Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 152

The wonder of it all!

Welcome to the 152nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You were all simply wonderful! I very much enjoyed reading what fills you with wonder and seeing those stunning photos that you provided as evidence of the wonders. Your interpretations were very creative, as always, and there were many that brought a smile to my face. Thanks to each and every one of you for the work you put into these posts!

So, stop wondering, and go discover the wonder that lies in these posts!

Here’s another location that filled me with wonder…

Myvatn Hot Water Spring

Visiting Iceland was a magical experience from a photography perspective, as it is filled with stunning vistas. If you go just a little bit off the beaten path, you are often rewarded, such as this blue-hued wonder that presented itself to me. This hot water spring is surrounded by signs that warn people to not enter it, due to the excessive heat that can occur in this spring.

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

  1. Starting things off this week, Sarah’s post in By Sarah is filled with wonder as the balloons fill the sky. One really stood out for me!
  2. Nicole brings us the wonders of Nature in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, which is gorgeous!
  3. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie goes for one of her favorite wonders in her life, as she features a handsome guy!
  4. Shelley brings us the wonder of post-vacation blues in Quaint Revival; based on the pictures I think that the vacation was wodnerful!
  5. John’s post in Midnight Rider brings us one of the wonders that we might all enjoy: backyard critters!
  6. Ann-Christine’s brings us the wonder of Spring in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand with an amazing photo of a hazel bud!
  7. Sandy takes a really cool approach in Out of My Write Mind, as she explores the wonder of shadows!
  8. Na’ama’s post in Na’ama Yehuda explores the wonder of ancient construction, and the precision that is amazing!
  9. We get to enjoy the wonder of Nature in a great post in pensivity101, as those ducks are simply precious!
  10. Xenia shares a pair of wonderful posts with us this week. The first in WhippetWisdom brings us the wonder of growing. The second, in Tranature is filled with green wonder!
  11. In another awesome post in Another LQQK, Teressa takes us to the wonder of the new buds, and did I see snow?
  12. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s stunning post, we are introduced to the wild asses of Kutch!
  13. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography is just amazing and filled with the wonder of Canyon de Chelly National Park!
  14. This week’s entry in Chateaux des Fleurs shares the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, which is one of the wonders of the world!
  15. Kammie sees wonder in several interesting vistas in her post in Nut House Central; which of these wonders is your favorite?
  16. Jase shares a terrific wonderwall in Proscenium; then there is some wonderful food too…yummy!
  17. I really like Go Outside Today, and this week’s entry is amazing, as it takes us to Bagru, Rajasthan; do you wonder?
  18. This week’s post in Heart2Heart takes us to a truly wonderful place, as we straddle the Arno!
  19. We get to enjoy the wonder of an amazing landscape in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery; mountains fill me with wonder!
  20. Yinglan really fills us with wonder in her post in This is Another Story; there’s nothing more wonderful than looking up to the sky!
  21. Stella brings us some wonder from Nature in her great post in Giggles & Tales; beautiful photos!
  22. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine shares her wonder and fascination with the butterfly; I can relate!
  23. A really interesting photo is central to the post in Land of Images, as the caterpillar does look a bit confused!
  24. Maria’s photo in her blog KameraPromenader is truly amazing, as she captures the wonder of a spider’s web in a spectacular way!
  25. Donna brings us the wonder of Tuscany in her post in Wind Kisses; I agree that there’s much wonder there!
  26. Ken brings us the juxtapostion of two wonders in his post in Pictures without Film; modern and ancient wonders meet one another!
  27. Woolly shares some great wonders in his post in Woolly Muses; one of them, I have visited, and the others are on my bucket list!
  28. I great wonder is shared in the 59 Club, where tons of water cross every single second!
  29. Brian shares some of the makes him wonder in his post in Bushboy’s World; these are some great wonders, and Nature stands out above all for me!
  30. With another great photo in their blog sgeoil, we get to enjoy the wonders of Nature!
  31. In MyTravelCSP, we get to enjoy both human and Nature constructions in their choice of wonders!
  32. In another great post in Photography Journal Blog, we get to wonder what that button does, and we get a great photo!
  33. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent is stunning! The Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid is turning 100!
  34. With another stunning photo in David Meredith’s Photoblog, we get to wonder about migration; that photo is amazing!
  35. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais has us wonder about the beauty of primroses!
  36. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 shares the wonder of natural foods and their amazing nutrients!
  37. Olga wonders where Spring is hiding in her post in Stuff and what if…, which might be in the shadows…
  38. In another awesome post in Travel with Tech, we learn about little angels, and where they come from!
  39. Marie has travelled to great places, as we can see in the New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; that is a wonderful photo!
  40. Debbie brings us a surprise in her post in Twenty Four; of course, I wonder, if Wombats can read…
  41. Tracy has another fantastic post in Reflections of an Untidy Mind; in case you wondered, it was National Eucalypts Day in Australia last week!
  42. Susan’s wonder is captured in a great photo in Musin’ with Susan; Nature’s wonder in all its beauty!
  43. In a great post in Thief Images Photography Blog, we find some of the things that make this photographer wonder…
  44. Khürt brings us a fantastic report on Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar in Island in the Net; this post is nothing short of wunderbar!
  45. In another lovely post in A Day in the Life we get to hang with the ducks, who are just wonderful!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round

Herring and hard work!

