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…

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!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hour

Golden hour filled with warmth

Welcome to Week 77 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. ¬†A quick update, as I’m slowly getting caught up. ¬†Last week’s round up will be posted tomorrow, at which point, I will have everything back in sync for the days that follow.

The amount of entries for last week’s theme of Signs were fantastic! ¬†This week, I went back to Scotland from just over 4 years ago for inspiration and came across this image from a walk along the beach in Cromarty. ¬†The time of this shot was just after 9 p.m. on May 29th; the Sun sets pretty late at that time of year, which makes for a rather lengthy ‘golden’ hour of highly saturated, rich, warm sunlight. ¬†This inspires this week’s theme of Hour.

I’d like to challenge you to document an hour of the day in your image(s), in a way that captures some of the essence of that hour. ¬†As always, let your creativity take free rein, so it’s perfectly fine to include some time reporting device in your image (did I hear you think sun dial?) or take the hour in the direction of your choosing. ¬†Most of all, have fun with this!

Here’s that walk along the beach…

Walking the Beach by Cromarty

We’re looking toward the North Sea, which is on the other side of the hill ahead; across the Cromarty Firth we could see what appeared to be oil drilling platforms being constructed.

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 hope that you find the right time to capture your favorite hour!  Looking forward to seeing them!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 74

Welcome to the 74th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! This was another banner week with all your amazing contributions!

It’s easy to see why I enjoy running this challenge every week, as I get the benefit of all your creative views of the world around you. ¬†It was a lot of fun reading and viewing each of your posts, as there were various approaches to the dark theme of the week. ¬†Among all these great posts, there were a couple of standouts for me that truly made me do a double take on their quality and treatment of subject.

I’d love to hear, if there are some standouts for you as well, as you go through these great entries!

There may even be an opportunity for darkness in the light…

Out of the Shadows

This water feature gave me the opportunity to explore the impact of the dark on a bright, sunny day, by contrasting them. ¬†The resultant gaze into our eyes might be a bit dark and even disconcerting to some…

