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 🙂

Here are three more fine examples!

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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 🙂

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 poéme.
  • 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!
  • Khürt 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 🙂
  • Following Him Beside Still Waters was smitten by kittens this week, managing to focus on trios of cats 🙂
  • 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…

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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’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)!!

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

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…

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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!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 63

You stepped up your game!

Welcome to the 63rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! All of you put your best foot forward for this week’s theme of Steps!

Getting swamped by work and not being caught up, gets this post to you a day late!  The benefit to me is that I got to take most of your posts in as a tidal wave of wonder!  You have simply outdone yourselves and rather than heaping on superlatives, I challenge each and every one to experience all of each others’ posts and comment on that trip!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your great contributions!!

Another look at steps from a different vantage point…

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Into the tower…

This staircase is in the papal castle of Julius II, which is located in Ostia Antica.  What makes these stairs rather special is that each step is a stone slab that is anchored into the wall only; there is no additional support, as the craftsmen did a rather fine job of getting them in place perfectly.

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

  • By Sarah was the first entry again this week with a lovely image of steps that have gathered some moss…  They look a little tricky!
  • Ladyleemanilla found steps of all kinds and even managed to get a cat in a hat…  Does the cat look good in the hat?  You decide!
  • Stella brings us some beautiful steps in her post in Giggles & Tales, which she photographed expertly!
  • By Sarah definitely takes the biggest step of the entries this week, so go check out how big that step is!
  • Raj takes us up the mountain in his blog XDrive as he takes us to Baba Budangiri and Mullayanagiri in this week’s post!
  • Nicole’s post  in Une Photo, un poéme showcases one of the most unique designs for a staircase: the double helix designed by Leonardo da Vinci.  Amazing!  Nicole also contributes a second post in Une Photo, un poéme, which is just lovely!
  • Xenia’s whippets sure know how to strut their steps in whippetwisdom.com, as they cover the distance with graceful strides!
  • A 12th century church’s interior is the subject in theonlyD800inthehameau with a staircase, that looks extremely old, but still serviceable!
  • Peg brings us two kinds of steps in The Tempest and The Teapot with both glorious staircases and puppy pawprints!
  • pensivity101 spins a wonderful tale based on those stairs that lead up steeply to find yourself…where?
  • iballrtw takes us down Montmartre hill in a beautiful post that makes me want to explore those stairs!
  • In her post in CitySonnet, Maria makes us want to visit the beach to imprint our own footsteps in the sand!
  • Judith takes us across the river Mole in her post in Nature Knows Best; it is a lovely crossing using stepping stones to guide us to the other bank.
  • Candace has us believing in ghosts in her post in Netdancer’s Musings; the hotel might be haunted!
  • In her post in Travel with Intent, Debbie showcases some amazing photos of a staircase that really puts things in perspective.
  • Charles takes us along for some of the most important steps in his entry in charlesewaugh; can you guess which steps they are?
  • Robert’s photos in his Photo Robert’s Blog are simply stunning!  Definitely go check them out!
  • Helen takes us into the Alfama in Photophile; it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lisbon and just enchanting!
  • Susan has us Musin’ with Susan down the steps into the water to follow the rubber duckies!
  • Ron brings us a stunning array of beautiful images on our theme in his post in Progressing into Solitude.
  • The photographer smiled… and brought us a fantastic image of loneliness at the top!
  • Frank’s post in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking, gives us a short home tour.  Come on in!
  • Lacy traces some steps in Adventures of a Busy Mom down a path that leads us to one of her favorite places!
  • Miriam takes us along for some serious steps in Showers of Blessing as we go along the Great Wall of China; but no step more important than the other one in her post!
  • Marie may have found a stairway to heaven in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, as she brings us to Angkor Wat!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects has us finding joy in each day, as she takes us along the steps of her journey!
  • Cee brings us a wonderful variety of steps in her post in Cee’s Photography; from Vintage Train steps to the steps at the Museum of Glass (are they glass?)
  • Bullyboy showcases the steps in the landscape nearby in Travel387 which shows us some great landscape beauty!
  • Leaking Ink takes us on a tour along one of his favorite staircases, ending up in a perfect little haven!
  • Mike’s post in his blog Weakly Thoughts reminds us of the wonderful aspects of perspective, as we look along his stairs.
  • Ron’s takes us along Locating Frankenstein’s Brain, and shows us where those steps might lead us!
  • Miriam is Stepping into a Magical Outback in her post in Out an’ About; it is simply wonderful to see the landscape that she is experiencing on this journey, as she portrays the magic that lies within the land…
  • A wonderful post by Khürt as he takes us Shinrinyoku in his post in Island in the Net, with beautiful photography!

