Tuesday Photo Challenge – Toys

Toys, not just for kids!

Welcome to Week 122 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  All those great posts, each one in a Row after the other, were a delight to read and view!

Quite often I spend time looking at a variety of images to decide on the theme for the week.  This time, the theme came to me right away, as this playful image guided me to Toys!  I think that our human condition puts a premium on play and inventiveness, of which toys are a perfect expression!  Of course, there are lots of different toys, many of which can be found in the most unusual locales!  One of my favorites is the spindle of adhesive tape dispensers, which makes a fantastic top 🙂

For this week’s challenge, share some of your favorite toys, whether they are found in everyday objects or true expressions of a creative mind.  I’m looking forward to seeing what you may share in these images!

As I’m a bit of a collector, here are some of mine…

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Jumping Brains gather for a meeting

These are Jumping Brains, a design from the super creative mind of Emilio Garcia (website), whose art products often sell out within minutes of their release.  I’m fortunate enough to have a substantial collection of Emilio’s work, particularly some of his early work.  They are displayed with pride in my studio and a lot of fun to look at.

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 seeing what winds up filling your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 121

Lots of pretty things…

Welcome to the 121st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Another record setting week of responses!

I think that your posts touched on every interpretation of the theme of Row that I can come up with.  Filled with creativity, your contributions were great fun for me to read and view.  The effort that you put into each one of these posts shone through!!

A heartfelt thank you for your participation in this week’s challenge.  Now I have to think of a theme for 122 🙂

Here’s another row, even though they are not rowboats…

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Volendam Fishing Boats

I’m sure that you can’t blame me for capturing this photo, as the the bright Red, Green and Blue look to be jumping off the screen!  During a visit to the old Zuiderzee fishing town of Volendam, I came across this view and had to catch it with my camera 🙂

