Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 140

Your posts warmed my heart!

Welcome to the 140th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

This delayed round up starts us on the ground floor for the year; it’s nice to have finished the flooring project and start getting caught up on therest of my life.

Thank you for your patience and the wonderful Cold and Warm posts that you created! Despite the holiday season there were lots of creative entries for the week and I really enjoyed reading them.

I hope that you enjoy reading each other’s posts and have a wonderful New Year!

Here’s one way to deal with the cold…

Stuff, the Cardigan

When he first came home with us, December of 2017, it was pretty cold outside and Stuff was still a little, bitty thing. So we got him a cute little coat to keep him warm while going into the cold outside. Nowadays, he’s a sturdy 36 pounds of dog with a lush coat of his own, so he doesn’t mind the cold at all!

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

  1. This week, pensivity101 starts things off with the warm glow of the Sun, despite the chilly temperatures!
  2. In Life Amazing‘s post, we get a great view of Christmas at her house and staying warm with the right coat!
  3. Another great post in A Day in the Life catches the lovely warm glow on a very cold day…
  4. Jase’s post in Proscenium sings a little tune that Tom Petty might have appreciated, and it fits the season!
  5. Maria has some excellent snowboots in KameraPromenader; I’m sure that those keep her feet warm. Those snow crystals are magical!
  6. Woolly shares the spirit of the season in Woolly Muses, as he captured a great tree and some cool decorations (it was cool enough to think about wearing more than shorts).
  7. Tatiana captures some rather hot looking fountains in her post in Vegas Great Attractions; although I’m not sure that it’s ever cold there…
  8. Penny’s poem in Penny Wilson Writes really exemplifies both the hot and cold; it’s a great read!
  9. In Junk Boat Travels, we get the ultimate in cold, as there’s more than a little ice…
  10. In this week’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand… Ann-Christine went for an early morning walk when it was really cold, and captured some great sunrise shots!
  11. This week’s entry from theonlyD800inthehameau has plenty of humor in the shot that shows how to stay cool on a hot day!
  12. Deb’s photo in Twenty Four is a wonderful example of how the warmth can be seen to escape in an image!
  13. Sarah’s post in By Sarah features a photo that is just gorgeous and makes me feel both warm and cold!
  14. Another fantastic photo in Land of Images: great use of the bright Sun’s heat against the ice crystals in the clouds!
  15. This week’s entry from sgeoil is absolutely gorgeous, as the warm tones stand out!
  16. Sandy’s capture and poem inspired by the image in Out of my Write Mind are simply phenomenal; they make me feel like I’m in a snow globe!
  17. In a lovely post in Take a Walk and Discover, we take a look at the view from the bridge.
  18. In another great post in WhippetWisdom, Xenia reflects on 2018 which makes for lots of great photography and stories!
  19. In a great year-ending post in ForgivingConnects, Debbie expresses her gratitude for all that is wonderful and what forgiveness brings to her life.
  20. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 talks about one of my favorite items: snow! And how to stay warm!
  21. Debbie’s photos in Travel with Intent truly capture the warmth of the golden hour!
  22. Alice’s post in the 59 Club is simply fantastic, as she captures a great way to get warm during the Winter cold!
  23. Olga’s post in her awesome blog Stuff and What If… describes the story of her daughter building a quinzee in their backyard. I great cold place to keep warm!
  24. In Touring with Kids, we find out more about a great place to keep warm in the cold of Iceland: the Blue Lagoon!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 138

Challenge accepted and conquered!

Welcome to the 138th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

This week provided a wonderful Challenge! Too much work and not enough time, but I will endeavor to persevere! Thank you for a tremendous array of inspiring posts. They were a joy to read and there were quite a few that made me laugh. I’m curious to find out about your reaction to these posts.

Thank you all for all the effort you put into your posts and the creative energy! It’s also great to see that neither surgery nor injury prevents you from blogging!

Here’s one way to overcome a challenge…

English Springer Spaniel

For a number of years, I photographed a significant number of agility trials, capturing action, such as this. It is truly amazing to see what kind of challenges these well-trained dogs can conquer!

