Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hour

Golden hour filled with warmth

Welcome to Week 77 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  A quick update, as I’m slowly getting caught up.  Last week’s round up will be posted tomorrow, at which point, I will have everything back in sync for the days that follow.

The amount of entries for last week’s theme of Signs were fantastic!  This week, I went back to Scotland from just over 4 years ago for inspiration and came across this image from a walk along the beach in Cromarty.  The time of this shot was just after 9 p.m. on May 29th; the Sun sets pretty late at that time of year, which makes for a rather lengthy ‘golden’ hour of highly saturated, rich, warm sunlight.  This inspires this week’s theme of Hour.

I’d like to challenge you to document an hour of the day in your image(s), in a way that captures some of the essence of that hour.  As always, let your creativity take free rein, so it’s perfectly fine to include some time reporting device in your image (did I hear you think sun dial?) or take the hour in the direction of your choosing.  Most of all, have fun with this!

Here’s that walk along the beach…

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Walking the Beach by Cromarty

We’re looking toward the North Sea, which is on the other side of the hill ahead; across the Cromarty Firth we could see what appeared to be oil drilling platforms being constructed.

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 hope that you find the right time to capture your favorite hour!  Looking forward to seeing them!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Signs

Everywhere are signs

Welcome to Week 76 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  First of all, my apologies for not having completed the round up of week 75 yet; with slower wifi speeds, it’s been a bit tricky on the road, but it is in progress (and yes, there were many of you who responded with great entries, which made it a bit of work 🙂 ).

When I looked for the inspiration for this week’s challenge, I came across the photo you see here.  When walking through the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge with my good friend, George (an exceptional photographer and great architect), there were two trees in the middle of swampy, fern-filled woods, one of which indicated the direction of the trail; vthe only problem was that the indication pointed to a dry streambed…  That gave me the idea for the theme of Signs.

The word Signs can have many meanings, ranging from the simple one that I have here to interstellar evidence of intelligent life!  So, let your creative minds loose and follow the path that the signs give you to capture the your interpretation!  Have fun with this one!!

Here are those trees that show the path…

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Along the path

If you look at the left side of the image, you can see the ferns growing that hover over the dry stream; during the wet season, there will definitely not be a trail to follow!

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)!!

Leave a sign of your findings in those creative posts!!  I look forward to seeing them!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 73

Loving the water!

Welcome to the 73rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  My apologies for being a bit late in posting the round up…victim of my own success?

I expected to get a good array of watery shots from this creative bunch, so I was not surprised by that; still there were a number of shots that absolutely blew me away and a fair number that made me chuckle!  Thank you for the inspiration that you bring to me through your wonderful contributions!

Sometimes, the water needs protection by magical creatures…

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Bodach of Arrochar

The Bodach is a bogeyman of old Scottish lore, who was used to scare the kids into doing what their parents told them; this particular Bodach, in Arrochar, is said to have staved off the invading forces of the Vikings, as they had dragged their longboats across the hills toward Loch Long.  He definitely protects the water behind him…

