Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 81

Broken, but always on the mend!

Welcome to the 81st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  The broken pieces came together beautifully in this week’s entries!

Your creativity shone through in the various ways that you treated this week’s theme: they ranged from practical, as household objects broke, to philosophical and very tender in the recognition of broken hearts.  I was very much touched by your posts, as they were both enjoyable and often very deep!

Thank you all for great posts!

What we encounter during our wanderings might leave us wondering…

Old, almost forgotten…

I encountered this interesting side of a barn at the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, Iceland; the museum is an unassuming set of buildings and memorabilia that paint a wonderful picture of life during the boom years of the herring era.  Herring were plentiful, the work was hard, but there was money to be made!  If you get to Northern Iceland, check out this museum and the wonderful town of Siglufjörður.

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

    • Sarah kicked us off with a wonderful set of photos of the broken lava field in Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii in her post in By Sarah; she also created a second entry of a lonely broken post in By Sarah, so go check it out!!
    • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra shows of some wonderful things that were broken to make something rather yummy!
    • Xenia shares some wonderful images in whippetwisdom and a great haibun; oh yes, of course, the whippets are having a blast!
    • Robert’s photo in Photo Robert’s Blog shows us how a broken post can be a work of art!
    • Judy brings us some rather nice lifelessons in her entry, which features broken items, and has a happy ending!
    • This week, theonlyD800inthehameau shares on of his favorite photos in a living museum village; it is stunning!
    • Georgie takes us to Greece for a variety of wonderful broken items in Third Time Lucky, which are beautifully captured!
    • This week, pensivity101 goes deep with our theme, highlighting the way trust works: slow to earn, and hard to regain, once broken!
    • Candace breaks her pencil while coloring Granny Swears in her post in Netdancer’s Musings; wonder what those grannies were swearing about!
    • Poetry in Pictures takes us to the damage done by Nature in their entry this week!
    • In the Blog of Hammad Rais, we find that after the heavy rain, the sun’s rays will break the ground with their heat!
    • Bushboy shares a variety of broken objects in his post in Bushboy’s World, which are all very interesting!
    • Sunshine’s Snapshots shares the most broken thing in the world after another sleepless night: herself!  Hope you got some sleep!
    • Bullyboy presents us with a riddle in his post in Travel387; can you solve it, or do you have to peek for the answer?
    • This week in Black Body‘s entry we go to Berlin to find that behind every wall is another…
    • Nicole takes us to an interesting location in Une Photo, Un Poeme, as we find the broken menhir of Er Grah.
    • In Urban Liaisons we go into the winter season to find some beautifully photographed broken objects!
    • Ed takes us to several broken castles in his post in In my Mind’s Eye, one of which is in Ireland and the other is in Orlando!
    • Cee has some rather interesting broken objects in her post in her blog, Cee’s Photography!  Go check them out!
    • In Leaking Ink‘s entry of this week, we get to look at the story from two sides: were the rocks broken or a path created?
    • Nicole presents us with the beauty that lies in something broken in her blog, Doar Nicole; the flower may be broken, but its beauty persists!
    • In iball round the world, we go to Portugal in a district buzzing with construction, and dilapidated beauty!
    • Stella is dealing with some broken pipes in Giggles & Tales, as the street is dug up with new pipes going in.  Hope the repairs finish soon!
    • Debbie’s entry in her blog Travel with Intent has us experiencing a broken egg, with duck embryo; a delicacy in Viet Nam that is not for the faint of heart!
    • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects takes us on the path of bringing together the broken pieces of ourselves to healing with love and forgiveness!
    • Khürt’s post in Island in the Net tells us the tale of his old, broken Asahi Pentax Spotmatic.
    • Linda posted a wonderful photo of an old mine car in Linda’s Cr8tions 365!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Broken

Break it down!

Welcome to Week 81 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

You proved that even the sky is not the limit in last week’s responses, as you brought out the WOW-factor in terms of creativity and photography skills!  So, for this week’s theme I wanted to go in a very different direction.  The image that inspired this week’s theme is one that I have come back to for years, and still like; thus you get the theme of Broken!

