Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connections

Welcome to week 157 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Yes, this post means that this challenge has been running for 3 years now! Thanks to all the amazing support from the blogosphere!!

Of course, you blew me away with the response to last week’s theme, which I thought might have had special meaning to many of us. This week, I want to make the theme about the most important thing that I can think of in our endeavors here and in many other aspects of life: Connections! Making connections with one another and learning more about the world and the great people, with whom we share it.

Your challenge is to capture any type of connections that you would like to share, as they come in many guises and at many levels. This is a great opportunity to let your creative energies flow freely and see where they take you. I can hardly wait to see what connections you will feature in your posts!!

Here’s a literal set of connections…

Floral Connections

These wonderful, bright yellow flowers are all connected to their supporting branches, striving to reach every bit of light that they can! This image comes from a visit to the Botanic Garden of the Technical University in Delft, Netherlands. This is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy the beauty of Nature, reconnecting to all that is special…

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)!!

Let’s all make new connections and enjoy this week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 156

Worship is everywhere…

Welcome to the 156th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

I’m truly overwhelmed by the number of responses to this week’s theme of Worship! The fire affected all of us and touched us in a way that we will not soon forget. The same fire also inspires us to look at our places of worship, why we worship and the very meaning that it has in our lives and souls. Your posts were absolutely stunning and touched me in many ways.

I hope that all of you will take the time to read each post, as I have, and will enjoy them as I have. Thank you all for the great posts and your inspiration!

Here’s another ancient place of worship…

Lochbuie Stones

This wonderful stone circle stands on the Isle of Mull. While exploring this site, I could feel the power that rests within it, and couldn’t help but think about the people that were here when it was just built; they went to great lengths to create something that would cement their connection to the supernatural…

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

  1. Maria starts things off with a wonderful set of photos in KameraPromenader; the chapel in Sao Miguel in the Azores is stunning!
  2. Nicole brings us a gorgeous set of photos of the Notre Dame in her postt in Une Photo, Un Poéme; spectacular!
  3. Sarah takes us to a Byodo-In temple in Oahu in her post in By Sarah; the site looks amazing!
  4. In another great post in Nut House Central, Kammie features wonderful photos of places that connect to worship.
  5. Brian shares wonderful memories of the Notre Dame in his post in Bushboy’s World.
  6. In a stunning post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we visit the remaines of the town of Dhanushkodi, which was the victim of a super-cyclone in 1964.
  7. In this week’s post in Land of Images we are treated to a beautiful photo of St. Mary’s.
  8. With a great post in his blog In My Mind’s Eye, Ed shares his memories of a number of places of worship.
  9. Gwen shares a number of places of worship that she has visited in a great post in Field Notes from Over the Hill.
  10. Jackie’s post in Junk Boat Travels takes us to the Melrose Abbey in Scotland, which is also one of my favorite sites!
  11. This week Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery takes us to Marienburg in Poland, where we find a stunning statue!
  12. Xenia shares two posts with us; starting in WhippetWisdom, we visit Cairngorms National Park. In her post in Tranature, we meditate on butterflies.
  13. With another great post in Cee’s Photography, Cee brings us great photos of places of worship.
  14. In a wonderful post in GWH Photos, we get to see both the Notre Dame and the Stavanger Catedral.
  15. In a fantastic in Light Words, Carol remembers Notre Dame with a great set of photos.
  16. In a magnificent post in Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition, we get a stunning array of places of worship!
  17. In a touching post in pensivity101 we learn about some of the places that candles have been lit over the years…
  18. Nancy’s post in Nancy Merrill Photography features a fantastic photo of the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City.
  19. In a lovely post in Life Amazing, we are treated to a wonderful set of places of worship!
  20. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography gives us an amazing view of this beautiful church!
  21. A truly elegant post in Natsukashi Kansai features a lovely temple!
  22. In a wonderful post in Encore! Old Pianos with a New Song, we learn about the importance of music in worship.
  23. In a truly interesting post in For the Love of…, we learn about a church that suffered the loss of its steeple in 1955.
  24. In a lovely post in Notes from the Vicarage, we learn about a great number of places of worship.
  25. In an awesome post in Another LQQK, Teressa brings a great set of images that denote worship to her.
  26. In a wonderful post in Jinan Daily Photo, we get to see a service in Jinan.
  27. Jase asks to be taken to the church in Proscenium with a magnificent post!
  28. In a stunning post in Travel with Tech, we get a huge variety of churches and cathedrals!
  29. In this week’s post in The 59 Club, we get to see Our Lady of Victory, which is stunning!
  30. In Beijing Daily Photo we get the view of a magnificent temple.
  31. In another wonderful post in iBall Round the World, we get to see the altar of the Old-New Synagogue in Prague.
  32. Ken shares great photos of several worship sites in his post in Pictures without Film.
  33. With another stunning photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau, we get to see the Sheih Zaid Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
  34. Irene’s post in Heaven’s Sunshine features the Martha-Mary Chapel in Greenfield Village.
  35. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent shares the beautiful game that is worshipped around the world: football (soccer for Americans).
  36. In a lovely post in Touring with Kids, we visit a number of great locations where candles have been lit.
  37. Susan captured a great source of worship in her post in Musin’ with Susan: a medicin woman!
  38. Woolly shares some great memories of Notre Dame in his post in Woolly Muses; wonderful photos!
  39. Sandy brings us to the First Plymouth Congregational Church in her post in Out of My Write Mind, with some great photos!
  40. A wonderful post in Corazon181 not only brings a lovely church into the picture, but also the personal aspects of worship.
  41. In a lovely post in Fleeting Muse, we get to visit the Khamakya Temple in Assam, India.
  42. In a stunning photo in the blog Ryan Photography, we get to visit the Canterbury Cathedral in Kent!
  43. Debbie brings us to the Shrine of Remembrance in her post in Twenty Four; it’s truly stunning!
  44. Stella shares some great photos in her post in Giggles & Tales, where the churches are lovely!
  45. In a stunning post in Albatz Travel Adventures, we get to see a variety of worship throughout the far east.
  46. David’s post in David Meredith’s Photoblog takes us to St. Mary’s Church in Acton, Cheshire, with a stunning photo!
  47. Sonya’s post in Middleton Road captures the mood on Good Friday in Wellington!
  48. In another great post in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we get a view of worship in the Middle East.
  49. With a great view from atop Notre Dame, we get a gargoyle’s view in Mostly Monochrome.
  50. In a wonderful post in Biking to Work, we not only get a view into the church, but also a personal journey.
  51. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 brings a very personal remembrance of the meaning of a particular location!
  52. The amazing post in A Day in the Life takes us to the Synagogue in Florence, which is truly stunning!
  53. Khürt’s post in Island in the Net takes us to a place of worship: Nature, in all its amazing, stunning beauty!
  54. In a great post by Heart 2 Heart, we get to see the All Saints’ Church in Hyderabad and find out what it’s like to move (once again).
  55. Debbie contributed a post about the importance of self-care and self-love in her blog ForgivingConnects.

