Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 163

Walk the forum!

Welcome to the 163rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Your ancient thoughts were fantastic! You were creative in your approaches, ranging from matinees to mountains that hundreds of millions of years old! I very much enjoyed reading all your posts, some of which reminded me of my ancient life and made me chuckle.

All of you did a great job and I appreciate all the effort you put into your contributions!!

Here are some ancient bits…

Looking across the Forum

This look across the Forum Romanum is still one of my favorite views from our visit to Rome in 2017. In one view we get to see different periods of history from ancient Roman times to 20th century Italy.

  1. Sarah starts things this week in her post in By Sarah with something rather ancient: the granite hills in Mt Buffalo National Park!
  2. Brian’s post in Bushboy’s World takes us back into antiquity with a visit to Pompeii!
  3. This week’s post in Don’t Hold Your Breath tells of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and takes us to the temple of Artemis.
  4. We go to one of the locations that’s on my bucket list with another great post from theonlyD800inthehameau of the ancient city of Petra.
  5. Ken connects us through the mists of time in his post in Pictures without Film; wet feet were a small price to pay for that great shot!
  6. Na’ama brings us an ancient crush in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; the crush is literal, as olives were pressed into service!
  7. In Land of Images we go to the source of ancient Gyrolite, as we’re on the Isle of Skye!
  8. In this week’s wonderful entry in pensivity101, we find that ancient is relative…a bear as old as you might be ancient!
  9. Eliza put together a great post in Albatz Travel Adventures, as she brings us ancient runes from Denmark; I think Elves must have hailed from there!
  10. Joseph takes us along ancient paths in his post in Lillie-Put with wonderful photos and ancient hills!
  11. Jackie takes us to the dark side with a visit to the catacombs in her post in Junk Boat Travels: those are great sights in Rome!
  12. Ann-Christine explores the ancient contents of amber in an wonderful post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…
  13. A great photo in Mostly Monochrome crosses the themes well with an ancient tower!
  14. Jase’s takes a very creative approach to the theme in Proscenium, which I definitely appreciate; love those ancient images!
  15. Maria’s contribution in Kamerapromenader shares a location that looks like it might be a portal to an alternate dimension…
  16. Erika brings us another awesome post in NoraVista, as she shares some truly ancient items from a tour with uncle Bill!
  17. Debbie takes us up the Acropolis in a great post in Travel with Intent; the Parthenon has to be stunning to see up close! She also brings us another wonderful post that has us following the floral path in Travel with Intent to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
  18. In a lovely post in A Day In The Life, we get to visit the Cloisters, which may not be truly ancient, but make us feel like we’re there!
  19. Woolly starts ancient with the Colosseum in WoollyMuses, and then goes super ancient with the Great Dividing Range!
  20. Sandy brings us an ancient species in her post in Out of My Write Mind, as we learn about Sandhill Cranes.
  21. David brings us to south Cheshire in his post in David M’s Photoblog as we learn about an Iron Age fort on Bickerton Hill; those photos are just awesome!
  22. We learn a bit of history in Heart to Heart, as we explore one of the best known diamonds in the world! Great post!
  23. Deb brings us a bit of ancient technology and humor in her post in Twenty-Four! Beware of the evil phonebot!
  24. In another fantastic post in Suburban Tracks, we learn about the Island of Usedom in the Baltic Sea; great photography and story!
  25. A stunning post in Len Journeys takes us to Angkor, the epicenter of the Khmer empire; the photos are gorgeous and the information tells you what you need to know, if you want to go visit!
  26. Susan brings us a wonderful shot of the Colosseum in Musin’ with Susan; it looks like it was a good day to visit!
  27. Debbie brings us a truly insightful post in ForgivingConnects, as she explores the acceptance of ancient stories in our current relationships.
  28. Amy’s photo of ancient Delphi is fantastic in her post in Photography Journal Blog!
  29. Hammad takes us to something ancient: the Matinee! in a great post in the Blog of Hammad Rais. Very cool!
  30. With a great post in the Liggett Adventures we get to see a unique Roman amphitheater in Pulas.

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 162

Around and round she goes…

Welcome to the 162nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You Towered to new heights!! Your posts provided a wide array of towers and towering structures and objects! You certainly expressed your creativity through the photography and words that you brought into your entries. There were some stunning images and some that made me smile, which made it a joy to read each of your blog posts. I hope you enjoy reading each others’ posts as well!