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

  1. Sarah’s post in By Sarah demonstrates there can be a true challenge in putting on one’s socks… which is left again?
  2. In Nut House Central, Kammie encounters a variety of challenges that come with this season! Where’s that elf again?
  3. That’s a really cool post in MVObsession, which features a challenge that is enjoyed by many!
  4. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival addresses a problem that the cat lovers among us face during the holiday season: protecting the tree!
  5. This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau shows a truly serious challenge; I hope it was not to the death!
  6. In this week’s entry from Don’t Hold Your Breath, we visit Guangzhou from high up in the sky!
  7. In this week’s post from MyTravelCSP, we go to a challenge course and then we do some real climbing!
  8. That’s a really interesting photo in Land of Images: do you accept the challenge?
  9. In another great post in WhippetWisdom, the challenge to leap across the water on the beach is happily accepted!  As we can see in Tranature, there are some challenges in photographing birds.
  10. In Life Amazing, there are some significant challenges; which ones will you try?
  11. In a truly interesting post in Fleeting Muse, we go to Guwahati and find out how challenging it can be to be a police officer…
  12. In a rather dangerous post in Junk Boat Travels, I encountered a challenge that I won’t undertake any time soon!
  13. The poem in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post really brings the sensation of the challenge that is being conquered in the photo: one mis-step…
  14. Anita’s post in for the Love of describes the challenge that she is facing, as she’s learning to walk again after corrective surgery on her feet. My best wishes and I hope you will be able to walk into church!
  15. Olga’s photo in her post in Stuff and what if… truly captures the idea of the challenge faced on her creative journey; beautifully done!
  16. Emily has a rather creative way of responding to challenges, as we can see in Zombie Flamingoes; I think I’ll take the same route!
  17. Jase’s post in Proscenium tells the story of how one might approach the challenge of the impending holidays…
  18. Danny’s photo in Danny James Photography provides a rather unusual challenge. Should we try to reproduce it?
  19. In Jordy’s Streamings we learn of the challenge of pulling away from a gas station, particularly, if the nozzle of the hose is still inserted 😦
  20. In another great post in her blog, This is Another Story, Yinglan takes us to a very challenging trail!
  21. In Heart to Heart‘s post, I’m glad that all those delicacies are just photos, as the temptation would be challenging!
  22. In Anita’s Images, there is the challenge of capturing people unawares, which certainly was successful!
  23. A great post in A Day in the Life showcases the challenges of capturing birds, as they don’t appear to have learned to pose for the camera!
  24. This week, pensivity101 brings back the water with a wonderful challenge: those locks!!
  25. In Photo Roberts Blog, the challenge is well-met with wonderful captures of challenging subjects!
  26. Some may say that Susan’s photo in Musin’ with Susan is not a challenge, as they have captured plenty of out-of-focus shots, but I agree that a good bokeh in this shot is the real challenge!
  27. Deb captures a view that is a challenge in Twenty Four, as it looks like the brush is outmatched, but it persists nonetheless!
  28. Marie takes us on a tour of some of the collection in the Museo Stibbert in Florence in her post in the New 3R’s: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect. I have to add it to my list of places to visit, as the photos are stunning!
  29. In this week’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand… Ann-Christine touches my heart, as I can relate to the challenges of raising a young dog; our Stuff is just over a year old and a little demon 🙂
  30. Ilka’s wonderful post in A Thousand Miles allows us to catch the Sun, which is a welcome sight during an ofttimes dreary autumn season.
  31. In a stunning bit of reportage in Ostendnomadography, we get to see some of the amazing sights of the Waterford Greenway.
  32. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 made me laugh, as one sign told the entire story!
  33. Sonia is recapping her year in Sonia’s Musings, and this post shared some lovely challenges!
  34. Miriam’s post in her awesome blog, Out an’ About, details some of the challenges of single-handedness due to recovery from hand surgery; the resulting simplicity and appreciation for little things is uplifting!
  35. Woolly found a good challenge in his post in Woolly Muses, as the Memorial Tower looked less daunting to climb from ground level; there’s always one more level to ascend!
  36. Maria reports on the acceptance of a challenge in her post in KameraPromenader; it makes me wonder what the temperature of the water was….
  37. In a lovely post in Happy Time, we get the challenge of each brand new day, as it is created.
  38. Tatiana identified a challenge that draws many to Las Vegas in Vegas Great Attractions: Gambling!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Contact

