Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 78

The shifting sands across the globe

Welcome to the 78th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I thought that the theme of Sand might trip some of you up, but that was clearly not the case, as I can see from your awesome contributions this week!

Your entries ranged from a display of purloined sand ūüôā to many glorious beaches that just make we wish that I get the time to visit them all! ¬†I noticed that nobody took a sander to a piece of wood to make it all shiny! ¬†I loved reading through each of your contributions, which I see as my reward to this weekly challenge! ¬†I hope you enjoy each others’ posts just as much!

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

As I’m a devotee to patterns, as they are displayed by Nature…

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Alien Snake Tracks?

This was taken on a February day, walking along the beach somewhere on Cape Cod. ¬†An invasion of Extraterrestrial Reptilians had just left this location after an exploratory mission; luckily, they didn’t come during tourist season, so the planet was marked as uninhabited…

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

  • This week’s entries were started off by Land of Images‘ contribution that gives us a Meditation on Sand. ¬†Go check it out!
  • Poetry in Pictures brings us a view of farmland, into which some sand has been plowed to ready it for planting.
  • Bushboy brings us a wonderful array of images in Bushboy’s World, particularly those that are artistic expressions by crabs!
  • Charles brings us a view of landscape and painter in charlesewaugh, captured on the US Virgin Islands; hopefully folks are all safe there!
  • Maria’s post in CitySonnet brings us to the beach, where we can walk barefoot in the sand and write names that the tides carry with them.
  • Gwenny sunburnt her feet for art, as her pink feet show in Field Notes from Over the Hill!
  • This week,¬†theonlyD800inthehameau¬†takes us to Abu Dhabi near the town of Al Ain, where I wonder what animal tracked through the desert…
  • Stella takes us to the dunes in Denmark in¬†Giggles & Tales; I’m particularly impressed by the sand sculpture!
  • Xenia’s first entry in whippetwisdom.com¬†takes us splashing through the water on the beach with Eivor and Pearl! ¬†Her second entry in whippetwisdom.com¬†brings us to the shifting sands with beautiful images and words!
  • This week, pensivity101 takes the prompt image and writes a wonderful poem that focuses on the interplay between sand and the tides!
  • Nicole’s photos of sand in¬†Une Photo, un po√©me¬†really capture the essence of sand through her skillful composition!
  • This week,¬†iball round the world¬†shares the enjoyment of the beach at Fort Kochi in the South Indian state of Kerala.
  • Na’ama Yehuda¬†brings us the sheer joy that can be experienced in the desert by a mother and child in beautiful image and verse.
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2‘s we find out that there was no beach nearby, but with a little sand she created a beautiful scene that is a wonder to behold!
  • Mara’s post in her wonderful blog Mara’s Artistry shows us that Batman and the Hulk are just not getting along these days!
  • We sometimes like to catch some rays on the beach, so Ed brings us an image¬†In my Mind’s Eye¬†that shows rays in an even better light!
  • Miriam shares wonderful memories in her post in¬†the Shower of Blessing, both from travels in Australia and the beach where she got married!
  • Candace shares her sand collection with us in Netdancer’s Musings, which does make me wonder if all those beaches are missing a bit of sand…
  • Ladyleemanilla¬†presents an array of images that show some of the things that we like about sand; the turtle is my favorite!
  • Sarah’s view in¬†By Sarah¬†is that of a most lovely beach in Australia with some magnificent driftwood! ¬†Get me there!!
  • Sunshine’s Snapshots takes us to Ocean City in Maryland for a trip to the beach; the sand has rather intriguing ridges in it!
  • Robert’s photo in¬†Photo Robert’s Blog¬†leaves one wondering whose footprint that is? Will we ever find out?
  • In Bajezen, Tachira takes us to the beach with some rather stunning locations! ¬†Find your favorite among them!
  • This week in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, we get to explore water by the beach and find a perfect starfish in all its glory!
  • Bullyboy explores sand in two posts; in his first in¬†Travel387, we visit several sandy locations. ¬†In the second one in Travel387, we look at the impact of pedestrians!
  • In Urban Liaisons, we go to Algarve in Portugal to visit the beautiful, and windy, beach of Sagres! ¬†It is gorgeous!
  • In Pilgrim’s Photography, we go to the beach in the morning to see the almost wavy nature of sand that is accentuated by the morning light.
  • This week, Susan’s post in¬†Musin’ with Susan¬†presents us with a stunning image at the beach with a beautiful variety of color tones throughout!
  • Debbie’s photo in her wonderful blog Travel with Intent shows us how old traditions persist, as people walk to Mont St’ Michel at low tide.
  • As demonstrated this week in¬†BlackBody¬†there are more things between heaven and earth, but none so wonderful as Nature’s creations!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects is truly inspiring, as she shares her sense of what is really important in our lives and how we connect to it.
  • Frank’s post in¬†Poetry, Short Prose and Walking¬†takes us to Tyrtle Beach, where turtles are made of sand and returned on a regular basis.
  • In the Blog of Hammad Rais, we get to see a wonderful photo with many sets of footprints!
  • Lacy finds a great way to spend the day in Adventures of a Busy Mom, as she finds the beach with lovely sky and water, and a good book to read!
  • Sheena explores the sands of time in Leaking Ink, as she looks at those leaving an impression on those sands!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Cloaked in Silence

