Tuesday Photo Challenge – Message

Remember to live…

Welcome to Week 86 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

You provided a stunning array of posts with last week’s theme of Build, ranging from building cities and car ports to relationships and Nature’s amazing structures and ourselves! Creative, insightful, and wonderfully personal!

This week, I’d like to give you another opportunity to take the theme into many directions, as it is Message! Your decision is all about whether you want to portray message as a physical entity, a conceptual image or providing a message through your entry. I’m thinking that there will be a lot of wonderful messages put forth this week!

Have fun with your message, and let the world know what you want to share with it!

Sometimes the message comes from the great beyond…

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Memento Mori

Growing up among the classic paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, I always enjoyed the Vanitas paintings; these paintings all had a message to be decoded, from which the viewer could learn. Often, the message was ‘memento mori’, literally translated to ‘remember to die’, which encouraged people to reflect on their mortality. The same message was often used on gravestones from the 17th and 18th century in New England, and I have seen it in other locales as well; I always like to think of it as a reminder to live!

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 catches your eye this week…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 85

Can we build peace?

Welcome to the 85th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Another great set of responses from all of you on this week’s theme of Build.

This week’s entries were a lot of fun to read for me, as you indulged my curiosity about the directions into which you would take the theme. You provided wonderfully creative posts that went across the entire range of what can be built! Great posts on relationships, cities, personal projects and yourselves. The most impressive part of all your entries is in what you shared of yourselves! Thank you most kindly!!

Here’s a view that is something uniquely human…

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Temple of Roses by Antoinette Prien Schultze

Our building of Art is something that appears not to be done by other species (that we know of). Building for the purpose of appreciation by others of human tribe! This work by Antoinette Prien Schultze really spoke to me, as part of the Art in the Park exhibit in Worcester, Massachusetts a number of years ago.

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

  • Sarah kicked things off this week big with three posts! The first focused on building with junk in By Sarah; her second post focuses on building with driftwood, as seen in By Sarah The third entry takes us into Nature, as you can see in By Sarah, which knows how to build interesting structures. Great entries all!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom builds some wonderful moments when a snow-kissed landscape is enjoyed by a whippet!
  • Jokel’s entry for this week’s theme, in joknut, brings us to some interesting church ruins in the Philippines. A second entry that takes the build theme into an additional area is in joknut.
  • This week’s entry in theonlyD800inthehameau takes us across the Firth of Forth over a stunningly designed bridge!
  • Gwenny brings us both one of her constructions in Field Notes from over the Hill, as well as a mansion built from natural stone.
  • This week, pensivity101 tells us about the wonderful relationship that she and her husband built; a great read!
  • Na’ama Yehuda‘s post brings us to an ancient place of gathering, which transcends religion by connecting the people of the area.
  • In Geriatrix Fotogallery, we get treated to a wonderful view of the city of the Caliphs outside of Cordoba, Spain!
  • Cee brings us an interesting view of what it takes to build in Cee’s Photography: building material, especially natural materials!
  • Wandering Iris presents an overview of some of the steps of building a log cabin; interesting to see!
  • In another excellent post in Photo Roberts Blog, Robert captures some of the big rigs that build our cities!
  • In her post in Mara’s Artistry, Mara continues her report on her visit to Berlin; go check it out!
  • Candace’s post in her blog Netdancer’s Musings shows some rather tall cranes! These always look precarious to me…
  • In Poetry in Pictures, we take a tour of the Borra Caves, which are a stunning set of caves with lots of interesting features!
  • Bushboy brings us a variety of constructs created by Nature’s builders in Bushboy’s World, which are stunning and intriguing!
  • In Land of Images, we get an interesting look into the ballast that was used to build a wall for a Scottish gishing village.
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra details the change from a dilapidated carriage house to a house for her car and some birds!
  • In Urban Liaisons‘ post, we get introduced to a forgotten village in the woods, which looks like a true Winter dream in its snowy cover!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects takes this week’s theme and shares how she builds herself to be more accepting and forgiving of herself. A great way to be!
  • In Wind Kisses‘ first entry for this week, the focus is on building longevity, which is a very good thing.  In her second post, Donna shares a fantastic fort in Wind Kisses, created by kids who just know how to have fun!
  • Linda’s post in Linda’s Cr8tions focuses on some of the classic architecture that we find in our cities, such San Diego, and the beauty that is in it!
  • In The Nomadic Architect‘s post provides us with a great reminder that sometimes, things need to be broken, in order to be able to build!
  • Susan shared evidence of the memories she was building over Thanksgiving, in Musin’ with Susan, having a great time with her cousins!
  • Bullyboy lets us get a view of the building of the city in his post in Travel387; a fantastic view!
  • Marie’s post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect brings us to one of the ultilmate building projects of humanity: the Great Pyramid!
  • In Doar Nicole, we get treated to the building of friendship from within our selves as told through the story of Fox #8; very inspiring!
  • In her post in Life in Minutes, Sarah shows how we build in response to multiple aspects of our environment, both physical and political. Interesting post!
  • Khürt found inspiration for this week’s theme in his excellent blog Island in the Net (a must for beer lovers!), finding what was un-built…
  • Cathedrals are among the pinnacles of human buildings, of which Nicole shows of a rather nice on in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme.

