Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 188

A peaceful day at the beach

Welcome to the 188th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you all very much for your creative posts on this week’s theme of Peace! It’s clear from your posts that each of you are passionate about the subject and that there’s much that we can do around the globe to work toward a more peaceful existence for all! I really appreciate the thought that you put into your posts, as they were wonderful to read!

Thank you for another great week!

Here’s another bit of peace…

Beached Order

For me, spending a cold January day out on the beach and capture some interesting images, as I’m surrounded by the peace and quiet of Nature. This particular day was after a week of heavy snow, so that there was still snow on the beach, which is not a frequent sight. The day was windy and cold, but my heart was filled with peace from the experience.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Our theme of peace is kicked off this week by Maria in Sagittarius Viking, as she takes us to a truly peaceful location in the Mojave Desert!
  2. Nicole shares a truly powerful image in her wonderful post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, as her image touches something inside all of us!
  3. In a wonderful post in her blog Sharing Thoughts, Indira captures one of those awesome moments!
  4. TiongHan shares another amazing photo in his post in TiongHan’s Blog; this is one of those images that you can just look at for hours!
  5. Diane provides some great peaceful images in her post in pensivity101; between gardening and dogs, it doesn’t get much better!
  6. Kammie brings some amazing skies in her post in Nut House Central, which provide a truly peaceful backdrop!
  7. The wonderful photo in Land of Images brings a complete sense of peace to my mind; it provides a great subject for meditation!
  8. Xenia, Eivor and Pearl enjoy the peace of the gentle surf that reaches for the shore in a great post in whippetwisdom. Xenia has a second post in Tranature that really breathes peace into life!
  9. I can understand why the location in theOnlyD800intheHameau is their go-to location for peace and relaxation in Abu Dhabi; what a pool!
  10. Na’ama shares another powerful poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda, as she focuses on a piece of peace!
  11. Maria shares the peace that she feels when going for a walk with her camera in a great set of photos in Kamerapromenader; I particularly like the drops of water on the branch.
  12. Nandini brings us a wonderful set of haikus and images in another excellent post in queennandini; peace speaks loud in this post!
  13. Bren takes us back into the past with a wonderful pair of photos in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; both images give that sense of an era that was more peaceful…
  14. Jackie finds a peace sign in her post in Junkboat Travels, that we can find in the Distillery District in Toronto; great photos!
  15. Tatiana has found a great set of cold, snowy locations in her post in Travelways; it may be cold, but Montana, Idaho and Washington look stunning!
  16. Sandy brings us a complete sense of peace in her post in Out of my Write Mind, both through her photos and the stunning poem!
  17. David shares the sense of peace that he experiences photographing sunrises in David M’s Photoblog: I can relate to that sense of being one with the world around us.
  18. In radhikasreflection we get to experience peace through a lovely set of images that range from Nature to the spiritual!
  19. Viveka features a powerful symbol of non-violence in myguiltypleasures; the knotted gun is a centerpiece for activism that focuses on reducing and stopping violence in our society.
  20. Debbie features an amazing set of sculptures of giant hands that were part of the Biennale exhibition in Venice in her post in Travel with Intent; there are a stunning set of examples of how connections can be made!
  21. In another great post in A Day in the Life, we experience a sense of peace that is brought on by being near water; a sentiment that I can relate to!
  22. In a fantastic post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are introduced to an elephant orphanage, which allows these lost ones to find peace. Amazing place!
  23. Ann-Christine also features the knotted in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; this sculpture was inspired by the shooting of John Lennon…
  24. Ken finds a moment’s peace in another great photo in Pictures without Film; wading just a bit into the surf and enjoying the moment is something that we can all appreciate!
  25. Brian features a great photo in his post in Bushboy’s World; the handshake is a strong symbol of reaching out and making peace.
  26. Russell captured a truly stunning stained-glass window in his post in Beautiful Photographs, which provides an inspirational image of peace!
  27. I agree that planting trees provides the seeds of peace and hope, as we see in a magnificent post in sgeoil; well done!
  28. Jez helps us focus on those that make peace possible in a great post in Jez Braithwaite; great reminder and photo!
  29. Hammad shares a poem that really gets to the essence of peace in a great post in the Blog of Hammad Rais; great combination with the photo!
  30. Deb captured a truly interesting post in her post in Twenty Four; its sentiment is spot on for this challenge!
  31. In a wonderful post in That Little Voice, we get to see Sergio and Radar quietly at peace with one another!
  32. A wonderful post in Ghost Dog shares the sentiment of giving peace a chance with a rather wonderful photo!!
  33. In another awesome post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0, we visit a rather peaceful locale, where it would be nice to experience Nature!
  34. Stef put together an amazing post in Ostendnomadography, where he features a Garden of Peace, which provides a wonderful counterpoint to a war cemetery.
  35. Irene found a truly peaceful spot in Rogers Lakewood Park in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine! Great photo!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 184

No coasting on the coast!