Thank you for another great week of challenge responses!

Here’s an old-style approach to conquering a tower…

Going up the Tower…

This image comes from our vacation to Italy in 2017; in the lovely town of Ostia Antica, we found the papal castle of Julius II, which made for an interesting visit. As there was a slight communication problem, we didn’t get the idea of having to stay outside the castle until our guide was ready. As we got to the top of the castle, a local worker yelled at us in very animated Italian, as we were lacking a ‘casco‘… It took me a while to figure out that we needed hard hats 🙂

  1. Sarah starts things this week in her post in By Sarah; the tower she captured is a staggering 640 feet tall!
  2. A really interesting tower is featured in MV Obsession‘s post; the last remaining WW II lookout tower in New Jersey!
  3. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival is a must-read! I dare you not to laugh while reading it… Might I suggest lasagna for Dessy?
  4. Serendipity is at play, as you see in Jackie’s post in Junk Boat Travels: the tower is a bit of a lean-to, but well known!
  5. Alice’s photo in her post in the 59 Club is gorgeous! The landscape and church are stunning.
  6. Xenia shows how Nature can tower in her post in WhippetWisdom with her wonderful whippets! In a second post in Tranature, we get to enjoy Loch Assynt and a mysterious tower!
  7. In this week’s entry in pensivity101 we are reminded that towering can be relative…it’s all a matter of perspective!
  8. Ken breaks out a towering tower in his post in Pictures without Film; that’s a great photo!
  9. Nicole takes us to Bucharest in her blog Une Photo, Un Poéme with a lovely photo that shows a rather cool tower!
  10. If there’s a word to describe the photo in Chateaux des Fleur‘s entry for the theme, I think it’s simply WOW!
  11. This week’s post in Don’t Hold Your Breath takes us to Imagination Valley in Cappadocia. The ancient dwellings and towers are just amazing!
  12. Maria’s entry in Kamerapromenader takes us to Uppsala, where the cathedral really towers over us!
  13. Mike shows us some different towers in Photography OCD, where he shares a wonderful shot of silos in Wrightsville.
  14. Prasath’s post in MyTravelCSP brings us some beautiful photos of cell phone towers.
  15. Jase’s post in Proscenium features some towering mountains, as well as those who tower over us… Cool post!
  16. Marie’s photo in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect shows us a truly stunning structure: a tower of glass!
  17. We get to see another amazing photo from theonlyD800inthehameau with the towering church in Oradour-sur-Glane.
  18. With a wonderful pair of photos in Heart to Heart, we get to see the CN Tower in two completely different surroundings…
  19. In Land of Images there’s ample evidence that Nature has created some towering structures. The photo is gorgeous!
  20. Debbie brings us along to Azerbaijan in her post in Travel with Intent; the Maiden Tower is definitely a unique structure!
  21. Eliza assembled an incredible array of towers in Albatz Travel Adventures, which is a wonderful blog. Which is your favorite tower?
  22. This week’s entry in iBall Round the World connects perfectly with last week’s vista, as we get to see the Montparnasse tower!
  23. Sandy takes us to the peak in her post in Out of My Write Mind, as she shares a great photo and lovely poem!
  24. David’s post for this week’s theme in David M’s Photoblog may have you thinking that you’re looking at a lighthouse… Read this great post to see what it really is!
  25. Irene’s post for this week’s entry in Heaven’s Sunshine certainly captures towering over the desert!
  26. Brian’s post in Bushboy’s World is titled ‘So many towers’; indeed there are and I wonder how many people can identify!
  27. Travel with Tech takes us to the Philippines, where we get see amazing towers with a rich history and great beauty!
  28. Susan captured a rather useful tower in Musin’ with Susan: water towers are wonderful structures!
  29. Woolly brings towers from all over the world in WoollyMuses; I’m intrigued by the Burj Khalifa, as it’s so tall that it must be awe-inspiring to stand next to it.
  30. Deb’s tower in her post in Twenty-Four has some useful aspects to it; I love the sound of these, as they catch the wind!
  31. Teressa’s post in Another LQQk brings us a number of TV towers in Iowa; these structures are as high as 2000 feet! Imagine doing maintenance on one of them…
  32. Cee has some interesting towers in her post in Cee’s Photography;I particularly like the vintage water tower, as I’m a fan of steam locomotives.
  33. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 brings us a tower that is instantly recognizable, as it has been on the silver screen before…
  34. With wonderful photos in his post in Q’s Place, Quincy brings us not only great towers, but also an amazing view!
  35. Kelly’s post in Kelly Guymon Photography brings us a great perspective of NYC with a stunning tower!!
  36. That’s a rather impressive lily-of-the-valley in sgeoil‘s post! It certainly does tower over everything else!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 149