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Build

Building success!

Welcome to Week 85 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Your interpretations of last week’s theme of Progress were simply fantastic! Therefore, I want to keep the positive themes going this week with something that is the antithesis of much that happens in the world around us: Build! After all, building a better society, where we can build each other up and build on past successes to newer ones, we can build on that!

With this theme there are many directions, into which you can take it, and I eagerly anticipate your creative output! So whether you build with Legos, build a sandcastle, or build a relationship, follow your inner voice to capture that one image that says it all for you!

As always, remember to have some fun with this!!

When we build a house, it can start with just a couple of bricks…

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One Brick at a Time!

Sometimes, a simple bit of texture captures my eye, drawing me in to discover that there is so much more…

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 catches your eye this week…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 84

Progress can be good!

Welcome to the 84th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  It was great to see how you thought about Progress in all of your posts!

It appears that progress is welcomed by most of you, although you may be selective about the types of progress you support. Many of your posts looked back and found areas where progress is a bonus, such as indoor plumbing. Many views were nostalgic, which I can definitely relate to 🙂 It was a true joy to read your posts!!

Thank you all for your wonderful effort in putting these posts together!

Here’s another item that was run over by progress…

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Photographic Recall

As I was walking through Atlanta, in search of an office supply store, I encountered this shuttered store; a reminder that much progress has been made in photography, as 1 hr. color film developing is not fast enough in this day and age.

