Tuesday Photo Challenge – New

Turn over a fresh, new leaf!

Welcome to Week 114 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I will finish last week’s challenge round up later during the day and post it tomorrow morning, as the response was again fantastic!

After a week filled with all things with an Age, this week will be all about things New! Whether it’s a newly hatched chick, a young lamb or a shiny new pair of shoes, your challenge is to take a fresh (new) look at what the creative juices in your brain lead you to!  Let the ideas flow freely and celebrate the start of a new season (Summer or Winter, depending on your location) with your imagination!

I very much look forward to seeing what your limitless creative ideas come up with this week to be shared with everyone!

Here’s a bit of the new…

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Fresh Apple Blossom

These apple blossoms had just appeared and still show off their fresh new-ness, which will soon make way in its continued development toward the tasty apples that follow, as Summer makes way for crisp Autumn days.

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 seeing what might ring true in your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 112

Filled with promise!

Welcome to the 112th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Thank you for a wonderful week of posts!

This week’s posts are truly special, as many of them touched me in their approach to the theme of Promise, and I expect that many of you will feel the same way about them.  It is truly amazing how sometimes we are lucky enough to capture a moment that can sadden us deeply, but ultimately lift us up with the promise of what lies ahead.  Many of you shared very personal visions of the theme and I very much appreciate each of your posts.

Please enjoy these posts and share your thoughts on them!

Here’s a potential promise…

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Future Prince?

This potential prince sat patiently near a man-made pond, posing for me, as I was trying to get just the right angle for the shot by hanging out over the pond. Luckily, I didn’t lose my balance!

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

  • With a pair of beautiful photos in Une Photo, Un Poeme, Nicole highlights the promise of tightly wrapped buds: a stunning flower!
  • Deepa provides us with a wonderful bit of fiction in her response to the promise of this week’s theme in her blog SyncwithDeep.
  • In this week’s contribution by Take a Walk and Discover, we have an interesting take on the promise held by mannequins!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom helps us realize that Eivor and Pearl understand the promise of a walk in Nature!  Xenia’s post is in her blog Tranature made me realize something: I had no clue that chive blossoms were so absolutely stunning!
  • In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we learn to appreciate the promise of lunch at altitude in Jalori Pass!
  • In another stunning photo in theonlyD800inthehameau, we are reminded of one of the most important promises that any of us can make in our lives!
  • In pensivity101‘s enjoyable post, we learn the interesting story of the promise of a rabbit pie made to an elderly gentleman and how this promise was kept!
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales show us the promise of a Summer that lies ahead and all the wonderful things that are in store for us!
  • In a great post in MV Obsession, the self-professed Vineyard-o-holic brings us the promise of great taste of New York cheesecake…I want some now!!
  • Donna tells us of promises to keep in her blog No-Madder Nomadder with great photos of the good times that these promises bring!
  • Sarah post in By Sarah shows us a promise that is likely appreciated by many of us who tend our gardens or grow crops: the promise of rain!
  • Pranab’s post in Fleeting Muse reminds us of the promise that is held by Lady Liberty and that resonates in the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island.
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude really touched me, as he shares photographs of Chris Cornell that he took along with the lyrics to Chris’ song ‘The Promise’.
  • With another great post in Land of Images, we get to view the promise of some rather healthy morsels!
  • Klara brings us a wonderful photo in her blog Sliku svoju ljubim II, which really accentuates the promise that this moment holds!
  • In a lovely contribution in Out of my Write Mind, Sandy highlights a promise with a great photo and excellent haiku!
  • Olga’s fantastic post in Stuff and what if… showcases the promise that the Canada Goose makes.
  • Marie captures a great moment in her post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, as the young reader is taking in information.
  • Hammad brings us the promise held by clouds in The Blog of Hammad Rais, as the city looks towards the sky and hopes for rain!
  • From Na’ama Yehuda I learned the true shape of artichoke blossoms, which are surprisingly big!
  • Donna’s post in Wind Kisses provides a great set of promises that she made to herself; I think many of us would agree with them!
  • Debbie has a great idea in ForgivingConnects, which might be good for many of us: she is putting together a happiness journal and will be reporting on it!
  • Miriam post in the Shower of Blessings has both the promise of a harvest to come and struggles to protect mourning doves from a hungry cat…
  • Susan created a wonderful photo in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which highlights the promise of a life together!
  • This week, Nicole features the promise of paradise with wonderful flowers in Doar Nicole, which she highlights even further in her lovely poem!
  • In an awesome post in Sgeoil, we focus on the promise of rain, which is much needed by thirsty Saskatchewan.
  • Miriam really knows how to live, as proven by her post in Out an’ About, which features the promise of good wine and good times!
  • Ilka’s post in A Thousand Miles has a beautiful focus on the promise that we see around us in Nature and how it can inspire us!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Age

The strength of Age!