Welcome to week 150 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

It’s hard to believe that we’re closing in on 3 years of this challenge! After a tremendous week of layered goodness and creativity, this week’s theme came to me pretty quickly. I have to admit that I was surprised that I hadn’t used Round as a theme before, as it seems to be a natural! Of course, now you can make the rounds with great posts, of all shapes! Just think what a great Round up your contributions will make! (yes, that was punny).

Have a lot of fun with this theme and let your creative minds kindle the fires of your imagination!

Here’s a bit of roundness to get you in shape for the challenge…

Barrels from the Past

These barrels and wheel were outside the Herring Era Museum in the picturesque town of Siglufjörður on the Northeren coast of Iceland. The towns in this area were booming during the great days of the herring catch. Siglufjörður and the towns surrounding it are filled with charm from that era and are truly amazing to visit. It also doesn’t hurt that this area is stunning and a dream for landscape photography!

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)!!

Looking forward to see what comes round the bend this week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Decay

As time goes by

Welcome to Week 94 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  After another week of fantastic posts, it’s time to come up with something to follow up on Old.

Of course, what comes with old age is advancing decrepitude! As we get older, we all feel it, and in the world around us, we get to witness it as Decay.  Of course, decay can take lots of different forms, from the mold on a slice of cheese and the rusting of a bucket to the dilapidation of a building.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to have some fun and capture your view of what decay means to you!  Let your creative minds run wild and capture what speaks to you.

Here is a bit of decay that I came across during my trip to Iceland…

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The Once Proud Ship

This image was a detail that I captured of a boat that was parked next to the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, Iceland.  Time has started eating away at this lady of the herring-filled seas.

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 your views of decay!

Weathered Museum Piece

Texture after my heart!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Weathered.

Most likely there will be several entries for this theme, but one sprang to mind immediately.

During my visit to the wonderful, photogenic country of Iceland, I set my base just outside the second largest city of Akureyri; Akureyri is very much an industrious town with lots of practical appeal.  From there I explored the region, which led me to the Herring Era Museum in the picturesque town of Siglufjörður.

Here I found something a little weathered…

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Treasure!

This wonderful texture was on one of the ancillary buildings.  The museum certainly gives a great sense of the time period of the herring boom, and bust, and is worth a visit!

Have a great day!

Three Line Tales – Wanderer

Fjord ponies abound!

Many thanks to Sonya for Week Ninety-Six of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales week 96: an Iceland pony in the snowphoto by Patrick Wittke via Unsplash

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First snow has fallen,
Crisp air heightens senses, sharp.
Nordic wanderer.

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Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

 

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 3

Exciting landscapes abound!

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this third episode, we take a trip to one of the marvels of this planet: Iceland.  Its location at the northern end of the mid-Atlantic ridge, the meeting place of the North-American and Eur-Asian tectonic plates, provides for an unusual landscape filled with geothermal and volcanic features.

These images are from my short trip to Iceland in 2015, which gave me a taste for the wonders that fill this island.  I’m very much looking forward to go back one day to properly explore Iceland with my camera.

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an Canon EF 24-104mm f/4L lens.

Friday Travel Photo

Bucolic Iceland

Last year, I spent 4 days in Iceland on my way back from the Netherlands, where I visited my mother for her birthday and had a great time with family.  This was my first stay in Iceland, and let me start by saying that 4 days is not nearly enough time to spend on this fantastic island!

As there is so much to see in Iceland, I decided to stay in one area rather than traversing the entire island, rushing from spot to spot.  As one of the factors for this short visit was to get a bit of time to decompress, I purposely looked for an area away from most tourist attractions, and settled on the northern part of Iceland by Akureyri.

The next step was to find a place to stay, for which AirBnB worked to perfection, as I found a room at a lovely farm, just north of Akureyri, with the following view…

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View toward Eyjafjörður

It’s pretty tough to take when your view is of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður, every morning.  And, yes, this was a real farm (no longer active dairy, but the character was preserved), which is illustrated here…

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Farm view!

The hosts were wonderful, with a great breakfast, and the option of a home-cooked, traditional Icelandic meal for dinner.  I definitely recommend taking this approach, if you’re looking for something different than the usual hotel accomodations.

Have a wonderful day!

Technical Details

Both images were captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III camera using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.