Tuesday Photo Challenge – Row

All the pretty things in a row!

Welcome to Week 121 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After another week of wonderful responses from all of you to the theme of Field, my challenge was to select another new theme.

As the quantify of these challenges grows, it becomes ever harder to come up with unique themes that fit with my idea of providing multiple directions for responses to the challenge.  This week’s theme of Row has a number of possibilities, as it can denote a line of people or items, a street, propelling a boat with oar(s), a quarrel, and I’m sure there are others that haven’t come to my mind yet.

Open your creative minds to row through the waters of ideas!  I’m excited to see what fantastic posts you’ll generate in response to this week’s theme!

Here are a bunch of posts, standing in a row…

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Beached Order

This image is from near the end of a day of photography on snow-covered beaches.  It was a very cold day, which produced many memorable photos, as the combination of snow and deserted beaches is not something that is very common, even in New England.

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 seeing what winds up filling your posts!

A Monday Morning Moment

Solitary moments

Moments of inspiration can arise any time of the day, as some of us are morning people, afternoon folks or night owls.  There’s no rhyme or reason, that I know of, for the time of day for lighting the creative fuses, although I do understand that the distribution of preferred time of day is a tribal survival mechanism.

I’m neither a morning person nor a true night owl, although there is something about the quiet of the morning, before everything is stirring, that is very attractive to me; it allows for that meditative time, when all that surrounds us can be breathed in.

One such moments found me by the yoga tree…

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Sol, it arises!

As it was late Winter, morning was not coming too early for me to catch it and this moment shortly after sunrise was just magical!

Have a wonderful day!

Favorites – A Finale

Magic unfolds

Over the past week, I’ve posted a number of entries that linked to the final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of All-Time Favorites. Sadly, the Weekly Photo Challenge is no more, so I want to close out this workweek with one last image in this series (although I may never stop!)

With this image, which is among my favorites (there are a number of photos from Skye that fall in that category), I simply enjoy the sense of being in a different world from our planet, as the light plays across the hills and changes with the movement of each cloud…

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Other-Worldly

The Isle of Skye is a photographer’s dream-world, as each turn of the road presents one with a new, stunning landscape to try and capture. While up in the hills in the Qiuraing, I was continually astounded by the changes in the vistas, even while staying at the same location. Watching the light dance across the hills, changing the colors and highlighting features, was akin to watching a great magician doing their work, but at a scale well beyond even the larges stage.

Have a great day!

WPC Final Week – Favorites – Pt.5

A line toward the horizon

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.

In the 5th contribution to this last hurrah of the WPC, I’m going to another simple image that I still enjoy very much after a number of years.  Sometimes, the limitations of the equipment that we use in our photography can be used to our advantage, such as ws the case here.

Simple, yet complex…

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The Line

This railroad track runs through the town, where I live, West Boylston, Massachusetts. I had thought about photographing it before, simply for the effect of the railway converging toward the horizon.  As I liked the colors that I saw, I stopped and took the time for this shot, which added another dimension: lens flare.

The lens flare created a separation between the left and right parts of the image, which added to the interest of the scene. I thought about shielding the lens, but decided against it, as it told me that there’s something more to this scene than the simple railroad…

Have a great day!

WPC Final Week – Favorites – Pt.4

Persistence

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.

Sometimes the images that I favor are rather simple and straightforward, such as today’s choice.  What is simpler than a tree in a field?

Such as this tree that has stood the test of time…

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Persistence

What caught my attention, and caused me to take this shot, is the evidence of wind’s influence on the growth direction of this tree. While it spread in many directions, so as to catch the Sun’s positive influence, there is a noticeable lean to this lovely tree.  Also, the deep yellow tones in the field, as contrasted against the deep blues of the sky, contributed to my interest…

What this tree told me, more than anything else, is the value of persistence, against the elements and to stand across the years.

Have a great day!

WPC Final Week – Favorites – Pt. 3

Nubble brooding

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.

Today’s choice is one of those photographs that has gotten a lot of positive reactions from many people, both on-line and those who have seen it in print. As a subject, it was something that I avoided for years, as it had been photographed so many times before and some great photos already existed. Until, this day in June 2013, when I was inspired…

So here’s what came about…

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Nubble Brooding

The vista that lay in front of me was not quite as dramatic as this final image.  There was a bit of surf; there were some (rather bright) clouds overhead.  My decision was to get down low to the water for this shot and find the right spot for the composition, which I wanted to be a little bit out of standard.  Then I took a series of exposures with different solutions to get all the elements that I needed.

I took five weeks before I was in the right mood to edit this image and produce what you see here.  There was a need for some darkness in this image, as well as the light that gives hope.  Hope you enjoy!

Have a great day!

WPC Final Week – Favorites – pt. 2

The Wise Tree

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.

Today’s favorite is one that a lot of people have commented on over the years.  It also is one of my favorite subjects, as I took many photos of this particular tree over the years. Yes, of course, I’m talking about the Yoga Tree, which has been the subject of many a shot. Among all those images, it is not easy to pick just one that stands out, though!

So here’s my choice…

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The Wise Tree

The Wise Tree is one of the early captures of this wonderful tree in the series that stretched over three years.  The cloud pattern is waht drew me in for this shot, and I was not disappointed when I got there!

This tree has given me much joy over the years!

Have a great day!