Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yard

A wonderful day in the country

Welcome to week 201 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you for a great set of responses to last week’s theme of Numbers! It was great to read all of your creative posts. For this week, I thought I’d keep along the lines of measurements and take on the theme of Yard for this week. Of course, this gives you plenty of opportunity to take this into many directions, as it can be a length, the yard, in which children play, or the train yard… and many more meanings! Let your minds take it into the direction that you want and share your ideas.

Have a lot of fun with this and I can’t wait to see what you create!

Here’s a yard, that I visited this weekend…

Barn in the Yard

In New Salem, Massachusetts, stands this great barn in a snowy yard; we were there, as my wife was getting a barn hunt lesson with our 6-year old Cardigan, Bean. Bean had a lot of fun! With the sun coming across the remainder of the snow, I had to capture this view!

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

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

Go out into the yard, whichever kind it may be, and share what you find!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 159

The wheel deal!

Welcome to the 159th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You wheelly created some amazing posts this week! Yes, I stole the pun too, but I couldn’t resist! The wheels were fantastic and, yes, there are a couple of cool surprises among these posts! Thank you very much for such a great set of posts!

Now, I’m off to Ireland for 12 days, so you can expect to see a photo or two of the Emerald Isle!

There’s no wheel, like an old wheel…

Down on the Farm

There’s nothing more interesting to me that to take some time to browse through a farm, as there are so many great machines and innovations there.

  1. With another wonderful post, A Day in the Life takes us right onto the farm for a great wheel photo!
  2. Sarah shares another wonderful photo in her post in By Sarah; that wheel has seen better days!
  3. In another magnificent post in pensivity101 we go back on the wheel of time gliding along the canals!
  4. Shelley’s approach to the theme, in her post in Quaint Revival, takes a couple of twists and turns…. Yes, it is fun!
  5. Na’ama shares a wonderful poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; the wheel turns no more…
  6. Ken takes us back to a bit of older technology in his post in Pictures without Film; those wheels have produced for quite a while!
  7. The place in the left photo looks familiar in the post in JKRoaming – Travel Blog; I bet John and Karen have been where I was before!
  8. This week’s entry in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery takes us to a wonderful valley in Austria for some classic wheels!
  9. Ann-Christine shares a rather sizable prayer wheel in her post in To See the World in a Grain of Sand…; it looks stunning!
  10. Danny’s entry this week in Danny James Photography shows what can be done with a bit of extra time…
  11. In another great post in Another LQQK, Teressa takes us to Neumann ranch in Montana for some stunning wheels!
  12. That’s a wonderful wheel on the wall in the post in Chateaux des Fleurs! It might be more useful somewhere else…
  13. This week’s contribution in the 59Club shows off another good use for the wheel: throwing pottery!
  14. David’s post in David Meredith’s Photoblog shows that a wheel can be a perch… In a second post in David Meridith’s Photoblog, we get great detail of the rear wheel of a steam traction engine.
  15. In another awesome post in Touring with Kids, we visit the Great Smoky Mountains for some magnificent wheels!
  16. Jase wonders how the grass grows in a great post in Proscenium, which is understandable…
  17. Brian’s post in Bushboy’s World makes us wonder how that wheel got to where it is…
  18. Travel with Tech brings us right atop the London Eye with stunning photos both of and from the Eye!
  19. With another great photo in the OnlyD800intheHameau, we find ourselves in Saint Martial-sur-Isop with a lovely wheel!
  20. In this week’s post in Land of Images we’ll want to keep our noses close to the grindstone!
  21. A lovely post in Hadd Hai Yaar shows us the great wheel of Gothenburg, Sweden!
  22. Sandy is head over wheels in her post in Out of My Write Mind, as the statuary demonstrates!
  23. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent shares a good number of immense wheels around the world! Stunning!
  24. In a magnificent post in iBall Round the World, we find ourselves in Budapest, where the big eye is stunning!
  25. With another lovely post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, Marie brings us to Aarhus, Denmark for a splash of water wheel!
  26. I really enjoyed the post in Len Journeys about German wheels; but then I might be biased because of what I drive…
  27. Donna shares some real lessons from learning to ride a bike in her post in Wind Kisses; remember that practice makes for progress!
  28. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0, goes back in time to a fly and drive vacation…sounds wonderful!
  29. In a great post in Life Amazing, we get lots of fantastic images of wheels in black and white!
  30. Susan has a lovely photo in Musin’ with Susan from a great time in Maui! Those are serious wheels!
  31. In another great post by Heart 2 Heart, it is noted that many wheels were on the move, but there’s one…