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Worship

Welcome to week 156 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

The devastating fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was horrific in the way that it touched the heart and soul of Parisian, the French and many of us around the world. This cathedral is a true world treasure in both its architecture and the meaning that it carries, which transcends faith. I am heartened by President Emmanel Macron’s response with the intent to rebuild Notre Dame, as it is part of the heritage of France and, indeed, the World.

With this news, it was immediately obvious to me that the theme for this week’s challenge is to be Worship. Regardless of religion, faith or belief system, we can all worship; whether it’s a universal being, nature or the love of our life… Please take this challenge into the direction of Worship that speaks most to you and share it creatively!

I very much look forward to your responses to this theme, as I hope you are as inspired as I am by how humanity can respond to adversity and achieve ever greater heights!

Here’s a cathedral that faced fires during its time…

Elgin Cathedral

The Elgin Cathedral originates from 1224 and was ravaged by fire on 3 occasions in 1270, 1390 and 1402. It came back time and again until the time of the Scottish Reformation in 1560, after which it was abandoned. After the lead waterproofing was removed from the roof in 1567, it decayed steadily until its roof collapsed during a storm in 1637; deterioration continued over the centuries… Despite its current state, one can feel the power of this site when walking its grounds; it’s impressive!

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)!!

Let’s all have cake and enjoy this week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Cake

Let them eat cake!

Welcome to week 155 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

This week, we roll in a different direction, as I had an appetite when coming up with the theme. After all those great entries, I thought it was time for Cake! Everyone deserves cake to celebrate and fill their need for dessert! I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of cake strikes your fancy and might make you ask for a second helping.

Of course, cake can mean more than just dessert, so, if the mud is caked on your boots, that is one direction you can take. I look forward to seeing what kind of fun you will with this week’s theme!

My first choice are these delicious cupcakes…

Cupcakes, anyone?

Even several years after shooting this image for a food assignment, it still speaks to me. This simple lighting approach resulted in an image highlighted the eartly essence of these cupcakes, drawing the eye in.

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)!!

Let’s all have cake and enjoy this week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 154

Rolling along Tuscany!

Welcome to the 154th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Wow! Those entries rolled in rather nicely! There were a lot of creative approaches to our Roll theme, of which the dogs rolling certainly made me smile every time! Waves, gently rolling to the shore, and hills rolling across the horizon were fun to behold! Or rolling along the hills on a mountain bike! They were all a lot of fun to read.

Thank you all for the great posts that you put together and the fun you created!