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

  • Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery¬†kicked things off this week with a fantastic view over Bilbao at night!
  • Nicole’s post in¬†Une Photo, un po√©me¬†provides us with beautiful views of the harbor of Paimpol in Brittany.
  • Poetry in Pictures shares with us an interesting study of building lighted against a darkening sky.
  • Ladyleemanilla‘s post brings a great amount of variety in her images of subjects in dark surroundings!
  • In the entry from Mara’s Artistry, there are some beautifully composed images that breathe the atmosphere of their dark surroundings.
  • A really wonderful photo by¬†theonlyD800inthehameau¬†where fireworks show off their color and temperament!
  • The post in Layue’s Everyday Photo Blog¬†uses an alternate approach to show flowers rising from the dark; well done!
  • In CitySonnet, we get to enjoy dark chocolate in all its delectable beauty with an appropriately colored beverage!
  • Ed brings out the night sky in his post for ¬†In My Mind’s Eye; the beauty of the stars, as well as its inky blackness against a lit landscape!
  • The entry from¬†pensitivity101¬†is another wonderful poem that ties together the golden threads and the dark skies!
  • Sheena’s post in Leaking Ink¬†shows us the different aspects of dark, whether it be morning, night or roasting corn!
  • Cee shows us the impact of light on the dark in her post in¬†Cee’s Photography, be it the moon, a Christmas display or the lanterns on a railing.
  • Irene takes us into the woods, down a path that may be dark, in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine.
  • Stella’s photos in¬†Giggles & Tales¬†range from beautiful sky lines against darkening skies to wondrous lights of stores on a dark night with much variety! ¬†Wonderful!
  • Peg’s post in her blog The Tempest and the Tea Pot shows of some magical displays in the dark!
  • Sarah sends her sister down a lava tube for her photo in¬†By Sarah, which is pretty daring!
  • Robert’s photos in¬†Photo Robert’s Blog¬†truly make use of the dark to their advantage, which draws the viewer in…
  • This week’s entry from Chateaux des Fleurs¬†demonstrates the beauty of light outlining the silhouette of a great landscape!
  • A Meditative Journey with Saldage photographed a simple, delicate subject that highlights the dark! ¬†Beautiful!
  • Miriam takes flight in her photos in¬†the Shower of Blessing, as she brings together the light and dark as seen from an airplane.
  • Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais¬†explores the dark and light, as they play with a simple structure in a park.
  • This week we visit Lisbon with¬†iball round the world, as we explore the Oceanario de Lisboa and interesting silhouettes!
  • Dawn’s post in Snap That Bug! gives us a truly stunning photo, in which she captured the interplay between the dark cloud and light behind it perfectly!
  • This week¬†Roaming Urban Gypsy has a wonderful set of images from experimenting in the dark! ¬†Wonderful results!
  • Wanderlust and Wonderment shares a fantastic set of images with us, each with unique elements!
  • In Tachispeaks‘s entry, we get treated to various levels and aspects of the dark and are even offered a nightcap!
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2‘s entry, we see how the night can truly be beautiful!
  • Black Body‘s post allows us to descend into darkness, looking for the deeper meaning to the writing on the wall…
  • Frank’s entry in¬†Poetry, Short Prose and Walking¬†highlights key aspects of the city at night; go listen to Frank reading you his poem!
  • The post in thatLittleVoice takes us to New York City and San Miguel de Allende for dark and light!
  • Bushboy’s World brings us near Brisbane, Australia, looking at boats on a dark bay, where there might be a party!
  • Judith takes us into the realm of fantasy in her post in¬†Nature Knows Best, which you will have to check out!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects¬†shares the importance of driving out the darkness in our lives, by allowing in the light!
  • Kh√ľrt’s post in¬†Island in the Net¬†present us with another set of amazing images that are perfectly executed!
  • Bullyboy shows how without dark there is no light in a set of fantastic photos in¬†Travel387!
  • In Pilgrim’s Photography, we get a mysterious photo that shows us the dark in two ways!
  • Marie’s photo of the Arc de Triomphe in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect gives us a gorgeous night view of this well-known monument.
  • Miriam’s post in her awesome blog, Out an’ About, not only gives us a great set of views of the dark, but also provides some excellent advice!
  • …and last, but not least, is Na’ama Yehuda‘s entry that has us descending into darkness!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 70

Coming to an alley near you!

Welcome to the 70th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! There were lots of interesting alleys that appeared during this challenge!

Thanks to all of your views of alleys around the world and the pathways that we follow, I had the pleasure of looking another magnificent set of posts! ¬†Your creative visions add up to a lovely set of photos, poems and posts! ¬†I’d also love to hear from you which of these posts were among your favorites!

Thank you for another week of fun blog reading!

This is an example of an alley that caught my interest a couple of years ago…

Window to the Alley

This image came about when I peeked through a hole in a fence to see this alley, which made for a perfect iPhone scene. ¬†Once I got home, I started noodling with the image to come up with some different things, which resulted in this, articulated version. ¬†When I took a closer look, I noticed a whole bunch of things that I would change, which I just might do ūüôā

