Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #011 – Solution

Bright and foggy!

Here comes the eleventh mystery location post of this year….

This one is from one of my trips over the years, when I got a bit of time to explore the surrounding country. As you can imagine, I was struck by the vivid colors and found the fog that was hanging just above the town a nice bit of contrast.

Where is this?

Colorful, yet foggy!

It’s not hard to figure out the country…but can you also figure out the town, where I took this photo?

Ann-Christine was correct in recognizing the Icelandic writing on the building, which is part of the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, Iceland. This is on the northern part of the island, not too far from Akureyri.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 153

Rocking entries!

Welcome to the 153rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

This was a week of Rocking entries! There were lots of great photos of rocks of all sizes, ranging from entire canyons to the smallest pebbles. Then there were some very creative entries that rocked in other ways! All together, your posts were a delight to read!

Thank you all for the great posts that you put together and the fun you created!

One of your posts made me think of this shot…


Skye is truly one of my favorite locations to photograph, as its landscapes are beyond stunning! The Quiraing range is full of amazing vistas, which will change in front of your eyes as the clouds paint the landscape…

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

  1. My apologies to Sarah, who is the first, as the title of the challenge didn’t get updated, which caused her to come up with two great entries! Her first post in By Sarah takes us back to the olden days! In a second post in By Sarah, we get to see the remarkable rocks of Kangaroo Island and learn about orange lichen!
  2. Ken shares a truly remarkable rock face in his post in Pictures without Film; that must have taken some true artistry!
  3. Nicole brings us fantastic rock face in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, which can be found in Mullion Cove!
  4. Shelley is rocking out in her post in Quaint Revival; the reason is Spring, which is rocking her world!
  5. It certainly looks a bit chilly in a great photo in the post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery; the rock won’t mind!
  6. This week’s entry in Chateaux des Fleurs takes us to a great looking beach! And also brings some interesting color…
  7. Yinglan brings us some more amazing Nature in her post in This is Another Story; amazing rocks!
  8. In another wonderful post in pensivity101 we get to experience some memories, including a rather special one from the slate mine!
  9. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s contribution for this week, we get to visit the Mawsmai Caves, which are truly amazing!!
  10. Na’ama’s poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda brings us to Opus, who has made it quite a ways up the rock face!
  11. In Minding my P’s with Q, we learn a rocking technique to keep those pesky chipmunks away from the plants!
  12. Xenia brings us another great post in WhippetWisdom, as her haibun describes her rock eloquently!
  13. In a beautiful photo in Fleeting Muse, we get a different view of Half Dome in Yosemite.
  14. Maria shares her love for pebbles on the beach in her blog KameraPromenader with a spectacular photo!
  15. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie shares us a fantastic set of rock photos! They are not all what you might expect!
  16. Stella brings us a magnificent post in Giggles & Tales, lots of rocks, and she proves that you can stick a fork in them!
  17. In a very creative and inspiring post in For the Love of, we share the examination of a rock…is it special?
  18. Jase has a very interesting setting of photos in Proscenium; that alley might really contain something unusual!
  19. Another great post in Touring with Kids brings us rocks ranging in size from canyon on down!
  20. In Little White Pearls, we are treated to beautifully serene photos that feature Nature’s bounty.
  21. This week’s post in Heart2Heart declares that mothers rock! I agree 100%!
  22. In her post in ARHtistic License, Andrea takes us to the neighborhood ice cream parlor!
  23. Danny’s post in Danny James Photography brings us a memorial wall in Sarajevo.
  24. Ann-Christine’s takes us to New Zealand in To See a World in a Grain of Sand where we get to admire the Moeraki boulders.
  25. One of my favorite photo locations is featured in Land of Images, where the Old Man of Storr resides!
  26. Sandy brings us some rock stars in her post in Out of My Write Mind, with some great photos and wonderful poetry!
  27. Alice brings us a great rock in the 59 Club, all the way in Berchtesgaden!
  28. Brian shares the fun of climbing Castle Rock in his post in Bushboy’s World; some amazing balancing rocks!
  29. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine has water swirling over the rocks in a great photo!
  30. In Life Amazing, we get a great variety of rocks, never leaving us just between a rock and a hard place!
  31. In another cool post in Another LQQK, Teressa has lots of rocks, including some fake ones…
  32. In a fantastic post in Being in Nature, Suzanne doesn’t just bring us amazing rocks, but tells us about the original inhabitants of Australia!
  33. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent is fantastic, exploring the rocks in Malta!
  34. Olga brings us stunning photos in her post in Stuff and what if…, looking back to the glaciers that deposited the rocks!
  35. Marie brings us to the Serengeti in the New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect; the Kopjes are truly amazing!
  36. Woolly explores the rocks in his post in Woolly Muses; his humor shines through, as he mentions rocks that received significant interest…
  37. Alive and Trekking is a wonderful blog and the contribution about Split Apple Rock is awesome!
  38. In another lovely post in A Day in the Life we get to enjoy a nice relaxing spot by the water!
  39. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 features one of my favorite rock components: mica!
  40. In an awesome post in Photography Journal Blog, we learn about the Blue Grotto in Malta!
  41. Debbie has a truly interesting set of rocks in her post in Twenty Four; it’s a great location!
  42. Ulli’s post in Banactee features the island of Tenerife, which looks truly stunning! With great photos like that, I want to go explore Tenerife!
  43. Khürt takes us on a short hike in his post in Island in the Net; there were plenty of rocks along the hike!
  44. In another great post in Thief Images Photography Blog, we get to see a donut that is tough to digest!
  45. Susan created a wonderful post in Musin’ with Susan about visiting Ayers Rock and dealing with flies…
  46. Debbie shares a great post in her blog, ForgivingConnects, focused on the rock that is provided by gratitude!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 150