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

  • Sarah’s entry in By Sarah takes us to some rather interesting rows, as they will be very tasty at some point in the future! [N.B. – blog may be set to private]
  • In pensivity101‘s post is a really interesting read, as she manages to use just about every version of the word row in this post… go see, if there’s one missing!
  • Petra creates another awesome post in Photoworld vol. 3, as she puts all the pretty things in a row! Great photos!
  • Kammie goes exploring in her post in The Nut House, and she finds lots of interesting sets of rows!
  • Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival really sucked me in, as there were some awesome rows, including a row of Batman actors, whose voices are compared!
  • Michelle features a wonderful photo in her post in Take a Walk and Discover, which takes the theme in two directions.
  • In Sync with Deep‘s post, we get a beautiful poem that was inspired by the photo that accompanied this week’s theme.
  • The post in Jordy’s Streamings brings us rows of contradiction, with wonderful photos and celebration!
  • This week’s contribution in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery provides rows in several dimensions…
  • Charles treats us to a view of the Straits of Magellan in his post in charlesewaugh, where we find a very well-trained row of birds!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom combines beautiful photos with a lovely haibun, as whippets enjoy the tidal pools.  Xenia’s second post in her blog, Tranature, shares amazing photos of black currants all in a row and a great haiku!
  • Lisa captures some great photos on the theme in her post in A Day in the Life, which leads me to wonder which one you like best? I have my favorite!
  • Nicole leads us to Saint Malo, where we visit the breakwaters at the Plage du Sillon in Une Photo, Un Poéme; this is a truly beautiful post!
  • Miriam’s post in The Shower of Blessings takes us to Huntington Library, where there are a number of gorgeous rows!
  • In her blog Out of my Write Mind, Sandy shares row upon row of hand-tied flies, which are little works of art and are useful!
  • Shubham’s post in Hadd Hai Yaar takes a look at a variety of rows with a set of wonderful photos!
  • This week’s post on the theme in One letter UP – diary 2.0 is filled with something that would make me salivate…
  • In Na’ama Yehuda‘s post, she takes us back to some of the darkest times in human history with a deeply touching photo from the concentration camp in Auschwitz and a moving poem…
  • A stunning photo on this week’s theme is in Chateaux des Fleurs, as fish were trained to swim in a row at the Mystic Aquarium!
  • In MV Obsession‘s post, we get to see the benefit of visiting locales during the off-season: plenty of seats available!
  • Stella has a great collection of photos, as seen in Giggles & Tales; there are some amazing rows in them as well!
  • The post for this week’s theme in Fatma Mahmoud is simply lovely!  A beautiful row of crescents frame the Moon in a great image!
  • Klara takes us to a UNESCO World Heritage site with her photo in Sliku svoju ljubim II; Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest minaret!
  • Olga brings us along on a visit to a vineyard in Niagara in her post in Stuff and what if…; now, if we could just taste some of the wine too!
  • Susan takes us for a serious row in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which also features stunning colors in the photo!
  • Jason may be on the right track in his post in Proscenium: just make sure that you look behind you occasionally!
  • In another great post in WoollyMuses, there are some fantastic rows, and I learn the meaning of the word bollard!
  • In an entertaining post in Jottings and Writings, I got the feeling that there may have been a row with a sprayer…
  • Sonia explores the beauty of symmetry of rows in her post in Sonia’s Musings, for which she provides evidence!
  • Sonya gives us a lovely view of Port Nicholson Yacht Club in her post in Middleton Road; the view is simply stunning!
  • Robert shares a great photo in Photo Roberts Blog, which gives me a sense of other-worldly creatures standing next to the port…
  • With a wonderful set of photos, the post in Life Amazing shares a number of rows that are very interesting!
  • In a post that features some relaxed rowing in Serendipity, Encouraged, Todd shares some of his experiences from his visit to India.
  • A lovely post by Ju-Lyn in All Things Bright and Beautiful has a great photo that shows us many rows!  How many can you  find?
  • Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent whisks us away to Madrid this week, where the great vistas yield some wonderful rows!
  • In a great post in the 59 Club, Alice takes us to the theater district in New York City, where she features a wonderful venue!
  • Debbie wrote another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, as she shares how she manages to forgive herself for being upset about the uncertainties that she faces; a great read!
  • George documents a set of three chairs through the seasons in an awesome post in Alchemist of the Woods; these chairs are looking for some people that they can support!
  • With a great set of photos in Pictures without Film, we get to view the Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle in a novel manner (it involves advanced geometry!)
  • On a magnificent beach in this week’s post in Land of Images‘ we get to look at some weathered groynes… Yes, you better go find out what they are!
  • Bryan treats us to something rather special in Bushboy’s World: black beans!  You have to check out these beauties, as each bean weighs about 30 grams!
  • We always get treated to something interesting in the Blog of Hammad Rais, where we find out about the motorbikes of Karachi!
  • Marie’s post in the New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect features a truly unusual site: the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa!  This really looks worth the visit!
  • In a wonderful post in Photography Journal Blog, we also visit a grotto: the Blue Grotto in Malta, which looks truly gorgeous!
  • Ron takes us under the bridge in his post in Progressing into Solitude, as we get a different view that looks fantastic! No worries, there are no trolls!
  • Maria’s photo in KameraPromenader‘s post for this week’s theme is a gorgeous capture of water drops!  You’ll want to check it out!
  • Ilka takes us to the nursery in her entry for A Thousand Miles, tree nursery that is! All stand at attention!
  • Tatiana’s post in Travelartpix features a wonderful photo of a row boat that has seen better days!  She also features some great rows of drying fish in another post in Travelartpix.  You can see more of her work in Travelways.

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Row

All the pretty things in a row!

Welcome to Week 121 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After another week of wonderful responses from all of you to the theme of Field, my challenge was to select another new theme.