Welcome to the 184th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You certainly didn’t coast through this week’s challenge! The variety and beauty that you achieved in your coastal photography was certainly amazing and much appreciated. It was a pleasure to read through all of your posts and experience the create effort that you put into them. Thank you all for these wonderful posts!

Here is another coastal moment…

Coastal Interface

One of the coastal features are the storms that might rage there; the interface between land and water is a playground for the elements that can always be enjoyed (just be careful). On this January day the remnants of the storm caused plenty of action as the ocean bashes these boulders.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Sarah start of this week’s list of contributions with a great view of Nambucca Heads (NSW) in By Sarah; looks like an amazing location!
  2. Irene takes us to the coast in in her view of Lake Michigan with a wonderful photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine.
  3. Nicole shares a magnificent coast line view in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; the formations are simply gorgeous!
  4. Shelley’s cat demonstrates that coasting along is just fine in a truly lovely post in Quaint Revival; I do think that Shelley helped her cat with the writing of the post!
  5. The awesome post in Land of Images focuses on the movement and shaping of the coast by wind and water.
  6. Bren’s photo of the Pacific Coastline in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography provides a magnificent mood!
  7. Jez underscores one of the things that I really enjoy about the coast in his post in Jez Braithwaite: the moods that you find there can vary dramatically!
  8. Maria’s post in her blog Sagittarius Viking is stunning, not only in the photography, but also her narrative of her experience at the Lost Coast really brings one into the place!
  9. In a magnificent post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we visit the shifting sands of Dhanushkodi on the Gulf of Mannar. What a wonderful location!
  10. The wonderful photos featured in My TravelCSP provide two different moods: many are the tranquil, reflective nature of the coast, while some show its power!
  11. The rugged Pacific coast north of Sydney in theOnlyD800intheHameau really shows its beauty in the image; the highway that follows the coast had to be an amazing project to build.
  12. Na’ama reflects on the calmness of the coast in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; gently lapping waves come to shore to comfort those sitting there…
  13. Diane gives us a taste of home in her post in pensivity101, as the Lincolnshire coast is part of that landscape; gorgeous area!
  14. Tatiana clearly got to enjoy the Cote d’Azur, as we can see from the wonderful photos in her blog Travelways; the area looks like a must-visit!
  15. Elizabatz takes us along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland in a wonderful post in Albatz Travel Adventures; the area is stunning and this post gives a great view of it. The journey continues in a second post in Albatz Travel Adventures, where we visit Slieve League in County Sligo.
  16. With a gorgeous photo in Chateaux des Fleurs, we get a magnificent view of a gentle coast line!
  17. Jase shares a day at the beach with us in a great post in Proscenium; it looks like a lot of fun to play in those waves!
  18. Maria had to walk close to the coast to get the magnificent photo in her post in Kamerapromenader; it makes me want to visit the Faroe Islands that much more!
  19. A detour while visiting Split in Croatia allowed Smruti to capture the magnificent view of Kasjuni Beach, which we can see in their post in F2.8_iso100; well worth the detour!
  20. The coastal areas of New Jersey are wonderful, as we can see in the post in A Day in the Life; looks like a great place for a walk along the beach!
  21. In a wonderful post in My Camera and I…, we get treated to some stunning coastal views; the Gap is simply stunning!
  22. In another gorgeous post in Travel with Intent, Debbie takes us all the way to the Shetland Islands; the views are out of this world!
  23. Indira takes us to some lovely coast lines in another great post in Sharing Thoughts; they look like great places to visit!
  24. Xenia shows us that Eivor and Pearl are not coasting, as they enjoy the coast in whippetwisdom; wonderful dogs and post!
  25. Ken is going for a double exposure in his post in Pictures without Film, as he captures the Cornwall coast from a cottage named Coast!
  26. Sandy reminds us that Winter is coming in her post in Out of my Write Mind; the coast may be clear, so Winter I never fear!
  27. Viveka takes us to some amazing coastal locations in myguiltypleasures, where we get to enjoy the views!
  28. David takes us to coasts in Skye, North Wales and Canada in his post in David M’s Photoblog: these are some amazing photos!
  29. Ed’s coastal views are some beautiful locations in his post in In My Mind’s Eye. I think I recognize one coast; how many can you pinpoint?
  30. Kammie portrays some fantastic moods in her photos in Nut House Central; they make me want to relax and enjoy those coast lines!
  31. Alice has another great beach scene in her post in the 59 Club; those cottages look to belong on another coast!
  32. Aletta contributes another great photo in her post in Now at Home with a beach that is just asking us to relax, lay back and enjoy the day!
  33. Nandini reflects on some of her favorite coasts in queennandini and shows us several beautiful views!
  34. Ann-Christine brings us an incredible variety of coastal formations in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…; stunning photos!
  35. Chris features one of the best beaches in the Netherlands in his post in What’s (in) the Picture? Katwijk is a great town!
  36. Deb shares another gorgeous photo and view in her post in Twenty-Four; that coastline is rugged!
  37. Susan is once again in Hawaii with a view of Kaanapali beach in her post in Musin’ with Susan: there’s also quite a splash! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan; there’s some rather cool variety there!
  38. The Maine coast is full of stunning vistas; in this week’s contribution in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0 we get to see the Cape Elizabeth area.
  39. Cee brings us several gorgeous coastal images in Cee’s Photo Challenges, which is a fantastic blog!
  40. Teressa has some fabulous shots of the Oregon coast in her post in Another LQQK; the coast line certainly is very rugged!
  41. This week’s entry in sgeoil is truly interesting, as the photos are taken at Tow Hill on Haida Gwaii and tell the tale of an ogre and his pet whale…
  42. In her post in A Pause for Nature, Sanah tells a wonderful coast story that you should enjoy!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sunset

