Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 203

Feel free to scale these stairs…

Welcome to the 203rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you all for your patience in my getting this post up; it’s been a tough week, as the current corona virus situation has both increased uncertainty among people and the need to bolster up any contingency plans. A bit of extra work, which left me rather drained during most of the week.

Your contributions have been stunning, and you did them on a grand Scale! I was particularly pleased to see every possible interpretation of the theme used in your very creative posts, ranging from practicing scales to baby scale and seeing things on a rather grand scale! Awesome set of posts, which were great to read and review.

Thank you for your effort in putting these posts together! Please enjoy reading all of them!

Here’s a locale that may leave you tired, if you scale it…

The Wonderful Barn

The Wonderful Barn is a rather interesting building in Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland. There are many theories about this building, but the likely true purpose was that of granary. As it had to be filled from the top, you can imagine what it was like to scale the external stairs with a heavy bag of grain on your shoulders… Tough labor!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Diane is out of the blocks with a musical angle on our theme in a wonderful post in pensivity101; practicing those scales makes one a better player!
  2. Jez goes digital in his post in Photos by Jez, as those accurate measurements make for precise postage and recipes!
  3. In another awesome post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we have moths scaling the walls! Those moths are wonderful to behold!
  4. Bren created a truly interesting photo for this theme, as you can see in her post in Brashley Photography; I just love the composition and lighting on the peony and beads!
  5. You’ll be blown away by the photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau, which gives us a view of a site that is on my bucket list: Petra. Stunning photo and locale!
  6. Viveka kicks the scale up to an entirely new level in an absolutely wonderful post in myguiltypleasures; I can imagine how stunning that had to be to experience!
  7. Nandini hits all the scales in her haikus in a lovely post in queennandini; love both the writing and images!
  8. Ken shares some of his sense of humor in another great post in Pictures without Film, and I agree that the gnome might be the bully of the scene!
  9. TiongHan’s post in TiongHan’s Blog takes me back in time with that magnificent scale model; my high school was close to the previous location of the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam, which gave me plenty of opportunity to visit and admire their collection.
  10. Maria shows us the grand scale of Iceland with some terrific photos in her post in Kamerapromenader; makes me want to go back to that wonderful country!
  11. Ann-Christine’s post in To see a world in a grain of sand… not only brings tremendous scale, but also has stunning color all over!
  12. There are plenty of great shots in the post in The Jesh Studio, among which there are several that give us a real sense of scale!
  13. Jackie takes us to a place, where the scale is the main attraction, in her post in JunkBoat Travels; Madurodam is a great place to visit in the Hague!
  14. Todd had a little fun taking that photo in Go Outside Today! It certainly made me smile and is a wonderful forced perspective execution!
  15. Na’ama goes for the amazingly big scale in her post in Na’ama Yehuda, which might be a watershed moment!
  16. Tatiana really gives us an amazing sense of the scale of cruise ships in her post in TravelWays; they really dwarf everything around them!
  17. Deb’s post in her blog, Twenty Four has the most incredible rock wave that dwarfs Deb and looks to be difficult to scale!
  18. Sarah captures the most amazing wall art in her post in By Sarah; and yes, the scale is also nothing to sneeze at!
  19. David does a great job taking the scale up a notch in each of consecutive photo in his post in David M’s Photoblog; I challenge any of you to provide an accurate count of the gulls in the 3rd shot!
  20. Xenia, through Eivor and Pearl, gives us some scale reference in her awesome post in whippetwisdom! Her second contribution, in her great blog tranature, provides wonderful scaling of the ice breaking up!
  21. A great photo in Thoughts and Entanglements gives a couple of very different scales making the cars look rather small against the gorgeous sky!
  22. Jeanne gives a rather interesting perspective that scales up nicely in her post in borderline crossing! Great photos!
  23. Sandy’s photo in her post in Out of my Write Mind gives a great sense of scale, which ties in beautifully in her lovely poem!
  24. The photo that we get to see in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery is not only gorgeous, but it truly gives a stunning sense of scale!
  25. Hammad gives us a wonderful sense of perspective in his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais; we’re a small part of this small planet…
  26. Woolly brings out a scale that takes most of back to our very early years in his post in WoollyMuses; that certainly is a classic!
  27. Chris gives a view of the tracks near the Hague’s Centraal Station in his post in What’s (in) the Picture? It really gives a sense of looking at a scale railroad! Great shot!
  28. Michelle takes us on a walk in Take a Walk and Discover…, where we get to discover a young mango fruit! Wonderful post!
  29. The photo of something rather foxy in Land of Images gives us a sense of scale; the foxglove looks great, but has a deadly secret…
  30. There are some really cool elements in the awesome post in Kanlaon, as the scales are very different in the photos…