The first ‘Round’ round up!

Welcome to the 150th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Amazing to get 50 contributions again this week! Thank you all for such great posts, which made creating this Round Round Up a lot of fun. It was wonderful to see how you perceive the world around you and the gorgeous photos and poetry that you produce!

Thank you for all your effort and thought that you put forth!

Here are some rolls of hay in Tuscany…

Fields of Tuscany

These rolls of hay in the rolling fields of Tuscany were just too much to resist!

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

  1. Starting things off this week, Ken brings us a mystical round in his post in Pictures without Film!
  2. There’s a bit of humor in this week’s contribution in pensivity101, which takes me way back to when I received a round Tuit 🙂
  3. Shelley comes around to tell us about her learning path in photography in Quaint Revival; clearly, she has learned plenty!
  4. In a rather opulent post in Heart to Heart, we enter a rotunda we lovely sculpture! Only in Vegas!
  5. Kammie has some more awesome photos in her post in Nut House Central; one of them goes way back in time!
  6. Michelle brings us an interesting view looking through a round window in Take a Walk and Discover. Cool post!
  7. Nicole provides the last round of Autumn in her post in Une Photo, un Poéme; it’s a lovely scene and well captured!
  8. Sometimes, all you need is serendipity, as Amy mentioned about her post in Photography Journal Blog; a lovely round lighthouse and some interesting post-processing!
  9. Xenia shares some stunning photos in her post in Tranature, as her haiku beckons Spring to come ever closer!
  10. In another lovely post in Light Motifs II, Paula brings us some rather interesting round views!
  11. Another stunning photograph in theOnlyD800intheHameau; Muslim architecture has amazing use of shapes and this one is certainly among the best!
  12. This week’s contribution in Chateaux des Fleurs shows us some interesting round shapes…although is one of them really round?
  13. Sarah’s photos in her post in By Sarah share a truly intriguing art installation that is amazing!
  14. Maria’s amazing photo in her blog KameraPromenader proves something that I didn’t know: it’s hard to blow soap bubbles at -20C!
  15. In a wonderful post in Travel with Tech, we get to see some really excellent street art! Which is your favorite?
  16. Ann-Christine’s view of the world in her post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand gives us some really unusual and amazing shapes!
  17. In another cool post in the 59 Club, we are reminded that there is a time and a place!
  18. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie breaks out the round objects…including human lottery balls!
  19. Na’ama brings us agonizingly close to a delicacy in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; let me know, if you can resist it after seeing it and reading the poem that describes its journey!
  20. In a lovely post in Help from Heaven, we get to enjoy the view of Angels in the Round in Elche, Spain.
  21. Jase may have lost the challenge of resisting those delicacies, as we see in Proscenium; I definitely think it’s a win to eat those!
  22. In a great post in Corazon181, we get to enjoy how wine bottles have been made into wall art.
  23. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine shows off a delicate fern ready to unfurl; it’s gorgeous!
  24. Brian has another bunch of great photos in his post in Bushboy’s World; good to see that he found his marbles!
  25. In ladyleemanila we get to enjoy some excellent photos, that show off the roundness around us!
  26. Debbie’s photo in her post in Travel with Intent is dizzying! Looking down from that height might make the head go round and round!
  27. With a really interesting photo in Land of Images, we explorethe lowly manhole cover!
  28. Penny’s poem in Penny Wilson Writes transports us to those warm Summer memories that we all long for!
  29. Sandy’s post in Out of my Write Mind goes for an elegant simplicity with stunning images!
  30. Yinglan has gorgeous photos again, this week in This is Another Story, of which the cookies made me hungry!
  31. We’re treated to another amazing photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery; that orb is a rather appropriate item to put in a roundabout!
  32. Cee has a great collection of round objects in her post in Cee’s Photography! They range from gears to tomatoes!
  33. In a fitting post in A Midnight Rider, we find that a lighthouse doesn’t have to cost a lot!
  34. In a post filled with interesting images in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we enjoy some truly unusual shapes!
  35. Debbie brings the round into focus in her post in Twenty Four; that’s a truly artistic view!
  36. In a marvelous post in Another LQQK, Teressa shares an interesting variety of round objects!
  37. In wonderful post in A Pause for Nature, we get to enjoy one of the key round objects in our lives: the Sun!
  38. Robert brings us some more amazing photos in Photo Roberts Blog; I have to admit that I’m rather partial to the last one, as it brings an unusual perspective!
  39. Donna takes us to Sedona in her post in Wind Kisses, where we get to experience some rather vibrant art!
  40. Woolly brings interesting variety in roundness in his post in Woolly Muses; I hope he got to partake of the contents of the barrels!
  41. Susan brings out the lensball for her shot in Musin’ with Susan; it makes for a gorgeous photo!!
  42. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post, we might just enjoy the wonderful dessert!
  43. With a great photo, the post in the Numeric Citizen Blog reminds us that it’s always good to look up when exploring!
  44. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 shares an interesting challenge with us: 3D Tic Tac Toe!
  45. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais looks at how we can round the patterns; easier said than done!
  46. Tracy enjoys her road trips and, as we can see from her post in Reflections of an Untidy Mind, this one was very interesting!
  47. With a magnificent photo in their blog sgeoil, we are reminded Nature has no sharp corners or edges, per Antonio Gaudi!
  48. Emily’s post in Zombie Flamingoes captures the round theme in an unexpected location…
  49. In a great post in Thief Images Photography Blog, we learn of the challenges of photography, particularly when leaving that one piece of gear home… I can relate!
  50. Debbie shares another wonderful post in ForgivingConnects, as she explores our inner values and how they relate to how we manage our money.

