Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fall

Soft light comes to us

Welcome to week 176 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After a week of living the City life, I think it’s time to go back to Nature for this week’s theme. As Autumn approaches in the Norther Hemisphere, I thought it might be interesting to go for a theme that riffs on that concept with Fall. In the American version of the English language the season of Autumn is often called Fall. What I like about this theme is that the word fall can be taken into other directions, from trip and fall to Victoria Falls and many stops in between.

So, I’m leaving the choice of direction squarely in your hands and create minds and eyes! Mostly, just go out and have fun with this one!! Can’t wait to see where you take this!

Here’s a more abstract approach to the lovely colors…

Muted Fall Tones

As many of you are aware, I like to experiment in my photography and, from time to time, will try something different to get more of a sense of the moment and surroundings, rather than a purely representational capture. By taking the aperture down to f/22 and going out of focus, there appears this rather soft sense of color over structure…

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)!!

Be careful not to fall and have everything fall into place for your photo!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 104

Breathe deep, the gathering gloom

Welcome to the 104th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Your posts were filled with a breath of fresh air!  The moods created in your posts were filled with the breath of life, whether resulting from the clean air of Nature, the exhalation of a child into a soap bubble or the trees that produce a large part of the oxygen we need every couple of seconds.  Filled with the spirit of the universe, it was a joy to read each and every one of yours posts!

Thank you for your amazing contributions to this theme, as we all breathe together on a planet that tells us to care for one another and the environment, in which we live.

Here’s a sample of some of my favorite air to breathe….

Autumn’s Leaves

Sometimes, looking up, we get the most stunning views, such as these Autumn leaves against the bright blues sky; this is the season, in which I love to get outside and breathe in the cleanliness and purity of the air.

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

  • Kicking things off this week is Sarah in her post in By Sarah, which takes us to New Zealand to breath in the fresh air in Buller Gorge!
  • ladyleemanilla provides a great set of images, which are great to breathe in deeply and appreciate.
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales takes us to a great set of locations that lend themselves to sitting down and take in a deep breath!
  • In a great post in Life of Manders, we get a fantastic view of Hraunfossar in Iceland which is filled with stunning landscapes!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom brings us a new breath, as Eivor and Pearl enjoy the fresh air!
  • In What if we all cared?, we get a wonderful post about taking a breath, relaxing and roasting some marshmallows.
  • In pensivity101, we breath in the fresh morning air, as we’re floating along the canals and rivers.
  • In another great post from Anita’s Images, we go for a hike in Majjistral Park which is filled with breathtaking views and a great Basenji!
  • In Field Notes from over the Hill, Gwenny takes us to one of her favorite locations, where she could sit all day and breathe in the entire place.
  • The Dolomites in Italy is where Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery brings us to breathe in fresh mountain air!
  • In a great post in theonlyD800inthehameau, we get to enjoy a great photo and some lateral thinking, as breath is filling the soap bubble!
  • Nicole takes us to Ben Nevis in Scotland in Une Photo, Un Poéme, where we get a breath of fresh air thanks to a tree!
  • In a Roaming Urban Gypsy, we get to visit some of the breathing sites in the city, some of which have drawn their last breath…
  • In a great post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are taken to an awesome place to take a break and breathe deeply!
  • Frank’s post in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking speaks of urban renewal, as we visit the Chicago River!
  • Donna’s contribution in her blog No-Madder Nomadder takes us into the mountains along challenging trails to where the air is clear to breathe!
  • In a wonderful post in EONYC, we get a breathing and dancing view of the fun that can be had!
  • We get another great view in the post in iballrtw, as we take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air in Myanmar!
  • Robert has another great photo in Photo Roberts Blog, as he takes a view across the water where we take a deep breath!
  • In Espiritu en Fuego, we get treated to yoga with a cute chichuahua and great photos!
  • In a Day in the Life, we go out to where all us can breath: Nature!  The photography is stunning!
  • A great post in All the Shoes I Wear takes us to numerous locations that can have us breathing deeply!
  • In a lovely post in Land of Images, we breathe in the clean air of the Highlands, as we admire some awesome waterfalls.
  • Miriam’s awesome post in Out an’ About takes us to the ocean, which is where she likes to take a deep breath of the salty air!
  • Hammad’s post in The Blog of Hammad Rais focuses on the colors of flowers that breathe!
  • In a great post in Woolly Muses, we cycle through the fresh air that is generated by trees.
  • Susan takes us into a breath of Spring in Musin’ with Susan, as she brings us the first rose of Spring!
  • Another wonderful post in Chinese Corner with Min brings us the fresh air that is brought by a generous Spring in Beijing.
  • George has a fantastic post in the Alchemist of the Woods, as he takes us to a program that connects girls with horses to help them overcome trauma in their lives.
  • Layue’s everyday photo blog takes us to a green field at sunrise, where we breathe in the freshness of life.
  • Miriam has put together another great post in Showers of Blessing, as she heeds the call of Spring!
  • Xenia created a lovely post in her blog Tranature, where we find the mist across the river generating a deep breathable mood.