As the quantify of these challenges grows, it becomes ever harder to come up with unique themes that fit with my idea of providing multiple directions for responses to the challenge.  This week’s theme of Row has a number of possibilities, as it can denote a line of people or items, a street, propelling a boat with oar(s), a quarrel, and I’m sure there are others that haven’t come to my mind yet.

Open your creative minds to row through the waters of ideas!  I’m excited to see what fantastic posts you’ll generate in response to this week’s theme!

Here are a bunch of posts, standing in a row…

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Beached Order

This image is from near the end of a day of photography on snow-covered beaches.  It was a very cold day, which produced many memorable photos, as the combination of snow and deserted beaches is not something that is very common, even in New England.

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 seeing what winds up filling your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Field

Fields of war and peace

Welcome to Week 120 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Once more, thanks to all of you who contributed to last week’s theme of Wind!  Your response was overwhelming and fantastic!

For this week’s theme, I’m going for something that is wide open (on a good day): Field!  Once again this is a thematic word that can be interpreted in many ways, ranging from the field through which you walk or where you play to a field of studies, and several other directions that you can field however you like!  As always, the important part is that you have fun with this theme, and take the reins off your creative powers to lead you far afield!

I anticipate another array of wonderful entries, and look forward to reading them all!

Here’s a field that is a part of history…

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Warfield Ridge

This image is from a trip that my wife and I took in 2010, during which we visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  This American Civil War battlefield is one of the most well known, both for the extreme number of casualties and Abraham Lincoln’s famous address to commemorate the battle.  Walking across the battleground, one can feel the suffering and horrors that took place in this locale, particularly early in the morning while it is quiet…

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 seeing what winds up filling your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wind

The long and winding road

Welcome to Week 119 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  What an amazing array of responses to last week’s theme of Play!  Thank you all!

Looking for a follow up to last week’s theme, I was poking around and checking whether or not I had used the theme before.  I came across a tag that I’d used, but not for a TPC theme: Wind!  One thing that I like about this theme is that it can be taken into multiple directions!  It can be the Wind that provides a gentle breeze on a hot Summer’s day, or the road that Winds its way to your door.  And there are other possibilities that your creative interpretations can use this week!

Have fun with this one and share your ideas!  I know that I look forward to your cool ideas and I’m sure everyone else will be just as eager to see your posts!

Here’s one time that the wind caught my eye…

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Colors of the Wind

This wind spinner caught my eye, and made me think that it would be fun to do a bit of creative photography by playing with the shutter speed.  It came out pretty pleasing to my eye!

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 seeing what winds up filling your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 118

Play time is the right time!

Welcome to the 118th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Another record week in responses!!

Your responses were all very playful and filled with variety. There were a couple that definitely put a smile on my face in their creativity and unique approach to this week’s theme!  Thank you all for putting such wonderful effort into each and every one of your posts!

I enjoyed reading all of your posts, and hope that you’ll enjoy browsing through each other’s posts as well!

Here’s another bit of play…

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Pan will play!

This image came from a nice walk through Tower Hill Botanic Garden, as we chanced upon Pan hanging about in the woods.  With his pipes he lures us into his domain, where we are captivated by its beauty and wander for eternity…

