Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 130

Deep reflections!

Welcome to the 130th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You didn’t need much encouragement from me to reflect upon this week’s theme of Reflection, as your posts are not only amazing, but also numerous!!  Many of you took the theme into several directions within a single post, which shows both creativity and makes for a really fun read!  As you can imagine, there were more than a few smiles on my face while reading all your great posts!

Hope that you enjoy each other’s work and thank you for all the effort you put into your posts!!

Something to reflect about that which is reflected…

Timeline Non Sequitur

When I chanced up on this scene in Holyoke, MA, I was struck, not only by the reflection of the mills in the power canal, but more by the collection of odds and ends that line the shore, or fly across the image…

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

  1. The week’s entries are started by Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais, where he captures a wonderful reflection in Dubai!
  2. Kammie shares some lovely reflections in the Nut House, which is a wonderful blog to follow!
  3. This week’s entry in Heart to Heart‘s blog focuses on human chemistry, reflecting on the bond between Ma and Pa.
  4. Brian reflects in multiple fashions in his excellent post in Bushboy’s World, and I agree that the landing spot might not be ideal…
  5. Charles’ photo in charlesewaugh is simply fantastic, as it captures the scene in all its aspects and draws the viewer in!
  6. This week’s photos in the wonderful post in Chateaux des Fleurs are for the birds… of course, this is just what we hope to see!
  7. Jackie certainly found lots of places around the world that reflect, as we can see from her post in Junkboat Travels; those are some cool spots!
  8. We are treated to a wonderful set of reflections in pensivity101‘s post, and then get a second post from her in pensivity101, which mirrors in multiple ways!
  9. Yet another stunning photo in the entry in theOnlyD800intheHameau; the town is lovely, and exceedingly well represented!
  10. Yinglan’s post in This is Another Story is filled with magnificent reflections that are just great to look at!
  11. Ulli’s post in the blog Banactee brings us wonderful photos, capturing both art and Nature in their reflections!
  12. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 strikes pure gold, which is what I see when I look at the great photo!
  13. The Roaming Urban Gypsy takes us on a tour through the city, where we discover myriad wonderful, interesting reflections!
  14. Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom brings us reflections in multiple ways with a lovely post!  In a second post in Tranature, we encounter a redshank, which appears deep in thought…
  15. The reflection in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is definitely ducky!  Her poem is simply fantastic!
  16. Irene’s photo in her blog Heaven’s Sunshine provides a wonderful reflection that invites reflection.
  17. This week’s entry in A Day in the Life is captivating, as the heron appears to be posing for this photo!
  18. In a lovely post in Sgeoil, we experience the quiet reflection of the moon, upon which the haiku reflects…
  19. The wonderful photo in this week’s entry in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery is rather intriguing, as it reflects many parts of the scene!
  20. With great photos we get to experience various reflections in mytravelcsp, which is a great blog.
  21. Marie states in her post in her blog, the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, that she’s not a fan of Gehry’s architecture, but she captures it beautifully!
  22. Stella knows how to capture with a sense of humor, as we can see in her post in Giggles & Tales, which features and interesting restaurant name!
  23. In a really interesting trek, in Go Outside Today Todd takes us to a number of locations that stand out, one of which appears to be a diner for alligators…
  24. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are introduced to the Meenakshi temple in Madurai, which looks stunning! Go check out this post!
  25. In a cool post in Numeric Citizen, we find out that they wanted to make it great…the photo certainly was made great!
  26. Susan wishes us a good morning in her post in Musin’ with Susan, as we get her reflection in a faucet!
  27. Robert delights us with yet another stunning photo in Photo Roberts Blog, where the slightly non-linear nature of the reflection provides a truly interesting visual!
  28. Ramya’s photo of the reflected jasmine flowers in And Miles to go before I Sleep… is truly fantastic!
  29. Marga delights me with a photo from the city of my birth in her post in The Photographer Roamed the Streets…, which you should check out!
  30. Deb shares a mysterious image in her post in Twenty Four, which makes one wonder what the original artist looked to create with their depiction…
  31. Sandy’s photo in her post in Out of my Write Mind is wonderful view of the river and the colors that line it!  Read the poem too!
  32. Most photographers can relate with Woolly’s lament in Woolly Muses‘s post, as a dead battery can disarm most cameras with great ease…
  33. Maria shares a couple of amazing photos in her post in KameraPromenader, of which the drop of water is probably my favorite!
  34. Olga reflects upon autumn’s transitory nature in her post in Stuff and what if…, and her photo is spectacular!
  35. Cee provides us with a lovely set of reflections in Cee’s Photography, which is an amazing photography blog!
  36. There is something rather special about Touring with Kids, which is evident again in this week’s entry…very zen!
  37. Another amazing post in Photography Journal Blog brings us a uniquely English view of Cambridge!
  38. Debbie shares some stunning photos of horses in Travel with Intent, as they appear to wander very contentedly!
  39. After returning from an amazing journey, Debbie writes another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, where she shares the importance of accepting oneself, illustrated by her experiences. A great read!
  40. With another stunning photo in Land of Images we get a glorious view of Freeport Harbour.
  41. Durham’s cathedral is captured in all its beauty in Lin’s Doodles‘ post; it’s a lovely location!
  42. With wonderful photos in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…, Ann-Christine shares irresistible reflections!
  43. Tatiana brings us some awesome reflections in Las Vegas in Vegas Great Attractions, and also takes us to Flaming Gorge in TravelWays, where the landscape is stunning!
  44. In another great post in Middleton Road, Sonya gives us a wonderful view of Hyde Park on a Saturday morning.
  45. In a lovely post in XingfuMama, we get a collection of awesome reflections from Shougang!
  46. Mostly Monochrome is a stunning photography blog, and the view of the Thames a good distance from London underscores the quality of this blog!
  47. Miriam reflects on upcoming surgery on her hand in Out an’ About, and shares some lovely reflections with us!  All the best!!
  48. From Jordy’s Streamings we get deep reflections upon the mysterious sculpture that stands reflected in the water in Winchester Cathedral…
  49. Ju-Lyn posted a wonderful reflection in All Things Bright and Beautiful!  The soundtrack to go with it is great as well!
  50. Ilka’s post on reflections in A Thousand Miles takes us into the wonderful world of meditation, and provides a gorgeous photo for our focus!
  51. In A Pause for Nature we are treated to reflections that one might find all around us; the discovery comes from looking!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

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…

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…


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…

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


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…


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…

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!