Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bugs

Welcome to Week 65 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week, I went for a highbrow challenge in going with history and was blessed by an amazing array of responses that informed, touched and truly were a pleasure to read and view.  So this week, I’m taking the low road!

This week’s theme is Bugs!  Creepy, crawly, beautiful or inspiring, bring them all!  Of course, no challenge would be in this list, unless you could take a very different view of it…

I’m very much looking forward to seeing those wonderful bugs of all varieties, but I am also very curious to find what alternate takes will show up for this week’s theme….

Surprise, entertain, fill with wonder, awe or horror!  Have fun with this one!

This is a little item to get you in a beatific mood…

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Giant Swallowtail

This gorgeous creature graced me with its presence during a trip to a butterfly enclosure.  Bugs can be beautiful and inspiring (I hope!)

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)!!

So, share what has been bugging you!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 64

History of the bloggers, part 1

Welcome to the 64th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! History has definitely been a fertile ground for your creativity, as your entries have been numerous and of high quality!

The greatest number of entries focused on your personal connection with history, as it has been experienced across the planet with an appreciative nod to Sarah for bring the planet itself into the picture.  There were also wonderful posts that connect us to personal histories, each unique and, yet, shared between all of us.  Of course, there’s also the Oxtail pastry, which now is history!

Thank you for being creative and sharing freely!

Here’s a bit more background on my history in images from the Netherlands…

As I was born in Rotterdam and grew up either in or just outside the city, it features prominently, with nods to great Dutch poffertjes, as well as sailing and fishing.

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

  • Xenia’s whippets were first this week, loping along the coast with pill boxes and turrets in sight in whippetwisdom.com, touching both on history and Nature’s beauty!
  • pensivity101 tells a tale of both her history teacher and some of her favorite moments in recent history.  Do you have any in common?
  • iballrtw shares a wonderful photo as a reminder of how we celebrate historic events in many locales.
  • Nicole’s post  in Une Photo, un poéme focuses on the monument to commemorate the Australian soldiers how died and went missing in battle during World War I in Villers-Bretonneux.
  • Black Body‘s post features a gorgeous photo of an Oxtail pastry; why?  Because it’s history!
  • By Sarah looks at the history of the planet, on which we reside, with beautiful images of the Champagne Pool in Waiotapu.
  • Stella put together an amazing post in her blog, Giggles & Tales; she gives a wonderful recounting of the impact of the Kola nut on Nigeria and its people.
  • Charles brings us two aspects of history in his blog, charlesewaugh; an ancient temple in Ephesus and civil war canons in Vicksburg, US.  They provide two unique views into the past.
  • Susan brings us along tracing her family roots in Musin’ with Susan, as she visits the location where her father lived, before having to escape the threat of the Nazis.
  • Raj allows us to visit another wonderful location in XDrive this week; we go to historic Fort Chitradurga in India.  A fantastic post!
  • Ladyleemanilla tells the tale of Filipino freedom fighters, their courage and persistence.  She also shares a large number of historic locales in her photos!
  • Miriam takes us on a tour of Boston along the Freedom Trail in Showers of Blessing, which is a wonderful walk filled with amazing locales!
  • Judith recently visited Manchester and shares a bit of this city’s history in Nature Knows Best; the Town Hall certainly has quite a bit of history surrounding it, that you should check out!
  • Bullyboy has a magnificent post in Travel387 that tells the story of Vivekenanda house in Chennai!
  • Justine’s images tell of the history of Gettysburg in Justine Taylor Photography; this location is imbued with power, as shown in Justine’s images.
  • Robert’s photos in his Photo Robert’s Blog bring the nostalgia of history into focus beautifully!
  • I think that Ron couldn’t make up his mind, which is just fine, as he shares some great photos that bring history to us in his post in Progressing into Solitude.
  • Debbie shares a bit of personal history in ForgivingConnects as well as some really good tips on quieting the mind!
  • Khürt’s contribution this week in his wonderful blog, Island in the Net, tells us about the Princeton battlefield with gorgeous photography.
  • Lacy’s post in Adventures of a Busy Mom is very personal, as she recounts how her perspective has changed now that she is the wife of an active duty military man; wonderful post!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts about history, as you peruse these great posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – History

Magical history tour!