Making contact…

Welcome to Week 136 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

As I was caught repeating a theme last week (great attention to detail!), I made doubly sure that this week’s theme was not used for a previous TPC. Also, I want to thank Na’ama for contributing the theme of Contact.  When I saw this theme in her list, I was at once intrigued, as Contact can be taken in multiple directions.  First contact with aliens might be far-fetched, but making contact can range from a fender bender to a phone call…

I hope that you will let your creative huices flow for this week’s theme and have some fun with it! There were some great whimsical entries last week and I certainly look forward to your flights of whimsy!

Here’s an interpretation to get you going…

Contact!

In the dogsport of agility, there are certain obstacles, such as this see-saw that require the dog to touch a certain area before dismounting.  This area of the obstacle is called the contact area.  As you can see in this photo, there are very fast dogs that get to the end of the see-saw and then have to ride it down.

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)!!

Looking forward to the contacts that you create  this week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 135

Memories fill our hearts!

Welcome to the 135th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

First of all, thanks to each and everyone of you for your warm wishes and thoughts.  Your contributions to this week’s theme of Memories are stunning and creative.  There were a number among them that really touched me, some made me smile and even laugh. It was a joy to read all of your posts and I appreciate the amount of effort that you have put into each post!

I hope that you enjoy these wonderful posts!

Our dogs are always in our hearts…

Tonka was our first dog, a lovely mutt, who we got from the shelter when she was about 10 weeks old; she was not the bravest soul, but could always tell good people from bad and stood her ground when she felt the need. Darwin was our first Cardigan Welsh Corgi; we got him when he was six months old and a timid little dog.  He grew into a proud and confident dog who loved agility and herding and lived to the age of 16.  Ransom was our second Cardigan, who loved nothing better than snuggling.  We lost him earlier this year when he was almost 15.  Bette came from the same breeder as Ransom and was a smart dog, who ruled the pack for many years.

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

  1. In the Nut House, Kammie shares wonderful memories of places and family!
  2. This week, pensivity101 takes her inspiration from Cats, as well as family, one of which led to the purchase of a piano!
  3. In another great post in theonlyD800inthehameau, the deadhead correctly observes that this theme is a repeat; go check out his great photo and I hope that the repeat was acceptable 🙂
  4. Ladyleemanila shares the wonderful memories of her Pearl wedding anniversary and the great places she visited on the trip that came with it!
  5. In this week’s contribution in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we go to the Garden of Peace and Comfort, a stunning locale!
  6. Xenia share the memories of seals in her blog Tranature, which are wonderfully cute!  In a lovely post in WhippetWisdom, Xenia shares the magic of Eivor and Pearl with great tankas.
  7. Tatiana shares a great post in Vegas Great Attractions, as she introduces us to the Nevada State Museum. In TravelWays we visit the wonderful beaches of Acapulco!  And in TravelArtPix the Panama City skyline is featured!
  8. The post in Na’ama Yehuda is filled with the power of the heart’s memories!
  9. Sarah’s post in By Sarah takes us to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, which features the roll of honour.
  10. In a wonderful post in For the Love Of, memories of past dogs are shared with us and they are truly touching!
  11. Jase features Lucy in his post in Proscenium; Lucy is a not so sweet cat ‘rescued’ by the kids…
  12. Emily displays a pattern in her post in Zombie Flamingoes, and I think that she needs to share some of this pattern!
  13. Sandy shares a great memory in her post in Out of my Write Mind, as that class photo is fantastic!
  14. In Heart to Heart‘s post we get to experience the joys of a trip to Bangkok in 2013.
  15. In this week’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand… Ann-Christine shares a wonderful memory with a magical beast!
  16. The wonderful post by Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery makes me want to taste those freshly picked mangos!
  17. In his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais, Hammad not only has some great photos, but also a wonderful poem that walks down memory lane!
  18. In another wonderful post in Land of Images, we enjoy the memory of a balmy day in the dunes.
  19. Woolly shares some really cool memories in his Woolly Muses post, which is filled with the best of Botswana.
  20. Deb’s post in Twenty Four takes us to a gorgeous location in New Zealand on the occasion of her birthday in 2012.
  21. In a lovely post in Mama Cormier, we get to meet both the oldest and youngest member of her family.  
  22. Olga has great memories in her post in Stuff and what if…, and the Ukrainian Garlic festival looks very cool!
  23. Khürt may not have been feeling his best for Thanksgiving, but as we can see in his post in Island in the Net, thanks to a great support system he got to enjoy it!
  24. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 features a rather whimsical memory and is highly enjoyable!
  25. In another fantastic post in Life Amazing, we are treated to some amazing family photos and their importance.
  26. Maria’s memories in her post in KameraPromenader gave me a chill…it may have been a little cold!
  27. The post in Ostendnomadography is filled with fantastic travel memories; those locales are just amazing!!
  28. Ilka’s post in A Thousand Miles brings back the memory of the restorative power of the forest by the Lech.
  29. Ron starts the contributions of the week with a great post in Progressing into Solitude.
  30. Debbie has a great post in Travel with Intent, where she features the St. Pancras Station soldiers’ sculptures, which are an eerie reminder of the toll of war…

