Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 204

Popping up toward the sky!

Welcome to the 204th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

I very much hope that all of you and your families are doing well during these trying times; please stay safe and healthy!

The posts that you created for the theme of Spread were definitely a wonderful spread! Not only did you share some gorgeous photos in your posts, but your thoughtful approaches created some surprises for me in your interpretation. Well done!

It was a joy to read all of your posts, and take in the wonderful photography; thank you for the effort that you put into them!

Spring brings us new hope…

Crocuses spreading their petals

These crocuses broke through a tapestry of autumn leaves, reaching out to the nourishing power of the Sun. It’s lovely to see the petals spreading and inviting the occasional passing hungry bee to touch down and pick up some pollen. I found some of these clutches of flowers, as I was wandering around while my wife and our youngest Cardigan were taking a herding lesson.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. What a great way to kick off this week’s responses in the post in Don’t Hold Your Breath! There’s more than one spread in here, as the wonderful spread of food helps with the spread of our human body. Well done!!
  2. Sarah starts her post in By Sarah with some great wings and then has us looking up to see Nature spreading in front of us! Great post!
  3. Brian certainly made ma laugh with the first photo in his post in Bushboy’s World; that is quite the character. Also, a great looking sky!
  4. Xenia brings us a stunning set of views in her post in whippetwisdom, where she is spreading the light that will help guide us through these times. Beautifully done!
  5. That is quite the spread that has been laid out in theOnlyD800intheHameau; a chance invitation to a wedding can result in a lovely feast!
  6. Maria shares a truly stunning photo in her post in Kamerapromenader, as she captured the eagle-owl at just the right moment with its wings spread!
  7. ackie takes an approach to the theme that had not come to my mind in JunkBoat Travels; although, it stands to reason that you want to spread the nuts to introduce them into fudge! Wonderful post!
  8. Nandini spreads the love in her post in queennandini; I particularly like the thought of a smile spreading from one’s mouth to their eyes! Great imagery!
  9. I agree with Diane’s opinion about Marmite in her post in pensivity101; those blankets are much better than spreading marmite on anything!
  10. Tatiana finds a gorgeous spot to go for a walk in her post in TravelWays, getting some fresh air is definitely a great thing to do during these isolating times.
  11. Woolly is going for a bit of controversy in his post in WoollyMuses, as Vegemite is definitely not to everyone’s liking ūüôā Time to compare Vegemite and Marmite?
  12. Ann-Christine really captured the majesty of the young eagle-owl that is being released in her post in To see a world in a grain of sand…! The spread of those wings is truly impressive!
  13. Pat captured the spread of a tree beautifully in her post in Thoughts and Entanglements; it always amazes me how trees can overcome just about any obstacle that we put in their way!
  14. Deb’s photo of the orangutan doing what it does so magnificently in her post in Twenty Four is stunning! It’s truly amazing how much reach these primates have!
  15. David delivers another set of stunning photos in his post in David M’s Photoblog! Those pelicans in flight are simply spectacular!
  16. As the past spreads out behind her in the mirror of life, Sandy’s words in Out of my Write Mind generate a sense of optimism on how to live life fully!
  17. Nicole captures the spread of the river Ouse beautifully in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme. Gorgeous photo!
  18. The progress of the dandelions that we get to enjoy in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery is not welcomed by everyone, as they may mar the perfection of one’s lawn. Their spread is a thing of beauty, though!
  19. TiongHan is trying to give us a sense of odors he experienced in a wonderful post in TiongHan’s Blog; I can imagine that the scent of an open-air tannery would be rather pungent to behold!
  20. Robert shows his eye for capturing the right moment, as the wings spread for take-off in his post in Photo Roberts Blog; magnificent photos!
  21. In a lovely post in One letter up ~ diary 2.0, we get to enjoy that blanket of clouds that holds the light at dusk for us to cherish before the onset of dark.
  22. Debbie captures the spreading of the word in Travel with Intent with a great set of photos that tell the story of interesting travels!
  23. Klara shares a nothing short of stunning photo in her blog Sliku svoju ljubim II, which was taken at a location that is on my bucket list! The arches are just gorgeous!
  24. If the Sunday brunch spread in Musin’ with Susan is any indication of her taste in food, I’m ready to partake! Clearly, Susan knows how to enjoy brunch! Also, go check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan, as there are more great photos there! Love the shot of the yellow tie, as it’s striking!
  25. Irene is clearly blessed with a wonderful area to visit in the Indiana Dunes National Park; the sunlight spreading across the vast landscape in Heaven’s Sunshine is spectacular!
  26. Teressa shares something rather special with us in Another Lqqk, as Grandma’s quilt is not only beautiful, but also precious through the memories that it invokes!

Please let all these wonderful authors know how much you enjoy their blog posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fuzzy

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear!

Welcome to week 178 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! As last week, I’m still wrapping up the round up and will finish it on Tuesday night.