Welcome to Week 64 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

As I’ve just recovered from the wealth of responses to last week’s challenge, I have been a little challenged to come up with this week’s theme….

Therefore, I thought about what might be meaningful about this week to a number of readers and as it was Canada Day this past Saturday (Happy 150th birthday!) and it is Independence Day in the United States today, I thought why not go for History as a theme?

What I’d like you to do in this challenge is to share a bit of your personal view of history in your image(s) and post.  History has a lot of meaning for many of us, and certain parts of history may resonate more with us than others.  It will be fun to see what parts of history we bring together this week, as a globally diverse group of Earthlings! (yes, I’m assuming that we’re all from this planet 🙂 ).

So, be creative, let your mind wander, fill your eyes with wonder and take us along on a trip of historic proportions!  This could just be fun!

Here’s a glimpse at part of what history means to me…

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Looking across the Forum

This view across the Forum in Rome this year was a rather significant moment for me, as my decision to apply to a program that placed Dutch students at universities in the USA, meant that I could not go on my high school class trip to Rome.  This always felt a little bit like a gap in my education, which, after forty-one years, was bridged this year.  To me, the Forum represents one of the three significant influences on Western civilization, which has had quite an impact on my life (a side-effect of a classical education in the Netherlands at the Gymnasium Erasmianum).

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)!!

So, don’t skip a step in your creative process, and step lively to sharing your photography and writing!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 63

You stepped up your game!

Welcome to the 63rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! All of you put your best foot forward for this week’s theme of Steps!

Getting swamped by work and not being caught up, gets this post to you a day late!  The benefit to me is that I got to take most of your posts in as a tidal wave of wonder!  You have simply outdone yourselves and rather than heaping on superlatives, I challenge each and every one to experience all of each others’ posts and comment on that trip!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your great contributions!!

Another look at steps from a different vantage point…

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Into the tower…

This staircase is in the papal castle of Julius II, which is located in Ostia Antica.  What makes these stairs rather special is that each step is a stone slab that is anchored into the wall only; there is no additional support, as the craftsmen did a rather fine job of getting them in place perfectly.