Welcome to Week 113 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I will finish the round up later during the day and post it tomorrow morning, as the response was rather overwhelming!

After a week filled with Promise, I thought that I’d change it up a bit this week with a theme that allows everyone to show their Age!  With Age comes wisdom and, like many a great wine, things can get better with Age!  Your challenge is to come up with creative ways to show the wonderful aspects of Age in your posts!

As always, your creativity is the only limit to the directions, in which you can take the theme.  I’m curious to see your interpretations of what holds promise and might be so full of promise that you just have to share it!

Here’s a sample of the interest that Age can provide…

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Better with Age

This section of the side of a barn was one of my discoveries in Iceland, when I found the Herring Era Museum in the wonderful town of Siglufjörður.

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 seeing what might ring true in your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Promise

Promise is ours!

Welcome to Week 112 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Your posts on last week’s theme were fantastic, so I had to come up with another inspiring theme!  While looking through some of my images, I found some that showed a bit of promise, so I picked one for this week’s theme of Promise!

As always, your creativity is the only limit to the directions, in which you can take the theme.  I’m curious to see your interpretations of what holds promise and might be so full of promise that you just have to share it!

Here’s a bit of that promise that I saw…

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Morning’s Promise

I came across this scene during my daily commute, a number of years ago.  The promise of the sun rising to bring in a day filled with possibilities, to be harvested.  Carpe diem!

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 seeing what might ring true in your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 111

Reaching new heights!

Welcome to the 110th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Your responses have reached new heights!!!

Your posts in response to this week’s theme of Height have both been creative and inspiring, as you brought height into your posts in many ways.  There were many wonderful photos in your posts, as well as fantastic prose and poetry, which made it a true pleasure to read each and every post.

Thank you for the great work and truly inspiring posts!

 

Here’s someone reaching for something up high…

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Sense of Loss

This was an image idea that came to me within seconds of entering this room, as the light guided me to provide direction toward a searching ascent into a miasma of otherworldly souls.  Many elements came together in this image.

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

  • Sarah takes us across the longest swing bridge in New Zealand in By Sarah, which looks like it would be a little scary, to say the least!
  • In Serendipity, Encouraged, Todd tells us about what the learned in Hindi class, which happens to be ‘really, really high’.
  • In a wonderful post in Urban Liaisons, we learn that what rises high may just fall sometimes!
  • With a beautiful photo in Une Photo, Un Poeme, Nicole takes us to great heights in Galloway.
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales takes us on a tour of many examples of great heights in various configurations.
  • In pensivity101‘s excellent post, we get to ponder the fate of tall pines…particle board?
  • In another great photo in theonlyD800inthehameau, we look up to the sky from what seems to be a rather tall tower…is it?
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom takes us for a Nature walk with a view of the height of a mountain.  Xenia’s second post is in her blog Tranature shares some ducks that are really making a splash!
  • In Black Body we go really high: the Himalayas, where we find shoes on the stairs leading into a house.
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude brings us height on 2 levels, as the jump adds to the already dizzying height above the lake!
  • Donna is truly up high by the Grand Canyon in her blog No-Madder Nomadder and also introduces her to three of her grandchildren, who seem to have no fear of heights either!
  • Brian’s entry in his awesome blog Bushboy’s Blog takes us to Split, Croatia, for a view from up high!
  • Wanda likes to watch and photograph birds in her blog Cookies & Moo, where she posts a wonderful shot!
  • Yinglan tests her fear of heights in her post in This is Another Story, where she walks across a glass skywalk, high up in the air!
  • This week, Nicole takes us to Santorini in her post in Doar Nicole, where she shows us its beauty from up high and includes a lesson in the sirtaki!
  • Klara brings us a great shot in her blog Sliku svoju ljubim II, unless you have fear of heights!
  • From Na’ama Yehuda, we go for great heights by soaring on high with a stork and a great poem!
  • With another great post in Land of Images, we appreciate the wonderful cliffs that one can find in England!
  • Ilka brings us along in A Thousand Miles, where her post features the design work of her children who bring her to new heights!
  • Debbie is back from a blogging break in ForgivingConnects, with a great post that features some of the heights she reached while speaking at a U.N. caucus!
  • Pranab’s post in Fleeting Muse tells the tale of how his wife saved him from rolling down Koko Head trail…plus he also posts a great photo of Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Donna’s post in Wind Kisses gives some great advice from Eleanor Roosevelt, along with some great photos of Marble Canyon!
  • In a very inspiring post in So Not Simple, Mariyaah tells the story of going on a hike with her cousins and how her disease limited the progress she could make.  Her courage shines through in this post!
  • Susan captures a new height in her post in Musin’ with Susan, as the caps go up in the air during her grandson’s graduation!
  • Marie has us looking up to heaven in her post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, as she shows us the amazing architecture of St. Jeronimos Monastery.

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Height

High above the ground!