Snow’s gentle cloak wrapped the landscape

The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Cloaked.  This is a very interesting topic, as it can range from deep space to simply wearing a cloak (whatever happened to good old-fashioned cloaks with many pockets?)

The one thing that came to mind immediately was one of the images from a beach excursion during January of 2015; we had just had a tremendous amount of snow, which created one of those rare opportunities to photograph the beaches in the snow.  The beaches were very much deserted, as it was not great swimming weather; and with the snow, the landscape was silent and beautiful.

A cold day at the beach…

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Silent Beach

With the gorgeous light and frozen scenery, it made for a fantastic day to be out there photographing.  With ample layers and warm boots, there was no limit to what we could see!

Have a wonderful day!

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‚Äôs topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you‚Äôre 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.

Beachscape at the Shallow End

Head for safety

Inspired by the WordPress Daily Post theme of Shallow.

There was ample opportunity to go swimming at the beach, if it weren’t for the fact that she was afraid of all that might be swimming in the refreshing ocean water with her. ¬†She had seen Jaws, after all, and Piranha and several other movies that reminded her that the water was not hers alone. ¬†Luckily, she found some shallow water…

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Beachscape

Of course, she hadn’t seen Sharknado…

Good to be Home!

Home is where the heart is!

After a great 10 days of work in Israel, which were highly successful in building a connection with my new team, it is great to be home again! ¬†It’s great to be able to hug my wife, sleep in the bed that my body recognizes as home, a sleep in late with the dogs.

That said, I’m looking forward to getting some more time in the future to explore Israel beyond what I have seen thus far; I’ve seen some pretty sights, but haven’t had the time yet to take a trip to Jerusalem and absorb some of the antiquity ¬†and spiritual richness of that city. ¬†Of course, there’s the Dead Sea and plenty of other sights to visit.

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Mediterranean Beauty

Here’s another look at the beach in Herzliyah, which is just a stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s a great place to visit, but there’s no place like home!

Surf’s Up in Herzliyah

National pastime?

As my body is still fighting against the time zone difference (translation: sleep deprivation), I decided to go for a long walk along the beach this morning to at least show my brain that there’s daylight at this hour. ¬†By my standards, the weather is wonderful, as it’s a rather humid 67F (appr. 19C), which is a far cry from the light snow that is falling at home…

As the wind is in-land and the surf’s not too shabby, there are 100s of people out in the water surfing along the beach. ¬†If there were a bigger surf and bright sunshine, this might look like California!

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Planning the Surf

The vantage point is between a set of concrete barriers in a stormdrain that empties into the beach.