Tuesday Photo Challenge – Challenge

A challenge to challenge you!

Welcome to Week 138 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

The holiday season is more than a time of celebration for many; however, for some among us, it can be a difficult time. This thought led me to the theme for this week’s challenge: Challenge. My hope is that this theme will provide you with an interesting Challenge that stretches your creative muscle and gives you a break from the season’s demands to be playful, even whimsical! Please take this theme in whatever direction, with which you feel most connected.

Of course, I expect nothing but amazing posts from all of you, but most of all, I challenge you to find joy and entertainment in this Challenge! I very much look forward to seeing what you create!

Here’s an interpretation to get you going…

This shot was taken atop the north tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. The north tower is the shorter of the two towers, standing only 68 meters tall (the south tower is 135 meters tall). With this lock, two lovers made a pact destined to challenge time itself; let’s wish them success!

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)!!

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Tranquil

Recovery of reason!

Welcome to Week 137 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Amidst the hubbub of the holiday season (or is it the shopping season?), all of might wish for a moment of quietude; to find peace in the maelstrom of deadlines, demands and expectations is precious any time of year, and, possibly, even more sought after this time of year.  With that in mind, I thought it might be nice to have this week’s theme be Tranquil!

Take a moment to breathe deep, maybe meditate and center yourself; let your creative mind’s eye guide you to express the Tranquil state.  Hopefully, you are there, or it’s what you look to achieve.  Have fun, relax and enjoy this week’s challenge!

Here’s a relaxing moment to get you going…

Peaceful Morning

Rocky Pond has provided for a number of great moments to photograph over the years, and this morning was no exception. Nearly still, with the Sun  peeking around the tree, accentuated by birdsong, this was a tranquil moment!

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)!!

Have a peaceful week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 136

Contact across the planes!

Welcome to the 136th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

What a truly amazing set of posts on this week’s theme! You made Contact with the world around you, your inner feelings and touched in your posts!  It was fun to read about your varying interpretations, and while not all contact was the good kind, there was an amazing amount of positivity in all the contact!  I truly enjoyed reading all your amazing posts, and thank you for the amount of effort that put into them!

I hope that you enjoy these wonderful posts!

Here’s contact of the ghostly kind…

Floating through the ether, her presence approaches the fount of knowledge, the mansion’s library. Searching through its vast stores for information that might explain her sudden disappearance from this earthly plane…

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

  1. In a wonderful post in Junk Boat Travels, we learn about the sometime benefit of making contact with great people on organized tours!
  2. The appetite inducing post by Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery might leave you wanting some delectable morsels!
  3. In Nut House Central, Kammie shares how contact is kept with the younger generation…
  4. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival speaks of her struggles to break free from the fashions of the 1980s; and much more!
  5. In a lovely post in Minding my P’s and Q’s, we find out about contact with the higher powers of the universe through Nature.
  6. In this week’s contribution in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we go to the artists’ market, where there is much to enjoy!
  7. In Charles’ entry in his blog, charlesewaugh, we enjoy the contact between Sun and Sea!
  8. The post by Na’ama Yehuda celebrates the magic of contact that a child makes with Nature.
  9. In a lovely post in WhippetWisdom, Xenia not only shares amazing photos of Eivor and Pearl romping on the beach at sunset, but also has a great tanka!
  10. Tatiana shares a great post in Giftsmart, which features the release of baby turtles into the sea!
  11. In this week’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand… Ann-Christine reminisces of a time that one of her dogs might not appreciate so much…
  12. Sarah’s post in By Sarah features a gorgeous photo, where land makes contact with the water…
  13. Maria’s contribution in her post in KameraPromenader provides a lovely view with the minimal contact between skater and ice!
  14. This week, pensivity101 reminisces about her dog Barney, who used to enjoy the televised Fly Ball competition a bit too much!
  15. Jase features an amazing photo in his post in Proscenium; time to rise and shine to catch that kind of view!
  16. In Heart to Heart‘s post we make eye contact, with a camel!  She also has a second post in Heart to Heart, that makes a significant splash!
  17. Debbie has a great post in Travel with Intent, which has the largest hands that I have ever seen!
  18. Ron has a really cool post in Progressing into Solitude which makes me want to play that bass!
  19. In a wonderful post in theonlyD800inthehameau, we get ready to see the start of a tennis star!
  20. Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme is all about avoidance of contact by using the token system…you’ll want to see it!
  21. Sandy encountered a flocking in her post in Out of my Write Mind, as she made contact with the first snow of the season!
  22. In Jordy’s Streamings we make contact with several amazing locales around the world, both natural and human made.
  23. In another great post in Land of Images, we keep contact across the expanses!
  24. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 is a bit of a throwback, as things do not go well for Mr. Bill!
  25. In another great post in ForgivingConnects, Debbie talks about the wonderful result of self-forgiveness, an endless gift that keeps on giving!
  26. Olga contributes an amazing post in Stuff and what if…, as she makes contact with a dream!
  27. Woolly takes us to various forms of contact in his Woolly Muses post, the not so good, when it affects our cars, and the great kind that allows us to communicate with one another!
  28. Deb’s post in Twenty Four has an amazing photo that connects us with the human spirit!
  29. In MytravelCSP we make contact with the Kadakvasal dam near Pune; a gorgeous location!
  30. In a lovely photo Susan captures the contact between two parrots in her post in Musin’ with Susan!
  31. In Sgeoil‘s post we are introduced to a quote by Edouard Manet and a beautiful photo that goes well with it!
  32. In a great post in Robert’s Snap Spot, we encounter lots of great contact with the planet and each other!
  33. Ilka’s wonderful post in A Thousand Miles talks about the wonderful time in the morning that is purely hers.  Also, we find out why Alf didn’t want to solve jigsaw puzzles 🙂  
  34. Khürt put together an excellent in Island in the Net, as he discusses his use of manual settings on his camera to push his photography to even higher levels! The results are stunning!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 134