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Memories

Ransom holds our heart

Welcome to Week 102 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  First of all my apologies for not having last week’s round up posted yet, but I think you may understand why it will be coming out this Wednesday.

As I was getting ready to leave Israel this past Friday, I received a call from my wife at a very late hour for her.  Our nearly 15 year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Ransom, had started seizing uncontrollably, and she had taken him to the nearby veterinary teaching hospital, where their efforts to help him were to no avail.  Our snuggly, loving Boo was no longer.  Therefore, I am dedicating this week’s theme to Ransom: Memories.

Your challenge is to share some of your favorite memories in photo(s); they can be any memory that you may have, as long as it has special meaning to you.  I very much look forward to seeing what you’d like to share!

Here is Ransom during some of his agility days…

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Visions Steal a Million

Ransom was never more interested in anything than snuggling and spreading the love that he wanted to share with everyone.  He was never the brightest of our corgis, but he was certainly the most loving one!  He leaves a hole in our lives.

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)!!

Sorry for this theme in a minor key this week; I hope you understand.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – In My Life

Salute of Innocence

Welcome to Week 96 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Thanks to all of you wonderful participants for a truly outstanding week of entries for the theme of Exotic!

This week’s inspiration started not with an image, but rather a song that has been stuck in my head for the past couple of days…  That said, I thought it might just make a good theme to have this week’s entries be focused on In My Life!  It will give everyone the opportunity to share some of the things that are part of their lives, whichever they are.

In my wife’s and my life, a good portion goes to the dogs, literally!  As we truly enjoy having our dogs be part of our family, their contribution to our lives has been and continues to be significant through their wonderful acceptance of being part of the pack and sharing their every moment with us.  With 4 Cardigan Welsh Corgis, our house is usually not very quiet, but it is always filled with joy.

Have fun with this week and I’m looking forward to your contributions!

Here is one of those little demons….

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Dorothea Lange

Dora, or Bean, as we often call her, is currently taking over the role of dominant female in our pack, as Bette is getting older and slower; her name was a happy coincidence of dogs and photography intersecting!

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 your what you choose to share of your life!

Waiting for a Cookie

I deserve a cookie!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Waiting.  An interesting theme, that made me think of a number of images that I shot over the years.  A couple of days ago, I posted a photo of a statue among the plants that had the possibility to wait an Eternity.

This time, my model is our youngest dog, Dorothea Lange, who came along for a walk and can throw a pose…

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I’m so cute!

What do you think: should I make her wait for another cookie?

Hope you enjoy!