After your highly Focused approach of wonderful and amazing posts, I figured we go in the opposite direction for this week. How about going for something a bit Fuzzy for this week’s theme? Of course, there are lots of fuzzy objects that we enjoy in our lives, such as that teddy bear, plush animal or peach, as well as some that we might not enjoy… That fuzzy growth on bread might not be a good indication of its fitness for consumption.

There are numerous directions that you can take for this challenge, and all’s fair, as long as you have fun with whatever Fuzzy creativity strikes you’re fancy. Can’t wait to see what will be appearing from you!

Here’s something rather fuzzy from a number of years back…

Zone Plate Yellow No, 1

This image was shot with a bit of an unusual lens: a zone plate lens. What makes this lens different is that it uses diffraction rather than refraction or reflection to focus the image. The wave nature of light facilitates a soft focusing characteristic to be created with this type of lens.

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

  • Write a post with an image for this week‚Äôs topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you‚Äôre 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)!!

Apply some fuzzy logic and bring out those amazingly creative ideas and posts!!

Life among the Leaves

Amidst beauty

The WordPress Daily Prompt today has the intriguing theme of Inhabit. ¬†I say intriguing, because much as one can inhabit their environment, once may also be inhabited…

As I was looking through some of my images for a bit of inspiration, I came across one that might fit the theme…

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Among the Leaves

This image came about from one of my explorations of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. ¬†As I walked through the systematic garden, I noticed the play of the Sun and the shadows that were cast. ¬†Getting very close to the ground for this shot, I wanted to get the sense of being surrounded by super-sized leaves…

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 47

Beauty is all around!

The 47th episode of our weekly challenge dared you to explore the theme of Bloom. Again, there has been lots of creativity on display in your entries this week.

While most went very much the floral route with great success, as there were stunning images, poetry and prose, there were some interesting exceptions!

One of the early blooms in the Spring is the daffodil, which is even available along roads and ponds…

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Daffodil Time!

What struck me immediately about this leaf were the orthogonal lines working throughout; the color bands against the veins contrast one another.  The function and form come together in simple beauty.

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

  • Thoughts of Words kicked things off with a beautiful image and tanka of Nature’s inspiration.
  • wHakAahUa inspires us with some gorgeous flowers!
  • Ron highlights the bloom of the sunrise¬†in¬†Progressing into Solitude. as well as gorgeous images of flowers.
  • pensitivity101¬†entertains us with the story of young love.
  • Meghan’s post in Whistle While You Wait reminds us of the blooms to expect in the upcoming season.
  • Andrea shows us the beauty of flowers in her blog ARHtistic License with awesome photos!
  • Candace finds more inspiration at the¬†Denver Botanic Garden’s in her post in¬†Netdancer‚Äôs Musings¬†with an unusual flower!
  • Deb’s post in her 40levenreasons blog has one flower that I have never seen before; who knows what it is?
  • Miriam presents us with gorgeous flowers¬†in¬†The Showers of Blessing.
  • Xenia¬†brings us two posts this week with a lovely haiku in ¬†WhippetWisdom¬†and celebration of a blogoversary in WhippetWisdom. ¬†Congratulation!
  • Marie’s teases us with flowers about to bloom in her¬†post in¬†The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect.
  • Leaking Ink¬†takes us to e.e. cummings in her post, which also sports some magnificent flowering.
  • Miriam is Out an’ About with a magnificent post about Lamby and her own reblooming on the good side of life!
  • Steve is back in A Bum Without A Beach¬†with a great post and a delicately photographed flower about to bloom!
  • Nikki’s post in Flying through Water highlights some gorgeous images of blossoms.
  • Following Him Beside Still Waters brings us amazingly beautiful dyed hyacinths.
  • The Alchemist of the Woods shows of wonderfully photographed frosted blooms.
  • Kh√ľrt’s entry in¬†Island in the Net¬†goes Dutch style again this week with his beautiful images of orchids!
  • Judith’s post in¬†Nature Knows Best¬†brings us a taste of Spring that many of us in the Northern Hemisphere are ready to see!
  • Cee show off some gorgeous images of flowers¬†in¬†Cee‚Äôs Photography; simply stunning!
  • Black Body‘s post takes us up Mount Harriet for some amazing floral beauty! ¬†I.J. second post in Black Body brings us the simple beauty of Spring and Fall.
  • Debbie brings us a pair of wonderful posts this week; the first is about letting go of comparisons in¬†ForgivingConnects¬†and the second one is about personal blooming in ForgivingConnects and finding true joy!
  • Nature Inspired Mom connects us with the beauty of the desert in bloom at Ansa Borrego.
  • ThatTravelLadyInHerShoes brings us to Great Dixter Garden in East Sussex for a wonderfully photographed beauty!
  • OnTheRoadCooking brings us face to face with gorgeous color!
  • …and LadyLeeManilla shows us some of the floral beauty that is in the Philippines!
  • Mac’s post in Southern By Design shows us some beautifully photographed blossoms!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation! ¬†Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative! ¬†Tomorrow we’re on to another week…