Three’s never a crowd!

Welcome to the 134th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After enjoying some Thanksgiving food, I’m finally getting caught up with things this week, so here it is…

I was overwhelmed by the volume of responses and really enjoyed the types of triples or trios that each of you shared in your posts. Many were touching, and quite a few made me laugh in enjoyment of the wit that shoed in them.  Thank you for all the great effort that you put into your posts!  I hope that each of you enjoy your posts as much as I did!

These three are still among some of my favoirte ones…

Volendam Fishing Boats

This location is in Baxter State Park in Northern Maine, and I found it very comfortable to take a nice rest in the thick beds of moss.  If only it weren’t a short rest, I would have enjoyed it even more!

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

  1. Ron starts the contributions of the week with a great post in Progressing into Solitude.
  2. The trio photographed in the post by Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery is truly stunning!
  3. Brian’s post in his blog Bushboy’s World has an intersting variety of trios…some more inviting than others…
  4. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival is truly interesting, as she not only has great trios, but also examines whether an ISTJ can use a bullet journal without freaking out!
  5. In a wonderful post in Charlesewaugh, we meet a rather relaxed trio, which seems pretty happy.
  6. This week, pensivity101 can barely get her brain of chocolate, but luckily finds some trios despite this hurdle!
  7. In a lovely post in Minding My P’s and Q’s, we get to enjoy a gorgeous rainy day trio of photos!
  8. Yinglan may have had a challenge to find photos with trios, but as we can see in This is Another Story, she found some wonderful ones!
  9. In a great post in For the Love Of, there’s a great trio that we might just want some more of!!
  10. Cee features some wonderful photos of threes in Cee’s Photography, which are really interesting!
  11. The great photos of trios in Chateaux des Fleurs put a smile on my face; what do you think?
  12. Gwenny’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill definitely waxes nostalgic; do you have moments like that?
  13. Sarah’s post in By Sarah features a trio that makes a perfect setting for two!
  14. Emily went for comfy in her photo in Zombie Flamingoes, and I agree that it looks like a great place to relax!
  15. In another awesome post in MV Obsession, we meet a trio standing around discussing the future of the United States.
  16. The poem in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is fantastic, as she captures the sense of the flowers to perfection!
  17. In this week’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand… Ann-Christine captures a great set of trios!
  18. In the Nut House, we find Kammie has caught some wonderful trios with her camera!
  19. In a great post in Travel with Intent, Debbie introduces us to an interesting trio in Nimes!
  20. With a little ARHtistic License, Andrea features a trio that makes all of us wonder why she captured them 🙂
  21. Susan shares some incredible photos in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which feature beauty in threes!
  22. Jase features a great photo in his post in Proscenium; bridging the gap is definitely needed!
  23. The award for unique trio might go to the post in Danny James Photography, but I do wonder whose they are…
  24. Ladyleemanila has a great collection of trios in her post; there is definitely some great fun in them!
  25. The post in Sing Like Wildflowers is awesome and uplifting! Those smiles are just the best!
  26. In a great post in Light Words, Carol has some beautiful and fluffy trios on display!
  27. In Heart to Heart‘s post we get a great variety of trios, although I do wonder about pink trees…
  28. Woolly shares some magnifient photos in his Woolly Muses post, of which one really stands out to me!  Which one is your favorite?
  29. In a wonderful post in MyTravelCSP the trios range from menacing to lovely!
  30. Sandy shares some really interesting trios in Out of my Write Mind, among which Nature takes various directions.
  31. Xenia has a great trio of photos in her blog Tranature, in which there is a great river party!  In a second post in WhippetWisdom, Xenia is part of a wonderful trio with Eivor and Pearl and shares a great tanka.
  32. Olga shares some stunning sets of trios in Stuff and what if…, among which I really love those horses!
  33. Maria finds us some trios for her post in KameraPromenader; their color and composition are inspiring!
  34. Alice shares a great post in the 59 Club, which is a great looking blog; her trios are truly interesting!
  35. In a Young Retirement, Bud and Jane post some gorgeous photos that fit our theme beautifully!
  36. Tatiana has some great photos this week; in Giftsmart, we enjoy some wonderful pink cactus flowers. In TravelWays we get to see some really cute ducklings!  Her first post in TravelArtPix features a great painting, and the second post in TravelArtPix shows some backyard friends.
  37. In her post in Photoworld, vol 3, Petra mentions that her trio might be a bit scary…what do you think?
  38. In his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais, Hammad features his three favorite foods and some other cool trios!
  39. Some great photos in Hadd Hai Yaar feature a couple of sets of trios, but I think there are more than 3 motorcycles 🙂
  40. Deb’s post in Twenty Four has an incredibly tall trio, which wins in the height cateogry over many other options!
  41. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 has probably the coolest trio of all…these Blues artists really rock!
  42. Robert’s photo in Photo Robert’s Blog tells the story of a trio that may just have missed their connection…
  43. In this week’s contribution in Don’t Hold Your Breath, the key trio is found on the plate!  In a second post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we learn about moon gates and dragon walls!
  44. In a great looking travel diary, Akanksha Kargwal shares an incredible photo of a traveling trio!
  45. Ilka has a really happy trio in her post in A Thousand Miles, with her three sons appearing to have some great fun!
  46. In another excellent post in Land of Images, we see that three ewes don’t pull the wool over our eyes!
  47. In another awesome post in Life Amazing, we see both silliness and serious concentration…they can do both!
  48. Debbie focuses on the use of creativity in forgiveness in her post in ForgivingConnects; these are definitely some great ideas!
  49. Ju-Lyn’s post in All Things Bright and Beautiful focuses on the color purple…I like it!
  50. With a wonderful photo in Sgeoil, we get to see a great trio of flowers that look amazing!
  51. With a great post in his blog Island in the Net, Khürt focuses on a key aspect of photography that fits this week’s theme!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trio

