Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #015

Good eating ahead!

Here comes the fifteenth mystery location post of this year….

Last week’s entry was figured out pretty quickly, as the landmark stood out. This week might be a bit trickier, although there are some strong clues in the image…

Where is this?

It’s a lovely day!

This was from a wonderful trip; after visiting here, we ate at the restaurant across the street. For extra credit, can you name the restaurant?

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 155

Yes, it’s delicious!

Welcome to the 155th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Yes, you took the cake!! Those were some amazing posts that all of you put together on this week’s theme of Cake! I knew that there would be some creativity at work and you definitely came through! There was some awesome variety of cakes, some with great memories! Also, there were some different cakes, ranging from soap cakes to suet cakes…and some great pancakes!

Thank you all for the great posts that you put together, as they were a blast to read!

Here’s some really good carrot cake…

Delicious Carrot Cake

This carrot cake was a raw carrot cake, at a restaurant that specialized in raw food. It was absolutely delicious!

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

  1. Sarah kicks things off with a touch of class in By Sarah, where she shares a photo of her wedding cake…looks delicious!!
  2. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography features an amazing moment at a Japanese Tea Ceremony in Kyoto.
  3. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival is not just for the birds! These birds are singing for a reason…
  4. Nicole has another gorgeous photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, and that birthday cake looks amazing!
  5. In a delicious post in pensivity101 we even get the recipe for the wonderful looking cheesecake that hubby couldn’t enjoy…
  6. In ladyleemanila‘s post there are lots of great cakes to enjoy! We should be able to share across the web!
  7. Gwen brings us the story of the lamb Easter cake in Field Notes from Over the Hill; a sad ending to the cake…delicious it was!
  8. In another great post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get to encounter the king of cakes in Porto! Looks amazing!
  9. Maria shares a wonderful photo of a wedding cake in KameraPromenader; that looks like a delicious combination!
  10. The Crazy Nerds post is crazy cool! That is an interesting cake that might just whet someone’s appetite!
  11. Stella has some stunning cakes in her post in Giggles & Tales, which must have been delicious!
  12. Jase brings some soul cakes week in Proscenium; those look ready to eat and very tasty!
  13. The wonderful post in A Day in the Life is definitely nostalgic, as olden days of baking are remembered.
  14. In this week’s contribution from Heart2Heart, we get a view of an amazing harvest festival cake!
  15. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent brings us the most delectable cake, donuts!
  16. In an awesome post in Another LQQK, Teressa takes us to a charity auction, which featured some stunning cakes!
  17. Sandy shares a stunning photo in her post in Out of My Write Mind, which reminds us how good it is to be young and enjoy cake!
  18. In another great post in Alive and Trekking we learn about some of the best cake shops in Amsterdam…add them to my list!
  19. Debbie takes us to a rather literary tea party in her post in Twenty Four; I bet the cakes were amazing!
  20. Ken finds the most interesting sign in his post in Pictures without Film; the choice is simple! Awesome cake as well!
  21. Woolly definitely takes the cake in his post in Woolly Muses; birthday cake photos should be part and parcel of every photographer’s collection!
  22. Susan captured a great bit of enjoyment in her post in Musin’ with Susan; the girl really enjoyed her cake!
  23. David’s post in David Meredith’s Photoblog has the bird going gaga over suet cake! Great shot!!
  24. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 has two types of cakes…one that you don’t want to eat!
  25. In this week’s post in Land of Images we get wild berries and seeds! Yes, this cake is for the birds!
  26. Donna takes us back down memory lane in her post in Wind Kisses, as we get to play pat-a-cake!
  27. In a great post in Life Amazing, we not only get to see fantastic cakes, but get the full directions to make banana fudge cake!
  28. In a rather cool post, sgeoil quotes George Carlin (always a good thing) and presents some pancakes!
  29. This week Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery definitely takes the cake! That butterfly cake looks stunning!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Comfort

Tempt me with your comforts!

Welcome to Week 133 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After a rather Slippery week of entries, I thought we’d need a bit of respite from all the slipping and sliding and settle in for a bit of Comfort!  As the weather is getting colder in New England and many other places in the Northern Hemisphere, the idea of a cozy comfortable spot by the fireplace is rather inviting.  This led me to this week’s theme, which I hope you will all be comfortable with handling!  Think about what denotes Comfort to you and how you would capture it in your mind’s eye, or with your camera’s lens.

Be mindful and creative, and let fun and comfort collide into an expose on the finer parts of our human condition!  I look forward to your creature comforts!!

Here’s some comfort food to get you going…

Comfort food… You tempt me!

Macaroni and cheese is definitely one of my favorite comfort foods, as its cheesy, gooey goodness is just pleasing to the eye, nose and tongue!  Add some cubed ham and bake it in the oven and I won’t be late for dinner!!  I shot this image for a food photography class with the intent to create an image that would be at once inviting and give a sense of home-made comfort.  I did do a bit of food styling to get the look that I wanted (yes, there was a blowtorch involved 🙂 ).

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)!!

Can’t wait to see what comforts will be highlighted this week!!

Three Line Tales – Artificial

If it looks good…

Many thanks to Sonya for Week One Hundred and Thirty of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales week 130: acrylic paints
photo by Ricardo Viana via Unsplash


Spruced up, food looks good,
Taste buds, guided by our eyes.
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Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • 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!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 117

You’ve created a treat!

Welcome to the 117th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  The volume of your responses this week has me blown away, as it might be a record!

Of course, your responses to the theme of Treat had lots of wonderful treats, some of the edible variety, some of the experience kind. You really created a great set of posts, which show the depth of your commitment to great blogging!!  There were a number of your posts that put a smile on my face; see if you can find out which ones!

