Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 45

A wonderful look back!

The 45th episode of our fun little challenge brought us opportunity to look back in a whistful manner, as the theme was one of Nostalgia.  Each of you have a unique outlook on the past and what provides you a touch of nostalgia.

There was great variety in your posts, as some of you shared some old photos, while others brought back memories of things that you did during your childhood.  There were also photos that reflected on great times that were had on vacations at wonderful locations.  The variety was wonderful!  The quality of your posts was a constant, as it was clear that each of you put thought and effort into them; it showed in the images and the prose and poetry that you shared!  Thank you!!

One of the other nostalgic areas for me, the country of my birth: the Netherlands…

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Volendam Fishers

These fishing boats also tell the story of times past, when there was plenty of fishing on the Zuiderzee, a rough in-land sea, that was dammed off by the Afsluitdijk in 1932; the resulting lake was renamed to Ijsselmeer, which still is a popular location for sailing in the Netherlands.  This image was captured in Volendam, as I was struck by the bright colors of these ships.

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

  • The entries were kicked off by Mini on Tour‘s post, which looked back to time in the military and the joy of working on vehicles!
  • Tisha’s post in Found Round and About brings us the wonder of old photos and their memories, even of snow in North Texas.
  • Charles shares images of himself and his smiling brothers in CharlesEWaugh.com; also, he shows us old signs and a relic of a telephone!
  • Mac shares a true find in her post in Southern by Design;  this kind of place is truly unique!
  • Emily takes us on a tour into the past in Zombie Flamingoes, all the way from sundials to horse-drawn trams.
  • pensitivity101 takes us on a numismatic trip, when tuppence and thruppence were still well understood!
  • Marie shows us some true blue nostalgia in her post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; it’s a beauty!
  • Netdancer’s Musings brings us Candace’s post about family mementos!
  • Leaking Ink‘s entry talks about a time before 24/7 television and internet; a time when hobbies still had a place in our lives.
  • Judith, who writes Nature Knows Best, shows us some of her books from an era that seemed just a little less stressful
  • Khürt has not lost his marbles, as you can see in his post in Island in the Net, where he shares his memories of old the great games he played as a child.
  • Xenia’s post in WhippetWisdom connects us to both love and nostalgia with a great haibun!
  • Miriam talks about living in the United States for 40 years, with nostalgic thoughts to her family in Hong Kong in here post in The Showers of Blessing.
  • Cee shares some really old images images in her post in Cee’s Photography; it’s always great to look at old photography!
  • Joanne’s blog, Three Little Oaks, brings us a wonderful old photo that screams nostalgia!
  • Debbie brings us a poem about forgiving and peace in ForgivingConnects and includes a video of her reading the poem; in a second post in ForgivingConnects, Debbie takea a nostalgic view at herself.
  • Ron takes us to the Ford museum for some great nostalgic images in his post in Progressing into Solitude.
  • PtitNFit‘s entry brings us to wonderful times in Jordan and Beirut, and shared soda and cookies; a nostalgic journey of fun!
  • George’s post in The Alchemist of the Woods talks of simpler times, which certainly look like good times!

Each of these posts were a pleasure to read; thanks to each of you for sharing them, and I hope you had a lot of fun with them!  Next week’s challenge is coming up…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Nostalgia

A Kodak moment

Welcome to Week 45 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. After a week that was dominated by Valentine’s Day and filled with the Color of Love, it was an interesting challenge to come up with the next theme.  Serendipity helped out quite a bit…

As I’m spending a couple of days in Atlanta for work, it happened that I was running an errand to gather some supplies for the upcoming meetings.  As a colleague and I were walking toward the Staples store, we came upon this old building that brought back a sense of how photography used to be.  As I looked at the image afterwards, the thought crossed my mind to make this a theme for this week: Nostalgia.

Your challenge is to share a photo or photos that make you think of the way that things used to be; this can be good or bad, your choice, and, as usual, your artistic license is to strike out and come up with your creative work!

So here’s the image that I captured that started me thinking…

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Photographic Recall

Even with discount pricing and 1 hour color film developing, Goody’s did not survive the onslaught of the instantaneous gratification of the digital revolution…

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 know that I am going to love all of your contributions to this week’s challenge.  Let love be your guide, and may you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 44

Love’s daily nourishment

In this 44th installment of the Tuesday Photo Challenge round up, we are treated to views of a subject that is important to all of us, the world over. Your thoughtful posts about the Color of Love are quite simply fantastic!

This subject matter allow for a variety of interpretations, of which you took advantage, in the most creative ways imaginable.  Your colors of love vary tremendously and are all magnificent!