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

  • Sarah kicked things off this week with two posts, the first one in By Sarah brings us the mighty Murray, Australia’s longest river, and the second on in By Sarah features a colorful pillbox in Oahu.
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom.com, filled with beautiful water, delights us with the grace of whippets!
  • In this week’s entry from JK109, we visit the amazing Ganges river, which gives life to a large part of India.
  • Black Body‘s post looks across the water to the statue that has welcome millions to the United States in a topical post!
  • Smiti’s entry in her blog, theDriftingSatellite, takes us from the lakes to the tops of the snow-covered Himalayas.
  • The post in thatLittleVoice might not show water, but instead gives us a store that sells water purification equipment; this could be rather important!
  • This week’s entry in iball round the world‘s blog has us waiting for the water slide, on what looks to be a rather warm day!
  • Rebel Guy and Girl’s post in Photogate provides us with some great fast moving water, as well as Rebel Guy’s entry into the water!
  • In Tachispeaks‘s entry there’s plenty of water from fountains to beautiful seacoasts!
  • Candace’s post in Netdancer’s Musings takes us to Venice, a city of water and stunning beauty!
  • In The Photographer Roamed the Streets, we get to see a slice of the country of my birth in a great photo!
  • Which leads us The Photographer Smiled, where Marga takes us to another location around Dordrecht!
  • Dawn’s post in Snap That Bug! is filled with the stunning beauty of Iguaza Falls, which she photographed beautifully!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects talks about the grace that we get through self-forgiveness, which is as accepting as the waters of the oceans.
  • UrbanLiaisons brings us to the water ambitions of Tunisia with a magnificent post full of images and interest!
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best not only has beautiful fountains, but also carries some good health information!
  • Edwin’s Journal tells us about the water splitting in two, both in poetry and photography!
  • Musings of Nature brings us some beautiful photos of water with some apropos thoughts.
  • Bullyboy shows us some expressive water in his post in Travel387, with great photos that show off the colors of water.
  • Lacy’s post in Adventures of a Busy Mom shares a beautiful pool, and talks of her adventurous cruise!
  • In CitySonnet, we get to see some stunning shots of flowers with water droplets on them!  They are beautiful!
  • Khürt’s photo in his post in Island in the Net is another fantastic image with tender droplets showing.
  • Ladyleemanilla‘s post has a truly beautiful array of water shots in her post with some music to enjoy as well!
  • Sheena’s post in Leaking Ink makes excellent use of the beauty of reflections of city lights on the water.
  • The water and clouds in Layue’s Everyday Photo Blog are gorgeous through their use of long exposure photography!  Go check it out!
  • After last week’s blue skies, this week’s entry in the Blog of Hammad Rais found us a rather rainy day!
  • Nicole’s photography in her post in Une Photo, un poéme is stunning, as she really brings the bubbling water to life!
  • Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery shares a beautiful reflection in water.
  • Poetry in Pictures combines water and Sun for a fantastic image.
  • The entry from pensitivity101 regales us with a wonderful poem inspired by the image from this week’s challenge post.
  • Offshoots12 takes us to the end of the trail, where there’s a watering hole…would you swim in it?
  • Another stunning photo in theonlyD800inthehameau which shows off the fun that can be had with water!
  • Chateaux des Fleurs has some beautiful shots of running water!
  • A Meditative Journey brings us the zen of water, as only a child can appreciate it!
  • In the entry from Mara’s Artistry we are entertained with a couple of great photos that talk to our theme!
  • Cee shows us some great waterfalls in her blog Cee’s Photography!  It would be fun to use them for a shower!
  • Frank’s entry in Poetry, Short Prose and Walking, talks to us of the deeper magic, as we ponder what may be looking back at us in that reflection.
  • Robert’s entry in Photo Robert’s Blog has that nostalgic feel about it, particularly in the shot at the beach.
  • Danny’s Photographs brings us a fantastic shot during his trip to Switzerland, where the mountains appear to rise out of the lake.
  • Stella shows her range in a set of photos in Giggles & Tales, which go from a glass of water to diving and in between!
  • Miriam shows of some of Oregon in her photos in the Shower of Blessing, with a great splash of orange from the koi.
  • Ed takes us to Ireland in his shots in  In My Mind’s Eye; the height of the cliff is quite daunting!
  • LeAnn’s Captures take us to Clear Lake in Iowa, which looks like a fantastic spot to enjoy the water!
  • Judy’s post in her blog lifelessons provides us water, water, everywhere!  From raindrops on up!
  • And, not to be outdone, Roaming Urban Gypsy has water, water, everywhere as well with a magnificent set of photos!  It’s fun to check out both posts!
  • In Travel with Intent, Debbie’s walk is interrupted by a closed path, as work is under way to recover a submerged boat!
  • Lorelle is not only A Mindful Traveller, but also has a talented daughter to do her photography for her!
  • In DeepikasRamblings, we are treated to some rather spectacular views!

Hope that you enjoy these posts!

Ever-growing Light

Bright spots on the Lump!

With a Daily Prompt theme of Crescendo, I thought it might be interesting to share something that is a bit of an experiment.

Quite often, I will experiment with something that goes against the accepted practices of photography; we have heard a number of them about composition, light, rule of thirds, etc.  The standard approach of keeping the Sun behind you, when shooting, is eschewed by me, as there are so many interesting things to discover by varying one’s technique a bit.

In this particular moment, I noticed that the Sun was playing rather nicely through the trees, creating some rather interesting patterns on the green.  A bit of lens flare was the risk, as you can see, but it made for a bit of an unusual view.

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Tripping the Light Fantastic

I captured this near a village green in Portree on Skye, which location is called ‘The Lump’.  I captured this as an HDR sequence using my Canon EOS 5D Mk III camera with an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.

Curious to hear what you think about this little folly!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Blue

Blues have a clue here!

Welcome to Week 72 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Thank you very kindly for a wonderful week of shades of pink in all your creative expressions!  It was a blast to read all those entries!

Looking through my images to inspire a thought or two about this week’s challenge, one kept me coming back.  It is from my stopover in Iceland a couple of years ago, and it stands out due to its intense shades of blue, which makes for a nice theme after pink: Blue!  There is plenty of intense blueness in the world, along with the other meanings of the word, so I know that you can let your creative instincts take over to generate some amazing entries!

Go have fun, and explore the world of blue on this little blue planet that we call home (even if it’s not home to you, you’re still invited to participate).

Here is that image that kept me coming back…

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Myvatn Hot Water Spring

In Northern Iceland, the Myvatn region is filled with geothermal beauty; I spent a wonderful afternoon there, photographing and playing some guitar.  It was magical!

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 can’t wait to see what blues you have and how you will share them!

Life among the Leaves

Amidst beauty

The WordPress Daily Prompt today has the intriguing theme of Inhabit.  I say intriguing, because much as one can inhabit their environment, once may also be inhabited…

As I was looking through some of my images for a bit of inspiration, I came across one that might fit the theme…

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Among the Leaves

This image came about from one of my explorations of Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  As I walked through the systematic garden, I noticed the play of the Sun and the shadows that were cast.  Getting very close to the ground for this shot, I wanted to get the sense of being surrounded by super-sized leaves…

Hope you enjoy!