If you read each of these posts, I’m sure that, like me, you feel enriched by these views of the world and how they have been shared!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 62

Welcome to the 62nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I have to say that I’m glad that I went with the theme of Music, as your posts were a joy to read!

Many of you took a path that I expected to some degree, and your creativity in how you portrayed what music means to you and the impact that it has on your lives was wonderful to behold.  Some of you presented music and instruments that I didn’t know about, which was fascinating!  One really stood out, as Miriam’s post in Out an’ About even included a recording of her singing a fantastic song!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your great contributions!!

 

Here’s an image from my collection of performers of music…

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GT Nightcrawler

Portrait photography can be a lot of fun, as you get to control everything from the light to the pose.  Despite the desire for control, sometimes, an impromptu portrait, such as the one here is very satisfying.  You catch the subject in their natural element, being themselves; of course, with performers, the latter is not 100% true, as you’re really capturing the persona that they portray on stage.

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

  • By Sarah kicked things off with a lighthearted post that captures something that most, if not all of us, have done: playing air guitar!
  • Nicole’s entry  in Une Photo, un poéme gives us a beautifully photographed and well-written report on a balalaika performance.  Go check it out!
  • pensivity101 tells us about the influence that music has on her life, particularly, playing the piano!
  • Gwen’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill shows off the joy of music in many forms!
  • Xenia gives us a wonderful tanka in whippetwisdom.com and accompanies it with photos of her whippets dancing to Nature’s music.
  • iballrtw shares a great post with some very early sculptures of musicians with unusual instruments.
  • The post shared by theonlyD800inthehameau brings us up close and personal with an absolutely stunning pipe organ!
  • Photo Robert’s Blog shares an amazing set of photographs of instruments and musicians, that you really should go see!
  • Ladyleemanilla shares an amazing array of photos in her entry this week!
  • Candace’s photo of performers in the Paris subway in Netdancer’s Musings is just wonderful!
  • Miriam’s post in her blog Out an’ About is simply magical, as she not only shares her thoughts and photos about music, but she also graces us with a recording of her performing a song that is inspired by a poem written by one of her friends.
  • Raj’s post in his blog XDrive shares a beautiful set of images of his daughter performing an intricate dance, filled with wonderful facial expressions.  Just lovely!!
  • ARHtistic License shows us a wide array of musical instruments and implements; I particularly like the dulcimer!
  • Cee has some great images in her post in Cee’s Photography; I really like the sheet music, which looks truly old!
  • Roaming Urban Gypsy has a wonderful blog with street photography, which is well represented in their entry for this week.
  • Miriam shares photos of some of her performances in Showers of Blessing and tells us about her hero!
  • Stella’s images in Giggles & Tales tell us a story of instruments, the music they bring forth and the places where this music occurs!
  • Bushboy has a wonderful collection of guitars and music in his post in Bushboy’s World, as well as a great work of art!
  • Judith shares her experience of going to the opera in Milan in her post in Nature Knows Best; she was in for a surprise! As a bonus, we get to find out who her favorite violinist is!
  • Peg’s post in The Tempest and The Teapot shows of some great photography skills!
  • Catherine shares the start of her musical instrument collecting addiction with us in her blog images off the path.
  • Marie captured a guitarist in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, all the way in Cordoba, Spain!
  • Leaking Ink introduces us to the Manganiyar Seduction, a group of musicians from Rajasthan, India.
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects has her singing her joy from the rooftops, as she takes a leap of faith!
  • Lacy’s photos in Adventures of a Busy Mom describe the soundtrack of a busy mom!  I think you can guess whose music takes front stage!
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 combines both the instrument to make music with the inspiration for this music!
  • Ron tells us of his experience with music through excellent photography in Progressing into Solitude.
  • Khürt’s entry for this week’s theme in Island in the Net tells us the story of his journey through music throughout his life; a great read and awesome photos!

If there were the concept of music for my eyes, these posts definitely brought it forth, for which I thank all of you!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music

A song of photography!

Welcome to Week 62 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s entries were absolutely spectacular!  I expected to see a great turnout with the theme of Unusual, and you blew my mind with those creative, funny and intriguing entries.  As I was thinking about this week’s theme, I was leaning toward something rather tricky, which I may still use at some time in the future, but decided to expand the reach of the challenge a bit with Music.

Music is all around us and more than just a human form of expression, as Nature is filled with examples of great music from the birds in the trees to the whales in the oceans.  As usual, you can take poetic license into any direction that you desire, so that it can be music to your ears, a great performance or a cacophony of atonal sound!

One way of capturing music for reproduction is shown here…

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The Score

This image is from about 5 years ago, when we were challenged to provide some appropriate wall decor for a music school that was just opening nearby.  Interestingly enough, this is not one of the images that was chosen, even though I thought it to be technically superior to one of my images that was selected.

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 a symphony of wondrous entries!