Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 151

Rising to the occasion!

Welcome to the 151st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you for a truly amazing set of Sunrise posts this week! With each new dawn, there were more gorgeous photos and great posts to enjoy. The variety of approaches showed off your creative touch, and I really enjoyed reading each and every one of them!

A big thanks for your effort and I hope you enjoy each other’s posts!

Here’s a sunrise from a number of years ago…

Sunrise over Warfield Ridge

As my wife and I were in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I decided to take the opportunity to get some early morning photography of the battlefields, before tourists would descend upon the locale. The power of these locations around dawn is palpable and left a deep impression on me.

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

  1. We start with another wonderul contribution in pensivity101, where she shares great sunrises, some of which are from special days!
  2. Brian shares some amazing sunrises in his post in Bushboy’s World; plus there’s some rather fitting music for this week: great choice!
  3. Kammie has some great sunrises in her post in Nut House Central; love of camping helps experience them!
  4. We’re shown the benefit of getting up early in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery; that is a stunning series of images of the sunrise!
  5. In ladyleemanila‘s post, we are treated to a beautiful series of images silhouetting the city at sunrise.
  6. Yinglan shares a stunning sunrise photo this week in This is Another Story; Capitol Reef National Park looks amazing!
  7. Na’ama’s post in Na’ama Yehuda brings us both an amazing image and thoughtful prose to ponder the new dawn…
  8. A truly stunning sunrise is featured in Land of Images, as the Sun comes up over the Ribble.
  9. Mariola’s post in Little White Pearls brings us a couple of gorgeous sunrise shots from different seasons!
  10. Maria has another stunning photo in her blog KameraPromenader, where she captures the Sun’s first rays in frozen waterdrops…
  11. Sarah’s post in By Sarah features a stunning sunrise over the sea! Truly magical!
  12. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand shares some amazing sunrises, one of which must have been pretty noisy!
  13. In a lovely post in Willowsoul, we get several perspectives on sunrise; the dog maybe the smart one ūüôā
  14. This week’s entry in Chateaux des Fleurs captures several stunning sunrises from altitude.
  15. In a great post in Travel with Tech, we are treated to a gorgeous series of sunrise images.
  16. In a stunning post in Don’t Forget the Half, we get to see a great view of a stunning sunrise from an airplane.
  17. Jase definitely knows how to start us up in great photo in Proscenium; that is a wonderful sunrise!
  18. In a beautiful photo in Fleeting Muse, we get to see the Sun rise over the river Ganga in Varanasi, India.
  19. Penny’s poem in Penny Wilson Writes brings us to yearnings, unquenched, with tension that is palpable!
  20. Ken shares some amazing sunrise photos in his post in Pictures without Film; those look like great places to visit!
  21. Woolly found a trully glorious sunrise to photograph in Woolly Muses; the color and the water are amazing!
  22. More amazing sunrises show up in a lovely post in A Day in the Life; the light on the beach is stunning!
  23. With another great photo in their blog sgeoil, we are treated to a stunning sunrise!
  24. In a great post in Touring with Kids, we get to see sunrise from the point in the continental United States that sees it first: Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park!
  25. In iball round the world‘s post, we get to see the Sun rise at a truly exotic location: the Nile river!
  26. With a stunning photo in David Meredith’s Photoblog, we are treated to a fantastic set of cloud layers!
  27. Susan’s sunrise photo in Musin’ with Susan is truly gorgeous and has great color!
  28. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post, we get to see a sunrise of the salt mines!
  29. Olga brings us some gorgeous sunrise photos in Stuff and what if…, which bookend a wonderful poem!
  30. Debbie has an amazing sunrise photo in her post in Twenty Four; the purples are stunning!
  31. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais reminds us the purpose of sunrise…rise and shine!!
  32. In another fabulous post in Another LQQK, Teressa gets us some great sunrises, regardless of the weather!
  33. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie takes us to Bangkok, Thailand, where the sun is waiting…
  34. Ulli brings us an amazing photo in Banactee, and the temperature was definitely a bit cold!
  35. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine takes us to a sunrise over Mt. Baldy; it’s gorgeous!
  36. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent is fabulous! The melodic sunrise in Venice is an experience of a lifetime!
  37. This week’s post in¬†One letter UP – diary 2.0 brings us two stunning sunrise images; which one is your favorite?
  38. In a wonderful post in Thief Images Photography Blog, we learn the value of long walks along the beach, with your camera!
  39. Kh√ľrt produced yet another stunning photo in Island in the Net; Sunrise over Carnegie Lake is simply amazing!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Field

Fields of war and peace

Welcome to Week 120 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! ¬†Once more, thanks to all of you who contributed to last week’s theme of Wind! ¬†Your response was overwhelming and fantastic!

