Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 47

Beauty is all around!

The 47th episode of our weekly challenge dared you to explore the theme of Bloom. Again, there has been lots of creativity on display in your entries this week.

While most went very much the floral route with great success, as there were stunning images, poetry and prose, there were some interesting exceptions!

One of the early blooms in the Spring is the daffodil, which is even available along roads and ponds…

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Daffodil Time!

What struck me immediately about this leaf were the orthogonal lines working throughout; the color bands against the veins contrast one another.  The function and form come together in simple beauty.

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

This is another great set of images, posts and participation!  Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!  Tomorrow we’re on to another week…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bloom

A flowering moment!

Welcome to Week 47 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. Your entries for last week’s theme of Structure were an absolute joy to read and peruse!  It looks like the entries are just getting stronger every week!

For this week’s theme, I’m drawing once more from the images that I captured during a visti to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  While I absolutely love exploring the textures and structure of leaves, there are some other things that attract my attention.  Such is the case for the image that brings us to the theme of Bloom!

The word bloom is interesting to me linguistically, as in Dutch the word for flower is bloem, which is pronounced bloom.  For that very reason, I’d encourage you to think about all the nuances that you sense when you hear the word bloom; use these to inspire your exploration of creative possibilities when you select your photos!

So here’s that image full of bloom…

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Bloom!

This beautiful flower stood out among the sea of green, just beckoning to be noticed.  The only thing that was missing, were some hummingbirds to sip the nectar.

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 your entries will be blooming fantastic and fun!  Have fun unlocking those creative juices!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 46

Structured thoughts!

The 46th episode of our weekly challenge jumped into another area of exploration through the theme of Structure.  As I’ve come to expect at this point, this has been another week of great entries with some extremely creative work!

The entries went into several directions, ranging from human-made structures to an impressive variety of natural wonders.  Again, there was some stunning photography and lots of great posts that were just wonderful to read.  You definitely make this a lot of fun for me to read!

Here’s another image from my trek to Tower Hill Botanic Garden…

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Orthogonal Conditions

What struck me immediately about this leaf were the orthogonal lines working throughout; the color bands against the veins contrast one another.  The function and form come together in simple beauty.

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

  • Mac’s post in Southern by Design shows off some wonderful human-made structures in Wilmington, NC.
  • Leaking Ink‘s entry brings a completely different structure into view, as ants were rather busy in putting it together.
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 brings us some beautiful structures made of flowers, which are very impressive.
  • Xenia’s post in WhippetWisdom brings some root structures into view that are nothing short of impressive!  It had to take some years for them to grow like that!
  • pensitivity101 brings the brilliant structures that are created by our friends, the arachnids, to the forefront in their post.
  • Marie’s structure in her post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect is none other than a pyramid of glass and steel!
  • Miriam has us looking up in her post in The Showers of Blessing; up toward the beautfiul ceilings and magnificent structure!
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude brings us to stunning temples in Thailand, which definitely on my list of must-visit locations around the world.
  • Steve shares the story and wonderful photos of a most unusual steel house in his post in A Bum Without A Beach; great post!
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best brings us back to structures from a different time, when public baths were still the norm; interesting entry!
  • Candace takes us to the Denver Botanic Garden’s in her post in Netdancer’s Musings for a very airy structure that almost appears to float!
  • Cee brings us some fantastic structure in Cee’s Photography; another wonderful example of what Nature puts together.
  • Another great one to check out is Black Body‘s post, which shows a structure that I’d never seen before; curious?  Go look!
  • Debbie’s structure of choice in her post in ForgivingConnects is a labyrinth, which is often path in life, love and forgivenss.  Debbie has also started a series of prompts on Fridays, so definitely check them out!
  • Maria’s post in CitySonnet focuses on the structure of the waves with wonderful images.
  • Khürt’s entry in Island in the Net shows us a wonderful old Dutch style house in the Harlingen area of Belle Mead.  Great location and photos!
  • Emily found some rather interesting structures in her post in Zombie Flamingoes and even looks into the future!
  • Sonya found an impromptu shot of a structure being constructed in her blog Middleton Road.

This is another great set of images, posts and participation!  Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!  Tomorrow we’re on to another week…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Structure

Built with purpose

Welcome to Week 46 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. It was a tremendous pleasure to read the entries in response to last week’s theme, Nostalgia, which were just stunning and touching!

This week’s theme comes from my explorations over the weekend, going back to Nature for inspiration.  Saturday allowed me to explore the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge with my good friend, George, from which I will share more images.  On Sunday, my wife, Kris, and I visited Tower Hill Botanic Garden, which is the source for today’s image; many more will follow!

Today’s image gave me the idea to use the theme of Structure.  Whether in Nature or human-created, structure is key to growth, stability and beauty.  In Nature structure shows throughout optimized arrangements of plant growth, animals of all kinds and even the ground, upon which we walk.  Your challenge is to go out and highlight those aspects of structure that you enjoy most and share the beauty you find in structure.

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

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Unfolded Strength

Fan-shaped leaves never fail to draw me in, as they are true expressions of Nature’s ability to find an optimal solution for the complex problems of weight distribution and strength.

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. Structure is all around us and a lot of fun to explore!

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…