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!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 92

Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Welcome to the 92nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  There were plenty of delicacies in this week’s posts!

You were very creative in creating great variety, ranging from how delicious life can be to lots of foods that are irresistible.  Some of you admitted to having a weakness for certain foods, which I can appreciate 🙂  On top of that, it was great that some of you looked at delicious from a different perspective: sheep and horses have things that they find delicious as well!

Thank you for creating a wonderful set of posts with fantastic viewing and reading!

Here are some candies for your delicious sweet tooth…

Mondays & Mondays

This photo came from a bit of experimentation and sorting of M&Ms to get some cool colors; the observant will notice that I left out the brown ones 🙂  I understand that lots of people find these candies delicious, but I’m not among those 🙂

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

  • In Giggles & Tales, Stella shares a lot of delicious items; I challenge you to look at her post without getting hungry!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery‘s post, there’s an array of yummy dishes that will make your mouth water!
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau, we go to the Rialto fish market for something rather tasty!
  • This week’s response by Land of Images shows us a different point of view, as the sheep have found something they like!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom brings us a wonderful likfe filled with delicious moments and dogs having fun!
  • This week, pensivity101 tells of a wonderful way to help charity with casual dress day at work and the cookies that raised even more!
  • In Chateaux des Fleurs, there are a number of cuisines, each of which looks wonderfully appetizing.
  • By Sarah shares a great photograph of a delicacy that might not be on everyone’s list; let Sarah know, if it’s on yours.
  • Nicole shares a great photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; she also asks a question about which one you like best…
  • Candace’s post in Netdancer’s Musings proves that delicious food can be found on a gluten-free diet; she shares a rther tasty treat!
  • Miriam found that home made pizzas are delicious in her post in Shower of Blessings; there is another nice pie in her post as well!
  • The post from the Nomadic Architect tells us about Gur, which looks rather delectible!
  • In Bushboy’s World, Brian shows us how to make spicy vegetable couscous, which I would certainly enjoy!
  • The post contributed by CitySonnet is gorgeous and certainly dangerous for any sweet-tooth…I might want to eat all of those cakes!
  • Miriam writes two fantastic posts in Out an’ About; the first post talks about shifting thoughts and a wonderful song!  The second post in Out an’ About provides a perfectly delicious formula for enjoying life!
  • Musin’ with Susan takes us to the enjoyment of the eclair with a fantastic photograph!
  • This week iballrtw takes us to  location that I really like: a fromagerie in Paris with a wonderful display!
  • George, aka the Alchemist of the Woods, shares a snow day on the farm with some delicious treats for the horses!
  • Mara’s post in Mara’s Artistry shows us another one of her skills: making sushi. It looks fantastic!
  • This week’s entry from the Blog of Hammad Rais takes us to a rather unusual restaurant in Pakistan, where you can enjoy hot food, while keeping your feet nice and cool!
  • In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie shares the experience of how delicious it is to forgive oneself and accept yourself for the wonderful person you are!
  • In his post in Cactus Haiku, Nakazato admits to one of the foods that he cannot resist at his favorite cafe: tiramisu!
  • Nicole’s post in Doar Nicole fights the gloominess of the season with a wonderful, colorful array of delicacies and some excellent music!
  • Mercedes takes us on a tour of Eataly in her post in Pastries, Pics and Politics.  If you have never visited one of the Eataly stores you will certainly do so after seeing Mercendes’ post!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Delicious

Tasty ideas are welcome!

Welcome to Week 92 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Last week’s bounty of circles was stunning with a creative set of interpretations that will have you around time and again to read all the interesting posts.

As luck would have it, your responses to the challenge and comments on yesterday’s ’round up’ provided inspiration for this week’s theme.  In particular, there were some great food-related posts and Debbie’s question that led to me to the theme of Delicious!

Of course, that provides a rather wide set of interpretation opportunities and I fully expect that many of you will present something unusual that is delicious; tastes do vary, and sometimes it’s all about how daring you are.  I’m sure that not everyone will find snails delicious, or that everyone likes lobster (just imagine how adventurous the first people were that ate lobsters).

Have fun coming up with ideas, photos and great posts on this week’s theme!

Here are some circles, that are also delicious…

Cupcake Delight

This photo I took a number of years ago, when I was taking a food photography class.  This one was all about lighting your subject, so I decided to try and create a bit of a mood as well.  Warm tones throughout the image and softened shadows give a sense of these cupcakes being ready to eat in a familiar kitchen.

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 some delectable images that will leave me hungry!