Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 88

A true pet project!

Welcome to the 88th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  First of, to those of you who celebrate the holidays, have the happiest and healthiest of holidays and may the New Year be filled with joy and success!

I was a bit curious to see the response that I received from you on this week’s theme, as Pets are a very selective about their human companions!  Clearly, you have some wonderful pets, who allow you to share their lives with them.  There were a couple of unusual pets, and one that truly stood out to me, which could have changed Aesop’s telling of fables (see, if you can figure out which one that is).

Thank you for a wonderful time of reading and enjoyment of these posts!

Here’s the first pet that shared her life with my wife and me…

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Tonka

Tonka was a shelter mutt, who was one of the most wonderful dogs that anyone’s life could be graced with.  We got Tonka when she was about 9 weeks old; we were told that she was a Spaniel/Labrador Retriever mix, which I questioned, as her markings were more Rottweiler.  She grew up to be a 90+ pound dog filled with joy and life.  I took this photo of her during her last Spring, as she passed less than 2 months later.  We still miss her!

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

  • Ed’s post in his blog In My Mind’s Eye brings a magnificent cat, who clearly is the master of their domain!
  • This week, pensivity101 tells the story of her heart’s magnet, aka Maggie, who is a key part of the family, even when she might want to get up around 2 a.m. 🙂
  • Nicole brings wonderful photographic technique into the picture in Une Photo, Un Poéme: with a whirl she made the chihuahua the center of attention!
  • Sheena’s post in Leaking Ink provides us a chance to meet Puffle, who is gorgeous and clearly in control of their environment.
  • Xenia’s first post in whippetwisdom features Eivor and Pearl enjoying their outdoor time in Nature’s rhythm; in her second post in whippetwisdom, the beach calls out loud and clear!
  • In Field Notes from over the Hill, Gwenny shares memories of pets past and present with us.
  • In her post in Mara’s Artistry, Mara shares pictures of her 9 month old Cosmo and the elegant Karma; they are precious!
  • In Bushboy’s World, we get to meet Louis, the cat, who looks like he might want to come in to visit.
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra shows us that peace on earth can exist, as our pets clearly understand!
  • In Poetry in Pictures, we get to see some cuteness that all of us know and love!
  • The Nomadic Architect shares pictures of Ghost, the dog of one of his friends, who would like to be a direwolf one day.
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau brings us face-to-face with Monza, a mini schnauzer, who belongs to his son and daughter-in-law.
  • In Becky’s Open Book, we learn the tale of the turtle; no not the one that Aesop told, but the class pet…
  • In Layue’s everyday photo blog, we meet Khanan, who is an absolutely stunning cat, clearly of regal descent!
  • Sarah introduces us to Underbite in By Sarah; this beautiful Maltese/ShihTzu mix oozes personality!
  • In Doar Nicole, we get to meet the picture-perfect pet! This is a total treat to thouse of us who love dogs.
  • In Land of Images, we get to meet a little critter that is a different kind of pet… go check it out!
  • The Alchemist of the Woods provides a wonderful post on the topic of Athena, the wonderful dog that graces many of his photos; truly special!
  • In Places with Varsha, we get to meet several great pets; Julie, the Indian Spitz, and Daisy, who is a gorgeous cat!
  • Another great blog, Offshoots12, introduces us to Petals and Pets, where Lily and Daisy pose in grand style!
  • Musin’ with Susan pulls out all the stops in her post about pets on parade, which is simply a must-read!
  • Khürt has another pair of great shots in his post in Island in the Net, featuring Electric Boogaloo!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 87

Seasons of joy and wonder!

Welcome to the 87th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  First of, my apologies for this late posting; vacation time is wreaking havoc with my schedule 🙂

All of you got into the spirit of the Season with gusto!  The variety of images is simply stunning with a number of takes on the season of your choice; I noticed that nobody decided to season with pepper and salt!  Your photographs were fantastic and your posts were well-written and thoughtful!  Thank you for all your excellent contributions!

Here’s a look at my favorite season: Autumn

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Color and Beauty

The color of Autumn in New England is nothing short of spectacular!  Coupled with the fresh air, as Summer’s heat has dissipated, I just want to go outside and enjoy every day of this wonderful season.