Welcome to the 149th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Layers definitely got your creative juices flowing, as you put together some amazing posts! I’m somewhat partial to those that feature foods, as they all looked very delicious! There were also stunning landscapes and cute puppies and kittens! Going back through layers of time definitely made me think!

Thank you for all your effort and thought that you put into these amazing posts, as they were a pleasure to read and absorb!!

Here’s a trip back through the layers of time…

Looking forward in Time

The Roman Forum is a stunning place to visit; as you traverse the Palatine hill and walk across the Forum, you walk through history. Few places on the planet are tied to history the way this location is.

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

  1. This week’s entries are kicked off by pensivity101 with some amazing layers that are sure to please!
  2. Sarah brings us a wonderful layer in her post in By Sarah; after all, who can argue with a layer of puppies?
  3. Kammie brings out some great layers in her post in Nut House Central; there’s one that’s my fave! Which is yours?
  4. Nicole takes us to a stunning location with her post in Une Photo, un Poéme; and, of course, her photo is amazing!
  5. That is another awesome great photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery that has a stunning rock in Galicia!
  6. Shelley shows us that the whispering winds can create some serious layers in her post in Quaint Revival; Spring will come soon, Shelley!
  7. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post, we get to both experience and view the layers of Elephant Falls!
  8. Penny’s poem in Penny Wilson Writes challenges us to look deeper than those first couple of layers!
  9. In Pictures without Film, Ken brings several layers, of which I’ll dig into the edible one!
  10. Yinglan shares some more amazing photos in This is Another Story, which remind me to update my bucket list!
  11. Xenia has another couple of awesome posts, the first of which is in whippetwisdom exploring the layers of the highlands with Eivor and Pearl. Her second post is in Tranature, watching the birds wade through layers!
  12. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie brings out the layers of gooey goodness that are nachos!
  13. In her post in Light Motifs II, Paula focuses on a variety of layers ranging from clothing to hair that make up a layered blogger!
  14. Na’ama examines the layers that takes us back in time in her poem in Na’ama Yehuda; truly interesting!
  15. Maria’s wonderful photo in her blog KameraPromenader has layers all throughout and a stunning view!
  16. In a wonderful post in A Midnight Rider, the seagulls may just be in the upper layer!
  17. In a cool post in the 59 Club, we get to enjoy a gentle layer of snow in Georgia! It makes me smile, as it is snowing in New England while I’m writing this post; we expect 6-10 inches tonight.
  18. In JKRoaming – Travel Blog, we get a slice of the pie from John; that looks delicious!!
  19. Jase’s post in Proscenium focuses on the layers of air that carry a plane aloft to go soaring; it’s on my bucket list!
  20. The post in Chateaux des Fleurs features some astonishing layers across the valley; gorgeous shot!
  21. Brian has a ton of great photos in his post in Bushboy’s World; those layers are truly amazing!
  22. In another beautiful post in Heart to Heart, we get a view of Bhutan that is nothing short of breathtaking!
  23. Sandy’s post in Out of my Write Mind shares some beautiful snowdrift and a lovely poem!
  24. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand features some stunning landscape in New Zealand and lots of sweaters!
  25. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine has some great desert sunshine with layers of light!
  26. Robert’s in Photo Roberts Blog are fantastic, as they feature layers of texture and raw beauty!
  27. In a lovely post in Corazon181, it’s almost like we’re looking at a painting where the sky layers above the gorgeous landscape!
  28. In a great post in Cactus Haiku, we are treated to a haibun about Hinamatsuri, the doll festival, which features many layers!
  29. In another lovely post in A Pause for Nature, there are stunning layers featured in flowers!
  30. With another gorgeous photo in Land of Images, we get to enjoy the layers of the sky and landscape!
  31. In a wonderful post in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we explore the biblical layers in Israel; amazing stuff!
  32. Cee has a great set of layers in her post in Cee’s Photography! That kitty layer is awesome!!
  33. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais examines the layers of shadows in a very interesting image!
  34. In a tasty post in Another LQQK, Teressa has some delectable layers in her photos!
  35. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 brings the layers of the sea to us in photo and awesome poem!
  36. Woolly goes deep in his post in Woolly Muses as layers are exposed step by step!
  37. Debbie shares another great post in ForgivingConnects, as she unfolds the layers of compassion and their importance to self-forgiveness.
  38. Liz brings us several posts this week. Her first in OneMillionPhotographs brings us the layers of color in her watercolor painting. Also in OneMillionPhotographs, we get layers of color in the Dallas Museum of Art. Her next OneMillionPhotographs contribution has some very colorful dinosaurs! The last OneMillionPhotographs entry features layers of snow and Rico!
  39. Debbie features the layers of a mine in her post in Twenty Four; fantastic view and photo!
  40. Khürt’s photo in his awesome blog Island in the Net is another stunner! Great look!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Go Big!