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

  • By Sarah was the first entry again this week with a lovely image of steps that have gathered some moss…  They look a little tricky!
  • Ladyleemanilla found steps of all kinds and even managed to get a cat in a hat…  Does the cat look good in the hat?  You decide!
  • Stella brings us some beautiful steps in her post in Giggles & Tales, which she photographed expertly!
  • By Sarah definitely takes the biggest step of the entries this week, so go check out how big that step is!
  • Raj takes us up the mountain in his blog XDrive as he takes us to Baba Budangiri and Mullayanagiri in this week’s post!
  • Nicole’s post  in Une Photo, un poéme showcases one of the most unique designs for a staircase: the double helix designed by Leonardo da Vinci.  Amazing!  Nicole also contributes a second post in Une Photo, un poéme, which is just lovely!
  • Xenia’s whippets sure know how to strut their steps in whippetwisdom.com, as they cover the distance with graceful strides!
  • A 12th century church’s interior is the subject in theonlyD800inthehameau with a staircase, that looks extremely old, but still serviceable!
  • Peg brings us two kinds of steps in The Tempest and The Teapot with both glorious staircases and puppy pawprints!
  • pensivity101 spins a wonderful tale based on those stairs that lead up steeply to find yourself…where?
  • iballrtw takes us down Montmartre hill in a beautiful post that makes me want to explore those stairs!
  • In her post in CitySonnet, Maria makes us want to visit the beach to imprint our own footsteps in the sand!
  • Judith takes us across the river Mole in her post in Nature Knows Best; it is a lovely crossing using stepping stones to guide us to the other bank.
  • Candace has us believing in ghosts in her post in Netdancer’s Musings; the hotel might be haunted!
  • In her post in Travel with Intent, Debbie showcases some amazing photos of a staircase that really puts things in perspective.
  • Charles takes us along for some of the most important steps in his entry in charlesewaugh; can you guess which steps they are?
  • Robert’s photos in his Photo Robert’s Blog are simply stunning!  Definitely go check them out!
  • Helen takes us into the Alfama in Photophile; it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lisbon and just enchanting!
  • Susan has us Musin’ with Susan down the steps into the water to follow the rubber duckies!
  • Ron brings us a stunning array of beautiful images on our theme in his post in Progressing into Solitude.
  • The photographer smiled… and brought us a fantastic image of loneliness at the top!
  • Frank’s post in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking, gives us a short home tour.  Come on in!
  • Lacy traces some steps in Adventures of a Busy Mom down a path that leads us to one of her favorite places!
  • Miriam takes us along for some serious steps in Showers of Blessing as we go along the Great Wall of China; but no step more important than the other one in her post!
  • Marie may have found a stairway to heaven in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, as she brings us to Angkor Wat!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects has us finding joy in each day, as she takes us along the steps of her journey!
  • Cee brings us a wonderful variety of steps in her post in Cee’s Photography; from Vintage Train steps to the steps at the Museum of Glass (are they glass?)
  • Bullyboy showcases the steps in the landscape nearby in Travel387 which shows us some great landscape beauty!
  • Leaking Ink takes us on a tour along one of his favorite staircases, ending up in a perfect little haven!
  • Mike’s post in his blog Weakly Thoughts reminds us of the wonderful aspects of perspective, as we look along his stairs.
  • Ron’s takes us along Locating Frankenstein’s Brain, and shows us where those steps might lead us!
  • Miriam is Stepping into a Magical Outback in her post in Out an’ About; it is simply wonderful to see the landscape that she is experiencing on this journey, as she portrays the magic that lies within the land…
  • A wonderful post by Khürt as he takes us Shinrinyoku in his post in Island in the Net, with beautiful photography!

If you read each of these posts, I’m sure that, like me, you feel enriched by these views of the world and how they have been shared!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Steps

Going for a step or two

Welcome to Week 63 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s responses were a pure symphony of wonderful images, prose and poetry!  I thoroughly enjoyed the way you embraced the theme and created amazing compositions.

This week, I’m going back to one of my old tricks…  The theme of Steps can be taken in several directions thanks to the English language.  Merriam Webster showed me 11 definitions, some of which were nuances, whereas others have completely separate definitions.  Therefore, it is your choice, whether these steps take you up (or down) or direct your path, or even are performed as part of a ballet!

Have fun with this theme and don’t skimp on creative direction, as I know you won’t!  Uncover some new steps, retrace some old ones or climb up and down, as in an M.C. Escher drawing.

One may wonder where these steps will lead us…

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Where do they lead?

As the observant reader of my blog will surmise, this is yet another image from my Italian vacation.  When we were in Massa Marittima, there were many steep streets followed, steps climbed and descended, as we came across some of the most amazing views at the top of the hill!

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)!!

So, don’t skip a step in your creative process, and step lively to sharing your photography and writing!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 62

Welcome to the 62nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  I have to say that I’m glad that I went with the theme of Music, as your posts were a joy to read!

Many of you took a path that I expected to some degree, and your creativity in how you portrayed what music means to you and the impact that it has on your lives was wonderful to behold.  Some of you presented music and instruments that I didn’t know about, which was fascinating!  One really stood out, as Miriam’s post in Out an’ About even included a recording of her singing a fantastic song!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your great contributions!!

 

Here’s an image from my collection of performers of music…

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GT Nightcrawler

Portrait photography can be a lot of fun, as you get to control everything from the light to the pose.  Despite the desire for control, sometimes, an impromptu portrait, such as the one here is very satisfying.  You catch the subject in their natural element, being themselves; of course, with performers, the latter is not 100% true, as you’re really capturing the persona that they portray on stage.