Please let all these wonderful authors know how much you enjoy their blog posts!

Vacation Retrospective

Confessions of a traveler!

As I selected Retrospective for this week’s TPC theme, I thought it would be nice to look back at countries visited during the 2010s! So here it goes!


Love atop the Stephanskirche!

Looking down from the shorter tower of the Stephanskirche provides an incredible view across all of Vienna!


Walking among the treetops!

In Vancouver, BC, I got to walk among the treetops, high up above the canyon floor (below…)


Skye is simply stunning!

On the Isle of Skye, I got to see some of the most incredible landscapes, such as here, where I’m a ways up in the Quiraing range. I could sit here forever and watch the clouds change the landscape!


Apollonia National Park

I got some time in Israel to explore the Apollonia National Park in Herzliya; this amazing Roman settlement was a wonder to behold!


Looking across Massa Maritima

Our Italian trip was filled with amazing towns (idea for some posts…), such as Massa Maritima; the hill towns in Tuscany are just stunning! And the food was awesome too!


Centraal Station, Rotterdam

As can be expected, there have been numerous trips to the Netherlands, and Rotterdam is still among my favorite cities in this world!


The Herring Era

Iceland is filled with amazing vistas, and I spent way too little time there (4 days) to scratch the surface. One of my discoveries was the Herring Era museum in Siglufjördur! It brought one back to a different time!

Czech Republic

Looking up in Prague!

Sometimes, travel doesn’t go as planned, and you get to spend an additional 24 hours in a location. This happened in Prague, which is not a bad place to find yourself in!


A view in Kharkiv

My visit to Ukraine was fantastic, as the hospitality was amazing and I got to see some of the sights, such as the view here!


Albert Docks at Night

Liverpool, England, was an impromptu visit that gave me the opportunity to see my favorite Premier League team play at Anfield, their home ground! A fantastic city too!

In less than 2 weeks, I will be in India, so the adventure continues!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Retrospective

A walk through time…

Welcome to week 193 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After recovering from the holiday season (or not quite yet), and reading all of your wonderful posts, I thought it might be fun to ring in the New Year! As we also come to the end of a decade (don’t start me on counting…), we’re seeing a lot of retrospectives, so let’s have our theme be Retrospective! Feel free to look back across 2019 or the 2010s, or whatever comes to your creative mind, when you are feeling retrospective!

Please, have fun with this challenge and may each of you have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

Looking back to our vacation in Ireland…

Inch Beach, County Kerry, Ireland

There were many spectacular sights in Ireland, especially, as the weather was just about perfect during our entire stay! This walk along Inch Beach was just lovely and gave a great view the Dingle peninsula!

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)!!

Look back and have fun revisiting all those great memories!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Steep

Steep as can be!

Welcome to week 185 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

I was so enamored with all your wonderful posts on last week’s Coast theme, that I went back to another coastal image to generate this week’s theme of Steep! Part of what attracted me to this theme is that the word can be taken into many directions, while you wait for your tea to steep; as long as the price is not too steep, there will be plenty of room for wandering along the steep cliffs!

I hope that you will enjoy feeding this theme to your creative minds and share whatever steeps with everyone! Have fun with this one!

Here’s a rather steep drop…

The Kerry Cliffs

This came from a nighttime excursion to Cape Neddick, Maine, where the lighthouse is decorated for the holiday season every year. Using a long exposure, we get a sense of peace across the scene, as the water calms down…

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)!!

The price of entry is not too steep, so have fun!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 179

Stones, many shapes and sizes!