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

  • Sarah kicks this week off with a wonderful little dog in By Sarah!  That dog looks ready to play! (FYI – as Sarah’s blog is marked private you may have to request access).
  • Nicole’s post in Un Photo Une Poeme has really captured the game, and it certainly looks like a lot of fun!
  • A wonderful post in Banactee brings about a real game changer with a stunning photo!
  • Kammie’s post in The Nut House has lots of variety of play and they sure look like they’re having fun!
  • There’s lots of play at the beach, as we can see in MV obsession‘s post; a bit of sand, lots of water and unbridled fun!
  • Very colorful is what we get to see in theOnlyD800intheHameau!  The kids will be ready to make use of that cornucopia of play!
  • In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we go very mathematical, as Fibonacci leads us on some floral exploration!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, we go to the ballgame and those kids are just having a blast!
  • A great post in Touring with Kids (cool blog!) shows us that it’s all kids play!  And those kids know how to play!
  • The awesome post in Chill Mom’s Photos and Reviews finds us at just the right water hole, which looks like a ton of fun!
  • Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent takes us to some of the most amazing play spots, which can be pretty competitive!
  • In Na’ama Yehuda‘s post, we get into the wonderful world of child’s play, and this one is creative!
  • With awesome photos in Chateaux des Fleurs, we get to see several varieties of play; which one is your favorite?
  • In a simply fantastic post in One letter UP – diary 2.0, the ultimate enjoyment of play is shared!  Go check out the facial expressions!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom brings us the awesome treat of falling water, which is sure to be enjoyed by Eivor and Pearl!
  • Robert’s photography in his blog Photo Roberts Blog is truly amazing!  His captures for this week’s theme demonstrate that again!
  • Emily’s post in her blog, Zombie Flamingoes, shows some of the fun that can be had playing on the ocean!
  • Jason breaks out the spirit in the sky in his post in Proscenium: it may just be the best place to play!
  • Candace found some truly serious play in her post in Netdancer’s Musings, as that is not your everyday play occurrence!
  • Lee’s post in ladyleemanila possibly has the largest variety of play documented in her post!  Awesome!
  • In another great post in WoollyMuses, the dogs get to play to their hearts content and they know how to do it!
  • Petra’s post in Photoworld vol. 3 is a great bit of play, as the Smurfs are hard at play! You can also see this post in Lilliput is Everywhere!
  • Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan documents one of the classic elements of basketball: the pick-up game!
  • Cee’s take on this week’s theme in Cee’s Photography knows the value of dogs, and their wonderful play!
  • Olga put together another great post in Stuff and what if…, where she take a playfully creative approach to her photos!
  • Todd brings out some wonderful play in his post in Serendipity. Encouraged.  Do you have a favorite among them?
  • Bend Branches is a wonderful blog, and this week’s entry gives us the opportunity to see marmots at play!
  • An outstanding post in Life Amazing, treats us to great play in its most pristine form!
  • In her blog Out of my Write Mind, Sandy put together a fantastic report on the state of play!
  • In pensivity101‘s lovely post, there’s proof that Darwin’s love for playing in water is shared with other dogs as well!
  • The awesome post in The 59Club gives us a great view of some of the outdoor play opportunities!
  • Another wonderful post in CitySonnet, which shows that waves can be playful as well!
  • Marie takes us to the ball game in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect! Batter up!
  • Sonia talks about passing on the love of the game of football in her post in Sonia’s Musings.
  • Margo documents play time in her post in That Little Voice, and the playbows show that it was indeed playtime!
  • Debbie wrote a wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, where she talks about moving and happiness!  Looks like there are big things happening!
  • Nicole has some fun, playing with raindrops in her post in Doar Nicole, and her photos are simply gorgeous!
  • Khürt goes for a hike and finds wonderful spots for play in his blog, Island in the Net; fantastic photos!
  • George really captures play in his post in The Alchemist of the Woods: these dogs just have a load of fun!
  • Stella found some awesome playgrounds that she captured in Giggles & Tales; they look like great fun!
  • Ilka demonstrates that computers are kids play in her blog A Thousand Miles; it’s a wonderful post!
  • Miriam shares some of her wonderful playing for your listening pleasure in Out an’ About; there are also some fun photos to round out playtime!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 115

Color our world!

Welcome to the 115th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Slowly getting back on track here and it’s good to see all the color that has been added to the blogosphere this week!

This has certainly been an awesome week of contributions, as it looks like colors bring out some of the most creative aspects of all of your work!  The colors in your posts are truly stunning and there are some color palettes that I hadn’t noticed before.  Thank you for all the great contributions and I hope you enjoy reading these posts, as much as I did.

Here’s a bit more color to add to your day…

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Colors of the Wind

This colorful wind-spinner caught my attention, so I decided to play around with exposure times until I got just enough blur for my taste.