For this week’s theme, I’m going for something that is wide open (on a good day): Field! ¬†Once again this is a thematic word that can be interpreted in many ways, ranging from the field through which you walk or where you play to a field of studies, and several other directions that you can field however you like! ¬†As always, the important part is that you have fun with this theme, and take the reins off your creative powers to lead you far afield!

I anticipate another array of wonderful entries, and look forward to reading them all!

Here’s a field that is a part of history…

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Warfield Ridge

This image is from a trip that my wife and I took in 2010, during which we visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. ¬†This American Civil War battlefield is one of the most well known, both for the extreme number of casualties and Abraham Lincoln’s famous address to commemorate the battle. ¬†Walking across the battleground, one can feel the suffering and horrors that took place in this locale, particularly early in the morning while it is quiet…

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‚Äôs topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you‚Äôre 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 winds up filling your posts!

Friday Travel Photo

Gettysburg in 2 versions

As I dug up some images from past trips over the last week, I was reminded of the impact that I felt visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania about six years ago.  More description of this can be found in the Wednesday Wonderment post of this week.

Today, I want to post another image from that visit, which looks up toward the monument on Little Round Top. ¬†Actually, two versions of this image, as I’m curious to find out which version you prefer.

Little Round Top is the smaller of two rocky hills south of¬†Gettysburg, Pennsylvania‚ÄĒthe companion to the adjacent, taller hill named¬†Big Round Top. It was the site of an unsuccessful assault by¬†Confederate¬†troops against the¬†Union¬†left flank on July 2, 1863, the second day of the¬†Battle of Gettysburg.

Considered by some historians to be the key point in the Union Army’s defensive line that day, Little Round Top was defended successfully by the brigade of¬†Col.¬†Strong Vincent. The¬†20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, commanded by Col.¬†Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain¬†and Adj. Maj.¬†Holman S. Melcher, fought the most famous engagement there, culminating in a dramatic downhill¬†bayonet¬†charge that is one of the most well-known actions at Gettysburg and in the¬†American Civil War.

Here are the two versions with the viewer on the receiving end of that famed bayonet charge…

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Little Round Top (B&W)

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Little Round Top (Color)

Which of these do you prefer?  And why?

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  This was taken as a series of 5 images and processed in Photomatix Pro by HDRsoft.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 23

Universal wonderment!

The Universe is filled with many wonders and forces that we don’t fully understand at this time; in our endeavors to understand and control the world, in which we live, we have acquired much knowledge, but there is still much to be learned. ¬†Some of what is unknown to us at this time fills us with wonder.

As I am a physicist by training, much of my life was dedicated toward gaining as complete an understanding of the universe as I could, with the expectation that there may be a point, at which we can explain and model the universe perfectly.  Of course, that outlook may have been a little naive, so it has been adjusted over the years, particularly after I started practicing yoga and learn more about Eastern philosophies.

At this point, my sense of the universe is that there is much connectivity across many planes of existence and that life’s energy does not merely start/stop at discrete points. This is where today’s image ties in…

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Warfield Ridge

Many locations on the battlefield imbued me with a deep sadness and some filled me with utter dread

Just over six years ago, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America had their national event in the Gettysburg area; as I had not been there before, I decided to go out and meet my wife there, so we could spend a couple of days to visit the area.

As I had been photographing another event in Southern Connecticut over the weekend, I drove down to Pennsylvania on Sunday night; as I was driving down a main road pretty close to the exit for our hotel, I spotted what I thought was a hazy human form crossing the road about 100 yards ahead of me, not once, but twice.  These apparitions were paired with a deep sadness that I could just not place.  I found the exit and nothing else unusual happened.

What I hadn’t realized that night is that the apparitions and sense of sadness occurred, as I was passing the battlefield site.

That Monday was filled with agility competition, at the end of which we drove around the battlefield site to plan our next day’s touristing. ¬†Many locations around the battlefield imbued me with a deep sadness, whereas some filled me with sheer dread; it was as if the suffering had left an indelible mark on the landscape, a psychic imprint that could not be ignored.

This is one of the areas that fills me with wonder, as I cannot deny the real effect that I felt there, and several other locations, as well.

Image Details

The scene in this image is Warfield Ridge, aka Seminary Ridge.  I photographed it early in the morning on Tuesday before we went exploring.  It is an HDR image with 5 exposure captured using a Canon EOS 1D Mk III with an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.  Processing was done with Photomatix Pro, after which some touch work was done in Photoshop.