Welcome to the 179th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You truly rocked the theme of Stone this week with an amazing array of posts that each showcased your creative minds and eyes! Each of you brought your own personal touch to these posts and I was truly surprised by some of your entries! Thank you for all the effort you put into these posts, and I hope that you will enjoy reading each other’s posts, as much as I did.

I might have something in mind for the next theme!!

Stone structures and the uses of stone are amazing…

Looking into the Oratory

This is a view that we encountered in Ireland, as we visited the largest island in Loch Leane, Innisfallen; the ruins of a monastery stand on this island with the walls of the oratory giving us an idea of wha the past may have been like.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Sarah starts this week off with some rather special stones that carry a message from the past in her post in By Sarah! Let’s heed the message!
  2. Ann-Christine brings us an amazing view of stone in many shapes in her post in To See A World in a Grain of Sand…. A very broad fence and much more great stonework!
  3. This week, we get another great photo in Land of Images; it was great to see the remnants of Duntulm Castle there, as I have seen it with my own eyes!
  4. I very much enjoyed the photos for our theme in the post in Beautiful Photographs; that boy is pretty quiet! A second post in Beautiful Photographs is filled with gorgeous images!
  5. Shelley has a very cool approach to the theme in her post in Quaint Revival; I expect nothing less and am not disappointed with her great post!
  6. The amazing photograph in theOnlyD800intheHameau features some serious stone, as the view of Chartres Cathedral is magnificent!
  7. Cath shares a set of stunning photos in her blog, Cath’s Camera! There’s some amazing stone content here!
  8. Brian has a number of wonderful stone shots in his post in bushboys world; and to top it off, there’s some great Mott the Hoople!
  9. Diane brings some wonderful uses for stone that are demonstrated in her post in pensivity101; weather forecasting …
  10. In Xenia’s fantastic post in Whippetwisdom, we visit Loch Morlich and catch some great stones and a tanka! Xenia brings us a second post in Tranature, which has stunning shots of water flowing over stones and a haiku to match!
  11. Na’ama speaks of the strength of stone with a lovely poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; its shape stands the test of time!
  12. Nicole takes us to a great location in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme: the Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber in North Wales; stunning locale!
  13. A wonderful post in The Jesh Studio takes us to a very Scandinavian view of Southern California, with stunning stone work!
  14. Maria brings us multiple views of stones in another great post in Kamerapromenader; which view speaks to you?
  15. This week in Chateaux des Fleurs, we get a stunning view of stones, some arranged to tell a message!
  16. Jackie photographs a wonderful set of uses for stone in Junk Boat Travels, ranging from amazing monuments to paths and memorials!
  17. In a first contribution to our challenge from The Ministry of Shrawley Walks, we get a truly interesting view of local stones!
  18. Jase may be wondering about the uneven WordPress behavior in their post in Proscenium, so let’s make sure we go check out that photo!!
  19. A great post in queennandini, we get to see a significant variety of stones, some of which are dazzling!
  20. With a lovely photograph in Stine Writing, Christine shares a great view of interesting stones!
  21. A rather interesting arrangement of stones occurs in this week’s contribution in Take a Walk… and Discover!
  22. Sober, cold stone might be featured in the post in Don’t Hold Your Breath; these stones are filled with meaning and emotion!
  23. Viveka takes us to the Visitation Stone in a stunning post in her blog, myguiltypleasures; this place is an amazing memorial.
  24. The images in MyTravelCSP showcase what great artists can achieve in stone; these carvings are true masterpieces!
  25. A fantastic post in Len Journeys takes us to some of the most stunning stonework structures on the planet; definitely have some of them on my bucket list!
  26. Sandy’s post in Out of My Write Mind has some rather sheer views of rock faces! Certainly don’t want to misstep there!
  27. With lovely photos we get a fantastic view of stones in Anita’s Images; those are perfectly shot!
  28. See brings us an amazing set of stones in her post in Cee’s Photo Challenges! Go check them out!
  29. Elizabatz shows us the sights of Galley Head Cliffs, Castle and Light House in Albatz Travel Adventures; those cliffs are truly interesting! In a second post in Albatz Travel Adventures, we end up in the town of Timoleague with fantastic ruins!
  30. Kammie brings us some rather interesting stone constructions in her post in Nut House Central; great post!
  31. Tatiana features an amazing locale in her blog Travelways; she shows us the Tulum Maya ruins, which are stunning!
  32. Woolly brings us magnificent examples of stone in his post in Woolly Muses; interesting blue stone!
  33. David always has gorgeous photos in his posts in David M’s Photoblog; this week is no exception with some real stunners!
  34. This week’s post in Kanlaon shows us some of the shapes that stone can take!
  35. Hannah’s photo in her post in Zebra’s Child is straightforward, and very much to the point of the theme! Well done!
  36. Eric has a fantastic shot in Up North, where the stone stairs are definitely going to be a real climb!
  37. Debbie features a simple stunning image in her post in Travel with Intent! The Shetlands look gorgeous!
  38. In another wonderful post in Travel with Tech, we get to visit Hollyrood Palace and the amazing stone structures that have stood the test of time!
  39. Ken takes us to visit some interesting burial stones in his post in Pictures without Film; it looks like Trefignath, Anglesey, will be a great place to visit!
  40. Stone is a great source of inspiration for art, as we can see in Heart 2 Heart; those are very lovely!
  41. Jez features a variety of stones in Jez Braithwaite, which range from destiny to decoration and all around!
  42. Deb shares some stones in her post in Twenty-Four, which look rather precariously positioned!
  43. Klara brings us a bit of wedding on the rocks in Sliku Svoju Ljubim II, as the happy couple is being photographed on a breakwater!
  44. Amy takes us on a tour of how she processes a cool photo in Photography Journal Blog on its way to becoming a stunning image!
  45. A wonderful photo in f2.8 iso100 takes us into a beautiful stone garden in Chandigarh!
  46. Teressa finds some truly intricate stone construction in her post in Another LQQK; wonderful post!
  47. Susan shares a wonderful piece of stone work in her post in Musin’ with Susan; cruising down the Danube must have been wonderful! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan!
  48. Another wonderful post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0 brings back some of the early settler stone architecture; using what the land provides!
  49. Anita brings us some rather interesting stone views in For the Love of…, which are both reminders of past and present!
  50. Ulli takes us to a rather stony beach in Suburban Tracks, which looks gorgeous, but not ideal for putting a blanket down and relaxing…
  51. A wonderful stone photograph in sgeoil, which reminds us of the life that exists in each stone…
  52. We also get a wonderful contribution on this week’s theme in A Day in the Life, where stone even gets enjoyed by a bird!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Stone

