Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 149

Welcome to the 149th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Layers definitely got your creative juices flowing, as you put together some amazing posts! I’m somewhat partial to those that feature foods, as they all looked very delicious! There were also stunning landscapes and cute puppies and kittens! Going back through layers of time definitely made me think!

Thank you for all your effort and thought that you put into these amazing posts, as they were a pleasure to read and absorb!!

Here’s a trip back through the layers of time…

Looking forward in Time

The Roman Forum is a stunning place to visit; as you traverse the Palatine hill and walk across the Forum, you walk through history. Few places on the planet are tied to history the way this location is.

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

  1. This week’s entries are kicked off by pensivity101 with some amazing layers that are sure to please!
  2. Sarah brings us a wonderful layer in her post in By Sarah; after all, who can argue with a layer of puppies?
  3. Kammie brings out some great layers in her post in Nut House Central; there’s one that’s my fave! Which is yours?
  4. Nicole takes us to a stunning location with her post in Une Photo, un Poéme; and, of course, her photo is amazing!
  5. That is another awesome great photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery that has a stunning rock in Galicia!
  6. Shelley shows us that the whispering winds can create some serious layers in her post in Quaint Revival; Spring will come soon, Shelley!
  7. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post, we get to both experience and view the layers of Elephant Falls!
  8. Penny’s poem in Penny Wilson Writes challenges us to look deeper than those first couple of layers!
  9. In Pictures without Film, Ken brings several layers, of which I’ll dig into the edible one!
  10. Yinglan shares some more amazing photos in This is Another Story, which remind me to update my bucket list!
  11. Xenia has another couple of awesome posts, the first of which is in whippetwisdom exploring the layers of the highlands with Eivor and Pearl. Her second post is in Tranature, watching the birds wade through layers!
  12. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie brings out the layers of gooey goodness that are nachos!
  13. In her post in Light Motifs II, Paula focuses on a variety of layers ranging from clothing to hair that make up a layered blogger!
  14. Na’ama examines the layers that takes us back in time in her poem in Na’ama Yehuda; truly interesting!
  15. Maria’s wonderful photo in her blog KameraPromenader has layers all throughout and a stunning view!
  16. In a wonderful post in A Midnight Rider, the seagulls may just be in the upper layer!
  17. In a cool post in the 59 Club, we get to enjoy a gentle layer of snow in Georgia! It makes me smile, as it is snowing in New England while I’m writing this post; we expect 6-10 inches tonight.
  18. In JKRoaming – Travel Blog, we get a slice of the pie from John; that looks delicious!!
  19. Jase’s post in Proscenium focuses on the layers of air that carry a plane aloft to go soaring; it’s on my bucket list!
  20. The post in Chateaux des Fleurs features some astonishing layers across the valley; gorgeous shot!
  21. Brian has a ton of great photos in his post in Bushboy’s World; those layers are truly amazing!
  22. In another beautiful post in Heart to Heart, we get a view of Bhutan that is nothing short of breathtaking!
  23. Sandy’s post in Out of my Write Mind shares some beautiful snowdrift and a lovely poem!
  24. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand features some stunning landscape in New Zealand and lots of sweaters!
  25. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine has some great desert sunshine with layers of light!
  26. Robert’s in Photo Roberts Blog are fantastic, as they feature layers of texture and raw beauty!
  27. In a lovely post in Corazon181, it’s almost like we’re looking at a painting where the sky layers above the gorgeous landscape!
  28. In a great post in Cactus Haiku, we are treated to a haibun about Hinamatsuri, the doll festival, which features many layers!
  29. In another lovely post in A Pause for Nature, there are stunning layers featured in flowers!
  30. With another gorgeous photo in Land of Images, we get to enjoy the layers of the sky and landscape!
  31. In a wonderful post in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we explore the biblical layers in Israel; amazing stuff!
  32. Cee has a great set of layers in her post in Cee’s Photography! That kitty layer is awesome!!
  33. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais examines the layers of shadows in a very interesting image!
  34. In a tasty post in Another LQQK, Teressa has some delectable layers in her photos!
  35. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 brings the layers of the sea to us in photo and awesome poem!
  36. Woolly goes deep in his post in Woolly Muses as layers are exposed step by step!
  37. Debbie shares another great post in ForgivingConnects, as she unfolds the layers of compassion and their importance to self-forgiveness.
  38. Liz brings us several posts this week. Her first in OneMillionPhotographs brings us the layers of color in her watercolor painting. Also in OneMillionPhotographs, we get layers of color in the Dallas Museum of Art. Her next OneMillionPhotographs contribution has some very colorful dinosaurs! The last OneMillionPhotographs entry features layers of snow and Rico!
  39. Debbie features the layers of a mine in her post in Twenty Four; fantastic view and photo!
  40. Khürt’s photo in his awesome blog Island in the Net is another stunner! Great look!