Your challenge is to find that around you, which is broken, yet still beautiful.  Of course, you can take broken into many directions, such as physical or emotional, or a sequence… You will figure out exactly what strikes a chord with you!  Have fun with this!

Here’s the image that I mentioned…

Broken Wheel

I think this image is from around 2004, as I just had bought my EOS 10D; as my wife and I were checking out a herding event on a farm, I noticed this broken wheel just off the path. It just had to be photographed!

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 catches your eye this week…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sky

Skyline pigeons are welcome!

Welcome to Week 80 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

After enjoying all those amazing entries for last week’s theme of birds, time came once again to pick a theme!  As I went out this past weekend to do some photography at Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, I took a look at the images from that little walk and found something that I liked.  As a result, we get the theme of Sky!

I ask you to put your creative focus skyward to capture what strikes your interest!  Whether it’s a skyline, amazing sky, a raptor circling in the sky, or any other idea you have, this week the sky’s the limit for your entries!  Have some fun with this and share some amazing shots with each other in this week’s challenge!!

Here’s that image that got me looking skyward (by looking down)…

Reflected Foliage

This image reveals part of the fun that I have shooting with a polarizing filter, as the polarizer greatly increases the depth of the blue that is reflected in the Nashua river.

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 catches your eye this week…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 79

Bird calls lead us!

Welcome to the 79th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  With this week’s theme of bird, there were some high-flying, creative images that filled the blogosphere!  Great job by all!!

There were lots of interesting birds, from brush turkeys to seagulls and mountain blue birds!  Your posts were incredibly inspiring this week with wonderful stories that are uplifting and an outlook to the world that makes us all feel great!  It has been my pleasure to read your posts and be buoyed by them.

Thank you all for great posts that have been nothing short of amazing!

Here’s another bird image from my collection…

Eat that Fish!

This one came about during a three day workshop help by John Slonina in the Chincoteague area.  This great white heron was fishing in the shallows, allowing me to spend twenty or so minutes photographing it quietly, as it waded and fished.  Here you see the result of a quick flip of fish into mouth!