Welcome to Week 111 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  This week’s theme is a bit of a departure from previous ones.

It was a lot of fun reading all of your fantastic posts for last week’s theme!  For this week’s theme of Height, my inspiration came from my recent business trip to Vancouver, British Columbia.  I was there for the OpenStack Summit, which was a great conference with lots of interesting sessions, but most important opportunity to meet with partners, customers and colleagues to discuss directions and challenges.  As I was lucky enough to receive a wonderful package of gift passes from the Vancouver Convention & Visitors Bureau, I managed to take several hours away from the conference and do a quick bit of sightseeing.

An amazing cliff walk at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver provided the Height for this week’s theme.  Your challenge is to capture something that gives a sense of height, whether it is a physical of metaphysical one.  Look to bring out the sense of departure from the everyday plateau, at which we usually find ourselves!

I can’t wait to see what you might create, as I’m confident that you will reach new heights!

This is the cliff walk…

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Cliff walk at Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has the center piece of the suspension bridge that crosses the chasm; it floats approximately 70m (230ft) above the river.  At the same height is this cliff walk, which consists of multiple segments that are connected to the rock face.  This walk definitely provides a true feeling of being at quite a height!

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 seeing what might ring true in your posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 110

Rings of fire and truth!

Welcome to the 110th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  What great variety in response to this week’s theme!!

There were some creative entries that took the direction of the classic rings, which were awesome; then again, others took completely different approaches in finding shapes within Nature or life around them, and even going down metaphysical paths to find rings within life itself.  You provided some very touching posts that shared deep insights and important thoughts about our lives.  Thank you all for the work that you put into all of them!

I very much enjoyed reading your posts!  Please let each other know how much you appreciate all these great entries!

Here’s another ring-based image to add…

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Zone Plate Yellow No. 2

The lens type that I used for this shot is a zone plate lens, which causes a circular interference pattern that produces beautifully soft images, such as this one.  This black-eyed susan looks at her best in the bright light!

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

  • Sarah shares a beautiful image of her and her husband’s wedding rings in By Sarah, which must have been taken shortly before their wedding ceremony.
  • In pensivity101, we get a gosling scrum, where the downy little goslings are all huddled together in a tight ring.
  • Ed provides us with a warning in his blog, In My Mind’s Eye, as the warning ring looks upon us with fearsome power!
  • In an awesome post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get to see monitor lizards up close and personal!  They are indeed very interesting creaturs!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom connects the ring of light with the circle of life in a wonderful haiku and photos.  Xenia’s second post is in her blog Tranature brings us stunning swans in gorgeous images.
  • In a perfectly executed photo in theonlyD800inthehameau, we get introduced to a fantastic water feature in the city of Bath!
  • In Feel Purple, we get treated to a great photo showing off the rings that appear when we cut strawberries!
  • Cee found rings in a number of formations in great photos that she put together for her blog Cee’s Photography; beautiful!
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude captures a number of rings, ranging from an art installation to onion rings!
  • Donna definitely captured some shiny objects in her blog No-Madder Nomadder with a great shot of rings and shiny spheroids!
  • Sometimes, the rings can be around us in common places, as demonstrated with great photos in Chateaux des Fleurs!  Well done!
  • In a great post in the blog My Forever, we get to see one of the rings that Nature provides us…
  • In a very creative post in Syncwithdeep, we get a large variety of rings, each very interesting!
  • Debbie’s post in her awesome blog Travel with Intent, shows us what can be done with great art, even when it’s a bit dotty!
  • Brian’s entry in his cool Bushboy’s Blog finds a couple of rather creative rings, of which I particularly like the rings within rings…
  • Margo explores a variety of rings in her post in That Little Voice, where we get asked the question whether each is a ring…
  • In Intentionally Lola, we are treated to a wonderful, touching post that questions the continued symbolism of wedding rings: does the eternity of the bond really still hold true?
  • Yinglan brings us two very different rings in her blog This is Another Story, with one simple and the other complex!
  • Susan spins us a lovely post with lots of wheels in her blog Musin’ with Susan!
  • With another great post in Land of Images, we get to see a beautiful circular water feature in the Chalice Well Gardens in Glastonbury.
  • This week, Nicole puts together a truly wonderful post in Doar Nicole, inspired by the yellow belt around her shoe and filled with beautiful photos and poetry!
  • In a truly touching post in So Not Simple, Mariyaah gives us a close-up view of living with tuberculosis, which is something that many of us may not be aware of in this day and age.
  • Hammad’s post in The Blog of Hammad Rais takes us away from the common ring into a variety of other rings!
  • This week’s post in Woolly Muses shows us broken (and not repaired), engagement and really useful rings!
  • The Chill Mom posts a wonderful fiddlehead image in her awesome blog Hyper Child Chill Mom!
  • From Na’ama Yehuda, we get a great shot of some rather ancient looking bells waiting for a ring!

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