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

  • By Sarah kicked things off with a lighthearted post that captures something that most, if not all of us, have done: playing air guitar!
  • Nicole’s entry  in Une Photo, un poéme gives us a beautifully photographed and well-written report on a balalaika performance.  Go check it out!
  • pensivity101 tells us about the influence that music has on her life, particularly, playing the piano!
  • Gwen’s post in Field Notes from over the Hill shows off the joy of music in many forms!
  • Xenia gives us a wonderful tanka in whippetwisdom.com and accompanies it with photos of her whippets dancing to Nature’s music.
  • iballrtw shares a great post with some very early sculptures of musicians with unusual instruments.
  • The post shared by theonlyD800inthehameau brings us up close and personal with an absolutely stunning pipe organ!
  • Photo Robert’s Blog shares an amazing set of photographs of instruments and musicians, that you really should go see!
  • Ladyleemanilla shares an amazing array of photos in her entry this week!
  • Candace’s photo of performers in the Paris subway in Netdancer’s Musings is just wonderful!
  • Miriam’s post in her blog Out an’ About is simply magical, as she not only shares her thoughts and photos about music, but she also graces us with a recording of her performing a song that is inspired by a poem written by one of her friends.
  • Raj’s post in his blog XDrive shares a beautiful set of images of his daughter performing an intricate dance, filled with wonderful facial expressions.  Just lovely!!
  • ARHtistic License shows us a wide array of musical instruments and implements; I particularly like the dulcimer!
  • Cee has some great images in her post in Cee’s Photography; I really like the sheet music, which looks truly old!
  • Roaming Urban Gypsy has a wonderful blog with street photography, which is well represented in their entry for this week.
  • Miriam shares photos of some of her performances in Showers of Blessing and tells us about her hero!
  • Stella’s images in Giggles & Tales tell us a story of instruments, the music they bring forth and the places where this music occurs!
  • Bushboy has a wonderful collection of guitars and music in his post in Bushboy’s World, as well as a great work of art!
  • Judith shares her experience of going to the opera in Milan in her post in Nature Knows Best; she was in for a surprise! As a bonus, we get to find out who her favorite violinist is!
  • Peg’s post in The Tempest and The Teapot shows of some great photography skills!
  • Catherine shares the start of her musical instrument collecting addiction with us in her blog images off the path.
  • Marie captured a guitarist in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, all the way in Cordoba, Spain!
  • Leaking Ink introduces us to the Manganiyar Seduction, a group of musicians from Rajasthan, India.
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects has her singing her joy from the rooftops, as she takes a leap of faith!
  • Lacy’s photos in Adventures of a Busy Mom describe the soundtrack of a busy mom!  I think you can guess whose music takes front stage!
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 combines both the instrument to make music with the inspiration for this music!
  • Ron tells us of his experience with music through excellent photography in Progressing into Solitude.
  • Khürt’s entry for this week’s theme in Island in the Net tells us the story of his journey through music throughout his life; a great read and awesome photos!

If there were the concept of music for my eyes, these posts definitely brought it forth, for which I thank all of you!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music

A song of photography!

Welcome to Week 62 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s entries were absolutely spectacular!  I expected to see a great turnout with the theme of Unusual, and you blew my mind with those creative, funny and intriguing entries.  As I was thinking about this week’s theme, I was leaning toward something rather tricky, which I may still use at some time in the future, but decided to expand the reach of the challenge a bit with Music.

Music is all around us and more than just a human form of expression, as Nature is filled with examples of great music from the birds in the trees to the whales in the oceans.  As usual, you can take poetic license into any direction that you desire, so that it can be music to your ears, a great performance or a cacophony of atonal sound!

One way of capturing music for reproduction is shown here…

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The Score

This image is from about 5 years ago, when we were challenged to provide some appropriate wall decor for a music school that was just opening nearby.  Interestingly enough, this is not one of the images that was chosen, even though I thought it to be technically superior to one of my images that was selected.

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 a symphony of wondrous entries!