Three heads are better than one?

Welcome to Week 134 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

It was very comforting to see how you approached last week’s theme of Comfort.  It was fun to see your creative ideas!  For this week, I’m picking up one of the suggestions that was made by Na’ama and using the theme of Trio.  Your challenge is to come up with some interesting trios that might just surprised your fellow bloggers…  What kind of triumvirate this is, is entirely up to you, and, of course, humor counts!!

Have fun and put your best lens forward!

Here’s a different trio to get you going…

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Just the three of us!

These beautiful bovines were pushing each other out of the way to get captured by their favorite paparazzi photographer!  The moment they saw me, they came running over and weren’t going to leave me alone until I got their good sides.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Can’t wait to see what triplets will grace your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 133

The comfort of moss

Welcome to the 133rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

It was wonderful to see the great variety of Comfort all of you came up with for this week’s challenge!  I was greatly amused by a number of the posts that found a very humorous approach to the theme.  There were also some really touching posts and a number of food posts that left me hungry for more.  Thank you all for coming up with such great posts and the effort that you put into them.

Please enjoy each other’s posts and see which are most comforting to you!

Sometimes comfort can be found in Nature…

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Breathe

This location is in Baxter State Park in Northern Maine, and I found it very comfortable to take a nice rest in the thick beds of moss.  If only it weren’t a short rest, I would have enjoyed it even more!