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

  • This week, pensivity101 takes her craft of poetry to the next level with wondrous verse!
  • Xenia’s first post in whippetwisdom brings us waves of colour and a wonderful haibun; in her second post in whippetwisdom, Xenia brings us back a memory and the season!
  • ladyleemanilla shares a magnificent array of seasonal images with us that you’ll have to take a look at!
  • This week’s entry in theonlyD800inthehameau will give you the chills, as it has Jack Frost nipping at your nose!
  • Sheena’s entry in Leaking Ink looks at each of the seasons, with beautiful images for each!
  • In Cee’s Photography, we get a glorious view of some of what makes the Winter season warm and bright!
  • Sliky svoju ljubim II shows us a stunning image with ice playfully floating in the foreground.
  • Nicole shares a beautifully executed photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme: you can feel the ducks holding onto the last bit of warmth of the season!
  • In her post in Mara’s Artistry, Mara captures the spirit of the Last Jedi in a photo from ComicCon, which fits with this holiday season’s release!
  • Sarah let’s us know that it’s not turning Winter everywhere in By Sarah; the beautiful dogwood is blooming and makes us think of Spring and Summer! In a second post, Sarah introduces us to Archie, the cookie taster, in By Sarah.
  • In Photo Roberts Blog, Robert shares a beautiful study of the daffodil, aka Narcissus, with fantastic photography!
  • The Roaming Urban Gypsy brings us up close for a very personal look at a display that has the narrative of the season; both photos and display are magical!
  • Ed’s post in his blog In My Mind’s Eye reminds us that it’s cold outside, as Winter is arriving in New England!
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra looks back to long walks on cool mornings that she used to share with her husband when he was healthy; good memories and beautiful photos!
  • Cactus Haiku shares a whimsical look at the season with Santa on a snowmobile, allowing Rudolph to relax this Christmas eve!
  • In Land of Images, the snow is falling and it’s evening. Looks like a perfect scene for Christmas Eve.
  • Photogate shows us some of the colder aspects of the season with some beautiful images!
  • The entry from Arizona Mary‘s great blog shows some of the seasonal decorations that are popping up, such as the angel bringing a message to some bears!
  • In Doar Nicole, we go beyond the seasons through elevation with great photos, as well as some inspiration from Don Quixote!  In a second entry in Doar Nicole, we get to learn about the wonderful quince!
  • In Poetry in Pictures, we get a view of what winter morning in Araku looks like, which appears a bit warmer than in New England!
  • In the wonderful blog, Urban Liaisons, we become part of the countdown to midwinter, maybe ready for a solstice party?
  • Imelda’s entry in her blog, My Wall, brings us to Santa Claus, as he parades through the streets, as well as some berries that persist to cling through their tree in Winter.
  • In Wind Kisses, we are treated to a view of what Winter is like in Arizona, which looks like a lot of fun!  But where’s the snow?
  • Khürt’s post in his blog Island in the Net has both wonderful photography and some bad news; Khürt dropped his Nikon camera, unfortunately beyond repair. Despite this handicap, he produced some remarkable images with his iPhone!
  • Musin’ with Susan definitely put a smile on my face with a Santa strolling along the sidewalk with nary a care in the world!
  • Marie’s post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect takes us to Strassbourg, where the tables are still set for outdoor guests! Might be a little chilly!
  • The Alchemist of the Woods regales us with a view of the seasons in North Carolina; I definitely have a favorite among George’s photos, see if you can guess which one!
  • In Bajezen, we get a wonderful view of the holiday season in a warmer part of the world; that rum cake looks rather delicious!
  • This week’s post from the blog joknut gives us a fantastic view of the holiday season; Santa appears to be flying off momentarily!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Pets

Enough warmth to melt snow!

Welcome to Week 88 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

I’m still working on going through all the wonderful responses to last week’s theme of Season; they are spectacular, but I’m a little behind on my part of the work 🙂

One of the reasons that I’ve fallen somewhat behind is the lack of sleep due to the center of attention and this week’s theme; Stuff, our Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy, is the inspiration for this week’s theme of Pets!  They are wonderful and make us feel warm inside and smile, but when they are young, they wake us up in the middle of the night, as they need to go out (Stuff is very good about this and sleeps nicely during the rest of the night).

Of course, Pets come in all sort of varieties, shapes, sizes and species!  I’m very much looking forward to finding the amazing ones that are spending time with my fellow bloggers!