As one day ends…

Welcome to week 183 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Last week’s round up will arrive tomorrow, as I’ve been focused on family over the weekend due to my father-in-law, Bob, passing away on Friday night.

In memory of Bob, I’ve selected the theme of Sunset for this week. As we celebrate a life filled with service to family, country and community, there’s also the beauty that surrounds us. Bob enjoyed the beach and ocean, so this is one image that made me think of him right away.

For this challenge, please share your favorite sunset moments, whether they are at the beach, at the city or over the mountains. I’m very much looking forward to seeing your images here.

Here’s a sunset at the beach…

Sunset at the Beach

This shot was at the end of a day of photography on a cold January day, where we got a great selection of shots at various beaches, some covered with snow and some pristine like this one…

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)!!

Enjoy your sunsets and live each day to its fullest!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rock

Rock it!

Welcome to week 153 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

In case you wondered, last week’s contributions were absolutely wonderful! To put it simply: all of you Rock!! Which leads me to this week’s theme: Rock… Looking through photos for inspiration, it struck me that this theme would allow for all of your creativity to be used. Whether you feel like rocking the cradle or the boat, or be as steady as the Rock of Gibraltar, go for hard rock or soft rock, there might be something in this theme just for you!

I’m looking forward to find out what kind of fun you can dream up for this week! Have fun with it!

Sometimes, the rock gets ground down into something small and smooth…

Pebbles!

When I encountered these pebbles on the beach, I knew there would be something here to capture… It’s almost like a pattern was laid out in these pebbles, waiting to be uncovered!

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)!!

Can’t wait to see how you’re going to rock this theme!

A Wrinkle in the Fabric

Sand dunes

The WordPress Daily Prompt provides the theme of Wrinkle, which allows for some interesting twists in the space-time continuum…

Wrinkles make for interesting features that draw our eye to them, whether they are an indication of experience across the years, or many smiles from a life well-lived.  Wizened old faces have always drawn me in, particularly in well-executed black & white portraits, such as those by Edward S. Curtis.

Nature provides interesting wrinkles as well, particularly when playing with sand…

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Fabled Lands through the Lens of Time

A froze puddle of salt water provides a beautiful, almost gelatinous counterpoint to the desert-like wrinkles within the sand.

Do you worry about wrinkles, or do you welcome them?

Alien Invasion?

Slithering from the deep

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Out of this World, which immediately made me think of the specific image in this post…

What is rather amusing to me is that the author of the prompt used a similar approach!  My reason for selecting this image is that at the time it made me think of the tracks left behind by an invading horde of alien snakes from low-gravity planet out in the Draco system…

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Beachscape

This view came to me during a February beach walk a number of years back; I heartily recommend the month of February for visiting the beach, as you mostly have it all to yourself to explore!

Have a wonderful day!

Lone Sentinels on the Beach

Chilled beach wardens

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’s image is another one from that chilly outing in late January of 2015, along the beaches of the northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire coast.  Today’s image is from later in the day, as the Sun started looking for the exit on a rather cold beach.

Its glow backlights the posts that remained standing after the storms…

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Beach Sentinels

Weather, wind and cold had wreaked havoc with these lone posts, as they stood proud in defense of the coastline.

Have a wonderful day!