As I wasn’t ecstatic about the rolling shot that I captured, I thought I’d bring two aspects of roll in one shot…

Fields of Tuscany

The hills of Tuscany are a truly fantastic location to visit, as the people are friendly, the food is amazing and the views are out of this world!

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

  1. Sarah is on a roll this week with two posts; her first post in By Sarah rolls the corrugated iron! In a second post in By Sarah, we are visiting the rolling hills.
  2. Nicole takes us for a ride in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, as she’s having fun riding in Cornwall!
  3. Ken takes us to Sandymouth Bay in his post in Pictures without Film; it’s truly rocking and rolling there!
  4. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography showcases a rather impressive roll!
  5. Shelley rolls in with another great post in Quaint Revival; she found some things that just come rolling in!
  6. In another interesting post in For the Love of, we see what happens when the refrigerator has to be rolled out to the pasture…
  7. Charles takes us to Montevideo in charlesewaugh, where the rolls complemented the wine very well!
  8. Ann-Christine’s rolling along in another great post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand, both down the street and the sidewalk!
  9. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s fantastic post this week, we learn about the railway station in Bharatpur, Rahasthan!
  10. Xenia brings us another great post in WhippetWisdom, with a villanelle that just rolls of the tongue!
  11. This week’s contribution in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery rolls onto the ferry in what looks like an amazing location!
  12. In a delightful post in pensivity101 we enjoy the unbridled joy of a dog rolling in the grass!
  13. Maria shares waves rolling into the beach in KameraPromenader with some fun kitesurfing!
  14. Irene takes us into the subway in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine, as we wait for a train to roll in!
  15. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie brings us some amazing fog in Mazatlan and some delicious rolls!
  16. Jase almost cut their hair this week in Proscenium; time for a cut or just keep rolling?
  17. Na’ama’s poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda teaches us how to stop a roll…
  18. Stella keeps the great photos rolling in Giggles & Tales, which shows us some interesting sights around Washington, D.C.
  19. Woolly is rolling in the hay in his post in Woolly Muses; or at least, rolls of hay!
  20. Sandy shares some great clouds in her post in Out of My Write Mind, which roll along like the words in her poem!
  21. With a great photo in Corazon181‘s post, we get to see the waves rolling in!
  22. Debbie features a pair of dogs rolling in the grass in her post in Twenty Four; they do have fun!
  23. Hammad brings us another awesome post in Blog of Hammad Rais, in which the waves roll in.
  24. A very cool roll is featured in this week’s post in Land of Images, which has to be thrilling!
  25. An important lesson from this week’s entry from iball round the world, as it’s good to bring your own roll…
  26. Susan provides us with a great puppy roll in her post in Musin’ with Susan; puppies can sleep in the darndest bends!
  27. In a fantastic post in Another LQQK, Teressa reminds us that it’s okay to roll the baseball in the house…
  28. Alive and Trekking is a great looking blog that shares great rolling clouds across Marlborough Sound with us!
  29. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 is a true throwback to the olden days, when film photography ruled!
  30. Debbie shares another great post in her blog, ForgivingConnects, as she’s on a roll with self-forgiveness and able to get back in the saddle!
  31. Donna brings lots of color in her post in Wind Kisses, as we roll through the Arizona hills; great to see all those flowers!
  32. Cee brings us some amazing hay rolls in Cee’s Photography, including some rather cool painted ones!
  33. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent takes us to Rabat, where we get to see a vehicle that rolls no more; great car!
  34. Alice has a great set of rolls in her post in the 59 Club, which look really delicious!
  35. Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Roll

Welcome to week 154 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Of course, after a week of Rocking entries, you fully expected that we’d Roll into this week! Yes, I gave into the tempation of using Rock and Roll in consecutive weeks. As Roll can take a number of meanings, you can roll the dice to select the one you want to use. Whether a bread roll, a bed roll, or a ball rolling down the hill, I look forward to see what wonderful ideas come rolling in this week!

Please remember to have some fun with this week’s theme!

When the tide rolls out…

The Tide Rolled Out

As I’ve used this image a number of times for various purposes, my commitment for this week is to shoot something new to roll into this week’s round up… I have some ideas!

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)!!

Go ahead and roll with it, and let the good times roll!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 152

The wonder of it all!

Welcome to the 152nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You were all simply wonderful! I very much enjoyed reading what fills you with wonder and seeing those stunning photos that you provided as evidence of the wonders. Your interpretations were very creative, as always, and there were many that brought a smile to my face. Thanks to each and every one of you for the work you put into these posts!

So, stop wondering, and go discover the wonder that lies in these posts!