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

  • Sarah kicked things off this week, by reminding us of progress that we do not want in an outstanding post in By Sarah!
  • In Land of Images, we see the changes that have taken place on poles and pylons to going underground.
  • This week, pensivity101 tells us about the pros and cons of progress: indoor plumbing is good, which doesn’t hold true for all technology changes!
  • Nicole gives us an agricultural view of progress in her post in Une Photo, Un Poeme, which highlights the combine harvester!
  • Gwenny went to a trip into past in her post in Field Notes from over the Hill! The historic house reminds us that indoor plumbins is a good thing!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom shows us the progress of the seasons, and the wonderful progress that her whippets make in their walks!
  • In iball round the world, we make progress, as we’re halfway across the Atlantic Ocean on our wy to Spain!
  • In his post in In My Mind’s Eye, Ed documents progress in the wonderful restorations that he captured.
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra brings back some of the classic VW buses and their interesting configurations!
  • In another great post in Photo Roberts Blog, Robert shows the progress of urban renewal under way!
  • In her post in Mara’s Artistry, Mara visited Berlin and reminds us of the importance of learning from our shared history, lest we repeat the mistakes of the past.
  • Candace’s post in her blog Netdancer’s Musings shows the progress that has been made in photography and videography.
  • This week’s entry in theonlyD800inthehameau brings us a wonderful photo that highlights the progress in argricultural power sources!
  • In The Nomadic Architect‘s post, we are reminded of a simpler time, when communication was not yet electronic…
  • Bushboy also remindes us of a time when we wrote letters in Bushboy’s World, which disappeared in postboxes to magically arrive at their desitination!
  • This week’s entry from Black Body treats us to progress in the view of a monochromatic white rose.
  • In a Day in the Life, we see progress over the years, as the flower girl becomes the bride! Great post!
  • Bullyboy looks at progress in multiple directions in Travel387; both horizontal and vertical progress are featured!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects takes aim at making progress through letting go of those serious aspects in life that can hinder our forgiving ourselves.
  • In Doar Nicole, we get to see beautiful images of flowers’ progress through the transformations that they undergo. Wonderful post!
  • In Wind Kisses‘ post, we get a trip to the Tonto National Monument, which gives us a view of how living style has progressed across the ages.
  • In Leaking Ink, we get a wonderful set of images that give a view of progress, sometimes at a snail’s pace, and how it starts with the first step!
  • Susan has a very interesting view of progress in Musin’ with Susan, as she has adopted a personal robot…
  • Khürt finds some really excellent progress in his post in Island in the Net; he speaks of the Mango Shape of Haze to Come!
  • In Poetry in Pictures, we get a wonderful view of the progressive waves, as they come in during the day.

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 83

Lovely connections made!

Welcome to the 83rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  My apologies for posting this round up a bit late, as I have been a bit busy this past weekend.

Your entries into this week’s challenge were not just fantastic, they showcased the connections made by bridges in lots of wonderful ways!  It was lovely to see the human bridges, as well as physical bridges; Nature also played a key role in some of your posts, much to my enjoyment!

Thank you all for great posts!

Sometimes a bridge provides us with quiet reflection…

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Quiet reflection

During a morning exploration, I found this beautiful new bridge that makes up part of a trail system. On this particular day, the river was smooth as glass, allowing for a crisp, clean reflection.

