Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connections

Welcome to week 157 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Yes, this post means that this challenge has been running for 3 years now! Thanks to all the amazing support from the blogosphere!!

Of course, you blew me away with the response to last week’s theme, which I thought might have had special meaning to many of us. This week, I want to make the theme about the most important thing that I can think of in our endeavors here and in many other aspects of life: Connections! Making connections with one another and learning more about the world and the great people, with whom we share it.

Your challenge is to capture any type of connections that you would like to share, as they come in many guises and at many levels. This is a great opportunity to let your creative energies flow freely and see where they take you. I can hardly wait to see what connections you will feature in your posts!!

Here’s a literal set of connections…

Floral Connections

These wonderful, bright yellow flowers are all connected to their supporting branches, striving to reach every bit of light that they can! This image comes from a visit to the Botanic Garden of the Technical University in Delft, Netherlands. This is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy the beauty of Nature, reconnecting to all that is special…

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)!!

Let’s all make new connections and enjoy this week!

Happy Easter

Flowers are near in New England!

Easter is one of those fun holidays that brings old and young together, as they are looking for eggs around the yard or queuing up for a picture with the Easter Bunny.  Families get together, whether to have an elaborate dinner or enjoy the first great Spring weather outside and admire the flowers and enjoy the gentle breezes.

It’s a time to feel ourselves regenerate from Winter or enjoy the early Autumn, if we’re in the Southern Hemisphere.  In New England, we start looking for more flowers to show their beauty, such as this…

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Simple Beauty

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round-Up 7

Flowers were impressive!

WOW!!  we’re in the 7th week of the Tuesday Photo Challenge already, and the response to this week’s theme of Flowers has been outstanding!!

The interpretations of the theme showed some rather cool diversity in approach!!

 

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

  • iballrtw of the Eyeball Around the World blog, showed the impact of gravity on cherry blossoms, as they lay weeping on the path.
  • Kim, who writes Do You See What I See??, gave us a beautiful view of flowers in Australia.
  • Sonya of Middleton Road, posted a stunning capture of a rose that you must go and see.
  • Miriam of the Out an’ About blog, brought out a cornucopia of flowers, including some rather unusual ones that you have to see.
  • The mysterious Vaayadi Pennu, who writes Pins & Ashes, shows us a lovely Konnapoo in full bloom.
  • Nikki, who writes A Kinder Way brought forth a wonderful set of images depicting the life of some of the members of a bouquet of white roses.
  • Steve, who writes Meandering Maverick, had no shortage of stunning images of irises near the sidewalk at his house.
  • Monica, whose blog Look Around! Love what you do! Do it Well! is very interesting, linked back to us this week in her exploration of dandelions.  I hope we see her again in the future!
  • Debbie, of ForgivingJournal provided multiple perspectives on some lovely flowers!

Thanks to each and every one of you, as I appreciate your taking the trouble and putting a great effort forth with these images.

Now to start preparing for Tuesday’s new topic…I’m trying to make up my mind on which one to pick 🙂

Full Disclosure Sunday

Do you hear snowbells?

Last week was a bit of a slump on posting, as I started the week on the road to attend New Hire Orientation at headquarters of the company I just joined; it took me most of the week to get my energy, and some of my inspiration, back, as I had spent the prior three weeks working my tail off to  get everything finished and my previous job and exhausted myself.

So now it’s time to revitalize and look toward the beauty that will soon return..

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Snowbells Popping Up!

These cute little snowbells  comes from the same day of shooting as yesterday’s post Spring Into Saturday at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  Whereas yesterday’s post was taken indoors, the temperatures on that March day were pretty comfortable, so I checked what might be growing outside (in northern Massachusetts it’s usually not much).

This is where I found these pretty snowbells that had just popped up within the previous couple of days.  Getting down low, they provide a nice little grouping.

I think that I might go find some more of these beauties on this fine Easter Sunday.

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L lens at 98mm.   Exposure settings were 1/200 second at f/9 and 400 ISO.  As the focal distance was rather short, the depth of field becomes nice and shallow for this image.

Shot of the Week – vol 9

Simple tulips for today

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Think Spring!

Some weeks high-technology work can be soul-devouring to the point of leaving precious little time for any other creative expression.  Given that I barely got time to escape the office this past week, I present to you an image of tulips to help us employees lift our spirits.

Please accept this with a promise that soon, not nearly soon enough, I will get additional time available to get some real photography in… Stay tuned for the announcement!

The image is not re-cropped, as I shoot mostly square with my iPhone 6S; it’s an aspect ratio that forces my eye to observe things just a little different.

What do you do when you can’t get away from it all?