I had a blast reading all your posts, and I want to thank you for your great contributions!

Here’s one of my favorite treats…

Strawberry and Kale

I created this image for a food photography course using very simple lighting (one studio light and a reflector to reduce the harshness of the shadow).  I love strawberries and you can always give me some fresh kale!!

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

  • Sarah kicks things off with a rather sweet treat in By Sarah!  Those look rather scrumptious!!
  • Lee’s post in ladyleemanila contains a couple of wonderful treats, just make sure to wait for a bit after enjoying one to enjoy the other!
  • Xenia’s first post is in her blog Tranature treats us to a beautiful snapdragon!  Xenia’s second post is in whippetwisdom brings us the awesome treat of falling water, which is sure to be enjoyed by Eivor and Pearl!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, there is a perfect treat after last week’s heat… I bet that many of you will agree with this one!
  • Kammie’s post in The Nut House shares the special treat of a rather amazing collection with us!
  • There’s a method to getting a treat, as demonstrated in MV obsession‘s post; with the right behavior, any treat can be gained!
  • One of the most important treats on a hot day is shown to us in CitySonnet; I’m curious to find out how many of you enjoyed it!
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude highlights one of Nature’s best treats and definitely one of the best insects that I can think of!
  • Todd talks about some of his favorite treats in Serendipity. Encouraged.  Do you think they are sweet or savoury?
  • With another great photo in Chateaux des Fleurs, we get to experience a really wonderful, laid-back treat!
  • In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we experience a special treat: the monsoon!  Of course, this might be more of a treat for flowers!
  • Nicole’s post in Un Photo Une Poeme has beautiful photos of osteospermum!  Treat yourself and go check out what that might be!
  • Petra’s post in Photoworld vol. 3 treats us to a wonderful set of photos with a lovely deer, which you just have to go see!
  • Miriam shares something very lovely in her post in the Shower of Blessings: family time, which is an amazing treat!
  • In pensivity101‘s wonderfully written post, we look at the treat of time spent with our parents; enjoy the time while you can!
  • Emily’s post in her blog, Zombie Flamingoes, looks at the fantastic treat of enjoying the outdoors; kiteboarding looks very cool!
  • Ed enjoyed his vacations, as shown in his post in In My Mind’s Eye, where he shares some amazing spots!!
  • Jason asks not to be judged in his post in Proscenium: I think we have all enjoyed that treat ourselves!
  • In a great post in WoollyMuses, we get to enjoy a real treat, particularly for those of us experiencing heat waves… go check it out!
  • In her blog Out of my Write Mind, Sandy shares some fantastic photos of Nature’s royalty!
  • In a cool post in One letter UP – diary 2.0, we experience a lovely treat that many of us will enjoy!
  • Olga’s great post in Stuff and what if… takes  rather magical approach to organic textures!
  • Nicole treats us to some fantastic, radiant roses in Doar Nicole, and includes a wonderful poem that you need to read!
  • Miriam share her taste for adventure in Out an’ About, where she shares a great article about the King Valley!
  • Wow! that is some special treat in theOnlyD800intheHameau!  I’m sure most of us would forgo any calorie counting for that one!
  • Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan features a rather juicy treat, that is healthy as well!
  • Be careful with Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales; it may lead to sudden appetite increase with those delectable treats!
  • A different approach to our theme is seen in Photography Journal Blog; that is an awesome treatment!
  • Marie shares some rather awesome looking treat in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect! Their name seems rather appropriate!
  • In the Land of Images blog, we get the treat of entering heaven: Foxglove Heaven, that is!
  • Debbie write a wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, where she focuses on the facat that it is okay to struggle!
  • Donna has a carbohydrate laden post in her blog Wind Kisses; there’s nothing tastier to me than bread and her post is just tasty!
  • George reminds us all of something rather important in his post in The Alchemist of the Woods: if you did something, you deserve a treat! (Ice cream, anyone?)
  • Klara shares one of her favorite treats in her blog Sliku svoju ljubim II; can you guess what it is?
  • In Na’ama Yehuda‘s post, we are reminded that a treat can be very different, particularly in the eyes of a child!
  • In a wonderful photo post in sgeoil, we get to see a wonderful Summer treat in the form of a honeysuckle!
  • Khürt posts another amazing photo in his blog, Island in the Net; that is a truly stunning sunset!
  • Ilka shares one of the most important treats for us all in A Thousand Miles: silence! It is amazing what sense of inner peace can be achieved through some silence.
  • Robert’s photography in his blog Photo Roberts Blog is stunning; the way he captured sports in this week’s post is a real treat!

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

Do you remember laughter?

Laugh out loud!

The WordPress Daily Prompt provides the theme of Laughter, which caused me to take a little mental detour…

I started thinking about sources of laughter, which can be jokes, funny situations, and many other scenarios.  Usually, such merriment is all too short-lived, so what should make us happy enough to be a platform for lighthearted laughter?  How about ice cream?

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We all scream!

There’s nothing like children’s excitement and joyous laughter at the sound of a nearby ice cream truck!  Let’s enjoy this ice cream moment, and laugh out loud to clear our worried minds and release some much needed endorphins!

Have a wonderful day!

Munchies & Munchies

Do you need your fix?

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Sweet, for which I posted a rather Valentine-themed entry yesterday.

Today, I thought it might be interesting to provide a more year-round winner of the candy category, which has been a staple for sweet-tooths for quite a while: M&Ms!  While I am not a fan of chocolaty, crunchy candies (I prefer Dutch licorice and chocolate with caramel), they are interesting to photograph…

Mounds of Munchies!

You might feel the urge to reach out and grab the rainbow of M&Ms!

What is your go-to candy fix?

Have a great weekend!