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

    • Sarah kicked us off with her favorite bird in By Sarah; it’s among my favorites too, as it is both unusual in look and song!
    • Bushboy went completely over the top in bringing three entries into the challenge! Starting with a Green Catbird in Bushboy’s World, followed by a rather ornery gull in Bushboy’s World and a whole array of birds playing in a bird bath in Bushboy’s World.
    • Nicole share some beautiful photos of seagulls in her post in Une Photo, un poéme; you’ll want to check them out!
    • This week, pensivity101 tells the tale of the gull, who might not know it yet, but should be counting himself lucky to have escaped Maggie thus far…
    • Sheena brings to us the spirit of Diwali in Leaking Ink, with a gorgeously drawn peacock!  In her second post in Leaking Ink, Sheena combines verse and images to great results!
    • Gwenny found a turkey to go on a trot in Field Notes from Over the Hill; she also had some other awesome birds!
    • In the first post in Take a Walk and Discover we see a gorgeous bird in a cage, and in the second one they are free and on a wire in Take a Walk and Discover.
    • This week, iball round the world takes us to Egypt with a beautiful image of the true Isis: the Egyptian goddess!
    • Lacy finds herself in a stand-off with an intruder in Adventures of a Busy Mom; right in front of her door.  Beware of the chicken of doom!
    • This week, theonlyD800inthehameau takes us on safari, where it’s not safe, as we are face to face with…. an ostrich!
    • Mara’s entry this week in her blog, Mara’s Artistry, brings us a wonderful owl and mix bird image!
    • Lisa’s post in A Day In The Life has outstanding photography with awesome birds!  Go check them out!
    • In Wind Kisses, we get a wonderful view of mountain blue birds, as they interact with each other on a day, when the presence of bear made it difficult to sneak up on a pair of skittish birds!
    • Candace shows us a beautifully photographed bird in her post in Netdancer’s Musings!
    • Ed has some rather cool birds in his collection in his blog, In my Mind’s Eye, with the owls among my favorites!
    • This week in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, we see a daring little bird who will try anything for a bite to eat!
    • Miriam had an unfortunate accident with her laptop computer, but found some seagulls to share with us in the Shower of Blessing; best wishes with getting data off the old laptop!
    • This week, Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan captures a beautifully colored visitor in her backyard!
    • In Urban Liaisons, we learn about Otis Tarda, the bustard, and its interesting history with a great photo, as well!
    • This week’s entry from Land of Images is truly ungullible!  Now you might want to check what that means!
    • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2 we get an array of beautiful images, among which the swans really stand out for me!
    • Sunshine’s Snapshots shows one of my favorite birds, the Great Blue Heron, in stunning photography!
    • Mike’s post in Weakly Thoughts shows us what might be on a bird’s mind: where’s the bug!  Great photos!
    • In the Blog of Hammad Rais, we get to see some rather different birds, and dreams of flying that we all have!
    • Robert’s photos in Photo Robert’s Blog are stunning as always, with truly amazing composition in the swan photo!
    • Stella introduces us to a great variety of birds in Giggles & Tales; those pelicans are just amazing!
    • Poetry in Pictures has a rather entertaining set of photos in this week’s entry. I think that the rooster is working on a dance routine!
    • Bullyboy brings us birds in two of their habitats in Travel387; both in the air and water, they look right at home!
    • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects reaches to soaring in the sky above life’s challenges to reach new heights and happiness!
    • In Pilgrim’s Photography entry this week, we get a great shot of a grey heron at a local park!
    • Debbie’s photos in this week’s entry in her blog Travel with Intent take us to Baku for a bird that sits on an impressive architectural curve!
    • Imelda takes us to a Nature Reserve in her post in Light & Shadow, where we encounter some lovely swans!
    • Nicole has a wonderful post in Doar Nicole, with beautiful photography and great birds!!
    • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About tells us to go after our dreams, let go of those things that hold us back and soar!  A great post with beautiful photos to illustrate each point.  So, don’t be a brush turkey and keep your dreams in focus!
    • Marie found some really old birds in her post in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect!  These birds withstood the mosaic of time!
    • Also, in A Tale Unfolds, a beautiful image brings us close and personal with a gentle bird!
    • …and, my apologies to Khürt for not catching his entry earlier.  His post in Island in the Net has stunning photography and a very creative approach to this week’s theme!


Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 78

The shifting sands across the globe

Welcome to the 78th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I thought that the theme of Sand might trip some of you up, but that was clearly not the case, as I can see from your awesome contributions this week!

Your entries ranged from a display of purloined sand 🙂 to many glorious beaches that just make we wish that I get the time to visit them all!  I noticed that nobody took a sander to a piece of wood to make it all shiny!  I loved reading through each of your contributions, which I see as my reward to this weekly challenge!  I hope you enjoy each others’ posts just as much!

Thank you all for playing this week and making my reading that much more fun!

As I’m a devotee to patterns, as they are displayed by Nature…

Alien Snake Tracks?

This was taken on a February day, walking along the beach somewhere on Cape Cod.  An invasion of Extraterrestrial Reptilians had just left this location after an exploratory mission; luckily, they didn’t come during tourist season, so the planet was marked as uninhabited…