Here’s another location that filled me with wonder…

Myvatn Hot Water Spring

Visiting Iceland was a magical experience from a photography perspective, as it is filled with stunning vistas. If you go just a little bit off the beaten path, you are often rewarded, such as this blue-hued wonder that presented itself to me. This hot water spring is surrounded by signs that warn people to not enter it, due to the excessive heat that can occur in this spring.

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

  1. Starting things off this week, Sarah’s post in By Sarah is filled with wonder as the balloons fill the sky. One really stood out for me!
  2. Nicole brings us the wonders of Nature in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, which is gorgeous!
  3. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie goes for one of her favorite wonders in her life, as she features a handsome guy!
  4. Shelley brings us the wonder of post-vacation blues in Quaint Revival; based on the pictures I think that the vacation was wodnerful!
  5. John’s post in Midnight Rider brings us one of the wonders that we might all enjoy: backyard critters!
  6. Ann-Christine’s brings us the wonder of Spring in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand with an amazing photo of a hazel bud!
  7. Sandy takes a really cool approach in Out of My Write Mind, as she explores the wonder of shadows!
  8. Na’ama’s post in Na’ama Yehuda explores the wonder of ancient construction, and the precision that is amazing!
  9. We get to enjoy the wonder of Nature in a great post in pensivity101, as those ducks are simply precious!
  10. Xenia shares a pair of wonderful posts with us this week. The first in WhippetWisdom brings us the wonder of growing. The second, in Tranature is filled with green wonder!
  11. In another awesome post in Another LQQK, Teressa takes us to the wonder of the new buds, and did I see snow?
  12. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s stunning post, we are introduced to the wild asses of Kutch!
  13. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography is just amazing and filled with the wonder of Canyon de Chelly National Park!
  14. This week’s entry in Chateaux des Fleurs shares the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, which is one of the wonders of the world!
  15. Kammie sees wonder in several interesting vistas in her post in Nut House Central; which of these wonders is your favorite?
  16. Jase shares a terrific wonderwall in Proscenium; then there is some wonderful food too…yummy!
  17. I really like Go Outside Today, and this week’s entry is amazing, as it takes us to Bagru, Rajasthan; do you wonder?
  18. This week’s post in Heart2Heart takes us to a truly wonderful place, as we straddle the Arno!
  19. We get to enjoy the wonder of an amazing landscape in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery; mountains fill me with wonder!
  20. Yinglan really fills us with wonder in her post in This is Another Story; there’s nothing more wonderful than looking up to the sky!
  21. Stella brings us some wonder from Nature in her great post in Giggles & Tales; beautiful photos!
  22. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine shares her wonder and fascination with the butterfly; I can relate!
  23. A really interesting photo is central to the post in Land of Images, as the caterpillar does look a bit confused!
  24. Maria’s photo in her blog KameraPromenader is truly amazing, as she captures the wonder of a spider’s web in a spectacular way!
  25. Donna brings us the wonder of Tuscany in her post in Wind Kisses; I agree that there’s much wonder there!
  26. Ken brings us the juxtapostion of two wonders in his post in Pictures without Film; modern and ancient wonders meet one another!
  27. Woolly shares some great wonders in his post in Woolly Muses; one of them, I have visited, and the others are on my bucket list!
  28. I great wonder is shared in the 59 Club, where tons of water cross every single second!
  29. Brian shares some of the makes him wonder in his post in Bushboy’s World; these are some great wonders, and Nature stands out above all for me!
  30. With another great photo in their blog sgeoil, we get to enjoy the wonders of Nature!
  31. In MyTravelCSP, we get to enjoy both human and Nature constructions in their choice of wonders!
  32. In another great post in Photography Journal Blog, we get to wonder what that button does, and we get a great photo!
  33. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent is stunning! The Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid is turning 100!
  34. With another stunning photo in David Meredith’s Photoblog, we get to wonder about migration; that photo is amazing!
  35. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais has us wonder about the beauty of primroses!
  36. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 shares the wonder of natural foods and their amazing nutrients!
  37. Olga wonders where Spring is hiding in her post in Stuff and what if…, which might be in the shadows…
  38. In another awesome post in Travel with Tech, we learn about little angels, and where they come from!
  39. Marie has travelled to great places, as we can see in the New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; that is a wonderful photo!
  40. Debbie brings us a surprise in her post in Twenty Four; of course, I wonder, if Wombats can read…
  41. Tracy has another fantastic post in Reflections of an Untidy Mind; in case you wondered, it was National Eucalypts Day in Australia last week!
  42. Susan’s wonder is captured in a great photo in Musin’ with Susan; Nature’s wonder in all its beauty!
  43. In a great post in Thief Images Photography Blog, we find some of the things that make this photographer wonder…
  44. Khürt brings us a fantastic report on Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar in Island in the Net; this post is nothing short of wunderbar!
  45. In another lovely post in A Day in the Life we get to hang with the ducks, who are just wonderful!

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