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

  • Sarah takes us to the joy of her wedding day in By Sarah; wonderful moments! In a second post in By Sarah, we are treated to her jumping off a bridge (don’t worry!)
  • In his post in In My Mind’s Eye, Ed captures a wonderful scene with a lovely bridge crossing a fantastic little stream!
  • This week’s entry in theonlyD800inthehameau shows us some great photos of classic medieval bridges!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom shares one of those magical whippet dreams of the bridge between wind and waves; beautiful!
  • Gwenny takes us across the bridge in her post in Field Notes from over the Hill!  There’s also a classic crossing for trains in her post!
  • In Land of Images, we get a view from a punter on the river Cam, as we approach a bridge; where could we be?
  • Let’s Take a Walk and discover… to find a bridge that is not across water; great capture by Michelle!
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra has a wonderful array of bridges and beautiful settings, some of which take us into a fairy tale!
  • This week, pensivity101 takes us back to the golden age of trains, when steam filled the sky and their sound echoed among the hills.  Lovely times!
  • In Urban Liaisons, we are invited to cross the chasm way up high, across a bridge that is not for the faint of heart!
  • Nicole features a bridge across the river Seine in Une Photo, Un Poeme, which is not only long at more than a mile, but also has a span over half a mile between two piers!
  • In iball round the world, we learn about the subtle art of one of the most prodigioius hunters: the souvenir seller in Viet Nam!  Great post!!
  • Debbie brings us something unusual in Travel with Intent, as she captures a bridge without traffic in Scotland!  Find out why…
  • Robert’s images are always wonderful, and his contributions to this theme in Photo Roberts Blog are no exception!
  • Candace’s post in her blog Netdancer’s Musings presents us with a wonderfully framed image to give a view from a bridge…
  • In Sunshine’s Snapshots, we are treated this great little bridge in a gorgeous garden; awesome!
  • Nadia’s entry in Layue’s everyday photo blog takes us into the beautiful city of Prague and one of its amazing bridges. Gorgeous!
  • This week’s entry from Black Body, a wonderful blog, takes us to a bridge between East and West, with a new look that lifts us up!
  • In Doar Nicole, we not only get treated to wonderful colors, but we also discover a bridge that is perfect in the landscape!
  • Cee always has a great entry, and this week’s post in Cee’s Photography is evidence of that; which one is your favorite bridge?
  • Linda takes us to Rome in her post in Linda’s Cr8tions 365, with a beautiful photo of one of the Eternal City’s many bridges.
  • A wonderful entry that shortens the distance comes from the Blog of Hammad Rais, which shows a great bridge!
  • Bushboy has a wonderful collection of classic bridges in Bushboy’s World, among which I like many!
  • In a Day in the Life, we get treated to a great view of the Triboro Bridge with an interesting perspective!
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude has an impressive array of bridges in great photos!
  • In Wind Kisses‘ post, we go back to Nature to discover a stunning array of bridges created from stone by wind.
  • Andrea’s post in ARHtistic License brings interesting variety of bridges, ranging from natural to decorative.
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects tells us of building bridges between fear and love, with forgiveness at their base; great post!
  • In Leaking Ink, we take a step in time across an array of bridges, some of which are rather unusual!
  • Michael’s bridge in Life is a Hobby is a truly inspiring image in composition and color! Stunning!
  • Susan takes us to a garden in her post in Musin’ with Susan, and it’s not just any garden, as it’s Monet’s garden!
  • ladyleemanilla has me rather intrigued with her Bridge post; is it a model or is it real life?  What do you think?
  • In Arizona Mary Photos, we get a view of the Rattlesnake Bridge and learn a bit of its sordid history!
  • Khürt introduces us to a fantastic bridge and photogenic area in Island in the Net; the Institute Woods looks stunning!
  • Bullyboy takes us under the bridge in his post in Travel387; and, for an encore, we explore more bridges in Travel387; well done!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Progress

Move over, progress is here!

Welcome to Week 84 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

As I’m running a bit behind on the Round Up post for last week’s theme of Bridge, you haven’t had the opportunity to see all of the entries in one place; they are truly amazing!

This week’s theme is a bit of an indirect approach, as in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving this week; my original leaning was toward the area of gratitude, which made me think of one of the things, for which I am thankful: Progress!

There are many ways to look at progress, and all the areas in our lives and the world, upon which it has a positive, or sometimes not so positive, impact. Go out there and find your creative take on this theme how you relate to it!  Have fun and make progress!!

Here’s a sign of progress that caught my eye last year…

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Old Style!

I remember the days, when you always made sure to have enough change on you to make a phone call, in case you were stuck somewhere.  Gone are those days, as our phones travel with us, allowing us to stay in touch wherever we are.

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 catches your eye this week…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bridge

Welcome to Week 83 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

You definitely showed the importance of keeping track of all things, including the Kitchen sink, in last week’s contributions! They were absolutely stunning!

This week’s theme came pretty easily to me, as I came up with the theme before looking at images; once I had the theme, finding the image was a piece of cake! In the current environment of discord and lack of connections, I thought that the theme of Bridge might be appropriate.

Of course, bridge is both a noun and a verb, which means that you can take this theme into any direction of your choosing! Unleash your creative urges and find the place to cross the chasm with your bridge! Most of all, have fun with it!

Here’s that image that came to mind right away…

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The Aqueduct

This wonderful aqueduct was part of my daily commute to one of my prior jobs; it always caught my attention, as it has such classic lines in its construction. On this particular day, the light showed of some its great qualities to create a complete scene.

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 catches your eye this week…