Here’s another image that came to mind when I thought of the color of love…

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Rising Fire

On an early morning, there’s nothing like the Sun rising in all its glory to remind us of the love that permeates the entire universe.  Let the loving rays of the Sun embrace us and fill us with warmth to ourselves and one another!

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

  • ladyleemanila‘s post is filled with beautiful images that express love in a number of ways, all wonderful!
  • Xenia brings us two entries this week, with the first one a Haiku of the love shining in the eyes as daylight fades in WhippetWisdom and the second is a tanka and images that captures love in the eye in WhippetWisdom!
  • pensitivity101 brings us the color of love in a number of images, including some beauties of roses!
  • This week, Miriam’s takes us to the center of her universe in The Showers of Blessing, as she brings us to the moment of meeting the love who is now her husband.
  • Pins N Ashes shows us her color of love, which is wrapped around her wrist snugly and with great beauty.
  • Ron demonstrates his colors of love in Progressing into Solitude through a collage of images filled with colors that he loves.
  • Leaking Ink‘s thoughts on the color of love are complex and deep and demonstrated magnificently in photo!
  • Stella’s interpretation of the color of love is wonderful in her post in Giggles & Tales; her images in this post capture it with great finesse!
  • Black Body brings us to the beach with a number of natural circles that also include a much-loved color!
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best brings out a cavalcade of color in a manner that truly shows us the love…
  • Cee’s tender images in her post in Cee’s Photography can’t help but let each viewer know what love means!
  • George is the Alchemist of the Woods, in which he demonstrates that a MTB ride can define true love!
  • Mac has a very definite choice for the color of love in her post in Southern by Design;  let’s see if you guess correctly!
  • Emily shares her colors of love with us in Zombie Flamingoes and they are truly stunning!
  • Debbie shares the importance of asking for help by letting love show the way in her post in ForgivingConnects; it also has some great photos to go with it!
  • Khürt brings a tender post in his blog Island in the Net, which talks about love as a daily affirmation rather than reserved for Valentine’s Day.
  • Sonya’s post in her great blog Middleton Road has a wonderful capture of one of the love locks near the Wellington water front.

Definitely a lovely array of posts on this topic.  I hope you’ll have as much fun reading them, as I did!  Now on to next week’s theme…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Color of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Welcome to Week 44 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. After such a great set of contributions for last week’s theme of Mirror, I definitely felt the pressure to come up with another worthy theme…

But then, I do have a little help today, as it is Valentine’s Day, which for many of us is a reminder of love!  That’s why this week’s theme is the Color of Love.

Note that I’m not telling you which color to use for this challenge, as it’s not the same color for each of us; what I do challenge you to accomplish in your image(s) is that you portray something about love in it (them).  Plenty of freedom to be creative, which I think each of you is highly capable of accomplishing!

When I think about what color represents love for me, I tend to go towards the warmth that we feel with love; warm tones that feel like an embrace from someone really special, an embrace that you would like to have last for time eternal…

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Autumn Serenity

As you can tell in this image, Autumn colors were in full regalia; it is a season that I truly love, especially with a bit of Sun playing through the foliage, drawing that soft focus out of me.  Soft, warm, loving…

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 know that I am going to love all of your contributions to this week’s challenge.  Let love be your guide, and may you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 43

Positive reflections abound!

Welcome to this week’s round up, of the 43rd installment of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. All of you put your reflections to work in creative ways for this week’s theme of Mirror.

There were a great number of fantastic landscape images with water reflections, some really cool uses of mirrors in photos, as well as some great out-of-the-box thinking.  This just tells me that you should check out all of the entries for this week and leave them your thoughts!

Since I posted something new with the mirror theme during the week, I’m going back to a bit of reflection from about 12 years ago…

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Geese on the Quinapoxet

The way, in which this image came about, is just one of those things that tells you there there are some interesting connections in the universe.  As I was driving home during this Autumn day, I noticed the Sun and immediately had the urge to go to the Quinapoxet river in West Boylston, as there had to be something worthwhile to shoot.  When I got there, there were a number of photographers who had set up on the bridge, so I decided to go for a low angle and go right to the edge of the river.  It took me about 30 shots to get these geese to line up, but it was worth the effort!