Supersize your ideas!

Welcome to Week 128 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Last week’s theme of Our World unleashed a great number of creative posts, as you shared views of your world and what the world might be with great photography, poetry and prose!  As I’m writing this post during a business trip, I thought I’d let a little bit of my current locale seep into the theme for this week; I’m in Austin, Texas, for 3 days, and, as you might know, everything is bigger in Texas!  Therefore, this week’s theme is Go Big!

Unleash your creative minds, lenses and pens, and share what Go Big! might mean to you.  As always, you have license to take the theme into any direction of your choosing, so have fun with this theme!

I’m filled with anticipation of what you might produce!!

Here’s something from antiquity, when the Romans went big…

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Ageless Arches

Of course, the Colosseum is colossal, as you can tell from the size of the people in one of the leftmost arches on the second row…  The sheer size of the structure is imposing and its state of preservation across the ages is mind-boggling, particularly, when taking into account that it stands in an earthquake prone land.

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 definitely looking forward to finding out what supersized items appear this week!

WPC Final Week – Favorites – pt. 1

Tuscan Fields

The Final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has presented their final theme of All-Time Favorites, which, while being a bit sad that it’s their last prompt, is a great way to finish.

Of course, we all know that it’s not necessarily easy to pick favorites from among all the photographs that I have shared over the years, I’ll try to do this week’s theme justice.  Some of these are based on feedback that I have received from my wonderful blog readers and some are just ones that I really like.

So here’s the first one…

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Tuscan Fields

During last year’s vacation in la Bella Italia, we drove past this location on our way to Montepulciano, which is a wonderful Tuscan hill town.  The morning light wasn’t quite to my liking, but I did resolve to visit during the late afternoon to find this amazing scene in front of me.

It’s amazing what landscapes may unfold for us and this one certainly has kept my interest over the past year.  Have a wonderful day!

Spiraling up, up and up!

Twisting the stairs away!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the very warped theme of Twisted, which gives ample opportunity for something a bit outside the norm 🙂

Of course, from twisted minds come twisted images, and I have been known to provide a little warp to what I see.  Then again, there was something rather quotidian that we observed during our vacation in Italy, last year…

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Spiraling…

This spiral staircase twists toward the sky, as medieval footstep could be traced coming down toward a place of oblivion: prison cells!  Never mind getting blocked on twitter, as during these days you may get chained to the wall of a dank cell.  The construction of these stairs is rather amazing, as each stone tread was carefully placed into the wall and was still in perfect position after centuries of use.

May your road rise up to meet you and not be too twisty!

Walking through Italy

Portae Romanorum

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Variations on a Theme.

Last year’s vacation in Italy provided a theme that thrives in the narrow streets and alleys, as well as the doorways of antiquity and the middle ages: portals in many varieties!

Going back into Roman times in Ostia Antica, the old harbor of Rome, the portal was often the entrance into the yard.  On the Forum Romanum, portals were a key part of larger structures and the entryways between different sections.  In the hill towns of Tuscany, such as Montepulciano and Pienza, the narrow streets and alleys are filled with arches that create portals throughout.

Italy is filled with beautiful architecture, scenery, food, and, most of all, friendly people, which makes it a stunning vacation country!

Here are some of these portals and arches…

Hope you enjoy this short trip through Italy and have a wonderful day!