Round and round roll the stones…

Welcome to week 179 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After a week of fuzzy logic, images and beings, I thought it might be a good time to turn to something a bit more permanent. So, I cam to think of Stone as a theme, which, to my surprise, I hadn’t used before. Of course, Stone is all around the globe at various levels, as some rise well above the horizon and others are submerged or buried under sand and dirt. There are many ways you can look at Stone, from the shiny and sparkly to the mundane granite pavers. Stone comes in many varieties, so please take on this challenge and find some of your favorite versions. Don’t worry about what Bob Dylan said, as we don’t all have to get stoned!

Have fun with this theme and bring back some cool stones to share with everyone!

Here’s a rather impressive stone fort…

An Chathair Gheal
Going back through the ages

The Cahergall Stone Fort was a rather serendipitous find during our trip to Ireland this year; as we were driving around the Ring of Kerry, I decided to take a little detour, which led us to a local farmer, who was showcasing one of his lambs for people to admire and pet. He also told us about some of the forts that were nearby, so we went to visit them and I was very impressed!

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)!!

Turn over a stone or two to find the stone that tickles your creative fancy!

A Walk around Dublin

Leisurely tour among the giants…

During our vacation in Ireland this year, we spent most of our time in the amazing counties of Cork and Kerry. The last couple of days, we visited Dublin and its surroundings, which was not enough to see everything, but certainly gave us a taste of the city and all the more reason to return to this magnificent country and experience even more of its hospitality and beauty.

Here’s a bit of an overview of our walk in Dublin…

This quick gallery gives some of the highlights from our walk around this stunning city. What are your favorite Dublin spots?