition between the inorganic wire mesh of the breaching shark and the lush organic backdrop, as well as the imperfection of the reflection against the stark sharpness of the original.

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!

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.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Woods

Sense of adventure

Welcome to Week 67 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

While I didn’t take a count of last week’s entries, I do suspect last week’s theme of Yellow may have produced the highest number of entries to date; and they were fantastic!!

This week, I’m sticking with Nature for inspiration with the theme of Woods.  Of course, these woods are not always the friendly, welcoming place that we might like, as we have seen in fairy tales…  Then again, they can provide respite from a long trek in the mossy bed that sprawls among the trunks of whispering trees.  The choice is yours, but I would challenge you to not just photograph the woods; set the mood with your image of what you would like these woods to give us…

As you walk into your favorite woods, open up your mind’s eye and breathe in the atmosphere that resides among the trees; let what it tells you be your guide in creating an image that tells the story of these woods.

And now for a bit of mood setting…

Something in the Woods

The idea of Pan has always been a bit sinister to me, as you know that he can be the trickster of your demise.  Finding Pan in these woods, cross-lit to great contrast, was somewhat unsettling, but also irresistible.  What deal will you make with him for safe passage?

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)!!

My curiosity is already kindled by what lays ahead in this week’s creative minds!

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