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hills

A gentle slope

Welcome to Week 98 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Your contributions on last week’s theme of Shape were definitely in tip-top shape and very creative!

Last week’s theme led me to the idea of continuing with a particular shape tht we get to see all over the world, except where it’s incredibly flat: Hills!  Over the hills and far away or that hill that just begs to be climbed for a wonderful view.  Hills lend interest to the landscape and present lots of visual interest all around us.

Wherever your favorite hill may be, capture it and make it look just wonderful!  And, most importantly have fun with it!

Here is one of my favorite hills….

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Gentle Autumn

This hill provided just the perfect location for these wonderful trees in their Autumn livery to be framed between the green and agains the blue of the sky and gentle clouds. One of those perfect days!

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 finding out what shapes you come across!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 96

Life’s little fun moments!

Welcome to the 96th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This was a rather interesting week, as this week’s theme left room for some introspection, as well as sharing the world around us.

As a result there was wonderful variety in the posts, each with their own view into the bloggers’ lives.  Ranging from the piano that could have been floating along the canals and rivers to books and the people and companions that are so important in our lives.  Each of you provided something very insightful and often very deep; and don’t forget to listen to our bodies, as they tell us what’s important in our lives!

Thank you for a truly interesting set of posts to read!  You make blogging fun!

Here’s a look at another aspect of my life…

Autumn’s Leaves

In looking for a photo that would touch on multiple aspects of my life, I like this one; it connects to Nature, autumn, photography, rich colors and blue!  Each of these are part of what makes my life fun!

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

  • ladyleemanilla started things this week with an overview of who and what’s important in her life with some great photos!
  • This week, pensivity101 shares some of the things in her life, and now I can’t get the boat with a piano out of my mind!!
  • In this week’s entry from the excellent blog, Black Body, we get to relax, kick back and wait for a bus!
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau brings us Merseyside with a city so cool, that it lacks one thing only: a yellow submarine!
  • Xenia’s first entry in whippetwisdom shows us that there is nothing better than togetherness in the Winter Sun!  Her second post in whippetwisdom is all about the sweet smell!
  • In her post in Field Notes from Over the Hill, Gwen has some awesome photos of some the great parts of her life; I think Maggie has it made!
  • Na’ama’s post in her blog Na’ama Yehuda really hits on what is most precious in our lives… I think you’ll agree!
  • With a great post, Fleeting Muse tells the story of Skooby, who may look innocent, but have several tricks up his proverbial sleeve!
  • Danny James Photography provides us with an introduction to Wilson, Elvis and Purrcee, who clearly know how to live well!
  • By Sarah knows how to live right, as she’s pretty crafty.  She knows how to land on the front page of her local newspaper too!
  • Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme catches my eye, as there are some cute four-legged friends featured in it!
  • Miriam tells the story of life lived well in her post in Out an’ About, and love makes it just perfect!
  • In Enatistic‘s view of life, we get to see some of the important things: a good book, a beautiful day and a flower to mark the page!
  • This week’s response by Land of Images talks of the joy of Nature and shows it in a great photo!
  • Frank has another great poem in his blog, Poetry, Short Prose and Walking, as he also shows us the outside component of his life; I can relate!!
  • In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie came face to face with an important aspect of her life: listening to her body, as her painful, swollen toe was actually broken and requires time to heal!
  • This week, in the Blog of Hammad Rais, we get a detailed view of Hammad’s life with a tray full of clues!
  • Musin’ with Susan has a beautiful aspect to her life: amazing flowers that enhance each day, while they bloom.
  • In The Nomadic Architect, we get a great view of a street in Kolkata, which provides something of importance for humanity: books!!

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

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…

Orange is the Season!

Pumpkin is the word!

The WordPress Daily Prompt gives us the theme of Orange.  Not a bad choice for one born in the Netherlands, as Orange is our national team color!

This time of year, the season of Halloween, orange is everywhere, as pumpkins are often carved into jack-o-lanterns and consumed in pumpkin pie!  It’s one of my favorite times of the year, as people have fun releasing their inner child for some merriment, and the weather and colors of the trees are just right for my taste!

Here are some pumpkins for your (visual) enjoyment..

Orange is the Season!

At a local farm stand the crop was laid out for all to see and purchase.  Quite a vista!

Have a wonderful day!

The Ancient Elements – Air

Breezy air currents

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.

Today’s image is another one from my Kryptomorphaics series, which takes an abstract twist to uncover that what lies hidden just beneath the surface of our perception.  It captures the impact of the movement of the Elemental of Air through leaves of a tree in its Autumn livery…


Autumn Winds

This particular image is part of a series that I captured during a visit to the wonderful Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.  A beautiful Autumn day presented lots of opportunity for the creation of images both abstract and representational.  A slight bit of camera movement during this shot created the additional sense of flow in this shot.

Hope you enjoy!

Warped Wednesday – pt. 9

The mind’s eye

As I’m in the middle of travel when this entry posts (should have landed in Tel Aviv a couple of hours ago, although my body might not know what time it is yet 🙂 ), here is a quick post along the Wednesday theme.