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

A Touch of Blue

A simple touch…

There are many paths to a photo, some of which may rankle the ‘purist’ photographer in us. Early on, I was very much a purist in that I wanted to minimize the amount of post-processing. However, with the arrival of HDR processing, I expanded my range of experimentation and found it interesting to see how I could express more of a vision in my photography, rather than a representation of what I saw through the lens.

HDR can be very tricky and create some very cool results. Sometimes, I like to take a simpler approach…

Blue Canoe in the Assabet

This was a rather dreary day with sleet coming down lightly; the pale blue of the canoe stood out in the otherwise muted landscape.

The colors in the photo were already fairly muted, but not enough to get the mood that I wanted to communicate in this image. A simple desaturation of the image and some additional saturation of the blue color of the canoe created the sense of dying color in a winter landscape that I wanted to achieve.

What types of processing do you like to do in your images?

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Surface

The power of the river

Welcome to week 148 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Thanks to everyone for the great contributions on last week’s theme; you managed to run with Crawl without any problem! For this week, I thought it might be fun to go with a theme that allows you to go to any level that you like: Surface! It’s up to your creative minds to document the surface, or see what surfaces or go below the surface to uncover what lies beneath. Of course, your surfaces can be of any topology that you choose!

Have some fun with this one and don’t hesitate to poke the surface and see what you stir up! I’m looking forward to your creative endeavors!

Here’s a surface with a slight ripple…

Liquid Power

This image came from a leisurely exploratory drive along the Connecticut river; as I drove North into Vermont, I thought it would be a good change of pace to drive South through New Hampshire. That’s where I found this hydro power plant in Bellows Falls, VT.

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)!!

Enjoy your week and I can’t wait to see what floats to the surface in your creative endeavors!

Friday Mystery Slide – 2019 #05

It looks warm here!

Here comes a fifth mystery slide post of this year….

This week’s entry comes from the boxes of slides that I received from my father-in-law. For full disclosure…I’m not 100% sure where the mystery location is, but I think that I know it… Based on the slide, I think the image was captured in the early 1960s.

There’s a nice view with a bay not too far away…

Box E – Image 124…where are we?

It appears to me that there are some old fortifications in this image. Where do you think this might be?

Finding Plockton

Mediterranean Scotland?

Traveling is a lot of fun, as it allows for exploration and meeting people with unique stories and backgrounds. When visiting Scotland in 2013, one of my favorite places was the Isle of Skye, which is drop-gorgeous and truly photogenic. On Skye, we stayed at a great Bed and Breakfast, where we felt truly welcome.

Upon departure from Skye toward Inverness, one of the recommendations was to take a slight detour just over the bridge. This detour led us here…

Idyllic Plockton

Plockton is situated in such a way that it’s protected from most of the effects of the climate that gives the Highlands its rugged look. The town gives one the feeling of being transported to a Mediterranean village!

The harbor is wonderful to see…

The houses along the harbor are lovely to behold and make for some great lines…

When in Scotland…go visit Plockton!