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

Heading to the Exit

There are times when we hope that we are truly alone, but not quite sure.  Times of incertitude, out of our familiar surroundings, a bit lost and not quite sure where we will be safe again.  Our senses tell us that there is someone out there, or is it something?  Ahead, in the distance, there appears to be sunlight and green, safety!  Shall we risk moving toward it?


This image was captured at the farm of the Westborough State Hospital, here in Massachusetts.  This dilapidated area was filled with textures and feelings of what transpired in a past filled with people and animals…

Inspired by the WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge of Solitude.

The Farm Tractor

All-purpose repurposer

When I saw the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Repurpose, I first scratched my head, and decided to take a look through some of my phtoography.  Then I chanced upon the ultimate definition of repurpose: the Farm Tractor.

The classic farm tractor is a simple open vehicle, with two very large driving wheels on an axle below and slightly behind a single seat (the seat and steering wheel consequently are in the center), and the engine in front of the driver, with two steerable wheels below the engine compartment. This basic design has remained unchanged for a number of years, but enclosed cabs are fitted on almost all modern models, for reasons of operator safety and comfort. In some localities with heavy or wet soils, notably in the Central Valley of California, the “Caterpillar” or “crawler” type of tracked tractor became popular in the 1930s, due to superior traction and flotation. These were usually maneuvered through the use of turning brake pedals and separate track clutches operated by levers rather than a steering wheel.

Waiting for the weather.

I found this beauty in a field waiting for the day’s work to start.  The morning’s sky presented a nice backdrop.

Three Line Tales – Farmer’s Tale

One step ahead always!

Welcome to episode 24 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 24
photo prompt by Emiel Molenaar – you’ll find the full resolution shot here 


Mowing the great fields,
Ere the clouds unleash their streams.
Prudent, the farmer!


Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page –

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

Rust Sleeps on the Farm

Young and old alike

For me there’s nothing better than being allowed to walk around on a farm with a camera.  Farms are great sources of inspiration with lots of unique, often rusty, items and little tableaux.

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The Old and New

Rust, to me, is a hallmark of venerable age and long utility, a badge to be worn with pride, as it indicates untold hours of toiling in all sorts of weather conditions.  When, after many years of service, retirement allows you to sit by the side of the road, you still look impressive and draw the attention of the young who pop up to see you.

Technical Details

Photograph was taken with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app with minor enhancements in Instagram.

Shot of the Week – vol 11

Bucolic moment

After a short hiatus, it’s back: the shot of the week!!  Well, almost, as you’ll see.

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Farm equipment

While this is not quite a shot of the week, as I captured this 104 weeks ago, which makes it a shot of this week.

I’m always attracted to farming, probably because, when I was young, we lived near some farms for a number of years, and I wound up spending itme on them helping out.  I always enjoyed the sense of being in touch with the land and nature, something that appears to have gotten lost quite a bit in today’s society.

Little farm scenes, such as this one, always catch my eye, particularly on a morning with light as beautiful as it is in this image.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was captured with my iPhone 5S using the standard camera app and some imnor adjustments in instagram.

Instant Grammar – page 4

On page 4, we find ourselves in the cold of Winter with Thoughts of Spring.

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Thoughts of Spring

Of course, one may think that those thoughts are a bit premature, given that the image was captured on January 7th and plenty of cold and snow could reasonably be expected… While that is certainly the case, seeing the farm tractor catching glorious sunlight got me thinking of Spring well before its arrival!

In an instant, I knew that the farmer was prepared for the next season to arrive and take on the tasks to get his fields ready for whatever their purpose was to be.  It was almost as if Winter allowed me to peek into a diorama of things to come…

A little piece of magic for all of us to enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my musings about page 4 and feel free to take a look at the entire book at the following link for the softcover versionInstant Grammar 2013 by Frank Jansen or for the hardcover version Instant Grammar 2013 (Hardcopy) by Frank Jansen

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