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

  • ladyleemanila was first again this week with her entry that covered quite a bit of water and includes a reflection under water!
  • Ron’s post in his excellent blog, Progressing into Solitude, has some stunning reflections that you’ll have to check out!
  • Stella gives us a variety of interpretations of this week’s theme in Giggles & Tales; all off them are wonderful!
  • Xenia brings us two entries this week, with the first one a Haiku of Divine Love mirrored in the eyes in WhippetWisdom and the second has her wonderful whippets reflected in WhippetWisdom!
  • Candace brings us back to Scotland again in Netdancer’s Musings; this time we get a beautiful sunset in Skye…
  • Charles’ mirrored cuties in his post in charlesewaugh are just entirely too precious for words!
  • pensitivity101 shows us how she mirrors her mother, in an absolutely lovely post!
  • Georgie shares some gorgeous photos with us in her cool blog, Third Time Lucky!
  • that little voice is a great blog to check out and the photos for this week’s theme are beautiful!
  • Black Body takes us to Chicago’s Millennium Park this time with an excellent photo of the Cloud Gate sculpture.
  • Bullyboy’s brings us a couple of great reflections in his post in his blog, Travel387.
  • Pins N Ashes presents us with an excellent photo that reflects well on her!
  • Emily’s post in her blog Zombie Flamingoes takes a very interesting, creative route to the mirror; let’s count how many ways we can figure the use of mirror in her photo…
  • Marie’s post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect has a very unusual photo that is really cool.
  • This week, Miriam’s takes us to Spain in The Showers of Blessing, where she finds beautiful reflections in some of the architecture.  She also bring sun a second post in The Showers of Blessing, with a magnificent chandelier!
  • Dennis’ blog, A Trivial Mind At Work, has some stunning photographs, and his contributions to this week’s theme certainly are among them!
  • Mac brings us some more gorgeous images in her blog, Southern by Design; it’s good to be around water!
  • Following Him Beside Still Waters brings us some beautiful trees reflected in a lake.
  • In Thoughts of Words, Sangbad has a beautiful poem to go along with a great mirror photo!
  • Leaking Ink‘s contribution tho this week’s challenge is simply stunning; go look!
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best is definitely not for the hungry, as you’ll want some pastry after seeing it!
  • Cee went very literal in her post in Cee’s Photography, as each has a mirror in it, in various creative ways!
  • Maria’s post in her blog, CitySonnet, gives us a couple of magnificent reflections with quite a bit of flair!
  • Judy gives a good variety of mirrors in her entry in her blog lifelessons.
  • Miriam brings us some wonderful landscape reflections in her entry in Out an’ About;  of course, she caught herself very well in the mirror as well 🙂
  • Debbie talks about recognizing her talents and gifts in ForgivingConnects; it’s a stunning post with a great photo!
  • Khürt’s post in Island in the Net shows that some of our minds work alike, as he included a reflection along the lines that I caught this week; his second shot is super cool!

Thanks again to all for your wonderful posts!  Now, to work on tomorrow’s theme…This was certainly a wonderful set of posts with great images; I already have this week’s theme in mind….

Mirror is the wall…

Mirrored transparency

One of the interesting side effects of doing the Tuesday Photo Challenges, is that I also will keep the theme floating around in the recesses of my mind.  What this causes is that, from time to time, I’ll catch something that I might not have noticed otherwise.

Such was the case on Wednesday, as I went to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for my guitar lesson at the Passim School of Music (great place!);  as I was early, I stopped at the Starbucks across the street from the school and sat down with my Venti Triple Non-fat Latte (aka pretentious drink 🙂 ).

And voila…

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Reflecting the city

I caught the interplay between reflections and transparency, so I moved my iPhone around until I got the view that I wanted; then, as I noticed the oncoming car, waited to get the car in the frame as well.  I figured that the motion of the car would add another little bit of interest.

Shadowy figures move down the street and are waiting at the crosswalk, while the Border Cafe (good and reasonably priced Mexican food) stands out sharp among fuzzy reflections (double-pane glass).

Just a little bit of fun!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mirror

Reflect well upon the world!

Welcome to Week 43 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. Last week’s theme of Land received wonderful responses that were a joy to read and see.  Thank you all!

This week, I’m taking you on a little bit of a different route with the theme of Mirror.  This is another theme that you can take into various directions, as you could use a mirror in your image, or you can mirror something.  Whichever approach you take, feel free to be as creative as you like and use poetic license to your heart’s content.  Have some fun with this one.

In the image that I include here, I’m mirroring the sky and trees.  During the week, I’ll add a new image that uses a mirror as a key component…

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Quiet Reflection

On a quiet Autumn morning, I chanced upon this lovely scene of Rocky Pond in Boylston, Massachusetts.  The contrast between the gray sky and the color of the trees really caught my eye.  The glass-like reflection adds to the overall ambience.

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)!!

Can’t wait to see what deep reflection you’ll include in your mirror images!  have fun!!