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

  • This week’s entries were started off by Land of Images‘ contribution that gives us a Meditation on Sand.  Go check it out!
  • Poetry in Pictures brings us a view of farmland, into which some sand has been plowed to ready it for planting.
  • Bushboy brings us a wonderful array of images in Bushboy’s World, particularly those that are artistic expressions by crabs!
  • Charles brings us a view of landscape and painter in charlesewaugh, captured on the US Virgin Islands; hopefully folks are all safe there!
  • Maria’s post in CitySonnet brings us to the beach, where we can walk barefoot in the sand and write names that the tides carry with them.
  • Gwenny sunburnt her feet for art, as her pink feet show in Field Notes from Over the Hill!
  • This week, theonlyD800inthehameau takes us to Abu Dhabi near the town of Al Ain, where I wonder what animal tracked through the desert…
  • Stella takes us to the dunes in Denmark in Giggles & Tales; I’m particularly impressed by the sand sculpture!
  • Xenia’s first entry in whippetwisdom.com takes us splashing through the water on the beach with Eivor and Pearl!  Her second entry in whippetwisdom.com brings us to the shifting sands with beautiful images and words!
  • This week, pensivity101 takes the prompt image and writes a wonderful poem that focuses on the interplay between sand and the tides!
  • Nicole’s photos of sand in Une Photo, un poéme really capture the essence of sand through her skillful composition!
  • This week, iball round the world shares the enjoyment of the beach at Fort Kochi in the South Indian state of Kerala.
  • Na’ama Yehuda brings us the sheer joy that can be experienced in the desert by a mother and child in beautiful image and verse.
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2‘s we find out that there was no beach nearby, but with a little sand she created a beautiful scene that is a wonder to behold!
  • Mara’s post in her wonderful blog Mara’s Artistry shows us that Batman and the Hulk are just not getting along these days!
  • We sometimes like to catch some rays on the beach, so Ed brings us an image In my Mind’s Eye that shows rays in an even better light!
  • Miriam shares wonderful memories in her post in the Shower of Blessing, both from travels in Australia and the beach where she got married!
  • Candace shares her sand collection with us in Netdancer’s Musings, which does make me wonder if all those beaches are missing a bit of sand…
  • Ladyleemanilla presents an array of images that show some of the things that we like about sand; the turtle is my favorite!
  • Sarah’s view in By Sarah is that of a most lovely beach in Australia with some magnificent driftwood!  Get me there!!
  • Sunshine’s Snapshots takes us to Ocean City in Maryland for a trip to the beach; the sand has rather intriguing ridges in it!
  • Robert’s photo in Photo Robert’s Blog leaves one wondering whose footprint that is? Will we ever find out?
  • In Bajezen, Tachira takes us to the beach with some rather stunning locations!  Find your favorite among them!
  • This week in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, we get to explore water by the beach and find a perfect starfish in all its glory!
  • Bullyboy explores sand in two posts; in his first in Travel387, we visit several sandy locations.  In the second one in Travel387, we look at the impact of pedestrians!
  • In Urban Liaisons, we go to Algarve in Portugal to visit the beautiful, and windy, beach of Sagres!  It is gorgeous!
  • In Pilgrim’s Photography, we go to the beach in the morning to see the almost wavy nature of sand that is accentuated by the morning light.
  • This week, Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan presents us with a stunning image at the beach with a beautiful variety of color tones throughout!
  • Debbie’s photo in her wonderful blog Travel with Intent shows us how old traditions persist, as people walk to Mont St’ Michel at low tide.
  • As demonstrated this week in BlackBody there are more things between heaven and earth, but none so wonderful as Nature’s creations!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects is truly inspiring, as she shares her sense of what is really important in our lives and how we connect to it.
  • Frank’s post in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking takes us to Tyrtle Beach, where turtles are made of sand and returned on a regular basis.
  • In the Blog of Hammad Rais, we get to see a wonderful photo with many sets of footprints!
  • Lacy finds a great way to spend the day in Adventures of a Busy Mom, as she finds the beach with lovely sky and water, and a good book to read!
  • Sheena explores the sands of time in Leaking Ink, as she looks at those leaving an impression on those sands!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hour

Golden hour filled with warmth

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

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

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

Here’s that walk along the beach…

Walking the Beach by Cromarty

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

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

  • Write a post with an image for this week’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 hope that you find the right time to capture your favorite hour!  Looking forward to seeing them!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 74

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

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

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

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

Out of the Shadows

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

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

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

Hope that you enjoy these posts!