I have grouped the image along with some of my more abstract photography, even though in a pure sense it is representational.  When examined closely, the leaves are well defined and there’s a sense of composition that gives the viewer of a serene, early Autumn moment on a crips day.

Now focus your eyes toward the bright light coming through the leaves and the flare that is visible and let your view become a little diffuse…

Autumn Clarity

Do you perceive something different that is more abstract than representational?  Do your emotions take you in a different direction?

I’m curious to hear how this image connects with your mind’s eye…

An Abstract Thought (or Two)

Autumn’s best morphs before us

Abstract photography is one of the areas of my photography that has to find me in the mood to play around with it.  The simple reason is that seeing the potential in the environment around me for an abstract exploration requires all of my senses, including the mind’s eye.

Being relaxed and in tune with my environment makes a big difference in how I see things, as they evolve around me, such as what happened in this little tree view that morphed itself…

Autumn Serenity

What inspired me in this shot is the gentle warmth of the day, as the Sun played across the beauty of the color sported by these trees.

Shortly after the above image, a slight breeze picked up that gave me another idea…

Autumn Winds

Seeing the play of the wind across the leaves with a sense of destiny awaiting, provided me with a deep sense of appreciation of the world around me.

Opening all of our senses puts us in touch with the universe and all the beauty that is encompassed by it.

Wednesday Wonderment – Ep. 34

A wonderful season

As the next season is almost upon us, I thought that it might be a good time to gaze in wonder upon its beauty.  Autumn is certainly my favorite season, which, if you have experienced it in New England, wouldn’t surprise you, as the combination of color, cooler weather, and the harvest of the season make it truly special.

As I reside in the Northern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox will arrive on September 22 at 14:21 UT.  I’m a bit of a traditionalist in counting the equinox as the start of Autumn rather than the beginning of September; with the weather in New England being rather warm, it doesn’t feel very autumnal yet.  Hopefully, by the middle of next week, things will be a little cooler!

Perfect Season?


The word autumn comes from the ancient Etruscan root autu- and has within it connotations of the passing of the year. It was borrowed by the neighbouring Romans, and became the Latin word autumnus. After the Roman era, the word continued to be used as the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French) or autumpne in Middle English, and was later normalized to the original Latin. In the Medieval period, there are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but by the 16th century, it was in common use.

Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season, as it is common in other West Germanic languages to this day (cf. Dutch herfst, German Herbst and Scots hairst). However, as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns, the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and autumn, as well as fall, began to replace it as a reference to the season.

The alternative word fall for the season traces its origins to old Germanic languages. The exact derivation is unclear, with the Old English fiæll or feallanand the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning “to fall from a height” and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in 16th century England, a contraction of Middle English expressions like “fall of the leaf” and “fall of the year”.

During the 17th century, English emigration to the British colonies in North America was at its peak, and the new settlers took the English language with them. While the term fall gradually became obsolete in Britain, it became the more common term in North America.

The name backend, a once common name for the season in Northern England, has today been largely replaced by the name autumn.



Association with the transition from warm to cold weather, and its related status as the season of the primary harvest, has dominated its themes and popular images. In Western cultures, personifications of autumn are usually pretty, well-fed females adorned with fruits, vegetables and grains that ripen at this time. Many cultures feature autumnal harvest festivals, often the most important on their calendars. Still extant echoes of these celebrations are found in the autumn Thanksgiving holiday of the United States and Canada, and the Jewish Sukkot holiday with its roots as a full-moon harvest festival of “tabernacles” (living in outdoor huts around the time of harvest). There are also the many North American Indian festivals tied to harvest of ripe foods gathered in the wild, the Chinese Mid-Autumn or Moon festival, and many others. The predominant mood of these autumnal celebrations is a gladness for the fruits of the earth mixed with a certain melancholy linked to the imminent arrival of harsh weather.

This view is presented in English poet John Keats’ poem To Autumn, where he describes the season as a time of bounteous fecundity, a time of ‘mellow fruitfulness’.


While most foods are harvested during the autumn, foods particularly associated with the season include pumpkins (which are integral parts of both Thanksgiving and Halloween) and apples, which are used to make the seasonal beverage apple cider.


The East Coast of the United States is known for being host to some of the most colorful autumns in the world, which especially New England—among other locations along the East Coast—is famous for.

Autumn, especially in poetry, has often been associated with melancholia. The possibilities of summer are gone, and the chill of winter is on the horizon. Skies turn grey, the amount of usable daylight drops rapidly, and many people turn inward, both physically and mentally. It has been referred to as an unhealthy season.

Similar examples may be found in Irish poet William Butler Yeats’ poem The Wild Swans at Coole where the maturing season that the poet observes symbolically represents his own aging self. Like the natural world that he observes, he too has reached his prime and now must look forward to the inevitability of old age and death. French poet Paul Verlaine’s “Chanson d’automne” (“Autumn Song”) is likewise characterized by strong, painful feelings of sorrow. Keats’ To Autumn, written in September 1819, echoes this sense of melancholic reflection, but also emphasizes the lush abundance of the season.

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