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

  1. Ladyleemanila starts things this week with a large variety of comforts, ranging from food to places and other!
  2. The room that is featured in the post by Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery  looks very inviting to jump into comfortable bed!
  3. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival was very timely, as she showcased the comfort of voting early, rather than standing in line!
  4. Another amazing photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau highlights the theme beautifully, as it doesn’t get any better than a ride on mother’s back!
  5. In a great post in the blog Scroll we get introduced to the comforts of a hike through the woods!
  6. This week, pensivity101‘s post is all about Maggie and her comfort, even though comfort foods played a role!
  7. Xenia brings the comfort of the swans in her blog Tranature with a wonderful haiku!  In a second post in WhippetWisdom, Xenia tells the story of the final comforts given to an aging whippet.
  8. In a wonderful post in Charlesewaugh we are introduced to Charles’ granddaughter back in 2003!
  9. Sarah’s post in By Sarah gives a wonderful insight into the humor that exists in some restaurants!
  10. Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme finds us at a rather comfortable location to sit down and enjoy the scenery.
  11. Alice gives us some insight in one of the benefits of retirement in The59Club: wearing comfortable shoes!
  12. In this week’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand… Ann-Christine shows us the comfort of staying close in groups in wonderful photos!
  13. In her post in Heaven’s Sunshine, Irene extols the comforts of a bowl of hot soup on a cold, wintery day!
  14. The poem in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is amazing once again, and it really captures to comfort of a dog curled up.
  15. With a very entertaining entry in Heart to Heart‘s blog, we see that even pigs can enjoy air conditioning!
  16. Brian’s post in his great blog Bushboy’s World takes us to comfort in a very Australian manner, as mom provides comfort to her baby!
  17. Sometimes, comfort is all about the fur-baby, as we see in a great post in Jordy’s Streamings where the chihuahua is keeping nice and warm!
  18. Woolly ensures that there is adequate comfort in the food in his Woolly Muses post, which has me yearning for some of that food!
  19. It’s fantastic to see that a backyard can be the comfort zone, as in A Pause for Nature’s  post, where the pigeons get really comfortable!
  20. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 features some rather important companions: stuffed animals!
  21. Klara captured the ultimate comfort in her post in Sliku Svoju Ljubim II in the cake that is being enjoyed!
  22. Sandy captured a beautiful photo of a duck in Out of my Write Mind, which looks rather comfortable in its current position.
  23. In a wonderful post in Willowsoul, we get comforts ranging from some delicious food to snuggling in bed while watching Dr. Who!
  24. Emily’s post in Zombie Flamingoes shows of some great comforts, and her cat’s ability to enjoy them!
  25. Tatiana has some great photos, one of a hair ornament in Giftsmart, which is stunning, and another set in TravelArtPix of fish dyring in Newfoundland.  Plus some great photos of Yellowstone in TravelWays.
  26. In a lovely post in Life Amazing, we find out that Walter is a great source of comfort and he seems pretty happy about that!
  27. Yinglan’s post in This is Another Story shows that we have similar tastes in comfort foods!  I know where to go for dinner!
  28. Anita shares some great views of comfort in its various guises in her post in Anita’s Images.
  29. Susan shares the comforts of a heating pad in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which she made good use of in recovering from broken hips.
  30. Bikurgurl writes a wonderful post on the sources of her comfort, which are many and inspiring!
  31. Debbie shares her experiences of voting day in her post in ForgivingConnects; her insights are fantastic and may help many!
  32. Ulli takes us to Tattooine (Tunisia) in his post in Banactee; the hotel there is a throwback to smart technology used by Berbers to create cooled living quarters.
  33. Maria shares a great view in her lovely blog, KameraPromenader; that certainly is a  great location to find comfort in watching time float by.
  34. Miriam writes an awesome blog post about her love of the music of Lior, as we read in Out an’ About about her encounter and enjoyment!
  35. Ilka shares the wonderful comfort of cooking with her sons in her post A Thousand Miles, after which the home cinema is open.
  36. Deb provides us with a Halloween view of comfort in her post in Twenty Four, as I’m stunned about the amount of candy!
  37. Jase decided it was time to go a bit against comfort in his post in Proscenium; I agree it was definitely time to do so.

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Comfort

Tempt me with your comforts!

Welcome to Week 133 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After a rather Slippery week of entries, I thought we’d need a bit of respite from all the slipping and sliding and settle in for a bit of Comfort!  As the weather is getting colder in New England and many other places in the Northern Hemisphere, the idea of a cozy comfortable spot by the fireplace is rather inviting.  This led me to this week’s theme, which I hope you will all be comfortable with handling!  Think about what denotes Comfort to you and how you would capture it in your mind’s eye, or with your camera’s lens.

Be mindful and creative, and let fun and comfort collide into an expose on the finer parts of our human condition!  I look forward to your creature comforts!!

Here’s some comfort food to get you going…

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Comfort food… You tempt me!

Macaroni and cheese is definitely one of my favorite comfort foods, as its cheesy, gooey goodness is just pleasing to the eye, nose and tongue!  Add some cubed ham and bake it in the oven and I won’t be late for dinner!!  I shot this image for a food photography class with the intent to create an image that would be at once inviting and give a sense of home-made comfort.  I did do a bit of food styling to get the look that I wanted (yes, there was a blowtorch involved 🙂 ).

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Can’t wait to see what comforts will be highlighted this week!!