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

  • By Sarah¬†brings us to a silent street that invites us to enter and climb toward its apex!
  • The Blog of Hammad Rais¬†takes us to an old fort in Lahore, Pakistan, that was built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the 16th centutry; a truly old and wonderful place!
  • This week, the post in¬†theonlyD800inthehameau¬†takes us to a magnificent alley in the Venetian Lagoon island of Burano; truly stunning!
  • Klara shares a beautiful image of an alley in Croatia in Sliku svoju ljubim II; it truly has that old world feeling!
  • Miriam gives us a tour of two cities in Spain with her post in¬†the Shower of Blessing; Toledo and Granada definitely made it on my bucket list with these photos!
  • Bushboy’s World takes us along on vacation to another great town in Croatia with some fantastic photos!
  • If you want a really interesting alley, you might want to check¬†iball round the world, as the entry is full of mysterious and quizzical content!
  • Irene invites us along a wonderful path in Heaven’s Sunshine, where she brings us to the boardwalk across the Indiana Dunes.
  • Abi viajera is a gorgeous blog full of interesting posts, such as the entry that takes us into a moment of bright color in an alley in India.
  • Robert’s photos in this week’s entry in¬†Photo Robert’s Blog¬†are stunning and filled with atmosphere!
  • Andrea shows of a utility alley in her neighborhood in ARHtistic License; she picks up some rather interesting features!
  • Stella always shares interesting images in her blog, Giggles & Tales, and this week is no exception as each of the alleys is unique!
  • Sonya’s blog, Middleton Road, is simply fantastic; at the very least you must check out her entry this week, as the photo is beautiful!
  • Judith introduces us to a guard cat in¬†Nature Knows Best; one can never be too careful with an alley guarded by a cat…
  • Ed gives us the feeling of being in Morocco in his photo¬†In My Mind’s Eye; find the sneakers that tell a different story!
  • Frank’s blog,¬†Poetry, Short Prose and Walking, is a true marvel, as he always finds a way to combine wonderful photography with stunning poetry!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects¬†brings us to the alley that plays an important part in her life; will she leave it for even more discoveries?
  • Nicole allows us to visit the Brasov Citadel by taking us through an alley in wonderful photos in¬†Une Photo, un po√©me.
  • Bullyboy finds a variety of alleys in his post in¬†Travel387; his photos of them are truly wonderful!
  • Marie finds an alley cat in her post in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; there appears to be a secret society of alley guardian cats ūüôā
  • Kh√ľrt runs a magnificent blog called¬†Island in the Net; his photography is stunning and his posts are very much on point! ¬†Go check the alley!
  • Ron finds some real alley treasures in this week’s entry in¬†Progressing into Solitude; they are wonderful to see!

Looking forward to hearing from you about these posts, and don’t hesitate to let these great bloggers know that you appreciate their work!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 69

Golden tones, opportunities and faucets!

Welcome to the 69th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! This week gave you a golden opportunity to photograph something shiny and bright!

First of all, let me apologize for not doing a full set of comments in this week’s links; it’s been a rather hectic week at work, as I needed to finish up a proposal over the weekend, so I hope you can forgive me this one time.

Now, your entries have once again been wonderful, ranging from the sublime cat on the faucet (made me smile) to the great skies that you captured and that rather tasty looking beer!  I did stop by each and every one of your entries and enjoyed them!  Thank you for making me smile and giving me the chance to enjoy the golden thread that was woven through your posts!

Here’s a bit more gold, as it comes around every day…

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Smoldering Sunrise

Those of you who have been following this blog for a while, will recognize the yoga tree in her Autumn trim.  The golden sunrise, a harbinger of a great day ahead!

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

Hope that you enjoy each of these entries as much as I did!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 68

Some fine trios!

Welcome to the 68th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! This week’s fun-filled fest of posts is brought to you by the number 3!

Now, I have to tell you that I’m happy to see that a lot of you didn’t take this week’s challenge too seriously, but, rather, had some real fun with it. ¬†There were a good number of posts that put a smile on my face and even cracked me up, which is much appreciated! ¬†High marks for creativity this week!

Thanks to all of you for making this another fun week for me to read and view your posts and giving me a rather welcome respite from the seriousness of work ūüôā

Here are three more fine examples!

Just the three of us!

These wonderful bovines just wanted some attention from the local cow-parazzi! ¬†They clearly had not seen a photographer recently ūüôā