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

A peek across the Forum

Politics and intrigue

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Peek.  A bit of an interesting theme, as it allows us to take it into many directions.

As I mentioned yesterday, there are a couple of images that came to mind.  Today’s image is also from this year’s trip to Italy and is probably one of my favorites.  In this photo, we get to look across the ages at a location that has had a significant impact on Western civilization: the Roman Forum.  Many political deals were made here, the fate of countries and people were decided and much intrigue played out!

Take a walk back into history…

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Looking across the Forum

Looking from ancient to more modern in the background, one can walk and explore many events in one locale.

Hope you enjoyed this look back and have a wonderful day!

A Walk across the Forum – pt. 3

Foro Romano e Palatino!

As I’m off to Israel for a week for business (sorry no time for photography), I thought I’d prepare a couple of blog posts in advance.  I’m flying Alitalia from Boston to Rome to Tel Aviv, so it’s only appropriate to have this post scheduled for the time that I spend about an hour and a half at the Leonardo da Vinci airport outside Roma.

This third installment of images is somewhat larger, but there are still more to come!

The views in this set are across multiple directions of the Palatine Hill and capture some of the key elements that stand out.  There is so much to see that we could have spent the entire day exploring.

A Walk Across the Forum – pt. 2

Passing through the ages

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Forum in Roma.  After all, the Forum was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city’s great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million sightseers yearly.

Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. The Roman Kingdom’s earliest shrines and temples were located on the southeastern edge. These included the ancient former royal residence, the Regia (8th century BC), and the Temple of Vesta (7th century BC), as well as the surrounding complex of the Vestal Virgins, all of which were rebuilt after the rise of imperial Rome.

Here’s another installment of images from this amazing location…

I hope you enjoy them!

A Walk Across the Forum – pt. 1

The ages open up

One of the wonderful places that we visited in Italy were the Palatine Hill and Forum in Rome.  Getting away from the overcrowded Colosseum, it was just amazing to take in the atmosphere and history that is represented by the Forum, where you can truly see the centuries and their most significant events during the days of the Roman republic and empire.

Here’s the first installment of Forum images.

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I hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Old

What is old in your life?

Welcome to Week 59 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Of course, there’s still some of la Bella Italia in my system for this week’s theme, as there was so much to see and experience during our short, 12 days on vacation.  So, in keeping with the spirit of the antiquities, I’m giving you the challenge to photograph something that talks to the theme of Old!

In this challenge, feel free to approach it in any way you like, keeping in mind that Old is a very relative concept, so you could even go out with the old, or rely on Old Faithful!  Have fun with this theme and show of your characteristic creativity!

Here’s something old that I came across….

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Looking across the Forum

The Palatine Hill and the Forum are amazing locations in Rome, which are well worth the experience.  To me, they really gave a sense of going back in time, in a bit of a surreal fashion, and looking across the ages…

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)!!

Very much looking forward to all of your great images!  Should be a fun week!

Travels in Italy – Roma

Colossal with a great forum

Today, we went to visit the Eternal City, and got caught doing the obligatory stop of the Colosseum.  When I say ‘got caught’, that is almost literal, as before you even get out of the subway station by the Colosseum, you get accosted by people trying to sell you tours of the iconic landmark.  On this non-high-season day, it was still a mob scene outside this building.

To me, the Colosseum was rather underwhelming, as it is filled with too many tour groups and not enough space to actually appreciate the building itself; the restoration is not exactly spot on in getting you the feel of what it may have been like during the days of its operation.  That was the mediocre part of the day…


Then there’s the Palatine Hill and Forum, which is part of the same tour ticket as the Colosseum; hint: go to the Palatine Hill box office, as the lines are much shorter and buy your ticket there.  Wandering through this area gives you a good impression of what it may have been like during the heyday of the Roman regime, whether republic or empre.  There are fantastic views and interesting discoveries.  Because of its size, you don’t feel overrun by tour groups and masses of people, as you do across the street.

Bonus discovery: if you take a wrong turn toward the Palatine Hill, don’t just turn back, but continue into the church of Saint Francisca, which is impressive and usually devoid of people.