Here’s the sweet little boy at 10 weeks old…

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Stuff, the Cardigan

My wife bought Stuff a little coat, as it has been very cold outside, and his puppy hair doesn’t keep him warm enough yet.  When he grows up, Stuff will have a double coat of fur, which keeps him warm in the cold and allows him to play outside in the snow for hours!

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 – Season

Let the spirit of the season shine!

Welcome to Week 87 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s theme of Message prompted a fantastic variety of responses with lots of depth and directions that were taken. Thank you all for your fantastic efforts on this theme!

This week I’d like to celebrate the changing of the season that will be happening next week, as the norther hemisphere starts Winter and the southern hemisphere begins Summer. With that in mind, this week’s theme is Season!

In addition to its meaning of a time of the year, season is also a verb, so feel free to take this week’s theme into the direction that sparks your creative energy!  Have some fun with the season and share the joy!

Even in the cold of Winter, we can get a warm moment…

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Winter’s Warming

This is one of the locations that used to be on my daily commute, Rocky Pond in Boylston, Massachusetts. During the Winter this pond sees plenty of skating and sledding activity, particularly when we get a long spell of cold weather.

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 86

Clear message: or is it?

Welcome to the 86th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Another great set of responses from all of you on this week’s theme of Message.

I expected that there would be lots of different message, some funny and some very deep! What surprised me were some of the deeply personal messages, such as a letter from years ago, the message to love oneself, and the number of hidden messages! Your creativity was on full display! Thank you for wonderful reading that was most enjoyable!

Here’s another type of message with symbols of all kinds…

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For better or worse…

Grafitti is not something that is to everyone’s taste, but I find that good grafitti is definitely an art form!

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

  • In The Nomadic Architect‘s post brings us some rather interesting signs, which have some questionable language!
  • In Geriatrix Fotogallery, there is a very strong message that we should not forget, particularly in these trying times!
  • Xenia’s first post in whippetwisdom shares the message of second chances; in here second post in whippetwisdom, she writes a tanka that speaks of Winter’s magic!
  • Sarah shares a couple of posts with us! The first one goes old style in By Sarah; messages as they are being delivered less and less frequently.  In her second entry in By Sarah, we visit a rather magical place: Hobbiton!
  • In Land of Images, we may wonder what the question was, to which these petals provided an answer.
  • Bushboy contributes a couple of posts in Bushboy’s World, with the first showing a clear message. The second in Bushboy’s World is a bit more cryptic.
  • This week, pensivity101 tells of what is really important in getting some truth in the messages rather than hiding it.
  • Nicole brings us a very seasonal message in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme: the message of Christmas!
  • In another awesome post in Photo Roberts Blog, Robert conveys several different messages in his images.
  • This week’s entry in theonlyD800inthehameau catches a great message! You can be on top of the world!
  • Candace’s post in her blog Netdancer’s Musings gives us a great message about a mountain lion and social interaction!
  • The Alchemist of the Woods brings a message of serenity in the foggy morning; enjoy it!
  • Ed’s post in his blog In My Mind’s Eye shares a clear message that is something that we should all relate to!
  • In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra has a slideshow with a great set of messages; which one is your favorite?
  • In her post in Mara’s Artistry, Mara finds that music is the message in a great street scene.
  • Sheena shares an incredible message in her post in Leaking Ink: a letter from her grandfather!
  • In Poetry in Pictures, we get a rather unusual message written to us within the sky; you have to see this to believe it!
  • In Wind Kisses‘ entry of the week, we encounter the art of sauntering with a bear who provides a great message!
  • Musin’ with Susan brings us the message of the year, as she features the Time cover for persons of the year!
  • Bullyboy has us reflecting on qualm in a great post in Travel387; you’ll want to both see and read this one!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects reflects on the message of letting go of self-hatred and accepting that it’s okay to be the person you are!
  • In Doar Nicole, the message is all about the pinks and purples, as you find out from the great poem and photos!
  • Sliky svoju ljubim II is a stunning blog with lots of great photography, and has a wonderful photo about the message delivered by those seeking independence for Catalonia.
  • Linda’s post in Linda’s Cr8tions finds a message that is probably fairly common in Colorado!
  • Khürt’s post in his wonderful blog Island in the Net let’s us know that he got the message sent by Mother Nature!
  • Marie’s post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect delivers a message from the temple of Edfu, in hieroglyphics!
  • This week we get another great post from the blog joknut, with a personal message.

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

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!