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

  • By Sarah¬†shared a wonderful photo of three fungi growing on a tree!
  • I definitely was one-upped by¬†Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery with a great images of a lovely family of swans (ugly duckling included)!
  • Maria’s entry in CitySonnet¬†provides us with an array of lovely photos of violas, each pot graced with a trio of them!
  • The Blog of Hammad Rais not only has a great photo on this week’s theme, but also tells us of the importance of the number 3!
  • pensivity101¬†should be renamed punsivity101 for the rather excellent captions that she created this week!
  • Frank brings together an excellent poem and photo in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking; go check on Frank’s imaginary friend!
  • Judith takes us to her garden in¬†Nature Knows Best; here she crocheted three hexagons! (there are many more)
  • CovertNovelist takes us to meet three wise men in her post; I think that you’ll like them!
  • Robert squares things in his post in¬†Photo Robert’s Blog, as his image has 3 sets of 3!
  • Stella’s post in her cool blog, Giggles & Tales, has a large variety of trios that are across the spectrum!
  • The Fleeting Muse found a great way to combine three and tree in her post; you’ll have a smile on your face, as you read this!
  • Unexpected in Common Hours went to the beach this week and found three familiar characters there!
  • In a rather different post,¬†iball round the world¬†found some shady characters to share with us this week!
  • Mostly Monochrome shared another wonderful image this week of 3 masts; if you haven’t checked out this blog yet, you should!
  • Mike’s post in mikesimages¬†has a magnificent lightning shot with three bolts in one shot!
  • Miriam shares a magnificent post filled with images from her daughters wedding in¬†the Shower of Blessing; the story that accompanies the photos is equally wonderful!
  • This week’s entry from¬†theonlyD800inthehameau¬†has a lovely shot of flowers three!
  • Nicole shares awesome photos of horse-drawn carriages in Une Photo, un po√©me.
  • Dawn goes way far south in her post in¬†Snap That Bug!; she’s captured some great looking penguins over there!
  • Black Body‘s image this week is very creative in getting three different parts of the lovely rose!
  • Klara captured some birds this week in her post in Sliku svoju ljubim II; they sat very still for her!
  • Ed shot his photo in thirds in his entry from¬†In My Mind’s Eye; another creative approach!
  • Georgie shared some great shots in her post in Third Time Lucky, which is her excellent blog!
  • Tachispeaks‘ entry for this week has lots of interesting threes! ¬†Which one is your favorite?
  • Ron’s post for this week’s theme in¬†Progressing into Solitude¬†is one that will make each of you smile!
  • Marie’s first entry in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect¬†shows us that Nature knows how to rock! ¬†Her second entry in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect encourages us to go rowing!
  • Bullyboy shares some fantastic threes in his photos in¬†Travel387; great trios to share!
  • Debbie’s put together another great post in ForgivingConnects, in which she shares that love and help can flow in more directions than we realize!
  • Imelda’s post in her blog My Wall¬†is a beautiful combination of photography and poem!
  • Irene’s entry in Heaven’s Sunshine shares a lovely image of a three-eyed Susan, or is it?
  • Miriam just returned from being Out an’ About throughout central Australia with a report of amazing sights and fun!
  • Steve’s post in A Bum Without a Beach captures three geese in a rather attentive pose! ¬†Great one!
  • Kh√ľrt may have been stumped early in the week, but as you can see in Island in the Net, he came up with a rather creative solution and didn’t suffer too much for his art ūüôā
  • Following Him Beside Still Waters was smitten by kittens this week, managing to focus on trios of cats ūüôā
  • Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan features a wonderful trio! ¬†My apologies for somehow missing her awesome contribution!

I’d love to find out which of these posts spoke to you in one, two or even three ways? ¬†There are some real doozies here! ¬†Hope you enjoyed them!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Three

Three scoops of ice cream?

Welcome to Week 68 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

First of all, thanks to each and every one of you for making last week’s theme another rousing success; it was a lot of fun to read your posts on the theme of Woods!

While the image to kick of this week’s theme is definitely based in Nature, the concept of the theme is very much a human product: Three. ¬†Correct me, if I’m wrong, but I think this is the first numeric theme in the TPC thus far. ¬†As usual, there are many ways to capture an image for this week’s theme, so open up your creative minds and go have fun with this one!!

And, yes, that image from Nature that I promised…

Geese on the Quinapoxet

This one goes back about 11 years on a wonderful Autumn day.  I had an inkling that the afternoon light would do something special on the almost placid waters of the Quinapoxet river, and I was not disappointed.  I shot this from a rather low position, and it took what would have almost been a roll of film, 34 attempts to get these wonderful Canada geese to line up for me.

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)!!

So, don’t lose count of what you’re doing and see what comes in threes in your life during this week!