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

  • ladyleemanila really went for all the colors in the rainbow with her post and even included a bit of color for love!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, the flower girl really is filled with color, but that might be because of what she’s made of…
  • Nicole’s post in Un Photo Une Poeme is filled with amazing fireworks photography, which makes me look forward to Bastille Day!
  • In pensivity101‘s first post, we get to see the great colors that are on the waterwys in England; in her second post in pensivity101, we also get to see a truly amazing garden!
  • In this week’s entry in Take a Walk and Discover, Michelle shows us some rather amazingly colorful houses!
  • In Alubhujia we get to see a great splash of color in the mountains, running along the hill!
  • Xenia’s first post is in whippetwisdom where we enjoy the colors of Gleann Einich, with a great haibun!  Xenia’s second post is in her blog Tranature with hopeful eyes of the birds!
  • In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get a break in the journey, as it is a great time for some tea, and color!
  • Clearly, there is no shortage of color in MV obsession‘s life, as those photos are just brimming with all the colors!
  • Cee broke out all of the colors as well with a great set of photos in Cee’s Photography!
  • In Wild Daffodil‘s post, we get to see an intricate and amazing crocheted blanket and the stitches that went into it.  Stunning!
  • With another stunning photo in Chateaux des Fleurs, we are treated to an amazing set of tulip colors!
  • Susan’s post in Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition contains a beautiful array of colorful images.
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales not only is filled with great color, but also looks absolutely delicious! Go check it out!
  • Robert’s photos in Photo Roberts blog this week are a bit different: they are in color!  He captured some stunning colors!!
  • From Na’ama Yehuda we are introduced to some stunning dyes in a market in Peru and a great poem to go along with them!
  • Petra’s post in Photoworld vol. 3 shows a bit of her colorful style, assuming that those hair gels create color in her hair!
  • Brian shows off some stunning fireworks in his post in Bushboy’s World; must have been an amazing display!
  • In another great contribution in Out of my Write Mind, Sandy takes us for a walk through the tulips (not really, as we just admire them)!
  • Olga’s contribution in Stuff and what if… shows her unlocking some of the amazing colors that Nature may have locked away!
  • Margo takes us to San Miguel de Allende, in that Little Voice, to share its amazing colors with us in great photography!
  • In a great post in Photography Journal Blog, we get some flower power with a gorgeous butterfly included!
  • Klara’s post in Sliku svoju ljubim II shows of a tapestry of flowers that is simply stunning!
  • Ron’s photo in Progressing into Solitude is bursting with color; what an amazing display!
  • Miriam post in the Shower of Blessings features some gorgeous hummingbirds, which adorn her garden!
  • Hammad takes a look at colors in his post in The Blog of Hammad Rais, adding some amazing looks into the image!
  • Yinglan’s post in This is Another Story brings us the stunning colors of the Chinese New Year and also a plate of sushi that now has me hungry!!
  • Susan’s travel to South Africa is featured in her post in Musin’ with Susan, as she captured a gorgeous set of colors in a row of houses!
  • Debbie focuses on compassion and letting go in her post in ForgivingConnects, as she shows that the many colors in the palette of relationships are all for the good!  A great post to read!
  • In her post in Anita’s Images, Anita shows of some great images of colors on winged animals; they are stunning!
  • With another stunning photo in theonlyD800inthehameau, there’s evidence that sowing the rights seeds produces some gorgeous flowers!
  • In Carlos’ post in Ostendnomadography, we get views of the street art that was done for a festival in his hometown of Oostende; amazing work!
  • Debbie’s entry in Travel with Intent features the international language of beer!  With its colorful bottlecaps and labels and, of course, the color of the brews themselves!
  • George geeks out on us in the Alchemist of the Woods, as his description of what he does for a living, which has some cool colors, goes rather deep and technical! Sounds really interesting!!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!